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Old 13-05-2019, 07:51 AM   #1
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Question Lowcost Conversions that work

Hi all! Mini owner hailing from South Africa, I have a shell at the moment not very pretty but she will do for now. I'm looking for advice and inspiration as to what motor I should base my build around, my choices are:
  • 16v Twincam 4AGE S3
  • SR20
  • 1.8T 20v VW
  • A series 850cc

also having a hard time deciding to turbo or not. and how to tackle a build that's this big. any help would be appreciated


I am a student so looking for something low cost i have the gearbox and motor of the 4AGE so leaning towards that, also are there any threads on a 4age build i can read through?

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Old 13-05-2019, 08:13 AM   #2
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I’ve never heard of a Toyota engine’d mini (doesn’t mean they don’t exist). The only easy and cheap one there is the 850...

There’s an SR20 build on here but got abandoned for a Honda b series if I remember correctly.

If you want advice, go with something that’s been done before. Otherwise you’ll be tackling new problems at every turn.
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Old 13-05-2019, 09:01 AM   #3
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There is a Toyota build on here. It's a blue, Clubman. Looks a tidy fit. 5 speed box and around 150bhp if I remember correctly.

I don't even know what a SR20 motor is!

The Audi lump is massive. It also weighs loads. It's a popular choice in bigger cars but not really suitable in a Mini.

If you stick with the 850 A series, these are only about 30bhp! The car would be original but very slow.

From the choices you posted, the Toyota stands out as best to me.
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Old 13-05-2019, 09:31 AM   #4
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SR20, a Nissan motor found in Silvias, 180s, bluebirds etc.

Probably the worst sounding 4pot of all time in my opinion. Came in n/a or turbo guise, sr20det. Might sound horrible but they can make impressive power and are quite reliable.
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Old 13-05-2019, 09:32 AM   #5
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4AGE build

https://www.16vminiclub.com/showthread.php?t=20788
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Old 13-05-2019, 10:11 AM   #6
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Out of all the options I would go with the 850.
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Old 13-05-2019, 05:22 PM   #7
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Toyota-4a...cAAOSwAJdcvFNh

I don't see how the exhaust would fit though.

Apart from an 850 mini engine, you picked all the difficult rarely been tackled conversions. K series for low cost and great results would be a good choice...
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Old 13-05-2019, 11:34 PM   #8
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Ok thumz , welcome to the best forum in the world, !!
Lucky for you thers plenty of knowledge here.
I myself, have read so many things here, that's good,
I myself, am leaning towards a drop on system,
You find a car and drop the mini shell , into it, lol.
It gets exspencive when you have to "replace" things that are already built into a car, , wires, frame, brakes, ect ect,
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I sold one of those on Fleecebay a few years ago for 1, it cost me more in diesel to go to the garage to allow the guy to collect it.

There used to be a user on here years ago with a 4AGE engine conversion, this is I think his page, Spagweb
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Old 18-05-2019, 04:38 PM   #10
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Of the options, the Toyota would be the best. Used to be done reasonably commonly on here, but not so many of the engines about now. Lots of the threads with details now have dead pictures, which doesn't help.

Won't be straightforward though, they never are!
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