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Old 04-05-2012, 06:20 AM   #31
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #32
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Nice one. Strangly familiar
Working hard to get ours running and ready for Balatonfured.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:21 AM   #33
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I know that guy, he is a good friend, he built a g13b mini very well, I'll try to take some more pics if you want

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:34 AM   #34
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Smile Weekend Plans

Ready to go down to our workshop for the first of 3 intense build days

Will try and keep a record of each day and post regularly. Fully prepared with a box of and just printed my GTi wiring diagram off at 2x full size to put on the wall.

Looms had to be removed from the kitchen floor (no work around apparently LoL) and are now back in the workshop laid out ready for surgery.

Subframe is now fully welded. Driveshafts are measured and with the machine shop to be modified (back Wednesday).

My full size Haynes Manual is much smaller and our Mini GTs (imagine the Mini GT badge with a smooth type small Suzuki 'S' under the T) is starting to take shape quite quickly.

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:36 AM   #35
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I know that guy, he is a good friend, he built a g13b mini very well, I'll try to take some more pics if you want

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Thanks Arterz. Would be nice to see a solution (from anyone) for a hydraulic clutch actuator using the Mini verto type slave cylinder - read it somewhere but can't find the post so know it is possible.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:57 PM   #36
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Does this image help at all? Not my mini though..

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:46 PM   #37
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Thanks Purtsi - Ideal.

Decided to go with full Suzuki loom. Everything tagged so I know what can be culled or kept. Modification in the slot for tomorrow.

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Old 06-05-2012, 07:06 AM   #38
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Bit of a steady day yesterday. mainly Labelling the Loom off my diagram.

Surgery starts today. Should go from A floor loom

to A fully fitted bespoke one by end of today!
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:11 AM   #39
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After a productive couple of days the Suzuki Loom is now modified for the Mini

Saturday was spent laying out the Loom and tagging up with just a little planning as to how it ought to go in the Mini. It is a big gangly thing!



The Bare Dash


By the end of Saturday we had the loom assembled on the floor and fully Labelled.


Surgery started in earnest on Sunday morning after an hour spent labelling a Second Loom (for the Green One) off the other.

The Loom was fully opened up and clipped with 'Cable Tidy' so redundant wiring could be removed; Rear Wash Wipe, Power windows, mirrors, AirCon Connections etc. and rerouted where needed; Courtesy light ground wires, fuel pump etc.
The individual bits were then loosely placed in location in the shell to imitate the Mini Wiring Loom routes:









There is, inevitably, a big loop of wire to be lost on the cross-dash loom section. However, as departure for our trip to Balatonfured is at Tee-Minus 15 days I will leave it looped under the dash!

A tidying mod was made to bring the W/G 30A feed into the Fuse/Relay Box and also a controller block (function unknown..!). the main fuse strip was cut to remove the spare fuse position and the 30A feed inserted (Yellow Tab). The block is relay sized (but not a relay?) so this was located in one of the spaces reserved for Aircon (Green Tab).



A couple of good days which were not without their cost!...



More pictures on my Photobucket Album - http://s697.photobucket.com/albums/v...uild/Assemble/
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #40
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Default Another good day at the 'Pondarosa'

Paul and myself spent a productive day at the workshop today'

Paul cracked on with a cleaning mission. everthing that looked in need of tidying up was given the full treatment; wiper Motor and drive, front Shock mounts etc. His Piece de resistance is without doubt the Cam Cover. Cleaned in the Blasting Cabinet (Thanks to our mate Dicky) followed by a couple of coats of etch primer then numerous mist coats of gloss - beat my attempt at Hammeriting it and the not-so cool Niagara Falls of runs that resulted! Good Job No picture of his artwork tonight as Paul took those.

For me it was also a mission today but on the wiring side. yesterday everything was starting to drop into place. Today it was pretty similar... Managed to get the loom sections properly into the mini shell. The Instrument Pod had to be raised a little to fit the bulkhead blanker plate. Fortuitously, this created a tad more room underneath and to the rear.







The surplus of cable was fold-looped across the dash to narrow (no time to risk a bad connection by shortening off!). The plugs, connections to the fuses and routes to the rear and front of the Mini are now complete.



This has left just the location of the Main fuse + Relay Box to sort out. as I have no convenient engine to hang in place it was sensible to elect to leave the task of final positioning until Wednesday evening when the Subframe & Engine are returned... complete with a couple of willing helpers to assemble the doors, fit the headliner, rear 1/4s and glass.

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Will be driving it VERY soon
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #41
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Another blinding evening in the workshop.

Subframe and Engine returned so ready for the first fit into The Blue One. Bolted the Re-Engineered Standard Subframe in place and assembled the hubs (no driveshafts yet ) top & bottom arms with tie bars. Looking good so far. Engine crane to lift the G13B into place with the Inlet and Exhaust manifolds fitted. exhaust Manifold fouled the front cross bar (A standard cast Ex man would probably be fine). Unbolted and left loose. Engine dropped in like a dream and the Ex-Manifold needed only a little persuasion to fall into place and be bolted.

So far so good





Once we were happy with the general engine position the front end was retrieved and carefully fitted around the engine. The relocated tie bar mounts now bought the bar ends into contact with the valance panel. I elected to trim the excess thread off the tie bar end (about 10mm) leaving the bar end flush with the Nyloc Nut - gaining sufficient clearance to finally bolt the front end into place. Our removable front end is pretty much the same as Geoff's (SpNOam's) except we will have Sports pack Arches to deal with..

I still have my 2 pictures of Geoff's ride taken at Castle Combe taped to the whiteboard - Inspirational

Here is where we are this evening





The headliner is in place ready to be stretched into place tomorrow night - Thanks to Kenny O'Hare who is good with the task.


I have access to a 2 post ramp on Saturday & Sunday Night (Cheers Dicky)so will make best use of it.

MoT is booked for Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:31 AM   #42
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Good progress once again! btw. Do you need to lift the engine when changing the oil filter? I don't see much gap between the frame and the filter.

Which day you're leaving to Balatonfüred?
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:46 AM   #43
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Good Morning

No Oil filter just goes on without. I would leave a little more space next time. The Green One won't have a modified bulkhead.

We're leaving on Tue.22.May.12 for Balatonfured... Tee Minus 12 Days
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You got 3 more days than me to get the Mini ready I'm just fixing an oil leak behind the dash
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I have no dash LoL

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