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#31 longtimenomini

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 06:44 PM


Bung in the big bobbins on the b reg

Gear change refresh .....

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:32 PM

Right ... which led to needing to replace front linkage bush ...

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Posted 23 April 2021 - 05:29 PM

So , I do this to all my minis / metros . (Along with other tips/ tricks and design changes ... more to come) I use the longer mini moke KAD quickshift gear-lever . This brings the gear lever/ knob close to steering wheel ( a la touring car) it also eliminates the reach to get into 1st and 4th.

Much nicer / more comfortable and shorter movement to boot !

Have done a few now so can fully fit and reassemble in an hour.

Have gone for the black edition - less chrome ( suited more to 80’s metro)

Before

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During

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Note length difference

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After

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And the cherry .... had a bespoke insert made to match the original gear knob pattern / design

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This was insert that came with kit

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Oh, and a PS... don’t drop the gear knob while fitting , it will scratch it 🤦

#34 Maccmike8

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Posted 23 April 2021 - 07:10 PM

Very interesting and great work.


Edited by Maccmike8, 23 April 2021 - 07:12 PM.


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Posted 24 April 2021 - 06:49 AM

Very nice survivor.
In the early 80s the driving school I did my test with switched from mins to metros a week before my test.
I hated them, passed the test though and could not wait to get home and drive my mini van.

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Posted 24 April 2021 - 08:03 AM

Didn't know they did a Moke specific stick, nice idea & the extra leverage will help too.

 

I also reckon the ride height is ok, Mini tread ain't gonna fill the arches quite as much.



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Posted 24 April 2021 - 08:55 AM

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64.1 mpg ..... yeah not how I drive !

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Posted 01 May 2021 - 05:05 PM

Well It’s taken me several days ... of walking away from the job of replacing bearing / bush in front antiroll bar.

1st bearing bush was relatively easy
second One has tested my patience - could I get all the holes to line up on brackets/ subframe .?????!!! Got one bolt in then the other wouldn’t line up , started with different bolt ... then the other wouldn’t line up !

I won the war .... but the car certainly won the battles


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Posted 01 May 2021 - 06:23 PM


So after wrestling under car for last week ... wanted an easy ( unoily) job

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OE wiring was permanent live , so when I sort out stereo I will change it then.

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 01:24 PM

Just noticed the guard around the light switch. Don't recall that on any of my Metties, has someone added it or is it a revision from the factory? Guess it's to stop you accidently switching the lights o0n when extricating yourself over those giant sills



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Posted 02 May 2021 - 05:28 PM

Good progress. Still got that clunking noise on full lock now bushes are replaced?

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 06:38 PM

Just noticed the guard around the light switch. Don't recall that on any of my Metties, has someone added it or is it a revision from the factory? Guess it's to stop you accidently switching the lights o0n when extricating yourself over those giant sills


Didn’t have one on my 82 vp either... maybe was a later addition ? , mine is last year of Mk1

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 06:39 PM

Good progress. Still got that clunking noise on full lock now bushes are replaced?


Think so , not been out in it , but no noise shimmying cars around driveway

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 08:45 PM

When I fitted gear lever Bobbins I wasn’t happy with the newer ones .... they were a few mm taller than old ones and much softer which translated into even more movement on gear shift particularly laterally , so bought poly ones / same height as old ones and much stiffer / tighter / dialling out looseness both in and out of gears ( stationary at least).

I’ve attempted replacing front front stabiliser bush but abandoned that for now after realising I wasn’t going to be a quick job ( are they ever?)

Once that’s fitted it be really tight gear change

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Posted 22 May 2021 - 02:48 PM

Old school .... will they work ? ...... will they fit?.... will anybody care?


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Wheel saga .... now have 3 👍🏻.... one to go

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Nope they are not wide enough - yet

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998 HLE ... only 10 ‘on road’


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