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Old 27-04-2018, 07:21 AM   #406
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Great to hear you're still enjoying it Adrian, and yes that loud pedal certainly goes, lol.

The gearbox is a metro gti r65 box that i got from another 16v club member, instead of fitting the rover 414 box from the donor car which would have had worse ratios. I think 1.1 metro ratios are better still?

Keep us updated in any case, always nice to see from pics or videos every now and again.

I miss the car already, but my new mini project is a matter of weeks from being on the road now




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Old 27-04-2018, 08:06 AM   #407
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Richie, did you ever have any engine stop leak in there or could there have been traces in the expansion tank you put on? Just noticed some gold flecks (all very small and equal size so not worried they are from the engine) in the expansion tank, there weren't any in the fluid that leaked out the pipe so I just thought they may have come from the expansion vessel.

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Old 27-04-2018, 08:49 AM   #408
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Richie, did you ever have any engine stop leak in there or could there have been traces in the expansion tank you put on? Just noticed some gold flecks (all very small and equal size so not worried they are from the engine) in the expansion tank, there weren't any in the fluid that leaked out the pipe so I just thought they may have come from the expansion vessel.
When i replaced the expansion tank, the used one that i installed had some residue of the stop leak type stuff in there. I thought i got it all out but obv not. Definitely havent used any on the new vvc engine

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Old 27-04-2018, 12:48 PM   #409
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Gearbox ratio selection keeps coming up as a topic as most people who do these conversions, don't consider the use of the Mini. Low, close ratio boxes are great for track or racing. High, wide ratio boxes are great for cruising, long journeys. Finding a compromise for those who do both (me included) can be a challenge.

Use this (hope the link works).

http://www.cargister.com/calculator-...l_ratio_teeths[]=&final_ratio_teeths[]=&fdr=3.7&diameter=552.2&ratio[1]=3.417&ratio[2]=1.947&ratio[3]=1.333&ratio[4]=1.104&ratio[5]=.854&ratio[6]=&speed_in=mph&width=185&profile=60&wheel_diameter =13&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=

The R65 ratios are:-

1 3.417
2 1.947
3 1.333
4 1.104
5 0.854

Final drives.
Normal = 3.5:1
Close = 3.7:1 (GTi/GTa & R216)
R214 = 3.9:1

So you could swap to a 1.1 Metro box and get the 3.5FD. It will drop the revs about 200rpm at 70mph. That's not really a great amount for all the work involved.

I have to say though, Phoenix is much lower geared then this and I think it's great. I did exactly what you are talking about and swapped back as it hurt the acceleration too much. I personally think adding the sound deadening first is the best option.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:20 AM   #410
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Gearbox ratio selection keeps coming up as a topic as most people who do these conversions, don't consider the use of the Mini. Low, close ratio boxes are great for track or racing. High, wide ratio boxes are great for cruising, long journeys. Finding a compromise for those who do both (me included) can be a challenge.

Use this (hope the link works).

http://www.cargister.com/calculator-...l_ratio_teeths[]=&final_ratio_teeths[]=&fdr=3.7&diameter=552.2&ratio[1]=3.417&ratio[2]=1.947&ratio[3]=1.333&ratio[4]=1.104&ratio[5]=.854&ratio[6]=&speed_in=mph&width=185&profile=60&wheel_diameter =13&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=

The R65 ratios are:-

1 3.417
2 1.947
3 1.333
4 1.104
5 0.854

Final drives.
Normal = 3.5:1
Close = 3.7:1 (GTi/GTa & R216)
R214 = 3.9:1

So you could swap to a 1.1 Metro box and get the 3.5FD. It will drop the revs about 200rpm at 70mph. That's not really a great amount for all the work involved.

I have to say though, Phoenix is much lower geared then this and I think it's great. I did exactly what you are talking about and swapped back as it hurt the acceleration too much. I personally think adding the sound deadening first is the best option.
Cheers, that's a great tool. It has been suggested that the Saxo 5th with a 0.767 ratio (I think) might give the cruising gear I'm after, but as you say I need to decide if it is worth all the effort.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:43 AM   #411
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I discovered yesterday at exactly what point on the fuel gauge the tank is empty! Luckily I had a gallon in the back, unluckily I had put the funnel to the other petrol can in the car. Heath Robinson took over and we were soon on our way again.

I also noticed the engine was a little more 'ticky' than it had been, on checking the oil was very low (must have a slight leak) but all topped up now and back to being its normal self. So another little task to check when the weather is better. But I need to keep a better eye on the level. The warning light had not come on but I don't know if it would anyway.

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Old 04-05-2018, 03:38 PM   #412
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Think it's a pressure sensor rather than a level sensor


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At least that means that there was sufficient pressure (fingers crossed).

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Old 04-05-2018, 03:45 PM   #414
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Yellow is correct, itís a pressure sensor rather than a level sensor.


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Car laid up again with a snapped gear linkage. I think I need to take the whole thing off and weld it up properly.

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I did this on the car and lasted only a short time. The truth is it comes off really easy. Do it off the car. A far better job.
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I did this on the car and lasted only a short time. The truth is it comes off really easy. Do it off the car. A far better job.
In what world does that happen? Been on ages trying to get the second ball joint to "come apart with a flat headed screw driver" stopped for a cuppa to regroup!

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In what world does that happen? Been on ages trying to get the second ball joint to "come apart with a flat headed screw driver" stopped for a cuppa to regroup!

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What on earth are you taking off? Why take the ball joints off for the gear linkage???

Even so, I bought a scissor type ball joint splitter for a tenner off eBay. Makes life very easy and doesn't damage the rubber boots.
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No it's those little pop off joints on the linkage. Got it sorted now. I was trying to separate one that wasn't supposed to come apart doh!

I cut the thick tube out that was snapped and replaced it with some thick threaded bar I had spare, heated it and bent it to fit. Shortened the other thinner bar as the gear stick was too far forward. Richie had the rubber gear stick mount inside the car with the rods angling down through the hole, managed to mount it on the underside and touch wood it works and the gear stick is in a more 'normal' attitude.

Tried to get the engine change recorded but they sent the v5 back as apparently you have to tax it at the new rate first. Not that it says that on the web site.

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Glad you sorted the linkage.

The V5 is a ball ache to change. You can do it at a tax post office but they still send it off to the DVLA to get it done.

On the plus side, you only have 2 years and it can be registered as historic so free tax even with the bigger engine.
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