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 Posted: May 17, 2017 05:10AM
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I thought it was just me, so they are crazy! Seems the recent common use of the car loan has made it a lot worse.

 Posted: May 16, 2017 09:41AM
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Originally Posted by onetim
Richard, I have read all your articles, and have enjoyed them very much, outstanding work, and I have picked up a few very good tips, beer can tail light bezels! My wife is from Lima Peru, and I would love to set up a good home garage there, as you have, a little later in life. I have seen many interesting cars that would be fun to play with. Unfortunately, my fair appearance does not allow me to blend in very well, and my Spanish is poor, but at least I can work on the latter. I look forward to your next project.
I was in Lima 10 days ago for meetings, and of course been many times. A lot of interesting things around, but the way they drive is crazy. Not sure I could take that every day.

 Posted: May 16, 2017 07:37AM
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Richard, I have read all your articles, and have enjoyed them very much, outstanding work, and I have picked up a few very good tips, beer can tail light bezels! My wife is from Lima Peru, and I would love to set up a good home garage there, as you have, a little later in life. I have seen many interesting cars that would be fun to play with. Unfortunately, my fair appearance does not allow me to blend in very well, and my Spanish is poor, but at least I can work on the latter. I look forward to your next project.

 Posted: May 16, 2017 05:50AM
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There is someone i believe in the UK that makes fiberglass ones but i imagine shipping would be a deal killer.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: May 16, 2017 04:02AM
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I looked at a lot of vinyl for that, white and black I think are too distracting. finally found the silver with this brushed metal pattern in it. and it goes with the center inserts in my seats.

 Posted: May 16, 2017 02:23AM
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Nice. i like the silver it makes a change from all the black ones you see out there.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: May 15, 2017 03:41PM
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 Posted: Jun 17, 2016 03:30AM
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yep, it does seem like 10 years, but it's only been 5. That is still double the time it took for the Corvair, but shorter than the Renault, which is, if luck is with me, close to the paint stage.

 Posted: Jun 16, 2016 11:33PM
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Incredible. I have been following this for what seems like ten years.

Awesome job.

Peter

 Posted: Jun 15, 2016 07:49PM
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Very nice, have followed from the start. Looks like some nice country on the drive's

Jeff

 Posted: Jun 15, 2016 03:45PM
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 Posted: Feb 9, 2016 02:19PM
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Since the PO never gave me the second license plate, and it takes a couple of years to get a replacement,I put the official one on the front and made a new stainless support for a British style plate. Also added the "Mini" script to the tailgate.

For those that want to see my build of the Mini Pickup, I have updated my Mini site (English version, so far) to make it mobile friendly. It will still run as before on the big screen, but it is optimized for tablets and phones.

The thumbnails are enlarged to fill the normal phone screen. Tapping on a picture will bring up a version that you can tap to scroll around the 640x480 picture.

In the section “Logistics” I have included a summary of the build in the page labeled “The Story”.

There around 20 hours in the upgrade, and I think all the links work. Please let me know if you find a dead one or that leads to the wrong picture or page.

http://www.widman.biz/Mini/English/

 Posted: Dec 5, 2015 01:53PM
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Richard.... That's just so wonderful! Total admiration for the time, effort, knowledge, ingenuity and I'm sure blood, sweat and maybe a few tears (or beers?) you out into bringing your pickup back to life.

Well done!

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Dec 5, 2015 09:52AM
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Beautiful....you've done some very strong work there, you must be very proud

 

"Everybody should own a MINI at some point, or you are incomplete as a human being" - James May

"WET COOPER", Partsguy1 (Terry Snell of Penticton BC ) - Could you send the money for the unpaid parts and court fees.
Ordered so by a Judge

 

 

 

 Posted: Dec 5, 2015 09:20AM
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The day has come. 99% finished...... Just have to go back to work for a week before my Christmas trip to DC.

 Posted: Sep 13, 2015 11:27AM
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As some have seen from my other posts, I still had problems with the transmission after installing the clutch pack, so the engine and sub-frame come out again, making a total of three installs. At least I have it down to 70 minutes for two people to pull the radiator, starter, filter, wires, exhaust, fuel, brake lines, steering, etc. and get the complete unit out through the bottom.

Aside from some dry o-rings, I was missing the tube that feeds the converter. I also adjusted the bands while I had it apart, so with that fixed, I replaced everything and finished the wiring, set the timing, etc. Runs nicely in and out of the garage, but need to put stronger spring on the brake and accelerator returns to drive safely. Also need to move the muffler to a place where it does not scrape my driveway.

Filled it with 10W-40 Motorcycle JASO MA2 oil to help the AT discs.

Dash and new switches are now installed and wired. Haven't found a practical solution to adding the oil temp gauge, so I'll get something else for that hole. It was easy to put a T for the oil pressure gauge. And of course the Tach is just some wires.

 

 

 

 

 Posted: Aug 23, 2015 01:07PM
 Edited:  Aug 23, 2015 01:08PM
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Looks like I forgot to update this. Once I had the engine running I found that it spit out oil. I think that is on a separate post as I tried to figure it out. I widened the base of the oil filter for a better fit on the seal, but when put in gear it spit liters of oil from the filter. So I puled the engine, checked all the valves in the transmission as suggested, then finally took apart the clutch pack, where I found the problem.

With the pressure plate shattered, I set off to find a replacement and found that Jpat does not have them, but ended up finding KMP Engineering, where they are made. Martin sent me a complete, assembled, clutch pack, with pump and cover, so at the end of the month I'll be installing it, re-fiting the engine, and hopefully driving.

While the power pack was out, I modified it a bit more to make the auto transmission fit better, repainted it, and installed springs in place of the old rubber cones. (thanks to all the comments, pro and con, on that subject). With mine I bought two sets for a friend and he is thrilled with his.

 

 I also replaced my light switch, after finding that the original was missing the prong that held it on hi-beams.

 Posted: May 3, 2015 04:13AM
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I plan on filling that gap, either with a wide rubber strip, or a piece of upholstered foam with the door edge guard on the metal. It is a nice channel for electrical wires. The little chrome spot towards the corner is a LED light. I need to see if two are enough, or if I add a couple more.

 Posted: May 2, 2015 08:18PM
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Last post: Aug 21, 2017
Member since:Feb 7, 2006

Nice Richard. I seen a MK 1 Mini with a glued in foam backed headliner installed and he used door edge guard around the metal edge to finish it off, it comes in a 20 foot roll black or silver and is already pre glued.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: May 2, 2015 03:33PM
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Today I got around to making the headliner. I had already installed Fatmat on the roof, so it just needed some foam-backed fabric glued to it.

I also added an LED brake light and a rear-view mirror.

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