I’ve been a long time lurker on TMF, sometimes helping out here and there where I can and asking the odd question, but I thought it would be time to bite the bullet and start my own build thread. Here’s my pride and joy!
The day I bought it
A 1998 MPI Tahiti Blue Mini Cooper bought from Mini Sport back in 2002. It only had 1,500 miles on the clock and still smelt like a new car! The engine bay was spotless.
Obviously with 12 years of ownership and 90,000 miles later there has been a few bits and bobs done to the car:
Replaced due to rust in 2012:
- Both wings
- A Panels
- Front panel
- Both sills
- Both door steps
- Both door skins
This was all done by Darrel behind Minispares, who unfortunately is no longer with us.
Things that had to be replaced due to wear and tear:
- Accelerator cable (the wife’s heavy foot)
- Steering Rack
- Steering column
- Radiator Fan
- Rear subframe
Not too much for a car I’ve owned for 12 years! This is my daily driver and gets used in all weathers. The only time I’ve not been able to drive it was when I dislocated my knee (leg in plaster for a month) and when it was in the body shop a few times (3 accident repairs!)
The plan for the future is to get another Mini to either do up and learn on before I rebuild the Cooper to look as good as the day it rolled out the factory, or do the Cooper first… What I would really like is a Mini Rose project, as I’d like something for my daughters first car (she’s only 7…) and post ’89 cars have the servo and disc brakes (bit safer for her than the drums I had on my ’86 Mini Chelsea)
That’s it for now, I’ll be updating the thread with some little bits I have planned in the next few weeks.
The car today (well the 2014 L2B)
Edited by jamesquintin, 15 July 2017 - 02:12 PM.