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Old 02-09-2018, 06:01 PM   #1
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Right so this is the start of my build thread recently bought a 1999 Civic VTIS, B18c4 with S9b box.

Today was the day I started to strip out the civic, going to try and sell a few bits off it so we basically stripped everything, labelled everything we unplugged to help further down the line, pics below. Not much as of yet but will keep updating this thread


Slowly removing as much of the front as possible



A lot easier to work on with no front




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Old 02-09-2018, 06:52 PM   #2
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Found this in the car too, original and still in its packaging, think my mini key would look pretty good with the red rubber bit on it !

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Old 04-09-2018, 10:49 PM   #3
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Right so started to try and get this loom out, was an peachhole to say the least, trying to get the loom behind the steering collum was the worst bit


After a lot of swearing and frustration it came out, well most of it, still need to get a little bit more but this is the bulk of it!
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:13 PM   #4
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Looking like your off to a good start, I brought my donor vti 2 years ago, still using it now! Haha

Any pics of the mini?
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:35 AM   #5
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Isn't that Red key the master key that you need for coding the other keys ?
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:12 PM   #6
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Looking like your off to a good start, I brought my donor vti 2 years ago, still using it now! Haha

Any pics of the mini?
Yepp! Currently has a 1310, had it in for about three years, it's slowly coming to the end of its life I think, so time to move on to the dark side



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Old 06-09-2018, 08:16 PM   #7
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Isn't that Red key the master key that you need for coding the other keys ?
Yeah it is, I'm not running that much of the honda loom, minimal as possible, will be using mini ignition, clocks and the like
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:03 PM   #8
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So detached everything from the engine bay and undid the rear engine mount, linkage and exhaust are off too, nothing holding it in except two engjne mounts, just waiting to collect my engine crane off a mate

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Right, update! Today was the day, everything was pretty much disconnected from the civic, and still had to get everything out of the way and unplugged/undone on the mini engine.

Just before the mess of engines, grease, oil and swearing begins





After trying to figure out the best way to get the engine out we settled with rope, took a bit of time to get the balence right but after we done that it was pretty much plain sailing





Woohoo finally out!


Seems like it will drop in fairly easy from this angle 🤣😂


Now to move onto the mini, think we managed to get it from complelty together with all ancillaries to out in about 40 minutes, not that we were timing it..




Forgot how simple these engines are


Goodbye A series, you've served me well, got me round some of Europe in the 2016 imm and much more!




That's all for now! Keep you updated.
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Old 17-09-2018, 07:16 PM   #10
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Looks like you are making swift progress.
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Old 17-09-2018, 09:04 PM   #11
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Looks like you are making swift progress.
Yeah it's going alright so far, this is all the easy stuff at the moment though, might not be as swift when it comes down to the trickier stuff ����
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:04 PM   #12
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Right update time. Started to strip the loom down, bit of a head ache, think I've done it right..guess time will tell ��


With my mate Connor, username Holmsey on here, he is starting the conversion same time as me


Wires wires wires wires


So after we did the loom I went back to mine and started to pressure washer and clean my bulkhead, take the old subframe out.

So after cleaning everything up I pushed it back into the garage, plan is to get it up high with some wheels under it, drop full running gear of old sub and offer up new frame after cutting some of the inner wings out.



Dropping the old sub.

Because I was so eager to test fit the new frame I didn't bother to cut all the inner wings out just yet, just the bottom bits to allow the frame to go in

Which is where I've got my first problem.. the frame is a very tight fit, I had to slightly bend out my front valence to get the front bar passed it, I thought I got it in. But as you can see with pics below it tapers out a bit, it only needs to go up about 40mm. But because of the angle of the tie rod plate and metal, it's going to be even worse thatbit already it 40 more mm up.. So not too sure what to do as of yet :/

I know the rope is in the way at this pic but metal is on metal

As you can see only about another 40 mm

You can see where it's hitting here


So yeah, that's how it's left at the moment, will post more or update thread when I've got round this, going to see if Holmseys frame is the same as we both bought the same.
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Old 14-01-2019, 12:26 PM   #13
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Right! I've been busy doing few things to the mini over Christmas and the new year just haven't got around to posting anything.

So as i left it last time i was just putting the new frame into the car as a test fit, since then I've built the frames up, put it in and got it rolling ready to be moved to my mates work shop which has ramp facilities and the like so will be so much easier, anyway, below are pics up to this point and some problems i came across and how i got around them

Right so started the task of cleaning my old hubs/upper arms up, being forgetful i did forget to take photos at some stages but you get the picture






A lot of grease and grime to get rid of




Took a while but managed to get most grease and pineapple off, will be using a wire wheel before painting





Getting rid of the old ball joints





right all cleaned up, unfortunately didnt take any photos of the ball joint shimming and painting, then again there are 100s of posts of people doing that



Right this is when we were pressing new bearings into the upper arm, we used the thread of the spring compressor to go through the arm, and then with a nut and washer on both sides we just tighten it up slowly making sure it was nice and even worked a treat.


Did a bit of body work repair on the bulkhead, sanded down the bits that looked rust and used jerolite on it, once dried it was primed the painted red, i'm going to paint it better at a later date but wanted to protect it for now.







Now to start building the subframe up,


Started to put the new cones in and replace old knuckle joints.. took me half an hour of swearing, hammering and mole grips to get the hilo out the old knuckle joint! A**hole.


Put the plastic cups in, greased everything up, also took the rubber boot of the new knuckle joint just to make sure it was fully greased, glad i did was a tad on the lenient side.


Put the hilos in the knuckle, compressed the cone, im using Red Dot Cones by the way. Also put some grease on the inside of the cone where the hilo sits so it doesn't fuse together






I set the new hilo in 20 mm space, probably going to be way too much and monster truck ride height but can easy be changed

Right now to move on to drilling the front subframe for the tie bars and lower arms. I used the old washer from my old subframe as a guide then drilled it, easy.



So I ran into a little problem, the tie bars and arms i bought were second hand, originally mini spares. As you can see they way its meant to be put together, the little hat washers are designed to sit inside the rose joint, then a bolt goes through. But as you can see, for whatever reason the hole in the bracket was bigger than the bolt... therefor whenever id brake really hard or accelerate it could potentially move forward about 3mm each way.. no clue why its like this, some of you may have seen my post on the 16v fb page about it..any way after some chatting, managed to get over it.




All i did was drill the little washers out to 1/2 inch, which was the exact size of the rose joint, and the whole in the bracket, i now don't have the little 'hat' inside the joint, but the bolt is the perfect size so i cant see there being a problem.



After drilling it through i filed the rough edges.




Did it to the rest of them.



Worked perfectly, bolt was way too long so i put the nylock nut on and cut it down after. So only thing is the bolt looks a bit too big in general, but prefer that than leaving it and it possibly being able to move around while driving!

Dont worry i put the little rubber dust caps on don't worry.



Drilled the hole in the lower arm too, then put it together and torqued it up, safe to say it was quite and a**ehole to get the lower arm in, with the spacers and putting the bolt through as it was a tight fit.




Lacking on photos for this next bit as there was only two of us, and was a job to put the subframe in the car, but it worked perfectly. I'm using the Solid Mount kit from DSN.

Tie bars and arms aren't set up at all, just left it at whatever to get in onto the trailer.





Put the hubs, drive flange, wheels on just to make it rolling as im taking it to my mates workshop, he has a ramp there which will make things a lot easier.









Got my engine there too!



Right this is it for now, currently waiting for mounts to arrive. On the list to do is fuel tank/lines. Also unfortunately didn't realise how bad my boot floor was.. so im going to have to get that sorted, and unfortunately it will need the valence and that little bit of the rear of the car below the boot/light at the same time as its where 3 panels meet. I've always liked the look of debumpered minis..so need to make the decision as now will be the time to do it!
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Old 14-01-2019, 09:11 PM   #14
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looking good.
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Old 15-01-2019, 08:38 AM   #15
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What's your lock like ? Those tiebars look like they point almost straight forward and that the wheels would hit when turned or is it just the photo.

I also think you'll need to lose at least the RH inner wing unless you are running a rear mounted rad
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