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#1 pusb

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 03:51 PM

Anyone care to give a valuation?


Edited by pusb, 16 February 2021 - 01:25 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2021 - 04:06 PM

nice car, but expect a 3k+ bill to fix the transmission..

But I'll give you 2.5k for it.



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 06:50 PM

nice car, but expect a 3k+ bill to fix the transmission..

But I'll give you 2.5k for it.

 

Well that's depressing!

 

If that's the case I might as well break it for parts 



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 07:08 PM

Only if you think you can break it for more than 2.5k

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 07:12 PM

Only if you think you can break it for more than 2.5k

 

I am being slightly tongue in cheek but there's "restored" shells on Ebay going for £2k!



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 07:38 PM

What would you consider selling it for then, you asked for a valuation..

The problem with it being a jap mini auto is, unless you break it your choices are, recondition the transmission, convert it to manual (you'll need a manual mpi engine for that) or replace the tyranny for a second hand unit, which unfortunately is unique to that model, so you need one from a jap mpi/spi mini.

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 07:56 PM


Only if you think you can break it for more than 2.5k


I am being slightly tongue in cheek but there's "restored" shells on Ebay going for £2k!

Low balls you then makes you an offer, wonder why.

Pinch of salt..

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 08:28 PM

Personally I think the £2.5k offer is generous.The values of sick non running Minis is becoming unbelievably high.From experience you break it by selling one part,store the rest for ages,move house and scrap it.Good luck,Steve..

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 08:44 PM

Surely a complete engine and manual gearbox swap that'll cost you a grand will be worth 5-6k when done?



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 10:36 PM

To convert to manual

Allow

£1500 for a hopefully?? good Mpi engine and box

Manual subframe or adapter plates

New clutch pedal or pedal box

New master cylinder plus pipe work

New gear lever, linkage and gaiter etc

Maybe new cv joints

Probably more that I’ve forgotten

So about £2k in parts

Plus labour £1500 or the tools to do it yourself £500+

So Say £3.5k done for you or £2.5k if you can/want do it yourself

Either way you’ve still only got a mini that’s probably worth £5.5k

Doesn’t really add up if you are selling it, sell it with the problem
to someone who wants a project and can fix it themselves
But be honest when selling it

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 03:12 PM

I'm forced to agree with the comments already made it probably £2.5k to £3k as its future is likely be a conversion to manual for the points Guessworks already made.

 

The prices for engines and manual gearboxes in good condition are rising steadily on the other hand the cost of mechanicals versus bodywork makes it worthwhile if you or a potential buyer either has the bits or can source them at reasonable cost. Far rather do the mechanicals on a solid JDM shell than the body on a rotten UK one with good mechanicals.

 

Apart from the obvious parts for the manual conversion it would be possible to fit a good earlier and more plentiful SPi motor and gearbox with some wiring changes and either the earlier ECU or use an MPi flywheel with the one on it.

 

Could make a nice project 

 

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 08:09 AM

 

 

Only if you think you can break it for more than 2.5k


I am being slightly tongue in cheek but there's "restored" shells on Ebay going for £2k!

Low balls you then makes you an offer, wonder why.

Pinch of salt..

 

Becuase if you read the rest of the comments, it's about what it's worth with a failing transmission....

Normally I would not have even bothered with an offer, but it's local and I like it, and I'm probably one of the people about which can do pretty much all the options available.



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Posted 18 January 2021 - 09:37 PM

Please let me know if you decide to sell, I'm looking for a project.

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 02:38 PM

Well this morning I thought I would have a go at seeing if an oil change would make much difference.

 

It had 10w40 semi synthetic in before, so I thought I would try 10w40 mineral instead.

 

The slipping on kickdown has now all but gone. It still flares though on 4th gear most of the time.

 

So now I don't know what to think

 

Also during the change I found that the oil filter housing was very loose, which might explain why my oil light was previously taking a long time to go out (I think the filter was draining each time the engine was switched off)



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Posted 23 January 2021 - 02:44 PM

Don't over tighten the bolt through the oil filter, I have new filters and O rings here in Rugby... bolt only needs tightening to 14ftlb, any more and you can mishape the cannister and it'll leak oil for ever more.

If it's have some dubious oil through it it, then you will need to change theoil 2 or 3 times as you only ever ( at best ) change 2/3rds of the oil in each change..

Once it's started flaring into top, then there's no real coming back, the damage has been done.






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