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Old 29-08-2019, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Fixed front end.

Has anyone managed to do a Honda conversion on a mini clubman without removing the front end?

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Old 29-08-2019, 08:18 PM   #2
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Lots have done it but makes for a right pain working on them afterwards.
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Old 29-08-2019, 08:20 PM   #3
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:28 PM   #4
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Yes I have but it is a real pain the ass!!!
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:41 AM   #5
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A few have done it on fixed round noses - I had a fixed 110mm extended round front and could barely get may hand in the engine bay. When I cut my front end off to start my rebuild to a standard length round nose front I couldn't believe how much easier doing anything on the engine was so now I wouldn't even consider a fixed front.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:25 AM   #6
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Mine is on a fixed round nose. It can be challenging but definitely doable
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:34 PM   #7
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Old 18-09-2019, 12:29 PM   #8
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Mine is on a fixed round nose. It can be challenging but definitely doable
What would you say if someone said they wanted to try and fit a B16 in a fixed front sprint?...
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Old 18-09-2019, 01:25 PM   #9
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I'd say it won't go without a huge bonnet bulge and probably modified wings too.
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Old 18-09-2019, 10:44 PM   #10
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I'd say it won't go without a huge bonnet bulge and probably modified wings too.
Wings or inner wings?

As itís without inner wings anyway so that one would be easy.

A bonnet bulge I would expect but do you think it would be localised to the front left corner of the cam cover or would it be more substantial than that?
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Old 18-09-2019, 10:52 PM   #11
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Dont sprints have the same front guards and engine space as normal minis?
I thought it was just the roof that was lowered and wheelbase shortened?
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Old 19-09-2019, 06:18 AM   #12
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They were cut through the waistline too, so less height in the engine bay.
Wheelbase unchanged
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Old 21-09-2019, 07:16 PM   #13
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Wings or inner wings?

As itís without inner wings anyway so that one would be easy.

A bonnet bulge I would expect but do you think it would be localised to the front left corner of the cam cover or would it be more substantial than that?
Wings because the engine extends under the LH wing and the rad under the RH wing
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Wings because the engine extends under the LH wing and the rad under the RH wing
Radiator I wasn't too concerned about as I was happy with the idea of putting that in the boot.

But the other side is the bit I was so unsure about. I couldn't find many photos showing if/how much the engine tucked under the wing. I was hoping it would just be a case of a local bonnet bulge and that just the bonnet drip rail bit would need trimming. But sounds like from your experience the wing would need a bulge too? Which would be far too ugly!

Thanks for the info!

I believe there's a sprint knocking about with a B18 towering out the non existent bonnet though so I'm still hopeful! I was hoping the slightly shorter height of the B16 would make a bonnet bulge a bit more manageable and not too offensive on the eye.

Might be back to the drawing board though. We'll see...
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Old 22-09-2019, 11:35 AM   #15
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It's an expensive experiment if it ends up not fitting and/or way too ugly
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