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Old 01-08-2019, 02:40 PM   #16
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cool cant wait for next instalment
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:29 PM   #17
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Thank's MattG, do I qualify for access to the 16v Club area yet or does the 16v engine need to be in the car?

January 1992 I designed the rear suspension cage. There are also some drawings of the cross beams and brackets, I can only imagine I must have drawn these after I actually fitted them to the car, unless I redrew them as the dates are the 5th January 1992, and according to my notes and pictures I installed the cross beams in December 1991

These are the designs for the cage that goes up to the top of the rear strut.



When I was at school I did technical drawing, and it was one of the subjects I was actually good at, these days I'd just knock it up in Sketchup and have a nice 3D model.

Individual lengths of 25 x 25 box



Rear subframe mount bracket



Rear cross beam



Seems I used rather heavy duty 3mm box, oh well there shouldn't be too much weight there.

Front cross beam and position in the Mini



The lower suspension arms were made narrower - this is something I need to check and modify as I doubt any real attention was paid to the effects on camber etc. and they were also modified again as you will see below.



Jig for the up and over suspension frame work



Frames fitted in the car



At this point it was decided to lower the subframe by 25mm for whatever reason.

Suspension up and overs in place



Now into February 1992

This a combination of the Lancia lower brackets and Ford Capri struts



Completed rear struts, the springs and adjuster kit was £55



Now in to March I had to work out how to mount the strut tops, no idea if any suspensions calcs were involved - I think I measured the strut tops of the Lancia and just reduced as per the bottom arms.



If you look carefully in the background of the above picture you can just make out an MGB Roadster I was restoring for my boss. It turned out pretty good, but I failed to take into account it had bowed, so the door gaps were out, but he was very happy with it - that had even more new panels than the Mini, and is the reason I ended up with a very good mig welder -he wanted the MGB restored before the business closed.

Here's the first strut mount fabricated and welded in



Here's the mini sat on it's own new rear suspension for the first time





Modified the lower arms again, I think there was some issue that I couldn't use the original hub steering arms to control toe control arms. This was done just as a quick temporary fix so the car could be move with out the rear wheels trying to steer. Certainly needs a re-design, and I have ordered a chassis and suspension design book for some pointers.



Well that's March 92, so now into April



I now need to scan the rest of the photo's in.

In case anyone is wondering what the rear wheels are from, they were off my brothers (he helped a lot on the Mini) Lada Estate, they are shod with 185/60R13 rubber which is probably well past its best now. Whilst I'm thinking of the Lada, that was something else and oh so much fun, you see it was fitted with a 2ltr Fiat Twin cam, and that made it one very quick Lada. We had so much fun with the boy racers in their Maestro EFI's, XR2's, XR3i's etc, it was quicker than all of them. It was certainly a major embarrassment for them to be beaten by a Lada, especially for the poor lads in their MK2 Escort that went in the middle of nowhere.

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:05 PM   #18
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This is the bollocks!!!!

Loving reading/looking at the pics.

Nice one matey

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Old 02-08-2019, 07:03 AM   #19
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Thank's MattG, do I qualify for access to the 16v Club area yet or does the 16v engine need to be in the car?
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:12 AM   #20
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Thanks Dave, I certainly hope it will be especially when I get the 16v Turbo lump into her

Thanks MattG, I'll go take look.
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Old 19-08-2019, 07:40 PM   #21
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Back at the beginning of June I sent off my V5 log book for the Mini for a change of address, sometime back in the 90's I'd also written the new engine CC and number on there. I expected to be in trouble for not changing it sooner.

Then mid June I received a letter asking me to supply photos of the car, it's number plates and VIN/chassis number. It seems during the rebuild or the intervening years I've misplaced the VIN plate and chassis number plate. So I was told to send photo's of what I had and an explanation of why I didn't have the VIN and chassis plate which I did.

Eight weeks later I receive another letter, stating they've found a discrepancy (doesn't mention what it is though), and again asking for pictures of the VIN and chassis number, and also that I complete a 'Built up vehicle report"

So I think the discrepancy mentioned above is that the CC is now 1995 and a non Mini related engine number was on the back of the V5.

So a little more research and it turns out there is a point scoring system which you need to score 8 points on to retain the number plate, I scored 2. Also scoring less than 8 means it will need an IVA test.

Oh I do miss the good old days
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Old 21-08-2019, 07:00 AM   #22
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Looks like you need to find either that vin plate or dare a suggest another one cough cough
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Old 21-08-2019, 09:24 AM   #23
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There are ways to find the VIN plate, but I'd still be running a vehicle that was technically illegal as its radically modified. So given the work I still need to do it would make sense to build it to pass an IVA test, from what I've read most of it is safety related so a good thing.

Most annoying thing is I'd loose the 40 year old road tax exemption.
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Old 22-08-2019, 11:42 PM   #24
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There are ways to find the VIN plate, but I'd still be running a vehicle that was technically illegal as its radically modified. So given the work I still need to do it would make sense to build it to pass an IVA test, from what I've read most of it is safety related so a good thing.

Most annoying thing is I'd loose the 40 year old road tax exemption.

Chap on TMF Iva'd a Z Cars mini 10 years ago now, here's his thoughts and suggestions on that can of worms, if you choose to open it.

http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums...st-list-hints/
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Old 23-08-2019, 06:45 AM   #25
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Thanks juggernaut I've already read it, the way I see it I don't have any legal choice. I will have to have a proper read up of the requirements - I'm use to interpreting DVSA rule books as I manage an HGV workshop.
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Old 23-08-2019, 09:16 AM   #26
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Here's a bit of light reading for you

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...val-iva-scheme
https://www.gov.uk/government/public...le-category-m1

Perfect cure for insomnia
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Old 24-08-2019, 06:37 AM   #27
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Thanks Phaeton, had a quick look at the shorter document, what makes it complicated is that they are covering so many different scenarios, does anybody know with certainty whether I'd require a basic IVA or normal IVA?
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Old 24-08-2019, 02:30 PM   #28
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Should be Basic Iva, individual self built if you have proof that you personally built it, which you obviously have.
Have run a few VW trikes through and in reality it wasn’t to bad.
Best to ring the Iva test centre and explain to them what you have.
Beatle engine has the high C o emission standard.
Your engine if fitted with a cat as standard may need it to pass its emissions rating.
As I say best to contact them before you run it up.



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Old 25-08-2019, 07:36 AM   #29
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Thanks Geordie, I may well do that, although I do have a long way to go before it's ready, but the info would be useful.

I also wonder if it would be worth getting the IVA done with the current engine in there which doesn't require a cat. Once it's registered as a mid engine Mini changing just the engine would not be enough to trigger another IVA test, but that would create a lot of additional wor,k so probably not worth the hassle.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:52 PM   #30
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So I finally got around to scanning in the rest of the pictures, unfortunately I don't get a lot of spare time, as when the weathers good I'm out in the garden finishing off the landscaping, I'll be glad when this is finished.

The tunnel and box section was strengthened, this was April 1992. Just noticed in this picture all the spot welds was beefed up, seem to remember this was to strengthen the shell - you can see it up the B post.



C posts strengthened with an inner skin.





May 1992, template for cutting out rear arches. In the foreground is the MG I was renovating at the time for my employer.



N/S/R arch cut out and plated



My brother working on the O/S/R arch



O/S/R wheel tub completed



N/S/R wheel tub prior to painting



Sitting low - no front suspension



My brother cleaning up the front bulkhead - yes he is using an oxy-acetylene torch, probably to help clean off the underseal.



Gear stick and linkage installed



Cleaning underneath



Rear subframe, engine and suspension





June 1992

I didn't think that the front shock mount, or more to the point the four little bolts would handle the suspension loads, so I made some top mounts. Nowadays I see lots of Mini's with front coil overs, and considering there is less weight in the front of mine it would have been fine.





Front subframe all cleaned, painted and built up with overhauled disc brakes.



It was shortly after this picture was taken that the company closed down, and I went to work elsewhere. So my weekends of working on the Mini in a nice workshop came to an end.



I still regularly worked on the car (it was stored in a local compound on it's trailer), can't remember where I worked on it, it may have been at home, it may have been in the yard or at the garage next door to my old employer. My notes show that between July 92 and August 93 I regularly done jobs on it, fitting the front suspension, making up water pipes and getting the engine running. The last note is for 15 August 93, shortened one driveshaft.

The upper one is the original Lancia Beta shaft, the lower one is the shortened prototype shaft.



Not sure if I shortened both, but the prototype was sent off to Jack Knight (Developments) who then made up two brand new shafts for the sum of £366 in December 93, a lot of money for me back then.



And the Mini finally drove under it's own power



That's pretty much how it is today, I may have other pictures, I have loads in envelopes that never got put in albums.

I'll leave it there for this update.

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