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Old 10-03-2018, 06:59 PM   #376
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Well today, the mini has migrated south to Northumberland to live with a new owner. I'm sure he will introduce himself and his plans for it fairly soon!!

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Old 10-03-2018, 07:06 PM   #377
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Yes, and thank you Richie. Despite the fact it was chucking it down I really enjoyed the drive home. But as I said if the boss ever wants to drive it I'll have to fit a remote brake servo, that's if there is any room.

It has a lovely rasp when you open it up a bit. Can't wait for it to dry off or there.

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Old 10-03-2018, 11:15 PM   #378
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Glad the sale of this Mini has all gone smoothly. Richie has worked had to get this right. Good to hear it's gone to a good home.

Regards the brakes. Fit some Mintex normal road pads. They made the effort required to stop mine far easier. If brake travel is an issue, fit braided brake hoses.

These Mini's are always a project. It's a natural progression in the development of them.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:47 AM   #379
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Thanks Andy, there's more I'd have liked to have done but just didn't find the time for. It will make a great base and as you say they are a perpetual project. Just glad its going to a great home

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Old 11-03-2018, 08:49 AM   #380
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Just hope my license can stand it!

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Old 11-03-2018, 11:17 AM   #381
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Lol nice nice
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:02 PM   #382
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Yes, minis are superb in snow.
A mate and I drove an 850 from Moncton,New Brubswick to Jasper Alberta Canada in February 1971, one of the epic snow years for Canada. Over 5500 Km back then, and we were on summer tires. Only problem was trying to keep warm and to see the road.
With loads of ponies and 175 tires, it is probably not as good, but still has to be better than most.
Very nice Mini!!

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Old 12-03-2018, 08:39 AM   #383
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I think I have managed to pop something off the gear linkage (ALREADY! I hear you shout). Yes my excuse is that it is me getting used to the throw of the gearstick and pushing when I should have been pulling or vice versa. If there was a passenger I would be over by their feet to get first, saying that couldn't find it that often even with my long arms!

So looks like it is up and the ramps tonight to push things back in place, fingers crossed I've not done anything worse than pop a joint out.
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:03 PM   #384
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No I managed to snap a weld on the linkage, so the weekend is to be spent under the mini.

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Old 12-03-2018, 10:25 PM   #385
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Easy done, ten mins with the welder and it will be right as rain

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Old 13-03-2018, 10:35 AM   #386
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Try to weld it like you would a driveshaft if you think itís going to be an issue, chamfer the edges of the metal so you have a V groove when they are butted together and then fill that with weld, youíll need to have the welder up higher than you would with a panel to get some decent penetration on the bar.
If itís on a straight section then you could even sleeve it too.


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Old 13-03-2018, 11:30 AM   #387
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Try to weld it like you would a driveshaft if you think itís going to be an issue, chamfer the edges of the metal so you have a V groove when they are butted together and then fill that with weld, youíll need to have the welder up higher than you would with a panel to get some decent penetration on the bar.
If itís on a straight section then you could even sleeve it too.


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This is a good call, from memory the rod is hollow so inserting a rod or bolt into the hollow cavity and plug welding it either end before seam welding the chamfer would be a good repair. I never did this when building it as i didn't anticipate the stresses on the gear selector rod, but Tomm from here repaired the join on the other rod for me at IMM kent back in 2014 when i did the same to it. Memory tells me he did it as per my explanation above

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Old 15-03-2018, 08:07 AM   #388
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But as I said if the boss ever wants to drive it I'll have to fit a remote brake servo, that's if there is any room.



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While I was getting the engine number for the insurance declaration I had a good look and can't see an easy way of fitting a servo (certainly won't fit on the drivers side) as it is dual circuit a simple remote servo isn't an option. So looks like I need to develop better leg muscles and get used to it. The up side is it is very unlikely that my better half will want to drive it!
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Old 15-03-2018, 08:14 AM   #389
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Check out gazwads kit... as fitted to his vvc mini

http://www.16vminiclub.com/showthread.php?t=37294

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Old 15-03-2018, 08:27 AM   #390
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