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Old 11-09-2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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Thought it was time i started a build thread for my latest mini.
So, here it is.

About a year ago I got bored with no mini and only a house needing a load of work, so 1 month later i bought another mini.

Needs quite a few panels!
It's the usual case of the bottom 10cm is where most of the rot it.
I decided i wanted to play with engines so panels and body is going to wait until i have all mods done to fit the engine (and that i'm 100% sure it will fit).

Anyway. The plan.
Fit an Audi/VW 1.8 turbo engine into a standard round nose.

How hard can it be? I've only seen a few builds and they either seem "not possible" or the bulkhead disappears and a spaceframe appears.
So correct me if I'm wrong but i haven't seen the engine in a standard front?

Subframe; having stripped and ripped several MGF/TFs apart i had a few spares laying around so seemed the way to go, however i didn't want huge arches, and wanted mini wheels, so the subframe is narrowed.
Using inspiration from several different projects on here (mainly Evo and Matt) i have made a frame that uses MGTF hubs / brakes etc, but is mini width, and bolts to the normal places, and uses mini rubber cones and hi-los!

Lots and lots of measurements and calculations later and the front wheels are on the ground, the engine is hanging from the frame and most of it looks like it will fit!

All going ok so far! Ive even found a radiator that looks like it will be just the job and fills most of the front area!

Now i need to mod the inlet for clearance, make a new exhaust manifold, mount the alternator (started), and all the plumbing and pipe work!! (not much then! )

In the last couple years i have also passed my motorbike license and bought an old bike (1972 honda CL450, now in pieces and another project!!)
I then got bored of having everything in pieces with nothing to enjoy in the sun so i bought a 2010 Harley Sportster to mess about on.
I told myself i wont do anything to it and it will stay standard so i can just ride it and have fun, whole point of a new one!!!
So tomorrow im fitting a new exhaust

Pics of the mini to follow once i sort some hosting and get them off my phone.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:14 AM   #2
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Need pictures...
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:13 AM   #3
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Initial trial: engine sat in place, no frame.


Manifold over hangs just a bit!
Also restricts rad size


Just enough room at the back for the turbo!


Initial frame construction, towers in place and lower arms on. That's it, front suspension!


Nothing sticks further that this for the suspension, so no clearance issues here!


Brakes and rubber cones fitted, mini is on it's front wheels.


Fit the engine, rotate the inlet and it fits a lot better!!


Test fit a mgf rad! Fits but pipes and wrong. Good check for size though.


New rad, fits well.
Red bars are the main support for the engine and it has a mount either end, so engine is in frame.


This is basically where I'm at now, I've done some bits but need to get some more fabrication done.


This is the honda


This is the harley
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:19 AM   #4
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nice nice and nice, have you got full bike licence? was it hard to get as i am toying with the idea just for my work commute.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:22 AM   #5
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Yeah full licence.
It changed a year ago and became harder, but it depends what bike you want to ride and how old you are. Over 24 you can do the full one and ride anything. Under that and it changes a lot with age and engine size.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:53 AM   #6
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Looks ace Ed,

So good to see something different, but then you do, do different.

You do realise that if you had done this two years ago my build would be finished now, I searched high and low for a Swift Gti for about 6 months and I couldn't find just a running G13B engine/gearbox from a trusted source so gave up.

Look forward to the updates, is the turbo / manifold fitted in the mock up?, is it the 225hp? K04?

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Old 12-09-2014, 10:03 AM   #7
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Lol sorry! Had a few g13b engines and sold half of them, only got two left now

Engine is the 150 from a a3 with a k03 but I have a K04 to go on. So should be capable of 250ish max (not sure quite how high I'll take it though). Can always put the turbo under the scuttle if I want bigger!!
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:24 PM   #8
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I don't know whether or not you've seen this, but it could spark some ideas for you.

http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/07/mini-quattro/

Actually, it might not be that useful seeing as his front valance is slightly different and he doesn't have a standard bulkhead
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That sits nice and low. Whats the clearance underneath like?
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:27 PM   #10
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It's not too bad for clearance, I'll get an exact measurement later this weekend.
There is however a shallow sump available as a common mod when fitting these to mk1 gti's.

Kcchan, yeah saw that posted on here before and had a good look, but as you say it has been modded a fair bit to get stuff in.
Still nice to see though!
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Old 15-09-2014, 11:33 AM   #11
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Managed to fit the new exhaust on my bike on Friday. Nice and loud! 😂 doesn't set off car alarms though so must be ok!



When I get a spare weekend I will start getting back on the mini, just having a bit of a decorating session now on the house! Tons of glossing to do! also been away most weekends lately either for work or helping someone else out!
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Old 15-09-2014, 12:08 PM   #12
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A slight hijack but what ever happened to your Swift motor on a Mini box project ?

Back to topic, it looks like you're only using the rear mount on the Metro wishbone, how are you supporting the wishbone to stop moving around on that rear mount ?
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Old 15-09-2014, 01:59 PM   #13
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I still have it, recently moved it to my house and it's now sat in my front room! 😂
Haven't done anything on it for ages, I'll probably still do something with it when I get a few other projects out the way!

Nah I'm using both I've just shifted them back so the one you see is the front one and the back one is right on the toe board.



That way it keeps everything far back and away from the engine.
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Old 15-09-2014, 02:22 PM   #14
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keep imagining the harly lump finding its way into the mini
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Old 15-09-2014, 02:32 PM   #15
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Lol not likely! But my girlfriend keeps saying I should put a v twin in a car 😂 (she's mad on Harley's)
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