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    Quote: Originally Posted by buddylove View Post
    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?
    Well sorta. If you are using clamps made by IDEAL, they are not remotely living up to their name. Try and get the clamps that do not have the grooves cut all the way through.

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    I went buck-wild at McMaster-Carr and bought a whole assortment of the spring clamp style ones that come stock on VW's.

    $34 invested for 60 clamps in 6 different sizes. Never having to use bitey hose clamps again... Priceless!

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    those are another good option

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    Quote: Originally Posted by buddylove View Post
    got it to stop leaking. I am hoping that it stays this way
    understated, I presume
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    understated, I presume
    Just a bit...

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    Fought with the fuel system for another hour again today. I might just give up and get a proper Mini mechanical fuel pump... We have no idea where the fuel pump on it came from. I have been wanting to fix some rust on the roof, so Lis and I tackled it tonight. We sanded down the roof and removed as much of the flaking as we could. It isn't the best paint job, but for $8 in paint and some sanding its not bad. We got a little reaction in the paint, but it will hold over till we strip it all off down the road and repaint it. I also found tons of dents in the roof, another body item to tackle down the road.

    Sanded:



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    Lis doing some painting:



    Left to dry. The flag is still partially visible, but its still a night and day difference.


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    Nice work!

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    Can you post a pic of the fuel pump fitting and brazed thingie when you get time please?

    I have a couple ideas in my big head that might work.

    Do you know the details on the fitting like what threads it might be?

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    Quote: Originally Posted by unimogken View Post
    Can you post a pic of the fuel pump fitting and brazed thingie when you get time please?

    I have a couple ideas in my big head that might work.

    Do you know the details on the fitting like what threads it might be?
    Thanks Ken, I think I have it handled now though!

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    I went to Mclendons earlier to see if they could help me out with another fitting for the fuel pump. I had gone to Autozone the other day and they found a fitting, but it had a 5/16" inlet. I didn't like having to run such a big fuel hose, and for some reason the fitting just wasn't fitting right. The guy at Mclendons found a fitting for me with a 1/4" inlet and recommended a sealant for the threads that could tolerate fuel. I plumbed a fuel filter in the middle off of the short soft line from the hardline in the rear and ran 2' of fuel line after the fuel filter to wrap it down into the fuel pump. After the line filled back up with fuel it fired right up and I didn't see any leaks. I let it sit for a bit and still didn't see any leaks. Time will tell if it will leak anymore or not, but I am hoping that this fix will last me a good while till I eventually get a actual Mini pump. The fuel filter is plastic and I have it a good ways away from the down pipe, but I am still a little worried that it will melt.

    The offending connection:



    How the fuel system is plumbed now:


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    Quote: Originally Posted by buddylove View Post
    I went to Mclendons earlier to see if they could help me out with another fitting for the fuel pump. I had gone to Autozone the other day and they found a fitting, but it had a 5/16" inlet. I didn't like having to run such a big fuel hose, and for some reason the fitting just wasn't fitting right. The guy at Mclendons found a fitting for me with a 1/4" inlet and recommended a sealant for the threads that could tolerate fuel. I plumbed a fuel filter in the middle off of the short soft line from the hardline in the rear and ran 2' of fuel line after the fuel filter to wrap it down into the fuel pump. After the line filled back up with fuel it fired right up and I didn't see any leaks. I let it sit for a bit and still didn't see any leaks. Time will tell if it will leak anymore or not, but I am hoping that this fix will last me a good while till I eventually get a actual Mini pump. The fuel filter is plastic and I have it a good ways away from the down pipe, but I am still a little worried that it will melt.

    The offending connection:



    How the fuel system is plumbed now:

    All that and you still put bitey clamps back on? For shame, sir. For shame.

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    I went to lowes, mclendons, and Autozone. Thats all they had, I would have preferred to get what you were talking about.

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    Nice order! Reminds me of the ones I place with Mac's

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    You also could of used the fuel injector line clamps.

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    Now you tell me! . Down the road if I have to work on it again, I'll have you guys find me the right clamps!

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    Well didn't you buy that kit that you posted a pic of above?
    Why didn't you use those?

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    That was something that Ben posted and bought online.

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    Whoops!
    I need to learn how to read! Hehe

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    Two steps forward... One step back.

    This weekend I set out to fix a couple of electrical issues. The first one being the dim right side headlight. I traced it to a ground wire that had been cut and set it back up to ground to the body.

    The gauges inside were only lighting up from the speedometer side. I wanted both that side and the fuel gauge / temp gauge side to light up. On initial inspection the right side would light up if I pulled on the harness to the right slightly. I tried pressing in the harness to make it more secure, with no effect. Eventually the left gauge stopped lighting up (speedometer), so I pulled the whole gauge setup out of the car. I replaced a burnt out bulb and took sand paper to all of the contact that seemed like it needed it. I didn't change anything other then that, upon putting it back in the car both sides still did not light up, and now the alternator charge light was no longer lighting up. I checked if the battery wasn't getting charge, and it was not. I am thinking that whatever is in the gauge causing an issue is now not completing that circuit.

    I started checking power to the harness last night, but need to find a better ground spot in the cabin.

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    fun.. 35+ year old wiring
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    Quote: Originally Posted by joel View Post
    fun.. 35+ year old British wiring
    Fixed!

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    Yes, true... but, in this case... Australian wiring. So, I got a new gauge setup from Chuck and did some testing. Long story short, my old gauge is toast. The new gauge works, but it requires a different speedo cable (slip on versus screw on). So, once I do another parts order, I will have another functional item.

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    Over the last couple of days, I have done some small things. I put new taillight lens on, along with new seals. I also claybarred the front end and did a quick job of putting some wax on the front to see if it would shine up.

    Yesterday, I drove it out to the White Elephant SAMOA Mini Event. It ran the best so far on the way up and on the way back, but I definitely need to get rid of those gaps in the door and the hole in the tunnel. There was a ton of cold air circulating throughout the cabin. Lis also got her first ride in it, and enjoyed it... Other then the quick pace I was going at on the freeway sometimes. I knew the Mini was low, but didn't realize how low it was till yesterday. The exhaust is only a few inches off of the ground and even though I was being careful it hit the pavement a few times. The seat is going to limit my driving of it, till I fix the diaphram or replace the seat, as it makes driving the Mini rather uncomfortable.

    Today, I tried to clean up the aluminum / chrome on the car with some aluminum/mag polish. It brightened it up a bit, but definitely highlighted how scratched up / banged up the bumpers are. I also took the rear license plate light apart and cleaned it up, one of the bulbs is burned out. I am going to have to take it apart and again check for power, as it currently isn't lighting up.

    Shined up bright work and front end paint.





    Current shot of the roof, it appears more white in the photo, but the lighting is bad. It is a lot more beige.


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    Nice work man!

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