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Old 07-09-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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I have been building this car on and off for about 8 years now with no end in sight for the near future either! I recently found some photos of how it looked when I bought it so thought I'd throw a project thread together, unfortunately there are some photos missing but you get the idea.

Anyway, how it looked when I bought her, a 50 minter





A few of the many scars of tin worm




The first of many replacement panel deliveries


Then began the long job of cutting out rust and replacing, I almost threw in the towel after months of this


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Old 07-09-2017, 07:22 PM   #2
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At first my plan was to restore the mini to close to factory, I then thought that was too boring so the next plan was to build it with a few mods/fast road parts with a moderately tuned A series. I refurbished the subframes and began rebuilding.


After a break from working on it I needed some motivation, so after lurking in this forum for awhile I decided I would build a valver for track days & hillclimbs. So off came the front subframe and fabbed up a couple of bulkhead boxes


Went with a brand new Allspeed subframe, gave it a coat of hammerrite and transferred over the brakes, hubs etc from the old frame

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Old 07-09-2017, 07:36 PM   #3
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Engine wise I wanted to go with a C16XE as I have rebuilt and played about with these engines in the past. Unfortunately when I was looking for one I could not get one for love nor money so landed up with a x16xe which I proceeded to strip down.

Looks like this was previously owned by someone scared of the loud pedal


Block cleaned, re-honed & skimmed along with standard pistons pocketed for high lift cams

Rebuilt with new shells and ARP big end bolts

Managed to get a hold of a C16XE ported and polished head with new valve train

Head & block built up with Newman cams which were then dialled in


Bought a small alternator off a Suzuki or dihatsu, the pulley was damaged on arrival though

Decided to machine a new one up on the lathe


All built up in the frame with gearbox and homemade alternator bracket, I have also modified the standard pedal box to use two horizontal master cylinders
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Old 07-09-2017, 07:44 PM   #4
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Bought a set of 750 gsxr throttle bodies to use


Fabricated my own inlet manifold to suit the throttle body ports & head ports. A slight difference in port size between standard & my head


Thought I'd give fibreglassing a go and make some throttle body trumpets. I made a plug out of timber on the lathe

Not bad for first attempt, the chips are due to the difficulty in releasing from the plug



Made up a fuel rail out of a bit of aluminium


1 litre polo rad fitted -just
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Old 07-09-2017, 07:58 PM   #5
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The last few days work - built up the throttle bodies and run in the fuel lines, radiator also plumbed in



Standard size front hides it all, just
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:36 PM   #6
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Nice work. I've been on mine longer than I care to think about but the end is in sight! keep it going.
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:23 AM   #7
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your on it ,, like a car bonnet!!
you havent filled in much about you, what do you do for a job?
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:20 AM   #8
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your on it ,, like a car bonnet!!
you havent filled in much about you, what do you do for a job?
I work offshore, used to be a mechanic but now spend most of my time out there behind a desk off the tools!
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:55 AM   #9
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Nice work Webster444 you have some good skills, keep up the good work and the updates, where about's in the shire are you? as I'm in Strichen.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:35 AM   #10
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Cheers! Im out the back of Inverurie at Meikle Wartle
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:30 AM   #11
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I work offshore, used to be a mechanic but now spend most of my time out there behind a desk off the tools!
good job your off tools, makes you burn for this lol, worth poping into see
keithgadget,, compair notes ect
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Old 18-09-2017, 11:14 AM   #13
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Found out my original fuel tank is scrap so used that as an excuse to buy an aluminium one and got the fuel pumps and swirl pot plumbed in.




Bought myself a mini all in one dash, designed for bikes buy should do the job in the mini
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Old 20-09-2017, 07:12 AM   #14
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I have the same Koso dash in my Mini. Works and looks great!
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Old 24-10-2017, 04:16 PM   #15
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Latest update on the mini, made a fibreglass dashboard and switch panel which will allow me to crack on with the wiring.

Constructed the moulds from MDF and used body filler to get the radiuses, then varnished and coated with release wax


Black gelcoat applied


Couple of layers of fibreglass matting applied and cured


And the finished article, multi dash added to see how it sits. Switch panel still to be drilled for the various switches required.
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