Thanks! I wish I could do more of it myself, but unfortunately I don't have the space or the tools. Even though it looks far from finished I still feel like I'm in the home stretch - MiniTec should be sending a mostly pre-built kit from Georgia in a few weeks and I'm hoping to get it back on four wheels shortly thereafter.
Things I have yet to sort out in order of importance:
New clutch and components (this was an automatic!) - I still need to figure out everything I need for this. Master and slave cylinders, clutch pedal (can I get just the pedal?) and I'm sure a lot of other parts...
Shift assembly - I'm pretty sure I need to source everything that goes between my hand and the gearbox. Has anyone gone with original Honda parts to avoid cutting something to fit? And if I'm making something custom anyway, is it possible to relocate the shifter and situate it like the new Fiat 500 has it? I'm considering buying that whole bezel with the window switches (did I mention power windows and locks in this build?) I think I could make it look pretty nice.
Headlights - I'm going with LED projector lights with white halo daytime running lights from RaluLED. It blew my mind when I found out Jeep headlights fit in a Mini.
Speedometer - Smiths' electronic version of the original magnolia 130MPH center speedo, but behind the steering wheel.
Tach, Oil Pressure, Water Temp - Looking for Smiths magnolia type gauges to match the speedo but they need to be electronic. Also exploring options for sending OBD data to display on the auxiliary input of the head unit. Maybe.
Seats, door cards - I'm having the toughest time trying to figure out what kind of seats will work in the car. For budget purposes, I don't want to have to re-cover the seats but I also don't want everything to just be black inside. My dash is going to be the body color, but the rails and carpets are black which seems to leave me few options in picking out seats and door cards that aren't a ridiculous color. I'd appreciate input from anyone with a design eye to help me avoid just making everything black.
Head unit, speakers - I'm going to go with the Alpine ilx-107. It's the only unit that has wireless CarPlay and its bezel is the thinnest I've seen on almost any receiver. Plus, the buttons on double-din units in the states tend to be on the left side, which doesn't work for me - the few buttons this one has are on the bottom. I'm also going to buy those door pockets with built in speaker pods or fabricate something myself out of the stock plastic pockets. Two more speakers in the back, and I'm sure at least one tiny subwoofer under the rear seat. I'd like to see if any of the other bits can go under there or inside the dash since I'm all for keeping the space in the boot.
Dash - I had a burl walnut 3-clock dash from Huddersfield Spares that I installed a few years ago that will be painted the body color. A double-din will be cut out in the center for the head unit and the hole behind the steering wheel will be filled in for the speedo hole to go directly in the main piece. An inspiration straight out of the David Brown Mini Remastered cars.
Switch Panel - I'm still figuring out where all the switches are going to go. I think I'll use the main switch panel (will be stainless steel) to control the AC and heat (oh yeah, it's gonna have AC) and the auxiliary lights.
Wheels - Almost forgot - she needs new shoes! I'm thinking about getting these from Huddersfield Spares. However, I'm nervous about 7" being WAY too wide. Is it better to find split rims like these and have them painted white (I cannot find white/polished rims anywhere else in any other configuration...) or will steering difficulty not be much different between 5.5" and 7"?
I'm sure there are other things that I'm forgetting, but that's it for now.
Edited by richgilberto, 14 January 2018 - 08:01 PM.