After moving back to the UK from New Zealand and leaving my Mk1 behind a couple of years ago, I was really missing having a "proper" Mini... so just over a month ago, I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy myself another classic as a new daily driver, replacing my 2011 MINI Clubman!
"Bertie" is a '91 Neon, still pretty standard apart from an aftermarket Sony stereo, cone air filter, Rover Minilite wheels, and most obviously the painted black roof & stripes - courtesy of a recent respray by the last owner.
As my daily driver, I'll be treating Bertie as a bit of a rolling project with the aim of upgrading, personalising and tidying everything up while retaining a fairly factory look with some tasteful improvements.
In the month or so since acquiring Bertie I have made a few minor changes, swapping out the front indicator lenses for clear ones, installing seat extension brackets and even making some new floor mats out of an IKEA rug. The indicator stalk was broken and felt very loose, and the flasher unit was knackered as well so that's been fixed now as well.
I've also acquired a stage 1 kit from Minispares and a standard air filter housing, so fitting that will be a nice job to tackle while this lockdown is in place.
Here's a photo of the floor mats in place:
And from the outside with the new indicator lenses fitted, and after a bit of a clean!
Next on the list of jobs is fitting the stage 1 kit, along with some bulkhead soundproofing and the standard air filter setup to bring down the cabin noise, then adjusting the rear brakes.
Longer term I want to sort out the interior and smarten up the exterior to bring it up to the same standard as the shiny paint. One idea I'm playing around with is asking "what if the 998 Cooper was still a production model in the 1990's" and trying to re-create what that might've been, but at the same time I'm also hesitant to "Cooperify" the car and take away its original identity as a Neon... any opinions would be welcomed there! Either way I'm keen to get rid of the bonnet & boot stripes as they're not really to my taste... it's just annoying that they're painted rather than stuck on so that'll have to wait until I feel like shelling out for a partial respray
Edited by W1NG3D, 01 September 2020 - 08:02 PM.