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Old 03-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #31
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I've had Phoenix out for a couple of weeks now and had some mild drama.

First day using it I found a fuel pipe had a split in it. Had to return home and replace that.

Second I went to my Mini club run. Everyone loved my car and I was chuffed to bits at all the good comments. Then 5 miles into the run the water pipe came off the bottom radiator hose dumping water all over the engine. I repaired this at the roadside but have fitted a better pipe which is shaped correctly now.

There seems to be a lot of people wondering how the Mini radiator can cool the 1.8 VVC. Well I can say it does. Sat in traffic in Leeds last week and was keeping an eye on the gauge and it has been perfect. This was on a 26 degrees day too. I still have no fan and am wondering if to bother fitting one now.

Love driving it though. I don't have a stereo but it hasn't bothered me at all. Just love the sound of it when you give it some right foot!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #32
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3 people in car. They wanted to see the 0 - 60 time, so we videoed it.



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Old 29-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #33
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After driving Phoenix now for a month, it's been fun especially in this rain we keep getting!

I don't know if it's me or normal but I'm only getting about 25mpg. I live in the Pennines and it's very hilly but still, is that ok? Seems to cost a lot to run that's all.

Before anyone says "don't boot it everywhere", I don't.

It does rev a lot as it's on a 4.2 final drive. I was wondering if swapping the box to lower the revs would help. The only PG1 lower ratio I can find is 3.9, which isn't much different.
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Old 29-06-2012, 02:33 PM   #34
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did the Honda rear seat go straight in?
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Old 29-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #35
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The rear base does. The back needs the steel plate removing and the sponge trimming about 4", then tie up the remaining material with copper wire. Took about 4 hours to fit front and rear seats.
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They look good. Had considered them in the past. Might be a future modification when I don't need to keep access clear for kiddy seats...
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:15 PM   #37
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Had a good look over Phoenix to make sure he was ready for MITP on Sunday.

Found that a wire had come loose for one of the sidelights but more worryingly the rear brakes were binding! Not good for quick drag times!

Anyway I took off the drum (a pain with Watson's spacers) to find that the slave cylinder had lost one of it's rubber covers which must of got hot and melted the rubber all around the drum! Anyway I had another rubber so replaced that and spend about half an hour cleaning the drum and shoes up. All sorted now.

Sat nav is now fitted too so hopefully I won't get a ticket flying down to the pod.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:01 PM   #38
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3 people in car. They wanted to see the 0 - 60 time, so we videoed it.



yer that go will m8
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Old 13-08-2012, 04:11 PM   #39
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We had a good day.

Lots of drama too.

Ran good all morning. I ran 14.9 and Martyn was doing alternate runs in my car. He was running 15.5.

After lunch was a different tale. First off after the break I made a fool of myself waiting for the other Mini so show at the line. The lights went green and I just sat there! Anyway the Marshall let me do a restart, which I was slow off the mark but ran 14.9 again.

Martyn ran 15.0 straight after that.

The next run is when the drama started. Waits in turn, then when I got to the line the Marshall saw my car was leaking water. They told me to turn the engine off and pushed me off the line. Gutted.

So we pushed it back and refilled it with water to find that the radiator was leaking, big time. The temp of the car had not risen above average all day and there was still water in it so it's a good job they saw it before any real damage was done.

It's a standard Mini radiator in it. We went to the Somerford Mini stand and they had a new radiator, so I bought that. Changed it, filled with water and bled it, but it was too late to go on the strip anymore. So we set off home but there must of been an airlock in it and 2 miles down the road it started bubbling from under the bonnet. We had to stop and re bleed it. Some of you stopped and asked if we were ok which is good to know that someone would of helped if we were truly stuck, but we sorted it ourselves and came home.

Anyway, a good day out....

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Old 20-08-2012, 11:21 AM   #40
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A few more video's from MITP.





Sprung a leak. Ooops.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:03 PM   #41
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More mild drama.

I'm going on the Dales run at the weekend. Phoenix will need to be in tip top condition as some of the roads are very remote and very demanding. (we were at Tan Hill Inn a couple of years ago!) so needed to check over everything as my last club run ended in disaster.

I found this.



It wasn't causing any issues with running but didn't look good so took off the cable to investigate.



It can't be locating right in it's new hole and has worn away the rubber sleeve. There is a hard plastic cover so it hasn't caused any drama as yet but don't want it to, so I have tacked a locating ring around the hole for extra safety.



It's all been painted up and cable refitted.

It's a proper job!
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Old 16-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #42
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Just done the Dales run in Phoenix. It's been about 180 miles round trip. I can report that even going up and down all the hills we have had no drama at all.











A good day out. Most of them camped but that's not for me!
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Old 31-10-2012, 08:58 AM   #43
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Had to replace a rear radius arm bushes and shaft. It passed MOT and was greased but has let me down. I took it off and a local garage fitted the new bushes and reamed them for the new shaft. Cost 40. He said "see you in 6 months if you keep those spacers on!" so only time will tell. Refitted them and fitted Hi-Lo (off Mini Wade) suspension at same time.

Also got in Mini world again! Sent in some photo's (same as on this build) and I'm famous!

Stand in line for autographs!.....
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #44
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Nice build thread Andrew, nice pics of the finger! You'll have to take me out in it next time I see you!
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #45
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No problem!

Glad you like it.
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