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Old 23-02-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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So work has finally started on the car to get it ready for the conversion.


The car is a 1988 mini designer 998cc, It has already been fairly stripped out with the usual bucket seats and harness's, fibreglass boot lid, poly carb windows.

This is what the car look like around august this year, not much has changed, only the new boot lid and ive removed most of the stickers.





I picked up the new front end at bingley last month, and started work on the bonnet, as i wanted to do something different, its not to everyone's taste, but thats kind of the point



So yesterday, i stripped the car down and started cutting :O
Btw, this car IS going to brooklands on the 28th...




The plan engine wise is to use an allspeed subframe, E16SE engine running on carbs, F13W355 gear box with a cable linkage and hydraulic clutch.


More to come this evening

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Old 23-02-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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Is it just for more power people tend to use carbs etc in vaux instead of STD injection? Or is there something wrong with it lol!
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Old 23-02-2011, 10:58 AM   #3
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The bonnet looks great!
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Old 23-02-2011, 11:21 AM   #4
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Power, the single throttle can be a little laggy too.

Looking forward to finally seeing this get built mate! May have some ARP's for you if your nice!
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Old 23-02-2011, 11:23 AM   #5
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I have beer if you have ARP's...

Im running a carb cos its cheap, simple and means i don't have to redo my wiring twice.
From what i have seen there are no gains to be had by running the standard injection system over a simple carb setup, so it just makes sence to me to use carbs.
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Old 23-02-2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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Itll go well on bike carbs, the rally cross and grass track guys get plenty of power out the 8v's.

Ill let you no when I strip the engine, just gotta get the shell out the way first
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Ahh, do fancy a either a c16 or x16 for my fibreglass domino but will depend on if I can get away without cutting the bulkhead. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Old 23-02-2011, 11:41 AM   #8
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I got the same problem, just a bit smaller alex, Found the usual rust under the scuttle pannel

The engine im useing it actually an ex banger engine so it has a standard vauxhall carb on it already. Which due to my insurance situation, is the best thing i can go for at the moment.


The problem i have is the engine i fit isn't allowed to produce more than the standard factory figures, now i know that testing this would prove difficult as each RR reads differently. But i don't want to be in a situation where the insurance company say, sorry mate, its obvious this car produces more than 110BHP. Hence the standard vauxhall carb and manifold. To be honest it probably will produce a bit more than standard, but not allot.

Bike carbs are real tempting though


I am trying to get away with doing the conversion without any 'welded modifications' to the bulk head. IE, only bulk head repairs will be welded, and holes drilled. which is why i have gone for the cable linkage.


Just ordered a set of these (in black, it disperses heat faster :P ):


7.5's as i am running 10inch wheels
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Aye, who have you got quotes off? Adrian flux I'm sure will insure a modified engine, then just quote them the absolute minimum power you expect it to make... job done!

Nice shiny brakes!

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quite a few, AF are the only people who will insure the engine conversion.
The problem is the driving experience, since i've only been driving for a year, they wont allow me to have too much power, which is fair enough, and im happy to comply with that
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Cable gear linkage sounds interesting, no bulkhead box with that then? I shal keep an eye on your progress =) . my brakes like those were shiney once =(
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I owe you a favour, if theres anything I can help you with, just give me a shout.
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Old 23-02-2011, 08:36 PM   #13
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Cable linkage should mean no bulkhead box...

I dont care if the brakes are shiney or not, if they stop the car im happy


Cheers Dan, i will do, at the moment the things i will need help with are fitting the new front end and i have the small problem of no engine crane Appart from that, i think im good

Pics from todays work are uploading now, will right up when ive finished eating
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got an engine crane you can borrow!
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Would be a great help when i get round to doing the engine
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