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ross kowalski
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Post Number: 719
Registered: 11-2015
Posted on Saturday, 24 February, 2018 - 23:15:   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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Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2018 - 21:03:   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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Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2018 - 23:53:   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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Posted on Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 - 03:30:   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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Posted on Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 - 11:01:   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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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 02:14:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The new super charger

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ross kowalski
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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 02:19:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Oh yeah, this too.

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 06:28:   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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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 06:48:   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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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 10:41:   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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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 10:54:   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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Posted on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 - 18:29:   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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Posted on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 - 12:48:   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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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:39:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

getting ready for a mission.

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

All systems go



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

Western NY state looking like a post card.

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

Aaah Chicago, getting close.

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

Now we're talking...

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ross kowalski
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:43:   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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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:45:   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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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 08:47:   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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Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 09:49:   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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Posted on Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 13:14:   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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ross kowalski
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Thanks to gravity, painless.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 02:54:   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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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 07:59:   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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Posted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 11:13:   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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Posted on Friday, 29 June, 2018 - 10:09:   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 - 17:31:   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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Posted on Friday, 29 June, 2018 - 19:32:   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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Posted on Saturday, 30 June, 2018 - 21:07:   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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Posted on Sunday, 01 July, 2018 - 13:18:   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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Posted on Monday, 02 July, 2018 - 11:12:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

What are these?

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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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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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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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Posted on Tuesday, 03 July, 2018 - 12:45:   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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Welded the front clip back on this afternoon.



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ross kowalski
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Posted on Monday, 09 July, 2018 - 11:46:   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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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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ross kowalski
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Oh oo, check engine light is on in the red mini.

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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Shoot it with a Desert Eagle hand gun. Problem over!
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ross kowalski
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Vlad,

It's America, you could shoot it with many other pistols as well. I'm just going to use the alternate technique of blocking the view of it with my giant 1L coffee cup.

Seriously though, a K frame Smith in 32-20 firing something mild would be fine, though the brass is not as easy to get in the last 60 years.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Tuesday, 24 March, 2020 - 22:17:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

So,

With covid-19 putting us all into long term project mode I finally got to swapping the gearbox on the red mini.

The syncros in first a second were thrashed.

I bought a A+ ( later ) series transmission which was not only rebuilt to hooligan spec, it was cheap for a mini in the states.

I had to put new drop gears in and get a few gaskets, but other than that it was a drop in.

I am supposed to be installing it in the car today but have to check some dimensions on the early and late motor mounts before preceeding.

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Ross, most important to do the end float tolerance on the drop gears, done loads years ago.

If setup is incorrect the bearings fail with the horrible high pitch noise.
Damage to the cover and gears, with the same oil running in the engine and g/box other probs will present them selves .
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Benoit Leus
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Hi Ross,

it's good to see a lot of us now have time to tackle those projects.
That whole Covid situation has at least one positive side-effect.
I'll probably be driving the Midget this summer as I can now work on it full-time (when my wife isn't giving me some chores to do).

Keep safe and I hope you see you next year.

Benoit
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ross kowalski
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Patrick,

As I don't know really anything about minis I consulted 7 mini in California (and I needed some parts for the A engine to A+ transmission swap. I put the gasket I would be using and torqued it down to spec the measured .005 which close to the .003 that is required but a little on the loose side. Better .002 loose then .002 tight!

Benoit,

It will be good to have the midget on the road, especially with the v-tec conversion. Oops, sorry that would be Brecht's midget.




I installed the hi-lo trumpets that came with the car at the same time, because why not. Turns out that was overdue.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Ross sounds like your on the ball, well done.
On the subject of the trumpets front and rear.
Now would maybe a good time to do a coil spring mod.
The ride is vastly improved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLI5id-I-go
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ross kowalski
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Patrick,

You are right ... But.

The red mini in fact already has springs. They are these I think.

These springs come in three flavors blue (soft), red, and green (hard). My red mini of course has green.

The ride is decidedly harsher than the other cars both of which are riding on rubber.

The handling is better but the ride is comically harsh.
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Patrick Ryan
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Hi Ross.
Good to see youíre still going on the Mini.
Hope you and the family are staying safe over there.

We need some good projects while we are in lockdown.
I have 2 I am keeping busy with also.
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ross kowalski
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Patrick,

What are you working on?

I just bought a couple cars today in case we go full lockdown here.
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Omar M. Shams
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two more minis Ross?
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Benoit Leus
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At least you know your priorities, Ross.
While most people are stockpiling toilet paper and canned food, you buy 2 cars.
Top man !
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ross kowalski
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Omar,

A 1965 Ford F100 and a 59 Edsel Ranger, the f100 is a rust free unit from South Carolina and the Ranger is a total hooptie.

Stay healthy,
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Omar M. Shams
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Are Edsels rare cars?
I always thought they were.

I used to have a 1959 F100. great cars
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Patrick Ryan
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Hi Ross.

A 1959 Holden, pretty ordinary stuff here.
But a one owner survivor car, but a real gem I came across, that I think Omar will like as well, is a 1969 RT40 Toyota Corona (yes unfortunate name I know)
This is also a survivor and the best I have ever seen.
Been in a shed for nearly 30:years.
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ross kowalski
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Omar,

Edsels are sort of rare in that they only made them for a few years and didn't sell many. The name Edsel is used in the states to represent anything that was a flop or hideously ugly.



Patrick,
I had to look up the Corona, neat little car.
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Patrick Ryan
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Yes mate,
Pretty neat.
I have never even sat in one before I came across this little car.
Very cool.

I am surprised at some of the tech on this car considering it first appeared in 1964.
Very nice twin barrel auto choke carby, and very high quality electrics.
Very high quality vinyl and carpets, door hardware very high quality, and very well built.
I guess this is where the legendary Toyota quality started.
Very advanced for its day compared to our biggest selling cars here in Australia, considering their carbies and electrics really hadnít evolved much since they were first introduced here in 1948.
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Omar M. Shams
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I love the old Japanese cars and bikes. The foundations of all our modern day cars are those 60s and 70s Japanese machines. The 69 Corona brings lots of memories of taxis when I was a young boy here in Dubai.
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Patrick Ryan
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I havenít had much to do with the older Japanese cars Omar.
I have seen pics of your Celica, and have always admired it.
When a friend of a friend told me about this I couldnít resist.
Something different, and the first modern design Toyota made.
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David Gore
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Patrick,

You are a "glutton for punishment" - how do you get away with this without upsetting the "domestic goddess"?

Good choice of model as these have been largely overlooked by the usual suspects besotted by local, European and American cars.

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I think she hasnít noticed that large thing under the tarp in the corner of the shad David

Letís hope she doesnít get suspicious

Yes,
Never even sat in one of these in my life mate, but a true survivor.
As new inside.
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Patrick,

NICE.

Those never made it to the states which is too bad.

We did have the Datsun 510 which had all sorts of modern touches like independent suspension and the like.
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These were also made here in Oz Ross.
The same company assembled Mercedes Benz and some other American cars.

Hard to think this car is 51 years old.
The interior is how is was driven into the shed 25 years ago.
I havenít cleaned anything.
All it had on it was a heavy tarp.
It has 101,000 miles on the clock, and the only real damage is the crack in the dash pad in the last pic.
The tyres are dated 1980




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OMG that is a true masterpiece Patrick. You are very lucky to have this car in such great condition. They are getting very rare.

Ross,
To your surprise the Corona is available in the USA and I came close to buying two in the last few years. The American spec cars were mainly automatic. here was one of them...https://www.copart.com/lot/28058078/Photos
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and here is another....https://www.copart.com/lot/44082119/Photos
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Wow Omar,
Didnít know they had them in the USA.
THE 2 door is very cool.
That second 4 door, has really been neglected, what a shame.

Yes mate.
Quite an unusual car here in Oz now Omar.
Pretty much never see them, even at car show or coffee & car events.
Got her running today without to much drama, full brake overhaul & clutch hydraulics next, then rego check.
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Dear Patrick.
You will find that she is a joy to drive.
This car that you have bought is a true gem mate.
All the best.
Omar
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Thanks for your wishes Omar,
Iím looking forward to getting her on the road, as I mentioned, I have never ever sat in one, let alone drive one.
It will be a real treat to feel what she does & hear it as well, the little 1500 has a nice note as well.

I really agree with you she is a little gem, and Iím very glad it fell into my lap.
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Patrick,

I got the Edsel running today but it wasn't easy. Well it was after I installed a carb I assembled from spares. I didn't rebuild anything so the perferated accelerator diaphragm kind of made a mess.

https://youtu.be/BfWE23UO0rI

Omar,

Apparently they did sell some in the US,

https://www.autonews.com/article/20071029/ANA03/710290307/after-toyopet-trauma-corona-got-toyota-up-to-speed-in-u-s

Relatively small numbers though.

Bad part is now I want to find one.
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Hahahaha - you have the bug Ross.
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Good to see the Ford is running mate.
Sounds good too.

Great write up there Ross.
Interesting story for sure.

Hey,
This will be ready soon, and Iíll be putting it up for sale.
Just imagine how a fairly mint right hand drive Corona would be in your neck of the woods mate.
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Patrick,

I think the shipping would be insane, but I think I will be able to fine one locally (in this hemisphere)
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No, I would imagine the shipping would be horrendous.

However, I have never shipped a car in a container. Some say itís not all that expensive.
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The Corona is running like a dream after her 25 year slumber.

Just some brake and clutch hydraulics left to do, and 4 new tyres.


I was lucky enough to find a NOS oil filter in the box of tricks that came with the car.


But check this out.
Why the hell Rolls-Royce couldnít have put a drain plug like this in the Shadowís cartridge canister Iíll never know.
Simple thing.
This means no oil up to your armpits when doing a Shadow oil change.
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Patrick R,

That filter drain is a good idea. I'll probably weld one in when I do the RR oil next.

Also that Corona looks pretty good where it is, also you could get COVID19 for the licence plates.
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Ross,
The Japanese do the best drain plugs in all parts of their cars and trucks. Heavy course threads, heavy aluminium washers. Good solid plugs, that will see many years of service.

I was thinking along those same lines.
Maybe;
Virus
Covid
CVD019
Iím sure we can come up with a few more.
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i would simply call it V1 RUS.
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Patrick Ryan
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Thatís very good Omar.

Iím hopeless with number plates.

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