Not a VW but....

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Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:46 pm

Many of you have seen pics on my Phone already but here is my latest project in addition to my daily driven GTI:


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Things that need to be done:

Replace steering rack
Fix parking brake (it works but not so well on inclines)
Replace clutch
The lower seals of the output shaft leak oil (probably the most time consuming thing to fix)

Things I want to do:

Swap the drum brakes for disk brakes
Re-upholster or out right swap the front seats
Install a tach (not a massive one but a small classy one)
Install classic Mini Cooper wheels
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Fukuroku » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:42 pm

Very cool, I've always loved Minis, good luck fixing it up!

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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by KO-R32 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:19 pm

I think you could fit one more in there :w00t:

Looks good Phil! That thing will be a blast to jam around in. Keep us posted on the progress!
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Sir Revalot » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:25 pm

I know that people will give me sh*t for saying this but I don't care, so here is goes: VTEC this tiny beast! B18 would do the job :thumbup:
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Dybz » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:37 pm

at least do it right greg... k20.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by got desl? » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:32 pm

Dybz wrote:at least do it right greg... k20.
Agreed!! NA beast!! :yahoo:
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Dybz » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:54 pm

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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:55 pm

KO-R32 wrote:I think you could fit one more in there :w00t:
Actually I pushed it all the way back and my wife's rabbit fits in it as well.


Sir Revalot wrote:I know that people will give me sh*t for saying this but I don't care, so here is goes: VTEC this tiny beast! B18 would do the job :thumbup:
Sure if I had 8k to invest in the new sub frame mounting kit and engine+transmission. :tongue: Trust me I looked into it, lol. Its not in the budget just yet.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Grip Driver » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:09 am

Nice!!! I remember as a kid, someone had a Cooper very similar to that in my apartment building in Toronto. I used to drool over it all the time.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by got desl? » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:10 am

VTEC or not that will still be a fun car to drive once you fix her up!!
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:47 pm

Yeah, All I need to really make it road worthy are Mirrors, Plates and Brakes. The brakes will be looked at in about a week.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:49 pm

I took it on its maiden voyage today to the gas station. 1st impression:

Its a pain to get into 1st gear and you cant hold the clutch on coming to a stop, you have to let off the clutch and get back on 2 change gear
The steering wheel vibrates in idle
The brakes work but you gotta push down on them hard!

Other than that its great! haha. Needs some work.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by g60_corrado_91 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:30 pm

Nice Phil! Did you guys end up getting it to fit in the garage with the other two cars?
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Dybz » Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:27 pm

picked up my GF today and leaving her neighborhood she saw her first old school mini. squealed, and said "omg it's a little baby!" it was a nice orangish color, but seriously looked funny next to all the modern standard sized cars around it.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:48 pm

g60_corrado_91 wrote:Nice Phil! Did you guys end up getting it to fit in the garage with the other two cars?
yes! it fits with the other 2 cars in the garage.

I discovered this last night.

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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Sir Revalot » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:47 pm

Dybz wrote:at least do it right greg... k20.
Well I know that the B18 has been done in old mini's but has anyone dropped a K20 in?
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by Grip Driver » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:14 pm

k24 awd

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more cool stuff here

http://www.superfastminis.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://vtec.minimania.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by got desl? » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:28 pm

Grip Driver wrote:k24 awd

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more cool stuff here

http://www.superfastminis.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://vtec.minimania.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That is sick!!!! :thumbup:
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:38 am

Insane!
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by redfred1969 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:19 am

Very cool. What's the deal with driving old school minis in the U.S.? I thought I read somewhere that they are not street legal? Or maybe I misread that somewhere, obviously?

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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by redfred1969 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:00 am

[quote="Grip Driver"]k24 awd

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more cool stuff here

http://www.superfastminis.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;[quote]

Just looked over this website. I am in love. These are badass!!

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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:14 pm

redfred1969 wrote:Very cool. What's the deal with driving old school minis in the U.S.? I thought I read somewhere that they are not street legal? Or maybe I misread that somewhere, obviously?
I have yet to see that any where. I have seen a few driving around and this car used to be a DD for the former owner.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by VMPhil » Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:46 pm

So I finally got a chance to look at the Brake situation and WOW. Both of the rear brake cylinders were locked up, the front passenger side wheel cylinder was leaking (and soaked the brake shoe) so that one doesnt work either. Only the front driver side brake works. I also need 1 new wheel stud, and a set of tie rods. The wife will no longer be allowed to take it out for joy rides for till spring of next year after I do the disk swap. Painful but not completely unexpected.
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Re: Not a VW but....

Post by nacg8or » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:36 pm

Nice Mini. It brings back memories from childhood since my mom had one. Good luck with the project.
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