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    Quote: Originally Posted by buddylove View Post
    Thanks I just want to drive it!
    You have until spring!

    But I know how you feel...I got to drive my '55 Ford for about 2 weeks this year.

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    can't wait until spring! I'm getting more tired of our winters and wet weather every year. I just want our summers
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    can't wait until spring! I'm getting more tired of our winters and wet weather every year. I just want our summers
    What summer?? I think I wore short sleeves for 4 days last year.

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    uhmm...

    2011 had one of the best runs of summer weather I've ever seen around here.. it just started at a record late date. We had one of our worst summers ever up until August.. then from August into October we had amazing weather. I was more tanned than I've ever been.. I still show a tan line where my t-shirts hang on my arms, and my freckles are still much more visible than normal on my arms.

    Are you sure you got out of the house?
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    Quote: Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
    You have until spring!

    But I know how you feel...I got to drive my '55 Ford for about 2 weeks this year.

    I want to drive it sooner then that! I saw the photo you posted of your Ford, it looks pretty awesome. You will have to bring it out to a forum gtg one of these times.

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    From earlier today:

    We test fitted the new alternator up and it seemed to line right up without us having to mess with the brackets at all. After I did a full mock up of it, we figured out that the belt was sitting to the left too much, and we needed to space out the alternator by a washer. After we did that, it lined up pretty nicely. Chuck scrounged around for awhile and was able to come up with a wiring harness that fit the new alternator without us having to use spades. It looks more factory and the only wire we needed to splice in was the brown and yellow wire that goes back to the light on the dash.

    After start up the Mini was putting out 14.17 volts at the battery, so we were pretty happy with that. There was a pretty loud rattle coming from the radiator shroud, and at first we thought that the fan was hitting the shroud. It ended up being a missing screw from the back side of the shroud. Once we replaced it, the rattle was gone.

    The Mini wasn't done with us though, even though we had fixed two issues. It decided that it wanted the jet to keep sticking partially open, causing running issues. It could have something to do with the arm / bracket that comes off of it. We will be looking into that tomorrow. I am hoping to be able to finally take it for a spin tomorrow.

    A pic of the new alternator setup, and the factory looking alternator harness that you can't really see.


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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    Are you sure you got out of the house?
    I did I even went to 2 car shows last summer. At the end of August! I only had to wear 3 layers of clothes, I think that makes it about 70 degrees.

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    Quote: Originally Posted by buddylove View Post
    I want to drive it sooner then that! I saw the photo you posted of your Ford, it looks pretty awesome. You will have to bring it out to a forum gtg one of these times.
    Ok, it's a deal, you bring the Mini and I'll bring the Ford.

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    Yesterday, Chuck had already pulled off the carb to see what was going on with the jet. He adjusted the arm, and it kept binding. He kept moving it up and down to see if it would bed in. Eventually it stopped binding, and I hope it doesn't bind again while driving it. We put it back together and put the air cleaner on it. I took it for a test spin, and experienced some sputtering on acceleration. When I got back, we put in another carb spring and on the next test drive it sputtered a bit less on acceleration. Overall, it drove nice and I drove it home. I am going to have to get use to the braking system, so I am so used to not having to add so much pressure.

    A pic of it at home:



    Today, I decided to drive it over to my friend's house in Woodinville (about 20 miles from me one way). It made the trip fine, but was sputtering on acceleration and died coming up to a stop light about 5 or 6 times the whole trip. It fired right up after it died, but it would be nice to figure out why it was doing it. The doors need to be bent slightly back into shape and new door seals installed to help cut down on noise and cold air into the cabin. It was also popping a bit out of the exhaust, I am guessing that means its running a bit rich?

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    you are correct, it's running a little rich
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    It makes your garage look HUGE!

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    Congrats on getting it home!

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    Yesterday, I disconnected the alarm ecu and hoped for the best. The Mini still fired up just fine and all the lighting still worked after I had disconnected it. After that, I fought with the passenger side door seal for a good hour. I didn't realize how much of a pain in the butt it was going to be. I had the door seals still from my MK1 project and the passenger side worked fine after fighting with it. I just had to cut off about 4 inches when I was done. I am not looking forward to doing the drive side door seal, but at least I know more about how to get it to go on. A future project will be to bend the top of the door in the rear top as it is not fitting flush against the body / seal.

    Today I removed a ton more wires out of the interior, the alarm wires ended up being interconnected with the ignition wires. It took me a bit, but I figured it out, and I was able to get the Mini to fire up again. Thankfully all of the lighting still works, the alternator is still charging, but the wipers are only operating on a single speed. They were dual speed before I started all of this... Another thing to figure out later and I want to open up that area again as I need to do a bit better job with the wires.

    I also removed the UK heater that was installed into it at one point. I don't know if it works, but I kept kicking it when I went to use the clutch.

    Everything removed from today:



    How the dash area looks now:


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    Quote: Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
    Congrats on getting it home!
    Thanks!

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    It makes your garage look HUGE!
    haha.. seriously

    see ken.. if you got rid of your unimog and replaced it with a mini, you'd have more garage space!
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    Swung by Chuck's today to pick up a AAM needle so that I could replace my AAU needle. On the way over, the Mini really started acting up and died everytime I came to a stop as well as sputtered on any sort of acceleration. After I got to Chuck's, he wanted to take a ride in it so that we could figure out what was going on. It acted the same as when I was driving over and when he took his turn with it, it didn't do much better.

    When we got back to his garage, I swapped out the needles and Chuck adjusted the idle as well as the fast idle. Chuck took it through its paces after filling it up, it drove smoother, and didn't making any popping noises.

    We also figured out that the Mini has a 3.44 final drive. We finished up with greasing the shifter assembly to try to take the slop out of it a bit.

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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    if you got rid of your unimog and replaced it with a mini, you'd have more garage space!
    Haha, true but the truck sits in the driveway and has never been in the garage!

    Dang buddylove where'd you find this Chuck guy?
    I need to find someone like this to help motivate me!

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    Ya, he is a pretty good guy to have around and knows a ton about Mini's.

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    This morning my plan was to take the Mini to work for the first time. I went out to the garage and smelled fuel. I pushed the Mini back a bit to see if there was a fuel spot under the car, and surprise surprise... I had a nice little puddle under there. The soft line that comes off of the hard line from the back to the mechanical fuel pump was leaking at the fuel pump. I ran out of time before having to go to work and had to use my other car. I left the Mini outside the garage as it was still leaking fuel and planned to work on it when I got home.

    Once I got home, I shortened the soft line, and tried to get it to stop leaking again. Using the old clamp, it still kept leaking. I replced it with another clamp and got it to stop leaking. I am hoping that it stays this way. Next, I flushed the rust water from the engine and radiator, it was a nice rusty brown, and replaced it with Prestone 50/50 antifreeze. Finally, I tightened up the front bumper to keep it from rattling, one side fits closer to the body then the other, so I am pretty sure it has been in some sort of front end accident.
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    Quote: Originally Posted by buddylove View Post
    This morning my plan was to take the morning to work for the first time.
    Too many unleaded fumes this morning this morning?

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    Bitey clamps FTL!

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    Quote: Originally Posted by unimogken View Post
    Too many unleaded fumes this morning this morning?
    Ha ha! fixed.

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    Quote: Originally Posted by Rabbit 16v View Post
    Bitey clamps FTL!
    That was going to be something I was going to search for when I got to the parts store... Is there any better small clamps then those hose clamp things?

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    From last night...

    Nevermind the fuel leak still isn't fixed. It's the fitting on the fuel pump... It doesn't have a standard fitting that has the lip, its more like a hard line that has been cut and braised onto a fitting. Not sure if I can find a fitting that till fit into the fuel pump properly, so I can rectify this, or if I just need to get a new fuel pump.

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    From this morning...

    New plan of attack... I am going to attach a in line fuel filter to the current soft line. Then I will see if I can step down the fuel line size off of the other side of the fuel filter to connect to the fuel pump.

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