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Old 27-12-2005, 08:45 PM   #16
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Hi,

I've updated my site, new progress on the subframe:

http://www.velde.co.uk/mini/mexico.htm#27-12-05

I welcome any input

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Old 20-02-2006, 09:43 PM   #17
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seems like I'm just posting in my own thread
Here's some more progress on the subframe:

http://www.velde.co.uk/mini/mexico.htm#20-2-2006.

I'd welcome any comments

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Old 21-02-2006, 04:38 PM   #18
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Looks good Wouter. Finally some progress!
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Old 27-02-2006, 08:07 PM   #19
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Quote:
finished frame?
it's far from finished . I just put it in the car to trial fit the engine and see what modifications I need to do.

More to come, hopefully later this week.

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Old 21-07-2006, 09:04 PM   #20
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it has been quite a while that I actually worked on the subframe. I've been reorganising my workshop, sorting out many bits and pieces, and finally today made some progress! Photos to follow soon on my website.

I made some sketsches for the under bars, and grinding out the tie rod mounts from the original mini subframe. Tomorrow I'll prefit the engine again in the engine bay, to discover the ideal mounting place for the bars.

I made the bars a-symetric, so one is lower than the other, actually it's not a French garden, so I believe I'm allowed to. As said before, pics to follow soon!

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Old 23-07-2006, 09:39 PM   #21
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As promised in my previous posting, here are my photos:
http://www.velde.co.uk/mini/mexico.htm#2372006

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Old 14-08-2006, 10:14 AM   #22
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Hi!

I wished I had more time! Yesterday I found a couple of hours to work on the engine mounts. You can view the pictures here: http://www.velde.co.uk/mini/mexico.htm#1382006.

Now I'm only worrying about where to put the alternator, It seems like I will have to few space for the drive-belt between subframe and distribution cover. Any suggestions are welcome!

At Southern Mini Days I found a set of MK1 rear lights for a reasonable price. As you may have noticed I like the seventies-colors, so mexico-brown as well. At the same show I met some Italians with an even more beautiful teint of brown. Luckily I could write down the color-codes.

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Old 15-08-2006, 09:28 PM   #23
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This evening I went up to BMC (Bart) to check out his project. Since he mounted the exact same engine as I am working on, I wanted to see in real life how he did it. I was lucky we could go for a drive...one word: W O W!!!!

This is 'only' 130 hp, so I wonder how cool the vtec would be!

Thanks again Bart!

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Old 22-08-2006, 12:27 PM   #24
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No problem!
hope you got some inspiration and new ideas!
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Old 27-08-2006, 09:40 PM   #25
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Hi,

in the last two weekends I spent a whole lot of time in my workshop. Although it seems I didn't do that much, it took me a whole lot of time to figure out the engine mounts. Finally I got all three of them in place, although I need to move them a bit. Luckily I didn't weld them through, so it's still easy to remove.

Pictures available on my site: www.velde.co.uk/mini/mexico.htm#2782006

I welcome any comments (and compliments:P)

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Old 28-08-2006, 06:23 AM   #26
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looks good!
on mine the back sits a bit higher , and it s a bit more tilted forward, with the bottom of the oilpan level. but i dont think it matters much.
(btw the cabel is pull, and the mini clutch is push operated )
good luck!
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Old 29-08-2006, 09:44 PM   #27
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Two other days of measuring, welding, grinding, thinking and welding again have resulted in the fact that I finally have my engine in the correct position! yeehaa!

full report on www.velde.co.uk/mini/mexico.htm#2982006





next job: finish the rear mount and put the suspension & wheels back on, hopefully ready by the weekend!

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Old 31-08-2006, 04:51 AM   #28
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Wouter,
A question on the timing side mount. Will the oem ZC1 engine bracket fit inside the front wing without fouling on the headlight area? When I mocked mine up it was sticking out too far forward and I thought it would be in the way. JS
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Old 31-08-2006, 07:09 AM   #29
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A question on the timing side mount. Will the oem ZC1 engine bracket fit inside the front wing without fouling on the headlight area? When I mocked mine up it was sticking out too far forward and I thought it would be in the way.
Hi,

I fitted the engine with that subframemount already in the car (after measuring). The mount is about 26 cm's high, including the bolt still sticking out, measured from the front subframe mount. It comes only 2 cm outside the subframe towards the headlight area while there's about 7 cm space

I will need to figure out how to mount the alternator on this Probably tonight I'm going to fit the whole lot in the car again.

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Old 31-08-2006, 08:58 PM   #30
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Hi,

today I finished the rear engine mount, but I realized I need to re-structure it and probably take away more of the original frame. It is hard to get it over the steering-rack. Did anybody say this was going to be easy?

Strudel, you were a bit right about the timingside engine mount. However, it will fit, in the engine bay but I can't get the subframe in the car with the mount on it. Luckily I just tagged it, and I will only need to weld on some strips, drill them through and mount them with nuts and bolts.

more tomorrow...

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