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Old 07-08-2011, 11:00 PM   #31
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no need to cut it if youre cutting bulkhead. unless youre not tryin to cut the bulkhead. then use a hack saw. thats what i used on the wifes edlebrock. (d16)
I'm going to try and avoid cutting into the firewall. I do believe I will use a hacksaw, a 21st cetury hacksaw



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Old 08-08-2011, 01:02 PM   #32
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an air hacksaw will be a much better tool to use.. its much smaller and easier to fit into places..

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Old 18-08-2011, 03:37 AM   #33
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A small update:
Wrote into minitec just about some tec info. The following is the response.
"Josh,
We are going to use 4130 Chromoly tubing with .085 thickness. This should be the lightest frame that we have ever made. We have built some frames out of chromoly, but this will be the first MTB2. Ill let you know the weight difference after completion. We expect all of the material to be here early this week.
Thanks,
B.J."

I went online searching a bit trying to decide if ordering the QA1 shock kit from minitec would be cheaper than ordering from QA1 direct. These are my Findings:

Direct From QA1 to my house:



And we all know the minitec price:



Seems to be cheaper from MiniTec which im not going to lie, suprised me a little. However I got to looking at where the other like 500$ comes from when you switch from a MTB2Kit to the MTB2Package. The radiator.
MiniTec charges 400$! for their aluminium radiator. A quick search on google and I pulled this up. http://www.amazon.com/Godspeed-Alumi.../dp/B0051PSRIG What could possibly warrent 400$ for THIER half sized radiator??
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Old 20-08-2011, 01:20 AM   #34
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Yeah I questioned that too, but as a package I figured it would work best. You would only save about 100ish dollars if you bought it separate (the rad that is) then bought the poly mounts, coilovers and mtb2 from them.

Please post pictures of your frame once you get it. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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Old 05-09-2011, 02:56 AM   #35
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Well after a long trip to Nevada City california and a good talk with Don at MiniMania I finnaly have my frame! I was able to pick up a front and rear bumper for 100$ with their labor day weekend sale as well.
Definatly excited.

MTB2 subframe
4130 Chromoly (first of its kind!)
.085” thickness
38 LBS as it sits



and if your wondering, Yes, it does fit in the trunk of a 90's Ford Taurus... LMAO


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Old 05-09-2011, 03:41 AM   #36
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Woah, looks like they made it strong enough to do without that tower bar. Opens up to where you can run fuel/brake lines. Looks good.

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Old 05-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #37
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Woah, looks like they made it strong enough to do without that tower bar. Opens up to where you can run fuel/brake lines. Looks good
Yeah I noticed that aswell, no support bar between the towers

And 38lbs? thats not the whole frame weight surely?
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:36 AM   #38
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Yeah I noticed that aswell, no support bar between the towers

And 38lbs? thats not the whole frame weight surely?
Thats what they told me and I can honestly say that it feels right around 40lbs to me.

Well work has been a real damper on the mini but here it is so far.




















Had to beat the floor in a bit to allow the frame to sit right. Turned out good though.






I ended up making my own supports for the front lip. Those things the kit came with were useless.

Went out and pulled the acura engine this morning. Good news is... its an engine! Bad news is both of the side mounts are broken in their own way. The DS mount was hit hard enough to where it stripped out 1 bolt and just bent the hell outta the other one. Fixable, not so mad about that one. I didnt take a picture but the impact cracked the rear of the PS mount off the tranny housing. That one sucks... gotta find a new housing i guess. wont be the first time I've torn an acura tranny apart LOL


Now for my questions:
1) does anyone know what that black peice mounted on the crossbeam on my firewall is for?
2) What are the dimensions on the minitec radiator w/ the fan attached to the back of it and how in the hell is it going to fit in there LOL...

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-09-2011, 01:27 AM   #39
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1) That black piece should have two holes in it. It is the mounting point where the brake/clutch lines turn from the solid line to rubber hose to compensate engine movement.
Edit: Actually, now that I think about it it is also for the engine steady, it is mounted on that tab, and a top plate that sandwiches it.


2) 14"x17"x2". The fan adds like 1.5-2 inches.

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:20 PM   #40
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Yeah as above that bracket on the crossbeam holds the solid pipe from the minis clutch master and also the crossbeam to engine steady, not needed so trim it down, any room will help

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And here I was thinking I was being all carful... Lets just cut a tiny bit to start and see if it fits... now I have to fill in this giant gap...

Is your numberplate still gonna be mounted in the same place? if so you might not be able to see the excess cut anyway, line it up and see

What is that colour aswell? mini colour? do like it alot
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:52 PM   #41
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What is that colour aswell? mini colour? do like it alot
looks like almond green

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:20 PM   #42
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Kam,
The guy I bought the car from said it was some sort of "British Racing Green" but since when do americans know what BRG looks like.
Below is the color I am looking for.


We were able to get the engine pulled out today all the way and cleaned off. Driver side mount was hammered but I have a fix for it. I'll need to go out to the scrap yard and get another S80 / Y80 tranny cone for the other mount however.

Heres the good, the bad, and the ugly.






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Old 11-09-2011, 11:26 PM   #43
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Have you decided what intake to use yet?
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:27 AM   #44
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i had the same problem here at mount but I rebore the hole and use m12 bolt and its ok..

good luck, keep building
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:09 AM   #45
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i had the same problem here at mount but I rebore the hole and use m12 bolt and its ok..

good luck, keep building
Thanks for the advice. Thats pretty much what I planned on doing. Good to know it is gonna work! Thanks!

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Have you decided what intake to use yet?
Well as of right now, Ideally, I want to buy a skunk2 and chop the IM at the manifold (part that meets the block w/ the injectors) and at the pleum (top part) and have 4 pipes bent and welded such that it leaves plenty of room without any sharp angles in the runners. Anyone who knows anything about intake manifolds will tell you that the smoother the air can travel, the better. As for shortening the runners, might have some adverse affects on the torque curve but lets face it, 140 ft/lbs torque in a 1700lbs car... not my biggest worry. I have to worry about getting the mounts fixed first before I can buy my radiator and IM though. Gotta part out that acura too. Lots of goodies on it from the prev. owner.
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