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Old 12-01-2017, 08:10 PM   #1
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Evening guys,

Thought I'd start my build thread, rather pic heavy! I'll put the pictures in order so that they follow the writing. The car is a 1976 MK3 BL mini, engine is a 1.8 vvc, MGF engine.

I bought the car in August 2015, just after my 18th, had a metro 1275 engine, had to do a bit of work to get it roadworthy. Ran it about for a bit, started modifying it, went for the sorta race look lol. People said I ruined it, but it really it was just a change of wheels and grille! But then I really did ruin it haha

I then rebuilt it after that, more welding, just in time for L2B, I just wanted it on the road asap, so went for a grp front, and carried on with the race look!

Made various changes over this year, lots of different wheels, made some stuff for it; shock mounts, side pipe, seat mounts, camber brackets, gear knob, modded the HiLo's for more low, proper seat, harness. Did loads of shows in it, and did some track time at Trax.

But, I felt the mini was lacking, the usual story, not enough power! Usual story, a series to much to get a reliable tune, chose the K series as cheap, plenty of them about, lightweight, etc. Got a 143 engine, gearbox will be a C7, with LSD, thanks to InstantCustard and AGoaty for the bits

Now if you got through that, some pictures...

7DCBE548-DBB7-4ECB-8E34-CB619278B3FD_zpso58egmyo by Will Giddings, on Flickr

IMG_6551_zpsttinbdby by Will Giddings, on Flickr

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2C048A98-F848-43AC-8E3A-ED3557872ADE_zpsrsssczli by Will Giddings, on Flickr

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F0CCEF14-5349-4A78-9DB2-B3BA77FCC9E6_zpsrq74uhln by Will Giddings, on Flickr

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Old 12-01-2017, 09:17 PM   #2
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Now for the K series stuff! The passenger toe board was rotten, welded that, strengthened it too. Built up the subframe, put that in. Machined down the crank pulley for frame clearance, modified the standard 200 gearbox mount, and got the engine 'in'.

54F55316-70F0-4BF4-AB11-8699240B773B_zpshqg4ys7y by Will Giddings, on Flickr

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Old 13-01-2017, 07:13 AM   #3
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All the best with the build!!
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Old 14-01-2017, 06:32 PM   #4
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Good to see another build coming along.

How are you getting on with that gearbox internals swap?
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Old 16-01-2017, 12:58 AM   #5
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cool cool will !!
what the story on the smashed front?
you seem to be working from the start witch is grate,,
looks so low? so your Bum and back can take a good bashing? lol,
are them the 10 inch wheels that fit over 12 inch discs?
how did you find them?
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Old 16-01-2017, 10:58 AM   #6
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Thanks guys !

AGoaty, not started yet! Decided its worth getting an LSD and building the box once, for good, so waiting till payday haha

Ardonfast, cheers , The front end happened when I was cornering, the got lift off oversteer, I countered it, but it caught grip and I ended up into a wall at about 25mph. Pushed the subframe back into the floor by about 3", pulled it out, stuck a new subframe and everything lined up, so the shells pretty straight. haha, yep it is very low, will be raised up now as going for more of a track car, than stance. And yep they are the 10's that go over 8.4 brakes, had them on my first mini, got them from belgium!
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your a proper wrongen!! your gunna be ok,
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Old 03-02-2017, 06:46 PM   #8
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Bit of an update, some questions and nothing fits!

Made and welded a rear gearbox steady tab onto the frame, modified the bulkhead for a cable clutch, started on an interal gear linkage so I can tuck the exhaust up into the tunnel. Also started modifying the exhaust manifold, cut the front two stud holes of and tapped a single centre one, need to chop the pipes back now, any advice on that?

Then I bought some MPi fuel lines, which meant I had to drop the subframe and steering rack fitting them in the garage with it on axle stand was fun! Also got a MPi tank and fitted that, so the back end is complete, just need to do the vent pipe on top. Also made an alternator bracket from some angle and rod (copied Mr. Custards ) Can I grind down the cube looking part of the block?

9407B9D7-43AA-4FAB-9B32-DFDB2AA59A4B_zpsf4ahqaa0 by Will Giddings, on Flickr

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E6276C3B-0695-46AC-85F2-BA199B5A7949_zps1rhxriig by Will Giddings, on Flickr



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Old 03-02-2017, 08:02 PM   #9
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You can grind some of that block back.
Nice job on the bracket!
Simple design but it works and is strong.


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Old 03-02-2017, 08:06 PM   #10
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Cracking on! I wondered about using MPi lines on mine. I thought they ran similar at the back and you had to drop the rear subframe too?


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Cheers Dan I hope I have y ground too much now

Thanks Yellow, yeh the MPi lines do go under the rear subby but after taking the engine, subframe, and steering rack to fit the front parts I wasn't in the mood to snap any bolts and remove the rear! I just ran the line over instead

I ground the block for alternator clearnece, but have I gone too far? I seem to have found a 'hole' next to the large hole

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That's an unused hole in the block, still plenty of meat there, don't worry, looks like a hole for a locating dowel or something but it isn't used as there's nothing on the crank carrier/lower part of the block.
Fortunately I have my old block in bits, so I got you some pics, bare in my block is upside down.

You can see where that hole lines up in this pic.



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Thank you very much Dan, that's put my mind at ease!

Now another problem with the alternator, I was so busy in making a new mount for the swift alternator, I didn't realise it's size.... it's pretty much as big as a the rover one.... . Think I might look for another one

A few more questions

Started on the rad position, would it have sufficient airflow?
Will the standard MPi pump be enough for the 1.8vvc motor?
And can I have a single outlet for the top rad hose, out of the block? Currently it has 2 sensors on and a small outlet (for the heater?) Om not running a heater and will make a pipe insert piece for a capillary gauge

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Me again!!
If you can straighten up the rad so it's more behind the grille than the headlight then you'll get better flow through it, mine sits straight but at a fairly steep angle, however it cools very well, a fan is required in traffic but only when it's stood still, but it cuts in, cools and shuts off again as it should.


Have you got another pic of your alternator? You really need the smallest Nippon you can get.


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That's great Dan, will try again tomorrow, really appreciate the help. My alternator is from a 2011 swift, it's a Denso one. Half tempted to send this one back and buy this : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272540831124



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