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Old 25-06-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Well it was pointed out that i havn't done a build diary for the Swift conversion i'm doing for the missus so here it is.

I have to say a big thank you to Steve S who has been pointing me in the right direction and been round a few times to check up on progress and give me a hand
The mini itself didn't need anything cosmetic doing to it really but will get a re-spray next year when we have more funds.

Ive been busy doing the subframe and its now on it 3rd alteration and this was the final revision and i'm happy with it engine goes in and out nice.

So here is the progress so far.

The only patch's i had to do.




version 1 of the frame which required the side rails moving higher and out a bit to accomodate the pullies.




i'll get some more shots of the subframe tomorrow when ive finished doing the engine mounts. These took most of the day after a visit from Steve earlier this morning got me going on the right track.

This is a Suzuki Swift fan that i cut down.......both the fan mount and the blades keeping it Suzuki and all




The mini fan shroud has been turned around and ive welded some tabs on to fix it to the inner wing.


Rad mounted nice and neat




whilst the engine is out i gave it a clean and replaced the timing belt and the clutch. i noticed a small leak on the oil pan as well so resealed this as well.


A bit of tarting up was done as well






I'll post another undate when ive got the mounts done

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Old 25-06-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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Nobody will ever notice it's not an A series with the green cam cover "camouflage".
Look forward to watching the rest of your build.
Are you planning on anything special or is it going to be a standard G13B, hidden in a standard looking Mini?
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Old 25-06-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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Nobody will ever notice it's not an A series with the green cam cover "camouflage".
Look forward to watching the rest of your build.
Are you planning on anything special or is it going to be a standard G13B, hidden in a standard looking Mini?
Nothing special at all just a sleeper

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Old 25-06-2011, 09:37 PM   #4
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Nice one Paul, keep up the good work,
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Old 25-06-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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What inlet are you going for or have you managed to avoid bulkhead mods with the standard manifold?

Looking good.
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Old 26-06-2011, 06:10 AM   #6
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What inlet are you going for or have you managed to avoid bulkhead mods with the standard manifold?

Looking good.
Standard inlet manifold but i'm having it shortened by 1" so i don't have to haack the car about.

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Old 26-06-2011, 02:20 PM   #7
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Hi Paul,

Looks like you haven't fitted a hydro slave cylinder as yet.
Are you going to use std cast iron exhaust manifold or do you still need stainless steel flange? I got one here you said you want it. If you don't I just use it myself!
Your diff cover might touch back of the subframe if you are to keep your exhaust manifold with in round front in current setup.

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Old 26-06-2011, 09:35 PM   #8
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Looks like you haven't fitted a hydro slave cylinder as yet.
Are you going to use std cast iron exhaust manifold or do you still need stainless steel flange? I got one here you said you want it. If you don't I just use it myself!
Your diff cover might touch back of the subframe if you are to keep your exhaust manifold with in round front in current setup.

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Atchi its a bit of a budget build now so i'm using the standard cast manifold you might as well use the stainless one. The hydro slave is still on order but havn't even thought about it yet.

ive altered the subframe (version 2 i think) to take into account the diff. I removed quite a lot at the back of the subframe and welded in a bit more strength further back.

All the mounts are done but it got too hot to do anymore welding anyhow a rare family meal on the patio looked a far better prospect so i sacked it for the day

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Old 27-06-2011, 07:58 PM   #9
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got the engine mounts finished today and the engine in and sat on the mounts Ive still to give em a bit of a grind and make them look nice. I also have to make the rear mount a bit smaller as its em......a bit agricultural

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I'll be doing all the little finishing bits tomorrow and spraying the subby and mounts.

On a side note when i had got the engine in i thought i had better show Laurence so i went and got her. She said with a straight face.......'is it running'?

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[QUOTE=PaulW;242752]got the engine mounts finished today and the engine in and sat on the mounts Ive still to give em a bit of a grind and make them look nice. I also have to make the rear mount a bit smaller as its em......a bit agricultural

Looking good, No one will ever see the rear mount, just get it painted, I used to love watching Fred Dibner.
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got the engine mounts finished today and the engine in and sat on the mounts Ive still to give em a bit of a grind and make them look nice. I also have to make the rear mount a bit smaller as its em......a bit agricultural

Looking good, No one will ever see the rear mount, just get it painted, I used to love watching Fred Dibner.
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It gets in the way steve when you put the engine in steve. The one on the engine rear is fine it's the one on the frame that's. Bit big
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Old 27-06-2011, 09:38 PM   #12
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Hi Paul,

Does an oil filter goes OK?
It looks like where your front engine mount is in the way...
How about your sump?
It looks too low, I hope I'm wrong but it does seems....

Your engine angle looks quite straight so your oil sump will be in wrong angle but I'm sure it will be alright. I'm not trying to picking your mistake, I'm just trying to tell you not to make same mistake as I did!

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Hi paul, This is a pick of phil's tie bar showing how tight the clearances are, hope this helps .
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:42 AM   #14
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Well back in the garage after an 8 month break for work Ive been working away in redcar for 5 of the months and didn't even step inside my garage for the odd day when i was home.

Better get this one finished as Laurence wants to do the lakes tour so i have a bit of a dead line

No idea whats left to do as i really can't remember but i'll post updates as they happen.

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Hi paul, This is a pick of phil's tie bar showing how tight the clearances are, hope this helps .
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Alternator looks well low - Allspeed one lifts it up to under the headlamp bowl...

worth considering. Fit the plastic shield too?

apologies for rubbish image - it's a scan from a rubbish print
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