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#1 popeye_the_mini

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 09:39 PM

Hi guys, thought I'd throw this thread together, this is Popeye my JDM import cooper 35, I've had him for just over 4 years now. I've done a fair amount of work since owning him, nothing too much just doing more of a refresh of most parts.

First couple of photos are the very first day he was delivered, sitting on some pepper pot wheels and then how he is now, all the chrome replaced with stainless steel, jbw wheels that a modern take of the original wheels on the UK 35s. Plenty of other work done but keeping it looking all original.

I've also started a YouTube channel for the car, he's been sat for 18 months whilst we had work done at the house so figured I'd record the work putting him back on the road and then just all the jobs I will do over time. The idea of the work I'll be doing is to do a restoration but bit by bit over several winters so when the summer rolls round I can still go out for a drive and enjoy it.

Here's the link to my channel I hope some of you subscribe and watch the videos.

https://youtube.com/...4LApc4a0EpngihA

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I'll update this thread as I get things done and also when a new video is up on YouTube, any questions too please feel free to shout up


Edited by popeye_the_mini, 07 March 2021 - 02:12 PM.


#2 ben

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 12:11 AM

I’ll be keeping an eye on the thread and YouTube, I’ve been looking at jdm 35s myself!

#3 popeye_the_mini

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 01:11 PM

I’ll be keeping an eye on the thread and YouTube, I’ve been looking at jdm 35s myself!


Honestly mate you can't go wrong with 1, I mean yeah some of the parts are hard to find/impossible or mad expensive but the quality of the car overall for what you pay is incredible and if it's anything like mine, it'll have been well looked after over in Japan

Don't listen to all the people who say they aren't as valuable as a UK mini, they were still built here and a fresh import is much better condition that the equivalent priced UK mini IMO

Thanks for the sub too on YouTube, I've been working on the mini over the weekend, got to finish it up this weekend and hopefully get another video by Sunday evening

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Posted 07 March 2021 - 07:50 PM

My new video has just gone up on YouTube

https://youtu.be/meplomrVmWU

My clutch slave cylinder let go so it's about me getting that fixed

If you could head over and check it out that would be great

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Posted 09 March 2021 - 01:43 PM

The JDM Minis, well any injection Minis in-fact, definitely look more challenging to work on than the old carb’d cars!

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Posted 10 March 2021 - 05:23 AM

The JDM Minis, well any injection Minis in-fact, definitely look more challenging to work on than the old carb’d cars!


Definatly Ben, there's alot more head scratching, swearing and struggling buttttt you get there eventually and I think they're worth the extra hassle to be honest, I don't think some people fully understand how much room the Aircon system takes up in the engine bay because it's everywhere

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Posted 20 March 2021 - 08:22 PM

Just put a new video up on my youtube channel

https://youtu.be/GvT2MnlnQYs

Started the work on my rear subframe to get the car back on the road this year. Came out easyish.....




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