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 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 04:59PM
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So it's a red block and the studs are diagonal..Who Hoo looking like a big bore.. Now the question is what did Banks Garage do to it when they rebuilt it, bore it over or other upgrade? Were they known to do anything special?   Any quick way to determine if it was bored without pulling the head?

 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 12:44PM
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djsteck..  yea.. but was something weird.  A friend was looking to buy land rover defender 110 in the UK and found him .  I told him to  RUN . NOT walk away from Mark Nolan..  later bc

 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 11:48AM
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Mmm Does he still have a website do you know? Same name.. What I found on the web for Banks says it was no longer but I may be wrong...Mainly just looking for info on that engine too see what I have and if it's been modified etc...Thanks Though Much Apreciated.. 

 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 11:23AM
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djsteck.. I talked to Mark Nolan about six months ago.. he was still in business but doing land rover defenders he said. I did NOT bother to get a phone number or website info. as I would  NOT trust him with MY MONEY.. later b c

 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 10:43AM
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Well how come I didn't see that....BGM Banks Garage Motorsports. Don't I feel stupid..Anyone have any info on these guys?

 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 10:14AM
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Stand at the front of the car with the bonnet open. If you look to your left at the end of the head, there should be a heater control valve with heater hose attached. The base of the heater control valve is sorta football shaped. The two studs will either be inline (front to back of the car) or diagonal towards the fender. If inline it's a small bore engine. If diagonal it's a big bore engine, which more than likely will be a 1275.

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 Posted: Jul 17, 2017 07:15AM
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The BGM number would be one used by Banks Garage Motorsport and has no relationship to what the engine is other than in their records.
Can't help with the casting number but someone on here should be able to.
An engine photo or two might help.

 Posted: Jul 16, 2017 10:24PM
 Edited:  Jul 16, 2017 10:44PM
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So i am just beginning research on a Mini that I am about to obtain. A friend decided it should have a chance at a renewed life so he gave it to us free..It's a right hand drive MK3 body but it's registered as an early production Austin 68 which yes I know cannot be right..It's in decent shape with minor rust issues..It was last registered in Cambridgeshire GB in 1998. The engine was rebuilt by Banks Garage (Motorsport) Ltd in Cambridgeshire years ago but they have since went out of business..Anyhow I have what I believe to be a 1275 engine with a STAMPED number that reads BGM 638022 on the block right behind alternator. Anyone have any idea as to what this # is?  It doesn't have a plate any longer to track the engine # but it does have the raised casting WNH 1024NW..  Thanks