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Old 07-04-2017, 01:01 PM   #1
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It's getting to the point where I need to do something with my little mini that has been dry stored for 3 years or so now. It's dusty and covered in bird sh*t but other than that it's alright, besides tyres/battery/brakes etc. I've got the chance to do some sort of conversion with my brother in law on it, and he's talking about a Pug 306 hdi 1.6 engine, running off the standard 4 speed gearbox. Brother in law is a mechanic and as far as welding/fab etc he's sound, just wondering if this conversion has been done ( can't find much ) or how easy it would be. We both have a week off in May, and wanted to get the whole job done as far as the conversions.
Any other suggestions for a rapid but easyish conversion. ..

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Old 07-04-2017, 01:07 PM   #2
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not many pug conversions ..

good luck doing it in a week ..

i have done a conversion in a weekend once using vauxhall engine , but i had done a few before ,and and all parts pre made..
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome Boss.
I'm not experienced, but brother in law is good on engine conversions, not mini specific but he's done his share of them, so I'll remain optimistic, if not i have a garage so the bulk can be done and then finished over summer,
I'm basically bringing the car from Lincolnshire down to Bracknell where I currently live, but moving house end of July, so needs to be done by then haha. Hence the time frame.
I'm looking at all my options, and of course we would ensure parts are pre made and ready to go where needed.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:45 PM   #5
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welcome to the mad house
i like the pug hdi, when i last looked it seemed too tall and a bit heavy,
i admit i only looked ??
and 4 speed sounds like a Bum stear
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:52 PM   #6
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Give some thought as to what you want to use the mini for before you choose an engine for conversion.
If you want big power then the Honda and Vauxhall or even Rover engines will get you there. If you want reliability and a car that is more like the original mini to drive, then probably a Micra or Swift Gti or Ford ecoboost. Or you can go lightweight with a bike engine.
Or be pioneer and go for the Pug diesel.

As for doing it in a week... I'll believe it when I see it!
I thought mine would take a year and I'm two and a half years into it now (but still enjoying it).
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