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#46 mini-mad-mark

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 06:26 PM

So as predicted a few days of duff-ish weather meant working in the garage on the engine and sorting through various parts (electrical mainly) to start really thinking about the wiring. Also had to do some non-mini stuff (who knew there was such a thing!) so didn't spend that much time on the car

 

Engine back in one piece (de-coke. lap valves - inlets were in VGC but gave them a light go anyway - valve seals, timing chain and seal, diff seals, gear selector seal, new water pump, new heater tap, new engine mountings clean and paint 

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Seats in (Alfa 147 in case anyone wants to know) - as there are no really defined mountings in the car it meant whatever seats I used would need bespoke mounting so tried to pick something comfortable (Ebay as per usual) mounted opposite side round as the reclining knob was too close to the inner sill to use comfortably - the seat back release is still easily reachable on the inside.

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It was a whole set so I have the rear seat covers so hopefully will find someone willing to recover the rear with used material. Trial fitting as there was no seat originally also the body is slightly different in that area meaning nothing to support the seat base in the middle so will need to knock something up. Rear seat also Ebay - 99p bargain - but I had to collect from Leicester so probably 10 quid's worth of diesel...?

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Pedal box (and master cylinders - no pic) steering column and dash rails

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Fuel tank and rear lights - also managed to find a NOS Smiths HRW - the backing paper was a bit crinkled so there are a couple of bits not quite perfect but on the whole it went on OK (and I managed to get it centred (-ish!!)

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 11:34 PM

Progress slower than I would have liked over the last couple of weeks.

 

But finally moved the engine off the bench:

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So now plenty to do to add all the ancillaries and so on (exhaust due tomorrow from Mini Spares) and of course get it running.....

 

Also started on the rear wiring  - basically there wasn't much worth keeping from the original loom as it had been hacked about but fortunately I have always kept the looms from any minis I scrapped so had plenty of cable to make the bespoke rear. Its different to a standard estate loom as I have added reverse lights, a HRW, a load bay interior light plus a 12v power socket in the rear (to run the beer fridge and blow up air beds at shows) No real picture but you can see some of the wires in the next ones.

 

As I mentioned previously the kit is a different shape to a standard estate around the rear seat and especially the boot area and boot floor so none of the standard interior panels will fit; also the construction (fibreglass over hardboard) means there is some stuff that just looks ugly and needed covering up. So going from this (you can see the start of the wiring):

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To this - Made some side boxes - the lids will be removable to store small items (first aid kit and the like) and give access to the rear lights (no bulbs as LED - but in case they need to be removed) plus a shaped boot floor panel (not square like standard as it goes up the wheel arches) Also rear "door-cards"  and a "door-card" you can see on the lowered back seat which will fit to the one piece tailgate.

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Then at the rear  C-panel trim that clips to the strengthening hoop plus a top roof trim in two pieces (only half shown) with the load bay light - you can see the 12v power socket in the side boot panel

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Obviously not finished as it all needs to be covered in carpet (also coming tomorrow)

 

Also showing in the last picture the oil drip tray for the Neon (visible in the background) and oil stained drive - just one of those minis that leaks, even though I've tried to stop it by splitting the engine and gearbox and resealing/gasketing  :ohno: Not popular with SWMBO.... >:(  

 



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 07:37 PM

Forgot to say - Credit for the rear lights to #keithrose who I met at Gaydon with his MM (BOC493K) -  I mentioned I hadn't found anything that covered all five functions in a single light (indicator tail, stop, reverse, rear fog) with a flat mounting suitable to fit into the available space - he is using the same and pointed me in the right direction - I bought two pairs just in case just as well as now I don't find these any more on Ebay - also fortunately they are not handed.

 

Ebay - £15 for the pair - cheap compared to the other three sets of lights I had bought to try out - those for the next auto jumble......... :dozing:



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 07:55 PM

Found them now for £9.09 a pair  >_<



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Posted 30 August 2020 - 09:52 PM

https://www.ebay.co....tm/174415110941

 

something similar



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Posted 01 September 2020 - 09:08 PM

There was another phoenix on Ebay about a month or two ago 

 

I think these might actually be better than a Minus Maxi as they have a curved roof - the MM has a flat roof which really cuts down the head room, not so bad in the front if you mount the seats lower but not so good in the back although that is the reason the roof is stepped up like that I suppose.

 

I would have taken either but the MM came up first  - I think the the phoenix looks more normal, like a styled Clubman Estate  - the MM is just that bit weirder.....



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Posted 01 September 2020 - 09:10 PM

Also the flat roof catches water when the car is standing - guess it blows off in traffic






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