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 Posted: Sep 10, 2020 06:44AM
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Originally Posted by malsal
I am guessing it is a re vin as that shell looks to be 1984 or later.
Good luck with Customs.

I was trying desperately to avoid using reVIN.

But yes.
Looks like a garage clearance parts bin special, with a pop-rivet rebuild to make it US (un)friendly.

Fingers crossed that Customs have an off day.

Good Morning!

Update on the import.  My vehicle arrived last week and was cleared/released by customs yesterday.  I was able to pick it up without any trouble yesterday afternoon.  I have to say that the customs process was super easy.  The longest part was waiting for my TWIC escort to arrive.  Once he was there, the customs officer just waived us on through and 10 minutes later I had the Mini loaded on the trailer and I was on my way.  As for the condition of the car, I would say it's not quite as clean and DE made it out to be.  The paint is pretty rough and there is some rust.  It did start right up on the first try and I drove it right onto the trailer without issue.  All in all, I have to say this process was super smooth for me.  While I'm disappointed that it's a little rougher than I had hoped, it's nothing that can't be fixed and I look forward to years of tinkering and enjoying the car.  If you are considering buying a car from DE, be advised that he definitely represents the vehicles as better condition than they are.  I should probably avoid buying cars off the internet on an impulse going forward...


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 Posted: Aug 9, 2020 09:11PM
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Originally Posted by malsal
I am guessing it is a re vin as that shell looks to be 1984 or later.
Good luck with Customs.

I was trying desperately to avoid using reVIN.

But yes.
Looks like a garage clearance parts bin special, with a pop-rivet rebuild to make it US (un)friendly.

Fingers crossed that Customs have an off day.

 Posted: Aug 9, 2020 01:59PM
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I am guessing it is a re vin as that shell looks to be 1984 or later.
Good luck with Customs.

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

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Aug 7, 2020 07:32PM
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I noticed the engine as well. Things are definitely looking complicated, but we’ll see what happens. Nothing I can do at the moment but wait for it to arrive. 

 Posted: Aug 7, 2020 03:56AM
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Best of luck !

It could easily be described as a dog's dinner.

My fear is that you'll find that it could well have a later shell, as the colour has been changed from red to black (witnessed by the lack of rear door cards) and that colour of red wasn't available in 1980...

It's also got a 1275 A+ engine fitted in the photos, so isn't the Mini 1000 on the logbook - make sure the numbers match when you try and get it through Customs and register it if it does.

 Posted: Aug 5, 2020 07:36AM
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Thanks.  I'll post back when I finally receive the car.  Fingers crossed...

 Posted: Aug 5, 2020 06:26AM
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Hello Mini Fans!

I too have purchased a mini from David Ellison...  Mine is still in transit and scheduled to arrive in Tacoma on August 28th.  I can commiserate with the communication experiences several others have experienced with Dave.  His replies are generally very short and don't provide much detail.  I won my mini on June 14th and it took just over a month to ship due to some of the same excuses.  It looks great in pictures, minus a pretty ugly interior, so I hope I'm one of the lucky ones that receives the car and can clear customs without much issue.  We'll see how it goes and I'll share my experience once it arrives.  Link to the original listing is below:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1980-Mini-Classic-Mini/324195579107?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

When I did a search on the VIN I see several older listings where the car was a different color, had different wheels and didn't have the roof opening.  I truly hope none of this prevents it from clearing customs...
Wish you the best of luck. If the license plate on it is correct MOT expired 2006. That's a long gap. Hopefully a quick coat of paint hasn't been applied to cover up rust.

 Posted: Aug 4, 2020 08:59AM
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Hello Mini Fans!

I too have purchased a mini from David Ellison...  Mine is still in transit and scheduled to arrive in Tacoma on August 28th.  I can commiserate with the communication experiences several others have experienced with Dave.  His replies are generally very short and don't provide much detail.  I won my mini on June 14th and it took just over a month to ship due to some of the same excuses.  It looks great in pictures, minus a pretty ugly interior, so I hope I'm one of the lucky ones that receives the car and can clear customs without much issue.  We'll see how it goes and I'll share my experience once it arrives.  Link to the original listing is below:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1980-Mini-Classic-Mini/324195579107?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

When I did a search on the VIN I see several older listings where the car was a different color, had different wheels and didn't have the roof opening.  I truly hope none of this prevents it from clearing customs...

 Posted: Jul 20, 2020 06:47PM
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Thanks for the welcome guys! Yeah Ive already got some parts on order to get it running straight, but wanted to get my experience out there just in case anyone out there searches for him there will be a real review of what one is getting from the gentleman. Ive got the title app. in at the SOS so hopefully that shows up without any hiccups. 

 Posted: Jul 20, 2020 09:29AM
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+1 to Dan's suggestions, better to move forward. At least the State of Michigan is usually reasonable to work with. I would deal with the rust last and try to have some fun with the car.

 Posted: Jul 20, 2020 09:09AM
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Welcome!

Sorry to hear about your trials and tribulations.

So far, it sounds like none of the issues you describe are insurmountable. If there's a bright side, it might be you'll get hours of enjoyment tinkering to get things right. And you've come to the right place for help. For each issue you have, start a separate thread, like "Missfire on cylinder 3" and we'll see waht we can do to help solve it.

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

 Posted: Jul 20, 2020 05:08AM
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Greetings everyone.... It's sad that my first post on this forum about my first ever Mini has to be about this scam artist.

For the sake of information I wanted to share my experience with David Ellison / Mountanminis on eBay. I won his auction May 3rd and immediately sent payment via PayPal, Car never got shipped until the end of June... Every week was a new excuse why it didn't ship (Inspection, shift is loose, finish and touches, etc) The paperwork he sent me to register it was a V5C from a previous owner which David had already filled out as the buyer so in the eyes of Michigan he didn't have proper ownership to sell to me. That was workaround #1 to deal with. When the car arrived it was nothing what Mr. Ellison described it to be as "100% running and ready for use". Battery was dead, when I finally got it started in the port it was only running on 3 cylinders. Muffler fell off loading it onto my trailer. Has rust along the boot that was just painted over. rust bubbles along the headlights. Speedometer quits working past 30mph (not that it currently goes much faster than that anyways due to missing on cylinder number 3) and the "upgraded sound system" literally falling out of the dash and the amp in the trunk fell and all the wiring broke off inside the amp) 

After the car shipped he quit responding to any emails I sent him.

I didn't see this forum until a month passed and the car still wasn't shipped.... but at least I got a car that passed customs... I think we should all team up to try to remove him from eBay. 

 Posted: Jan 10, 2020 08:26PM
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ttt for david ellison 

 Posted: Dec 26, 2019 04:38PM
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beane1 .. it is all about folks thinking they can buy something less in the UK for a classic mini..  Ellison offers cars for less than market value even in the UK..   all about GREED...

 Posted: Dec 26, 2019 03:39PM
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I have wondered how he keeps getting away with his scams 

 Posted: Dec 26, 2019 07:24AM
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Got to wonder how David Ellison in NOT in jail/prison.. ??

 Posted: Dec 17, 2019 01:48PM
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kimb  my guess is the magic number of $950 is that he could NOT be charged with a FELONY.. is it is under $1k..  you should bug him until you get it.  I just sold engine to nice lady in York PA.. that has bought 998 for her son..   the engine and tranny was totally KNACKERED. when it came off the boat.

 Posted: Dec 17, 2019 12:30PM
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No but I haven't chased after the initial flurries. Just chalked it up to 'tuition' in the school of life and have just been happy that the car is a nice driver whatever its mongrel heritage.   Life is too short.  Seasons best to all.

Kim

 Posted: Dec 17, 2019 09:43AM
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kimB  any luck getting your $950 back from David Ellison?? I see he is flogging couple more minis on ebay.com today..  at $4k. each

 Posted: Nov 6, 2019 05:16PM
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Well David Ellison has $950 or so of my money too if it is any consolation.  I got the car - no importation issues- not all original but in stock form and all Mk1. ('63 VIN/heritage certificate and '67 bits) David was slow to ship. He then was supposed to arrange delivery to my door. He asked that I front the last part as a wire to the customs broker would take longer than a paypal reimbursement to me direct.  Still waiting.  Car came with no V5C or other official UK paperwork- just a bill of sale.  FL DMV wasn't happy. After various dances and expense, I was able to get a bonded title and plates. Car is fine though some surprising bodges in the restoration.  Runs great though I wished it leaked less English rustproofing. love the car hate the dealer.  

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