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#1 IrregularCobra

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:55 AM

I have not owned a Mini for nearly 20 years and have finally bit the bullet and bought one. It's a 1979 1275 GT which has been customised, I prefer aspic cars to be factory standard which I will slowly take it back to.

#2 Chris1275gt

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 01:33 PM

Hi welcome, any pictures of how it is now before the transformation of the car and your bank balance!

#3 Maccmike8

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 03:32 PM

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#4 IrregularCobra

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 05:01 PM

Three things to change first,

Dashboard back to original.Attached File  received_946400885907548.jpeg   64.1K   1 downloads

Sort out the back end, riding too low and causing the wheel to knock on something. Poorly executed lowering, I think.
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I'm pretty sure the wheels are to big, too wide or both, currently 12inch yokohama but I think they should be 10inch. Rubbing on something in the wheel arch.Attached File  received_4195631247140645.jpeg   63.08K   1 downloads

#5 mini-mad-mark

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 09:43 PM

Welcome - 1275GT of that year would be 12 inch wheels as standard but yours look like 6 inch wide whereas standard would be 4.5" so without the correct arch mods rubbing is almost certain at some points with 6 inch wide wheels.

 

Looks like plenty to do to convert back to fully standard, not least converting back to a clubman front?

 

I don't want to sound negative but sure others will be thinking the same as me - is this really a 1275GT that someone has gone to the trouble of converting the clubman front to a round nose or has it been re-shelled into a round nose shell 

Or is it just a "standard" mini with a 1275cc engine capacity change and not actually a 1275GT?



#6 Chris1275gt

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 11:00 PM

I was thinking the same as mini mad Mark have you got any commission badge or vin number badge a 79 1275gt should have an E2D2 car no badge and the commission starts with S20D.

#7 IrregularCobra

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 09:26 AM

The more I look at it and read your comments The more I'm thinking it may well not be a 1275GT. The engine number and chassis number match on documents and plates so definitely a 1275. But the documents and insurance say it's an Austin Morris GT, and I'm thinking the documents maybe wrong, if so I'll have to sort it out.

Then again it is 42 years old so may well not be original engine or colour.

When I say back to original I meant to get it is close as possible, Dashboard going back to how it should be with either the centre clock or wood dash depending on how it came out the factory, my 75 clubman estate had two dials not three.

As for the wheels they are definitely too wide so going back to 4.5 x 12. Which means I'll have a set going on ebay and FB marketplace.

Not sure if it came with the sunroof or not but that's going to be staying.

Whether it's a GT or not I'm happy with it, overall its in good nick with only minor body imperfections, apart from the few changes I've mentioned I'm not going to be messing with it too much. Just keep on top of things and sort anything that could turn into major and expensive repair.

Thank you guys for your input. Any other advice will be much appreciated.

Edited by IrregularCobra, 27 July 2021 - 09:31 AM.


#8 Chris1275gt

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Posted 27 July 2021 - 10:40 AM

Have a look at this with the vin numbers you have on the badge and should give you a clue to what the badge relates to.

https://5185a40b-a-6...&attredirects=0




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