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Old 09-02-2017, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default MCM-D16-ITB's-Yellow Fever-a modern classic build

Hello 16V!
Just wanted to introduce myself and share this dream build of mine with all of you so....
here's my build/story.

It all started back in 98-99
When I first saw and instantly loved the classic mini from my days in the United States Air Force. I was traveling all over the world and everywhere I went Ive been seeing this car and said "man I'm going to get me one of those one day." About 6 years later I was finally out of the service and found my first mini. I ended up restoring the entire car in my driveway. 998 with my old 02 Wrx interior swap. Here's a pic.




I Drove it everyday for 3-4 months and than I was offered a ridiculous amount of money for it. So with being just newly married and just having our first child, I regretfully sold her. The house needed some work and life just happened! And a great life it has become! (Just missed the mini in the garage!)
Since then, an after regretting selling it, I've always dreamed of building a retro style modern Honda powered Classic mini. Than the years pasted, we had our 2nd child. Started coaching my kids sports, playing more music all the while saving what I could for a chance to find and buy another one. I had a few project cars between but than finally about 2 years ago I found it. This very yellow, 76 NZ RHD mini 1000. It was Feb 2015, in a garage in Brooklyn NY, all about 45 minutes form my house! Pretty much a rust free beauty an it was at a great price to boot.
Here's the day I brought her home!






So with the extra parts he had gave me but never installed, I started to do what I could to enjoy her while I figured out the game plan. I knew I wanted it clean classic but also low and quick. Here's where I started an installed.

Adj LCA's
rear camber plates
Adj GAZ shocks
Hi-lows
cooper s brakes
roll cage for the kids ( and it looks awesome)
All new bushings and what not to get her road worthy.









I drove her this way everyday I could for pretty much all of 2015 but just wasn't satisfied with the power/reliability and highway speeds. Broke down a couple times, no biggie since I knew I was planning on swapping in the modern soon!



I still would like her to have that low stance everyone's trying to get but didn't want to do what they all are doing. I've always try to be a bit different with my build so I knew I didn't want the norm; big arches or tubbing the rear.

More parts ordered! I did Buy some nice Ssr mesh wheels even though I figured the size was off and yup, they weren't right for what I wanted to do. Test fitted just because but then sold them on. Almost gave in to the Arch debate for like 3 months! No arches.....arches.....no arches...arches! Lol. But stuck with my original plan.

Ended up selling those to put some more funds to the swap
Oh and my favorite little Carbon Fiber wing....love this bit!




More to follow.
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:46 PM   #2
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Since being a mechanic in the Air force, I've always have done all my own work on my past builds I've owned. I even had a 02 Bug eye subaru wagon that featured a 3 page spread in super street magazine back in apr 03(tons of work on that swap) I'd figure I'd do this swap as well.
so After countless hours researching thread after thread on here and some other forums, asking questions I stumbled across John McGee at MCM (McGee's Custom mini's) He was very knowledgeable, talking about all the different swaps he had built for others and himself. I was set on a b18, with the big power right out of the box and ease of mods I thought I had a plan but after talking about the overall build, John gave me his list of pros/cons of why the D is defiantly better way to go. (In his opinion) light weight, cheaper, with some aftermarket parts and a good tune it's just shy of the the same power of the b18 but the gearing will be way better, fitment in a standard front round nose etc....the list just went on and on.
Here's where I started realizing I might need his help with making this a reality now with my growing family. I don't have the time or space to do a major swap while coaching, working, an all the great things we do as a family with the kids being young. I decided that john was the man for the job, plus he was only about. 4-5 hours away!


Heres the day I trailered her down.





All tucked in.

Now for the start of the real build.
John an I had a lot of the same ideas, styles and likes so everything start to fall into place pretty quickly. I started ordering parts and more parts.
John had his buddy Ben build my motor. We set it up to be a good street/track car that wasn't too over the top and of course look killer.
Here are some specs and pics

New MCM Honda D16 Conversion frame.
D16 Engine
SI bottom,
ZC Pistions/Head
Rocket 5 Cam
OBX ITB's
Modified M factory LSD w/ 3.7 Final Drive
Hondata s300
ARP head studs/rod bolts
Mill spec harness







(Got to take a break Lol) the good stuffs coming up!
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:25 PM   #3
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So John got to work and parts started showing up!
Here's the progress and work over the past few months.





Widened the wheels!!!



John Making room.







installing the seats and new speedo and wheel.



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Old 09-02-2017, 10:32 PM   #4
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Test fitting the new power plant




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Old 10-02-2017, 12:11 AM   #5
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John plugging away!


Got some steelies widered and powder coated off white which I really liked and than when to bronze. Not sure what color it'll end up?!?







Beautiful Mil spec custom harness!



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Old 10-02-2017, 03:07 AM   #6
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So at this point john made his "test" frame off my car to now make his jig to build all his frames! Shouldn't be too much longer till I'm cruise the streets in this Lil beast!
More pics for you...
My frame going off to powder coating. Did a burnt bronze color to match the wheels.




John also cleaning up the fire wall. We have a special plan for that but not ready to reveal yet.




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Old 10-02-2017, 08:44 AM   #7
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:36 AM   #8
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Those bare towers look familiar !

http://www.allspeedengineering.com/i...-towers-detail
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Build Thread - Standard Round Nose with K series subframe build begun
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:56 AM   #9
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Good eye. John's frame utilizes the allspeed tower assemblies to make his "D" frame. No reason to renvent the wheel there. .
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:23 AM   #10
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nice build !!

what are you planning with the trabant ??

brgds
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:37 PM   #11
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nice build !!

what are you planning with the trabant ??

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John (meetthespeakers)just sold it a few months back.
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:40 PM   #12
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Great build, love the speedo.
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Old 19-02-2017, 09:07 PM   #13
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Finally assembly has commenced!!


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Old 19-02-2017, 09:25 PM   #14
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I am seriously tempted to copy that colour. Cracking little car.
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Old 20-02-2017, 04:01 PM   #15
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Really like the frame who made it
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