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Old 18-03-2018, 10:39 PM   #1
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Wink Sleepy Type R - Allspeed B18

Warning: I tinker but am a programmer by trade - I will make mistakes.

Thought I would finally start a build thread for my project. In 2015 I imported a 1994 Rover Mini from Japan. I loved the car and used it as my daily for almost 2 years. I competed in autocross with all 1.3L and actually did very well, a few times I was able to beat STi's in raw time, but of course when the track had more straights I was put right back in my place. I think its important to develop a high level of feel before upgrading a car and that's just what I did.

Now its time to upgrade. I intended to purchase a B16a2 but was offered a B18C type R engine for the same price so you can probably guess what I did.

My build goals are as follows:
-more power
-less rover
-more mini

To sum things up I want a vtec mini that looks like a mk1-mk2 mini, even if you have to squint a little. And yes that means 10" wheels with 3x as much horsepower, but dont worry Ill get to that later.
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Old 18-03-2018, 10:44 PM   #2
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1994 Rover mini at the auction port in Japan.



The big B18C with S80 trans (LSD included).

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Old 18-03-2018, 10:55 PM   #3
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Not suprised to rip off the floor padding to find this.



New Clutch all torqued to spec. I accidentally tried to torque the clutch down to the flywheel spec (much higher) and snapped a bolt. Had to drill out and order new bolts. Close call but lesson learned, double check your specs!

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Old 18-03-2018, 11:03 PM   #4
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S80 with the MFactory Honda Acura ITR GSR 3.47 Final installed. New bearing came with clutch kit.



Inner wings cut, car is gutted, rust removed from engine bay (I have a feeling I should have documented everything better). Tried to drill all the spot welds holding the wings on, it doesnt seem to have worked even after going over it with a larger bit.

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Old 18-03-2018, 11:10 PM   #5
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Sad to see the old heart go, but I much prefer my cams on top.

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Old 19-03-2018, 07:23 AM   #6
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You could try a proper spot-weld drill bit ...
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Old 30-04-2018, 07:10 AM   #7
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+steering rack clearance





Also had to grind down significantly after replacing the bolts.
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Old 30-04-2018, 07:14 AM   #8
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The suspension is in! New cones, upper control arms bushings. New steering rack in, the old one had some play. Really cool to see it rolling around.

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Old 30-04-2018, 07:20 AM   #9
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Rigged a junkyard honda fuel pump to the mini assembly with a little soldering.



Top of the fuel pump was looking rough so it was freshened up with a few layers of red goodness.

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Old 30-04-2018, 07:34 AM   #10
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I managed to cut the front end without scrapping the wing panels by cutting from the inside very carefully. I had a shop fab some mounting points for the front end, 2 inside the wheel well by the door, one at the top of the engine bay and one on the front of the subframe, for each side. I didn't like the idea of having fasteners outside the A panel so I'm happy how it turned out other than the fast that it will need some fussing with to get the alignment perfect. It's also very solid when attached, there's definitely no way to tell its removable by the steadiness of it.

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Old 30-04-2018, 07:47 AM   #11
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Allspeed drive shafts + HD outer CV + B18A full axels + an abundance of CV grease. I took apart the new full axels to see how they were put together and reassembled with the new hardware.

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