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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 719
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Saturday, 24 February, 2018 - 11:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have some Austin Mini questions.

1. Is there typically a spring guide in the shifter mechanism to keep the lever out of reverse?

2. There is a spacer between the inner and outer rear wheel bearings. The rear bearings always seem a little loose. Normal?

3. I had some scrubbing between the tire and one of the rear swing arms. How close should the tire be to the swing arm at rest?

4. Is 4.5 psi an OK boost # for stock engine with stock pistons, 8.3:1, and standard ring gaps?

5.Does the Master cylinder self bleed? I put in a dual diameter dual circuit one. Also does the mini use a residual pressure valve? Pressure on that?

Tha
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1789
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2018 - 09:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Ross, what year and model is the mini.
many variations over the years.

If I can find the workshop manuals!
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 720
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2018 - 11:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thanks Patrick,

It's mostly a 73 mkIII 998, though it's been through the ringer.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1791
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 - 03:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, Yes spring with plunger etc, many variations.
This is a late type.



Taper bearings fitted no spacer.
BTW many folk over tighten them with a short working life.

Wheel clearance should be the same, all according to tyre size but they do bend if a kerb is hit hard.
BTW the swing arm radius bushes do wear also the trumpet ball and swivel.

Master cylinder will have to be bled and a pressure compensating valve fitted due to the FWD and engine lump all up front.



IMO 4.5lbs boost should be ok if all else is ok.
What type of booster, belt drive, electric or turbo.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 721
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 - 11:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick, you are the man.

I have no spring guide, looks like I will have to be in there. At least it looks like it is an in/under car affair.

The spacers seemed a little odd to me on the wheels as the bearings had a castle nut. They should come out easy.

I probably have a bent swing arm. I'll look at the other swing arm and compare the clearance with it and see if it needs bending. If it does, I'll just bend it back with the blackhawk frame bender. I'll try and photograph that if need to do it.

Looks like no residual pressure valves, I guess I will just have to bleed it better.

The boost might be coming from a 300cc roots blower. I am a little busy with other projects right now but If the blower packages without modification to the hood I might get too it in April.

Thanks again.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 727
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 02:14 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The new super charger

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 729
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 02:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Oh yeah, this too.

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1795
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 06:28 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, the sound is on song is just great.

tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBPATYryMSc

I have some 1275cc units and they have the extra head stud by the thermostat!.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 730
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 06:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I was going to buy a 1275 metro engine and supercharge that but getting shipping at a reasonable price is a trick. The engines are cheap enough.

I don't want the car off the road so I'll probably build up a motor of some kind out of the car then swap it in.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 733
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

Here's kind of what I am thinking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohoxO7G-M3I
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 734
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 10:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Or this, but the blow through nature of this install means tricks. Also, it has BOVs on it which I don't understand.

https://youtu.be/DN1NGfwVMSY?t=14
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1800
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 06:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, as I see it the use of these valves was mostly on the turbos as blow off valves

However for positive displacement type supercharger use the ["Go faster bits"] valve comes into play when the throttle is lifted preventing pressure build up between the supercharger and throttle.

At idle it is open, this allows the supercharger to freewheel.

Maybe if two valves are fitted one could be plumbed in and set for max boost pressure.
Sounding like the turbo dump valve.[what a sound]
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 736
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 - 12:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

I think I'll be skipping the BOV.

I fixed the reverse by putting the bottom plate back on the shift box correctly. I had it installed upside down so the gate was on the outside. Ooops.

I removed the spacers that were between the inner and outer bearings and readjusted them normally. I took photos of the spacers because it was so weird. Who knows.

Thanks again,
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 813
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

getting ready for a mission.

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 814
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

All systems go



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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 815
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Western NY state looking like a post card.

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 816
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Aaah Chicago, getting close.

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 817
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Now we're talking...

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 818
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The spare didn't fit in the back so it gets to ride shotgun with some trip garbage.

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 819
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Seriously, Hamburg NY state has a water tower shaped like a hamburger and they don't paint it to look like a hamburger ????

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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 820
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Nothing like a new mini in the driveway.



Now, how do I get that unloaded?
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Post Number: 983
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 09:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

OK I get it, you don't have four Russians to lift it out of the back of the ute, you being in Uncle SsSam's land.

1. Put a fist full of C4 between the back of the cab and the front of the mini. Take 2 shots of Vodka and wait for the initial rush. Depress detonator button.

2. Use bucket machine to build up dirt mount. Push mini out.

I had to work on these ghastly horrid vehicles for too long therefore three.

3. Put ten sticks of gelignite under mini. Take four hits of vodka and two joynts of LEGAL Canadian Skunk weed. Ignite jelly.

4. Purchase 1965 Buick Riviera then marvel on Cranberry Spirit!
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 824
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Posted on Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 01:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Vlad,

Skunk weed is legal where I live as well so maybe 3, but also maybe ramps to the nearest equipment trailer.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 827
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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 02:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP













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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 828
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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 02:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP











Thanks to gravity, painless.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 829
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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 02:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Also, did Australian Minis have quarter glass on the doors?
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Patrick Ryan
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Post Number: 1957
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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 07:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Ross,
They had sliding windows from the launch, but very early on after this, the Australian built Mini's went to wind up windows. We were the first to do this on a Mini.

Gotta hand it to you,
You love a roof rack Ross
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Maxwell Heazlewood
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Post Number: 209
Registered: 9-2017
Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 11:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

1965 saw the advent of wind up windows with opening 1/4 windows on the Mini Delux and the Mini Cooper-S.
Bought my first Mini in 1967....it had a radio and a heater!
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 831
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Posted on Friday, 29 June, 2018 - 10:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Maxwell,

A radio, heresy.

Patrick,

I'll have roof racks on soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA4b7Ohk-3g
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Harry Heuchan
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Posted on Friday, 29 June, 2018 - 05:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, I thought you might like these pictures taken today at my friends house. He uses the Yellow one daily and the Mini Cooper S on regular occasions. He has owned both for many years. I know they use the same Lucas gearbox on part of the wiper mechanism as I have been there, done that.


Mini 1

Mini 2

Mini 3

Mini 5

Mini 6
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 832
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Friday, 29 June, 2018 - 07:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Harry,

A grocery getter ( estate) with racks I would daily drive that as well I think. Thanks for the pics.

Sadly precious few estate minis found their way to the states. I think the deal is when people started buying small cars here, Austin wasn't in a position to get a fedralized model approved.

It would have been hideous with big foam bumpers and a giant catalytic converter.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1899
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Saturday, 30 June, 2018 - 09:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, nice early rust free motor you have.
What series is it or chassis no.
The wheels are an acquired taste!
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 833
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Sunday, 01 July, 2018 - 01:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

It's a 1960. The body is original, un-repaired, and rust free.


The engine is a 1380 made from a Austin America with all kinds of go faster mods. It really scoots.

The gearbox was converted to rod change.

The previous owner cut the front off the install a fiberglass unit which I will have to weld back on. Also there are no wires in the car, but that's why it was cheap.

The wheels aren't really my first choice, but they are 13" and clear the bigger rotors no problem.

I'll post some pics of it driving.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 836
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Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2018 - 11:12 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

What are these?

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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2018 - 01:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, no idea. Perhaps something to do with rear axles.

Try emailing the photos at sales@minisport.com.au. They should know what part they are if they are a mini part at all.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1902
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Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2018 - 07:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Have dealt with these in the past but the memory is failing, maybe a seal or felt retaining collar on rack or top column steering joint.
Maybe on a different model though!
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 837
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 July, 2018 - 12:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick and Vladimir,

The mini actually came with service manuals I will look at the diagrams.
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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 838
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 July, 2018 - 12:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Welded the front clip back on this afternoon.



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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 843
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Posted on Monday, 09 July, 2018 - 11:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The Red mini "restoration" is "complete"



Got a plate and roof racks on it so we are legal and ready for work. Still a lot of little jobs the biggest is an alignment and install the binnacle for the speedo which is currently just sitting in the parcel tray!
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Monday, 09 July, 2018 - 11:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Forgot to add North American license plates are so tall that they function as distributor splash guards if fitted to the grill.

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