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    everyone probably knows me by now buddylove is a jewel in the rough buddylove is a jewel in the rough
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    Yesterday, I picked up some new wheels. I guess you can call them "New Old Stock?", Cosmic MKII's. Thanks to Kelley and Chuck for keeping them around. They are pretty much my most favorite Classic Mini wheel, and I am even more excited that they have the rare red caps with them.
















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    Those are awesome!

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    Those wheels are pure awesomeness.

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    I'm loving it. Can't wait to see those wheels on it! Very fitting wheels, I think.

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    Thanks! There is a reproduction of the wheel in 10x6, but I love that this one is original and comes with all the correct stuff in the 10x5 size. 10x5 is on the border of having to run flares, so I am hoping that there is only a slight amount of poke out of the arches. We will see next week, when I can swing by Fine Tuning to get the tires mounted on them.

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    I haven't taken too many photos as I have been trying to spend as much time working on the car as I can. A previous owner had wrapped a cotter pin around the pin that secures the brake master cylinder to the pedal, it was a little bit of a fight trying to get it out of there. So, now the brake master cylinder is installed, and the stainless lines for the front and rear are in now as well. The front suspension is all bolted up, and well as the whole front brake system. I am hoping that none of the brake lines leak, as I re-used the front hard line. I didn't notice any real mushrooming though.







    It's the first vented 7.5" setup that I have seen in person. Not that you really need it on a road going car, but I had the setup, so why not right?

    I still need to pull the rear wheel cylinders and replace them, as well as correct the brake shoes, and install the Superfins. After that, I need to pull the thermostat and drill 6 1/8th inch holes in it. Hopefully I can get both of that done tomorrow night, as then all I need to do on Friday is bleed the brakes, and then wrap everything else up on Saturday.

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    Torqued the front axle nuts down and added the cotter pin. Got the new 1/2" wheel cylinders and Superfins installed in the rear, along with tightening down all the connections back there. I also replaced the filter for the breather over the clutch, replaced the valve cover cap, and setup the carb. I don't like that the choke cable currently rests on the manifold, but not sure if I can do much about it at the moment.







    Tomorrow, I am going to bleed the brake system, and hope that there isn't any leaks. If that goes well, then I can correct height for the suspension on Saturday, do an oil change, put coolant in it, and see if I can get the exhaust to fit any better. Hopefully, then I can start it up. I am going to hold off on drilling the thermostat for now, as I don't have a replacement gasket.

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    Doesn't look like the Mini will be making it to the Western Washington ABFM.

    Friday, we attempted to bleed the brake system. The left front hardline wasn't sealing to the stainless line. I ended up having to replace it with a new hardline and was able to get everything sealed up. We finished bleeding it on Saturday with only a few connections needing to be tightened. I filled up the coolant system, and had no leaks, then gave it an oil change. I had never run into the cartridge style oil filter, and had ordered the regular all in one oil filters that I am used to seeing. Thankfully, Chuck had some of the cartridge style and I was able to finish the oil change.

    I started the Mini up and it started without issue, however it sounded like a tractor. The intake manifold isn't sealing to the block well enough, I played around with different washer setups and was able to get it to seal a bit better, but it still needs more work. My plan was to at least get it down to Chuck's and then we could play around with more washer setups. However, the Mini had other plans. I went to try to reverse it out and it didn't want to budge, and I tried to go forward and it did the same thing. I took the front wheels off today and messed around with the axle nut, but it still was being difficult to turn. Once, I got one side to turn some, I put the wheel on and moved to the right side. I loosened up the axle nut, and got the wheel to turn again, but when I went to tightened down the lug nuts, it froze up on me again. After discussing it with Chuck, the thought is that the caliper and brake pads might be playing into the seizing up once everything is tightened down. If that is the case, I will need to get the calipers rebuilt as the pistons are most likely not retracting on their own. I'm going to take a couple days off from it and then investigate.

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    Monday, I spoke to a couple of different caliper rebuilt specialists and did some investigating that night. I took the wheel off and was able to spin the whole assembly. I then placed the wheel back on and started looking through the mesh of the wheel to see where the caliper was sitting against the wheel. On tightened down the lug nuts, the caliper was fully wedged against the wheel about halfway back. I then tried test fitting some 3.5" steelies that I had lying around, but with the ridge they have in the inside, they didn't clear the caliper. My final hope was the Cosmics, they have a completely smooth barrel on the inside, and cleared the caliper for the most part. The only piece that is coming into slight contact is the cotter pins from the brake pads. I was thinking about trying to find a cotter pin with a smaller head, but Chuck's idea was to simply turn them around and flat them back against the caliper. I am planning on doing that tonight and getting the Cosmics mounted on tires. I was hoping to have Fine Tuning do the mounting, but there is no time to get up there, so I will have to swing by Discount Tire and stress to them to be very careful. Hopefully by this evening, the Mini will be able to roll on all 4 wheels.

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    Stuck once again, and going back to the original thoughts on why the drive train is locking up on both sides. I tightened down the axle nut before test fitting the Cosmics again and everything locked up. The wheel clearance issue was definitely a factor before, but now that it is solved it still leaves another issue. I loosened up the bolts on the caliper and it freed up the drive train and allowed it to rotate on both sides. This clearly points to the caliper being the issue. The pads look seated flatly against the disc, so its not like one piston is pushing harder then the other, and the caliper looks pretty square with the disc between it. There really is not much space to run any sort of spacer between the hub flange and the caliper anyways. That only really leaves me with the caliper itself possibly needing to be rebuilt. The only question I have though, is why would both calipers fail at the same time, and if both sides are locking up, wouldn't it be more of an engineering issue and not so much a failed part issue?

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    Can you unbolt the calipers, leave them hanging out of the way, and try to spin it again? I'm wondering if something in the hub/axle is binding up when you torque the axle nut.
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    Quote: Originally Posted by benny_mech View Post
    Can you unbolt the calipers, leave them hanging out of the way, and try to spin it again? I'm wondering if something in the hub/axle is binding up when you torque the axle nut.
    Figured out the issue, post to follow.

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    Thursday, I discovered that the caliper was hitting on the back of the wheel studs. I corrected this by using two flat washers per bolt. I then bled the systems again on Friday with Lisa's help and started installing an Italian style sump guard. I finished that install on Saturday. I played with the intake manifold washers a bit more, but I am still having issues getting it to seal. I "drove" the Mini down to Chucks on Sunday. I probably shouldn't have as the Mini was plowing and it was not fun to drive, plus the tires were super hot by the time I got down there. I won't ever do that again, but I do understand how to align the rack better and what to shoot for after discussing it with Chuck. The Mini has Mk1 steering arms and a Mk2 rack in it, so I will be needing to order Mk2+ arms among a few other boots and seals. Thanks to Chuck for once again providing valuable insight on all things Mini.

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    Still been slowly working away at it. No pictures in this update still.

    Chuck sorted out the exhaust system over last week, while the car sat at his place. On Friday and Saturday, I went over and Chuck worked on the carb, while I worked on the suspension. He swapped out the HIF38 for an HS4 I had and got everything plumbed up. For some reason the intake manifold wasn't fitting with the Exhaust manifold, even though they had been together before, so Chuck had to take a file to it. I installed the bump stops on both sides, as well as new extended steering tie rod ends, and MK2+ steering arms. I also pulled the left axle out and Chuck installed a new CV boot on it, while I kept working away at the suspension. Towards the end of the day, we got it on all 4s and adjust the toe and camber. The camber is sitting at about -1.25 degrees. It is good enough to where I can get some miles on it, before getting a real alignment.

    On startup, the Mini was making a pretty good racket, it was sounding like metal on metal, and the fan seemed to be clearing just fine. We discovered that the generator had a lot of play in its pulley, as in it was move back and forth about a quarter inch, and I could see metal scratch marks on the generator itself. We adjusted the idle and and clutch, then I took it for a short drive. It drove pretty well, though I think it could possibly have a bit more power if the timing was adjusted. The brakes stopped it well enough, but the front left brake line is weeping slightly. I am going to need to get new lines and replace that side at the least. After that, I brought it home.

    Today, I didn't have a ton of time, but I started working on converting the car from the generator to an alternator. The car is already a negative ground car, so half the work is done. The old fan belt is too long and I need to swap it out for a shorter one, which I have, but currently the belt isn't getting past the pulley and the engine mount. It also doesn't look like it will go past the bottom radiator shroud, so I might have to pull the radiator. If that is the car, I am just not going to put it back together till I get the replacement brake line, as it will be much easier to work on it if the radiator is out.

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    Yesterday and today, I finished up the alternator install along with eliminating the voltage regulator that was for the generator. I also installed the bulkhead pad, and air filter. I will need to remember to get a gasket for the air filter plate to carb. Lastly, I threw on the grill, and took it for a spin. It is getting there, but I still need to shave down the right brake pads a bit, as they are definitely dragging still.




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    The grill came out great! looking good.

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    no kidding.. that frontend looks nice
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    Time to shake the dust off this thread...

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    A few months ago, I paid for interior that I found in the UK. DHL and UPS wanted close to $2500 to ship it, but Chris offered space in his LT, so I had them shipped to Belgium. As soon as he gets everything squared away, they will be here, but as there is still some work to do on the mechanical side for the Mini, there is no rush.

    The interior is non-standard, but I wanted something more comfortable than the standard interior, as the standard interior is not comfortable for longer trips. Also, the Blue Mini is going to be a our family hauler for Mini related events, where the Clubman is going to be more race focused.

    Brief description from the sellers ad, as well as a few photos:

    The trim includes:
    2 superb Escort RS S2 turbo recaro front seats
    1 late Cooper MPi rear seat base
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    Speedo side panels
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    I also put in an order with MiniSpares to finish up some small issues with the car, to include new braided stainless lines for the front, and new hardline. I then put an order in with KAD and decided to splurge a little bit on 7.75" 4 pot calipers and a 3/4" rear sway bar.



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    Nice!

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    Those calipers are pretty.

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    As I haven't had a lot of time lately, I have only had a few minutes here and there to troubleshoot the Mini not starting.

    I have confirmed that it has:

    Fuel (can hear fuel pump, and the fuel filter is full in the engine bay)
    Air (Choke is working just fine)
    Spark (Confirmed that the spark plugs are sparking)

    The engine catches, but fails to start. At this point it seems like timing, maybe it jumped a tooth for some reason? Anyone else have any ideas? I even tried a little starter fluid, but still no go, other than lots of coughing.

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    Did you check the ignition timing? I once got a BMW 2002 for $500 because it wouldn't run. Turned out that the ignition was 180 degrees out. I swapped the spark plug wires to the opposite sides of the distributor and it fired right up.
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    This mini totally does it for me! I had 2 in the past and loved them.

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    Quote: Originally Posted by V8-190e View Post
    This mini totally does it for me! I had 2 in the past and loved them.

    Pierre
    Thanks! Hoping to do some more good changes to it, but still keeping in the bounds of what it is.

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