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Old 21-04-2018, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hi all, Iím a mini enthusiast in the beginnings of a mini restoration. I live in the US and Sid is being restored in the UK, we have yet to meet. Sid is a 1960 Austin Seven, originally red with grey interior, has a really solid body, but needs doors fitted better and his front clip had been modified to allow removal - this will be reattached.

Sidís running gear is still being specified but we aim to use a K1100 16v head setup weíve already sourced. Iím looking to build a reliable driver that can keep up in traffic as well as cruise long distances in the highway. We have a couple of other tricks planned as well to make the car more enjoyable to drive.

Overall, the target with this build is a resto mod. The interior will look stock from the 60ís, we have a Japanese Mini AC unit, and a pair of 59 Mini Registry under seat baskets that have been wired as speakers. The exterior will be the same, as factory as possible with the exception of minilites.

Iím looking forward to checking out the forums and learning from all of your experiences! Any advice or input is always appreciated!

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Old 21-04-2018, 05:40 PM   #2
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Lovely jubbly, nice car to get stuck into
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Old 22-04-2018, 10:56 AM   #3
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That Mini looks too nice to be on here! You will probably get slated for doing an engine conversion on it and almost certainly reduce its market value which is silly as the conversion will cost a fair amount!

You stated long crusing car journeys as your aim so in that case you want to look more at the gearbox. In particular the final drive. I think a 2.9 would be the best for you. You do not want straight cut gears. Horrible, noisy things! I would also invest in a cross pin diff. The diff is a common failure on even normal powered Mini's.
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Old 23-04-2018, 02:48 PM   #4
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I can hear the pitchforks and torches coming from here...

Keep us updated with regular progress pics
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I can hear the pitchforks and torches coming from here...



Keep us updated with regular progress pics


lol yeah I can see the glow coming over the hill! Should have new photos from the body shop this week!


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Old 23-04-2018, 03:36 PM   #6
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Welcome!
The purists donít mind a K head conversion compared to a full engine swap because your still keeping with the A series.
Nice car, looking forward to seeing some updates


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