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 Posted: Oct 24, 2019 05:02AM
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quote: hi travis 10 incher.. I am doing great later bill cox aka thewerewolf

Awesome to see you Bill. Glad you are still around. I have often wondered how many of the original group are still with us. I am in the market for a pickup and will start to monitor MM a bit more.

Travis in Texas

 Posted: Oct 24, 2019 04:51AM
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17yrs on here lurking and occasionally posting, now on my second mini. Bought my first rusty sh*tbox MK3 with a crap trans, body, and brakes from a Canadian who shall remain nameless. Broke Bill Cox' rule #1 bought it sight unseen based on suspect advice (some from here) and photos, lesson learned. Bought my second a MK6 after seeing it, driving it, getting under it, asking questions, and generally being a nuisance. I missed some of the really good posts like the Hairlip.

 

 

 Posted: Oct 24, 2019 04:38AM
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There we go makes me feel better already. I'm still working a little every day on someone's mini. Building engines, transmissions and sub frames. I'd like to get away from complete cars. Leaning toward doing batches of parts. Not sure how many rear swing arms I have as well as upper front arms. I did 60 diff side covers last year. Glad we are not here alone. Steve (CTR)

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 07:03PM
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hi travis 10 incher.. I am doing great   later bill cox  aka thewerewolf

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 05:53PM
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Hello Mini Friends. I have been here since 98'. First mini was purchased from Banks Garage back when they offered "3 in a box"...That was three minis in a 40' shipping containers for those who don't know/remember. I have had 5 minis including 1 Moke and 4 sedans. I don't come here much often as I have moved on to supercars (minis are super-cars of course). I popped in tonight just to see if there was a pickup listed anywhere for sale.... Not sure what the date on my screen name will show. I originally had another name for a few years but something happened so I switched over to Travis 10 Incher since my mini had 10" wheels.....Also, who remembers when the forum first started for a couple years you didn't have a screen name and Mr. Bill Cox was known only as "dot man" due to signing in with only a ".". (period). I wonder how Bill is these day (hi bill if you are reading this and still alive). Good to be back for a visit. Travis in Texas

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 11:37AM
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well..  been around for 22 years now..  imported first minis on 31 Dec 97 into Halifax NS.. Canada.. Drove across the trans Canada highway  in Jan 98. with -30F and feets of snow on the ground..   Became Lic Dealer again in NC. in 1998..  and sold mere 550 plus minis and mokes in last 22 years..  been BANNED here at MM few times.. but the old timers all know this..  later bill cox MBA lic NC dealer NC manufacture.  CBP bonded importer  with TWIC ACE SCAC and WMI for moke.. Monte Carlo Minis.  Earl NC..  1.704.487.6406 shop..1.704.487.697   

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 11:03AM
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I've been here 15 years. Enjoyed every minute and learned a lot of stuff.

Got my first Mini in 1970 or 71. It was a '61. It was one of 5 brought to the US by Briggs Cunningham for match races that year. I know Denise McCluggage, Sterling Moss, Innes Ireland and others drove some of them. Don't know which or whom.  I raced that car in SCCA for a couple of years and got my Comp license in it. I was also a LBC mechanic at the time. Fords, MGs, Austins, Lotuses, etc.

Fast forward to 2005 and I picked up a pristine '72/98 Rover MPI. I drive it about 200-300 miles a year and mostly show it with pretty good success. I keep threatening to sell it but its still there every spring...

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 09:14AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spitz
Yes I saw that Dan.  MM went through a revamp and some of us got reset back then....had to start again...lol
Yeah, I suspected something like that had happened.

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

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 08:02AM
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First Mini a $300 850 in about '68, which led to the racing bug and building a C-Sedan I campaigned until 1976. During that time I bought a '66 Cooper S (Bill of Sale $565) and an 850 parts car that ran. Had to sell all four when I moved to San Francisco in '77 and was parking on the street. 27 years later I moved to Oakland and had a garage and drive, so got my current car, a '79 Canadian 1000 now significantly upgraded. In the meantime, I had the privilege of sharing/driving a now well-known Traveller owned by a now-ex. Still fulfilling the racing bug by crewing part-time for Ward Barbour, photographing races, and lending a hand in a shop with two Mini restorations underway.

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 06:56AM
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Yes I saw that Dan.  MM went through a revamp and some of us got reset back then....had to start again...lol

 

"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: Oct 23, 2019 06:46AM
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Spitz: your profile says "Member since:Jan 22, 2003"

Jedduh01: If you think the Dooderwear issue was a big one, you either missed or blocked out of your memory the huge "discussion" about public health care. Record length thread!

Another thread of note was one concerning the use of "rust free" in ads for Minis for sale.

Early on for me was one member "MiniBill" (or similar) who wrote (very well) some long, interesting stories and signed them with "Minibill abides".

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

 Posted: Oct 23, 2019 06:02AM
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I can add to the community here has been great.. sure some in and out posters have been annoying or not a good part to the community  but for the 'classic' guys. do also remember and miss others.

 Zippy.
 NJ.
 
What ever happened to the big bunny guy?  Northern CA.

I took my time  to the posting game with  learning vs posting..

I do remember or miss stories about Quicksilver / Bill Cox and his early life on the internet. 
 I also missed the whole Doderwear shebang... that i understand was a big deal.

Internet time has evolved away from direct forum relationships, now with Facebook and Instagram youtube online avenues, there are much faster and easier platforms to 'show' what you do... and be glamorous with your  mini life.

Mini Mania Still a useful classic resource if you 'search" first before posting.

 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 07:05PM
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Steve according to my profile I have been a member since 1999, so 20 years.  I have owned/driven a Mini since 1963.  So 56+ years.  Started ith a '60 850 went to 1100cc engine, then 998.  USAF took me to England where I bought a MK1 Morris 1275 Cooper 'S Stewart and Ardern Minisprint.  Later years saw a 998 Cooper, a 1380 and 1430 upgrades and my current '66 Cooper 'S.  In June we moved to St.George, Utah to help out our daughter with cancer.

 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 06:24PM
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Not sure how long on here.
First car was a 77 classic MINI 1000 in 1980.  Had 20 odd since.......

 

"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: Oct 22, 2019 06:00PM
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I've been a miniac since a faded red one caught my attention around 1966. A girl owned it a couple houses away from my school bus stop. After High School,  instead of buying a used 1968 Mark II Cooper S, I bought a brand new 1970 Austin America. I've had many Cooper S's as they were plentiful back in the 70's, even a Spreens built 1071cc engine that drank oil. For many years, I would go mini hunting armed with the "Buy Lines" newspaper.

My only car is a mini, this daily driver is a fuel injected mini, but I do own many minis. Not saying how many.

At this point in my life, I'm trying to keep my daily driver on the road and building a beach mini. The daily driver is now requiring rust repair. Today, I just welded in a 4 x 6 inch patch and a 3 x 3 inch patch in the  left rear wheel well. I don't want to go around the min but it's calling for attention. For the beach mini, everything will be new or refurbished or rebuilt and repainted. I just put on a new front end. For this beach mini, I made custom hoist mounts to lift the beach mini on and off a yacht. It will be similar to the 1960's beach minis but will be more customized, more body work.

Best to all. Jim




 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 05:52PM
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17 years and counting. Drove it yesterday. Younger son drove it every day as high school senior in 2003. Time flies. Appreciate the good advice I have received here . Harvey

 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 01:23PM
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I've been here about 20 years now.  My boys grew up with the Mini but have yet to drive it.  Both boys have driven our Triumphs but the Mini is insured such that I am the only approved driver in the family.

I also miss the old days and the old crowd.  I sometimes feel like I am the only one posting here.

Doug L.
 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 01:08PM
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17 yrs + a few days here.  Can't add much that hasn't already been said (by myself and others)

I do miss seeing a lot of the old gang, and even though we own 2 modern BINIs, they ain't Mini's and
I miss a lot of that banter from years past and must endure (what seems like daily) "one and done" posters
asking about P codes, floor mats and matching stripe options.

Sigh!

...the only thing constant is change.

  ~ 30 minutes in a Mini is more therapeutic than 3 sessions @ the shrink. ~

  Mike  Cool  NB, Canada   

 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 01:03PM
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include Riley Elfs and I get 14 Minis since 1968.  Add two more if you count Austin Americas. MM profile says I have been using this username since 1999.

 Posted: Oct 22, 2019 12:44PM
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22 years in my Mk1
      1997- to present

Came home from highschool one afternoon driving my basic 71 MGB-Gt and the Mini was my dads shop.  It was headed to Carlsile Spring trade show i believe in about 1997.  Seller stopped by to visit, my dad made a deal to leave it there.

 She was a Non runner. Rusty with the doors falling off. Had red coudoury panels , red shaggy carpet, you could smell the 70's vintage from a block away.  1100 engine.  With a wacky marroon, Silver and black paint job.

 Over the years got welded / patched, wrecked, upgraded  + refinished. i know it hides some secrets.   now about 15 years later from the paint job its showing its wear / age.. but thats ok its MY patina! I figure i want to do something new to it ,but cant bring myself to really tear it down and ruin / change what really works.

I'm used to the Early mk1 defrost box = it works  as necessary . has some wrattles i just cant figure out but they haven't' killed me yet..
   Shes been a good soldier and will continue on = Just got a new set of rubber shoes this week after wore them out at CMU.

20year highschool reunion, and they still asked me if i still have 'those little mini's - Why yes My collection is now up to Four!

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