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Old 23-07-2004, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hi ppl,

I have started to build 16v Mini last year, well kind of.
I looked into buying Gti engine for while but without good contact, it was very difficult to get hold of.
After joining ebay and searching I found one.
But it was without gearbox.
So, I looked for Swift owners club web site.
Bingo, I got engine, gearbox, drive shaft, ECU, Inlet&Ex manifold with wring for 150.

This is all after costing how much I have to pay to get 5 speed gear box for Mini 2.5k and 16V KAD head for 3K and all other stuff I need .
So it is a good saving by me fitting this engine.

I will start to upload pics when I find out how !
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Old 23-07-2004, 09:30 PM   #2
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Ok, after looking many Zuki Gti engined Mini on web and so on.
I made myself a subframe jig using scrap tubing I found in scrap bin at work.

Then I started to cut subframe.
I took it home and slotted engine and found out that I need to make 4 new brackets.
1 for alternator and 2 may be 3 engine mounts.


I have now made alternator bracket.
My friend offered me a metro subframe and Tim of Minimail gave me a hydro subframe to do what ever I want to do.
I might make hybrid subframe as well, since I'm making hybrid so why not.
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Old 24-09-2004, 05:55 AM   #3
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Hi ppl,

Ok, update so far.
No engine mounts is done yet but got 1 Toyota Camry!?(did I spell it right?) engine mounts.
They are about 1 inch smaller than Swift ones.
Both upper and lower arms is more or less done on both side.
I start to make front subframe mounts to be 3 inch lower than it should be.
When I finish making them, I will post it and show it to you guys.

As I speak, my cylinder head will be made to take Yamaha R1 carbs .
My wife will be away with a new born and an older daughter to visit her forks for 2 weeks.
She said I can do my mini as much as I want (may be telling me to get on with it!?).
So, I should see some progress from next week.

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Old 06-10-2004, 09:59 PM   #4
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Ok, I thought I manage to make one engine mounts.

But NO! .
An engine mount is further forward than front subframe mout .
I don't hink I can keep this angle any more.
I think I have to make them 0-5 degrees compared to 15.

Back to the drawing board.....
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Old 03-11-2004, 11:23 PM   #5
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OK, here is update.

I managed to make subframe then it is very easy to twist.
So, I have start to make subframe from scratch.
It will take time but I would like to over engineer rather than take risk.

I will take pics as I go along.
Cylinder head is modified to take Yamaha R1 carbs, but taking time but get there soon.

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Old 23-11-2004, 11:19 PM   #6
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OK,
I have managed to make some of subframe bit.
I did make it with 3mm thick steel tube or angle steel.
I hope it is strong enough.


I need to make connection part between 2 towers and to front mount.
It will be made by X'mas to new year....I hope.

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Old 18-07-2005, 09:15 PM   #7
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Hi ppl,

It has been long time since I have updated.... .
When you have a little kids, it is very difficult to go in and shut out everything for more than 20 mins.

Anyhow, I managed to get along with my subframe a bit.

As you can see from pics that I have managed to make front engine mount and under gearbox mount.

I'm also started to make a back engine mount.
Mounts I used are Toyota Camry for the front, Austin Metro for the back and Mk1 Suzuki gearbox mount along with subframe from the donor car.

I will be staring to make drive shafts soon and engine steadies.

I'm still waiting for my cylinder head with Yamaha R1 carbs :roll: .
It is almost 1 year and 8months.....better be good .
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Old 18-08-2005, 06:56 AM   #8
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Hi ppl,

I have done a lot since I last updated.
I have now fitted subframe to body itself.
Due to my R1 carbs, I found out that I will need to get an alternative pedal box.
The break master cylinder is in the way for the carbs and still not sure what to do with clutch....

I have been to locate some pedalbox by visiting scrap yard and finally I have located one.
It is from MG Midget and it will require new bulkhead or some sort.

I shall put pics up when my camera come home with missus visiting her folks in N.Ireland.

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Old 24-08-2005, 07:12 AM   #9
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Hi,

Update time I think.
I have now fitted engine and gearbox to the subframe and bolted on to the body itself.


I then built flip front for the fitment of it.


Which looks OK and I don't need to modify any body panels, including the front engine mount.

Then I modified bonnet (take hinges off and lip due to come from mk2).


I will start to make new pedal box with MG Midget with new master cylinder. I think I will need 1" spacer to get it to be in right position.

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Old 23-10-2005, 10:20 PM   #10
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Hi ppl,

It has been long time since I have updated again....
After some consideration, I have posted message in UkSwift for different Diff ratio.

As some of you may know that I have MK1 Swift Gti as a round about.
I can tell you that it is very quick car for what it is.
The problem with gti is that diff ratio come with 4.1.
If I fit 4.1 diff with 165/70-10 mini wheels.... it will 4.7k rev for 70 mph.
So, I posted for better ratio and I managed to get hold of 3.52 diff and counter shaft.
With this ratio, I will be travelling at 3.8k rpm so it will be nice cruser for sure.
When I took gearbox a part.....all of my gears are shot and even wahser is broken to 10 pieces.....
So, clearly a rebuild, good job I got spare gearbox.
I'm busy rebilding my gearbox as well as body mod.

Did I tell you that I'm making Australian Monaco style Mini!?
I have now raked 12 degrees from the front screen and chopped 2 inch.
Also, lowered seat positions for front seats.
Also, using Suzuki steering rack and MG Midget pedal box....

I think I got a long, long away for me to get some driving....

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Old 01-12-2005, 10:46 PM   #11
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Ok, here goes...

Nearly there!


Not much original bulkhead left! I will need to relocate master cylinders to inside.


Well this is mock up so that I can see how much space I will have between bulkhead and my carbs.
This cylinder head will be going back to my tuner next week to finished it off.
I will have port and polished with one off inlet manifold directly bolt on to the head at correct angle for the carbs.


I hope you like it ppl!
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Old 01-12-2005, 11:52 PM   #12
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Old 02-12-2005, 09:55 AM   #13
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Looks v nice indeed !!!
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Old 21-01-2006, 11:11 PM   #14
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Now X'mas is over and let's fun begins....

Got back from Newcastle only to fall ill with Cold/Flu.
Then you think you got better... I got tonsillitis.

Still I managed to go in and do little work here and there.

I got bored with std looking Mini and moment of madness got hold better of me with my angle grinders.

Result:-

2 inch roof chop with 12 degrees raked front screen and deseamed body.


From pics you can see that I have now less head room than before with my CRX seats.

I have now cutout cross memeber and replace with 40x20x1.5 box section across the car for seat mounts as well as rigidity.
Also I have MG Midget pedalbox trial fitted to see angle is correct or not.
Well, it's not... I need to lay it more may be 5 degrees more and move backwards a bit.

I thought I was getting closer to finish... :roll: .
It feels like 2 steps ahead and go back 5 steps.

I can give you words of wisdom.
Don't drink and go in your garage.
You will regret it .

Cheers
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:59 AM   #15
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Hi,

Not much progress from on lookers point of view but....I did a lot.

From this pic you can see that I have made some modification to bulk head again.
I'm still waiting for my R1 carbs to be finished, so I have fitted GSXR-750 TB between carbs and Lotus airbox. Lokks good if I may say so..



I will be using Mini radiator but I think it will be 2 core high performance type.



Inside, I have now started to fit steering column with MG Midget pedalbox.
I will be using Suzuki column so it has universal joints to give myself a nice driving position.



Also, I'm considering single wiper conversion.
This is not for the looks, honest.
Since I have raked back front screen, std one will need to extend a bit as well as no space for me to mount a wiper motor and so on......

Any comment ppl?

Cheers
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