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Created: March 23, 2017
Any aluminum head will have advantages in lighter weight and better cooling due to aluminum being able to shed heat better than iron.
Created: March 23, 2017
As much of our Northern Hemisphere thaws out after an epic winter, our longer days have us looking forward to getting the classic cars out of the garage. To protect our investment and enhance our enjoyment of classic Minis, there are some maintenance items that...
Created: March 20, 2017
To protect our investment and enhance our enjoyment of classic Minis, there are some maintenance items that should not be overlooked just because the cars "hibernate" for months at a time.
Browse Our Newsletter History
Created: March 15, 2017
Check out all our latest e-news letters for classic mini and bmw MINI enthusiasts! Subscribe for monthly discount codesl
Sheet Metal at Mini Mania!
Created: March 09, 2017
Browse our selection of sheet metal parts for your classic Austin mini. Now at our new everyday LOW price!
Created: March 03, 2017
Here you'll find classic mini parts we haven't sold in years. They are mostly priced under our cost! You can even call us and make an offer.
Created: February 22, 2017
Browse our selection of classic Austin Mini gearboxes.
Austin Mini Cooper Lighting
Created: January 04, 2017
Some of our best selling lighting for classic Austin Mini Coopers.
Top 5 Mechanical Upgrades to Modernize a Classic Mini
Created: December 15, 2016
We've all seen the value of early Classic Minis skyrocket over recent years, making it quite justifiable to make some mechanical upgrades .
Created: November 22, 2016
We asked our resident Classic Mini expert, Jemal Katat, to give his suggestions for the top 5 mods for the Classic Mini. We wanted to know his opinion when it came to multiple types of modifications. Here we share his answers. Enjoy!
Created: November 21, 2016
The question has come up again about whether it’s possible to pull the engine unit from a servo equipped Mini without disturbing the hydraulics. A ‘servo’ is what a power-brake booster is called for a Mini.
Created: November 14, 2016
We see this sort of thing happening all the time! What's not original is the car that the VIN plate it attached to! That is almost certainly a 1997-2000, known as the Rover "MPI" for multi-port-injection.
Created: November 11, 2016
Browse our selection of stocking stuffers for the Austin Mini enthusiast on your shopping list.
Classic Mini Gift Guide
Created: November 11, 2016
We've compiled some of our best holiday gift options for the classic Mini enthusiast on your shopping list. Warranty and return policies.
Created: November 10, 2016
Show your holiday spirit with one of these themed badges for your MINI Cooper
Custom Heater For All Year Minis
Created: November 04, 2016
This heater is ideally suited to vehicles where light-weight and compactness are of the utmost importance without sacrificing heat output. This light-weight heater uses a powerful, space saving axial fan coupled with an efficient copper heater matrix to offer heating performance normally delivered by units twice its size! This heater is in a class of its own in terms of output for size, build quality and cost. Lead time from the UK is between 2-4 weeks.
MEGA Clearance Sale
Created: October 27, 2016
Browse our selection of Classic Mini clearance items.
Mini Cooper Coilovers Struts & Shocks from KONI
Created: September 22, 2016
Mini Cooper coilovers struts and shocks 'tech 101' article for the novice provides basic understanding of the different solutions available from KONI
Created: July 18, 2016
Get information on club discount codes and event sponsorship from Mini Mania.
Mini Mania Parts Catalog
Created: May 16, 2016
Mini Mania Parts Catalog includes most of all the Imperative parts a Classic Mini owner could ever want. 88 pages of full color with part numbers.
Classic Mini Swap Meet is Back
Created: April 26, 2016
Our Classic Mini Swap Meet was an annual staple at our original Mini Mani Open House. Now, we're bringing it back! Announcing the rebirth of our classic, Classic Mini Swap Meet at our Nevada City Adventure 2016! Bring your treasures to swap or sell, and be prepared to even buy a few parts for yourself.
Classic Mini Cooper AP Power Brake Booster
Created: April 07, 2016
The classic AP Power Boosters is back. The cast iron body is identical to the AP 5.5 type as fitted to the MKI/II Cooper S Mini. These new brake servos are a perfect upgrade for your Classic Mini, or to replace a bad unit, or if your servo is one of the earlier, "less than original" types."
Created: April 04, 2016
Need a place to stay during Nevada City Adventures 2016? Check out these four charmers.
Created: March 31, 2016
Classic Mini Cooper Accessories
Created: March 31, 2016
Classic Mini Cooper Identification
Russell Pistons and Air Filters, Sale!
Created: March 25, 2016
Save Big during our March Madness sale for Classic Austin Mini Cooper Fans! From Russell Engineered Pistons and Rings to Quality Air Filters, we've cut prices that'll drive you mad.
Classic Mini Wheel Fender Flares
Created: January 18, 2016
Classic Mini Wheel Fender Flares
Phil Wicks Racing   -   Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Created: October 22, 2015
Phil Wicks Racing - Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Customer Surveys
Created: October 21, 2015
Customer Surveys for Mini Mania.
Highway Cruiser 1275cc Engine
Created: September 25, 2015
Highway Cruiser 1275cc Engine & Transmission
Foreign Car Show by Sierra Sports Car Group
Created: September 22, 2015
Foreign Car Show by Sierra Sports Car Group, Oct 17, 2015
KAD Mini Cooper Performance Parts
Created: July 22, 2015
KAD Kent Auto Developments produce super high performance parts for the Classic Mini Cooper
Created: March 27, 2015
Our Engine Shop offers a complete range of services, from complete race powerunits built to your specs, to rebuilt street engines in any size for any year Mini, Mini Cooper or Mini Cooper S.
Created: November 04, 2014
Free Shipping Promotion, November 2014
Created: September 09, 2014
Classic Motorsports magazine project Mini Cooper S nears completion.
Created: July 29, 2014
The Mini Mania Free Shipping Promotion is a limited time offer with the following qualifications:
Created: June 06, 2014
Nevada City Adventure 2014 Review
Created: June 04, 2014
We've been in the business of providing parts and accessories for the original Classic Mini Coopers since 1974, and as a result Mini Mania is the largest US supplier of parts for the Classic Mini.
Created: April 17, 2014
This Package special for VTEC B-series engine conversion kit for the Mini includes almost everything you will need to upgrade your Mini to accept a Honda VTEC engine.
Created: April 16, 2014
Mini Mania’s Nevada City & Grass Valley self-guided tour Friday May 30th 2014
Created: April 08, 2014
Mini Mania History Photo Gallery
Created: March 28, 2014
Making a small patch for the inner fender well and one for the underside of the cowl on our 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S.
Created: March 14, 2014
Picking_Through_the_Parts
Created: March 14, 2014
Visiting Heritage Garage
Created: March 10, 2014
Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure. A Great Meetup Opportunity for your MINI Customers
Created: February 24, 2014
Mk1 Mini restoration for a first timer
Created: February 21, 2014
Founded in 1974, Mini Mania first presented itself on the Internet in 1996. Always a leader in information and customer service, the Internet was and continues to be a great means of giving more to our friends and customers.
Created: February 18, 2014
This event represents a great early summer meeting opportunity for your club members.
Created: December 12, 2013
Mini Detailing Keep your Classic Mini or MINI Cooper looking shiny and new with our large selection of car care products. From the interior to the exterior of your precious car we have what you need to get the job finished. Questions? Please contact us at 1-800-946-264
Created: December 12, 2013
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Created: December 12, 2013
Deves Piston Rings are made from the finest Swedish steel, just for your classic Mini! Let Mini Mania help you with all your rebuilding needs.
Created: December 12, 2013
We have the exact tire to suit your Classic Minis needs. Falken’s tires are time-tested and come up first every time, every day.
Created: December 12, 2013
Now you can get that Union Jack look for your classic Mini. Mini Mania's wide selection of products can help you recreate any look.
Created: December 12, 2013
All things Checkered! Flags, Stickers, Decals, Shirts and more!
Created: December 12, 2013
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Created: December 12, 2013
Browse our selection of air filters for your Classic Mini
Swiftune Mini Cooper
Created: December 12, 2013
Swiftune Mini Cooper high performance parts available from Mini Mania, the USA leading supplier of performance parts
Created: December 12, 2013
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Created: December 12, 2013
KYB Corporation produces a variety of ride control, hydraulic, and electronic products for use as original equipment and replacement parts in automobiles
New Products
Created: December 12, 2013
New Mini Cooper Products
Created: December 12, 2013
The Classic Mini suspension design was far ahead of it's time with advanced driving attributes long before most vehicles. Maintenance and upgrades will assure you of continued enjoyment
Created: December 12, 2013
If you own a Classic then you obviously have great taste and everyone knows it. Choosing the right Classic Mini graphics allows you to express your personal and unique style. From decals and badges to roof graphics and exterior accessories, Mini Mania has a huge selection of Classic Mini graphics to fit nearly all tastes and budgets. Click on a box below to see applicable products. Questions? Give us a call at 1-800-946-2642. We would be happy to assist you!
Created: December 12, 2013
Taking your Mini into the modern Mobile communications word just got easier!
Created: December 12, 2013
ARP studs, nuts and bolts are the leaders in performance hardware
Created: December 12, 2013
Valentine's day gift guide will provide some simply ideas of how to express you care for some near to you.
Created: December 12, 2013
In the early 70’s, an engineer came up with the idea of an electronic ignition system that would replace the points and condenser in distributors. The Ignitor® was born and after patenting the product, Per-Lux started manufacturing systems.
Chrome
Created: December 12, 2013
Chrome Accessories for your Mini Cooper S
Minilite Wheels Mini Cooper
Created: December 12, 2013
Minilite Wheels, made by the original manufacturer in Great Britain since 1962 are available through Mini Mania ...
Created: November 08, 2013
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Created: June 26, 2013
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MINI Thunder III (3) was Good!
Created: February 24, 2012
When we passed the gates at Thunderhill there were already MINIs in the lot, and more slowly trickling in. Eager participants for tomorrows event, The Mini Thunder 3, were arriving to pre-register, have some dinner, and do a little pseudo gambling afterwards when the casino night started.
Duane Francis - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I had been wanting to buy my first Mini for years and I had spent a lot of time searching through the listings on MM and eBay
Glenn Windsor - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I found my Mini in a wreck yard in Maryland back in 1966 or 67. It had new brakes and wasn't rusted but was dirty inside and outside with faded paint.
Dan C - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
Well let's see, I can blame my parents for Mini coming into my life. Asa teenager growing up in the UK during the late 80's Mini's were acommon site, especially the bright yellow Clubman 110
Sue Stout - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
Hi, my name is Sue Stout, I’m 46 years old and I live outside of Chicago, IL.  My infatuation with MINI started when they first landed in the United States
Deborah Lavell - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
As I sat in the drivers seat and turned to take hold of steering wheel I realized the car fit perfectly. I am not too tall and my legs reached pedals and my ass and I could see perfectly over the dash.
Vickie Casacca - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I am so thrilled that the Mini Cooper and I have the same birthday month which could be why I have two of them.
Dimitris (greece) - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
23 years later I find myself owning 3 Minis including my grandpa's and with no intension to drive another car as a daily runner.
Nancy Ambrosiano - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I bought my MINI Cooper from a couple in Taos, NM who were moving to Costa Rica. She's a stylin' silver S, 2006, 6 speed, with just about every bell and whistle
Neal Parish - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
My first day with my MINI was October 2, 2003.  That's the day I picked her up from Brian Harris MINI in Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- and started my 2400+ mile, 72-hour, drive back to Oakland
Christian Meyer - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I used it every day to go to college in Guatemala. When this picture was taken I was 22 years old, I am 63 years young today !
Mary Jamieson - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
You know...I burst into tears of joy and surprise and do so every day I drive my MINI!   The picture captures the moment I realize this is my car!!! Thank you!
Leslie Seid - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
y story about my first mini is not too unusual. In fact it is not unusual at all. When I first saw a commercial for the Mini Cooper I knew one thing. I HAD to have a Mini Cooper.
Janet Hamma - Mini Birthday Celebration
Created: August 23, 2011
I had assembled a specification for the car to replace our Honda Pilot. We had driven over a dozen different cars, all in the 5-door hatchback class. Some were a pretty good fit and looked like candidates - until I heard of the new 4-door MINI.
Created: June 14, 2011
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Julie Racine - I grew up around Mini's
Created: May 19, 2011
I grew up around Mini’s.  I really don’t think I appreciated how cool they were until a bit later in my life.  As kids growing up in San Jose, CA, my mother drove us all round town in her Austin Mini Woody Wagon.
Tammy Brown
Created: May 16, 2011
I bought another Mini and I drive my JCW everyday with huge smiles and the power is invigorating.
Amanda Mullins
Created: May 13, 2011
My love of Minis started while I lived in England.  When I first saw Sparks, I knew I had to have her.  She was finicky, but for some reason that made me love her more.
Rachel Bunch
Created: May 13, 2011
We endured years of “MINI ecstasy” at each spotting, and exceptionally unbridled excitement whenever she spotted a red MINI. Perhaps for just as long ago, my wife and I vowed to find the ‘perfect’ MINI for her 16th birthday.
Heather Kunst
Created: May 13, 2011
I have attended almost every Prestige MINI sponsored event and rally since late 2007.
Sandia Schley
Created: May 11, 2011
 When he traded in his annual car - he sold her to me for the same price the dealer was giving him as a trade-in. SCORE!!
Edna Espasas
Created: May 11, 2011
Hi, My name is Edna Espasas.I bought my Mini Cooper MK II – “Innocenti” in 1969, while leaving in Italy.
Lorrie George
Created: May 10, 2011
I have transitioned from a full size van, that I had to drive, to this fabulous Mini Cooper S that I absolutely love. I have a blast driving her!
Ana Lavin
Created: May 09, 2011
my car is a 2008 Mini Cooper S Cabrio.... I   call her mini Lavish as my nickname has been Lavish for the last 30   years and since my Lavish mini is so lavish I thought it only   appropriate to license plate her LAV12H........
Melissa Clay
Created: May 09, 2011
The speedometer climbed. The wind noise grew louder. The whine from the supercharger overcame every other noise at that moment. Just a typical vacation at the track. Yes, my 2005 MINI Cooper S named “Madeline” and I travel all across the USA and complete BMW CCA driving schools
Katrina VanTyne
Created: May 09, 2011
It all started 3 years ago in February when I finally bought my beloved MINI Cooper S, Chili Red with racing stripes. I found her through Craig's list and drove down to Boston to meet her.
Celia Seminerio
Created: May 09, 2011
I guess it all started back in 2006 when I was 15 years old and my dad bought his first MINI, a 2003 Chili Red R50, from a Chevrolet dealership. He had never shown much interest in MINIs before but I really liked them and kept telling him that we need one in our life! 
Rebecca Wells
Created: May 09, 2011
I'm Rebecca Wells and this is ZiggyWe're from Northeast, Ohio (Cleveland Area)
Toni & Carson Rader
Created: May 09, 2011
Toni Rader & Carson Rader-BellPurcellville, VirginiaNo modifications..... yet!but I'm looking for a key for the bumper so it looks like a wind up.No events yet...I'm shy!Member of DC MINI
Julianne Kramer
Created: May 09, 2011
Once I took it for a test drive, however, I WAS IN LOVE!!  Oh!  The power... the control... the cornering... and it's FAST!  I have owned 2 Coopers since 2006.  I absolutely LOVE this car!!
Nicole Heinrich
Created: May 09, 2011
Nicole Heinrich and Lola ('cause she's a showgirl...looks like one anyway!)2003 Mini Cooper S, Indi blue w/white topFerndale, Washington
Charlotte Levitz
Created: May 09, 2011
Hi, I'm Charlotte (we don’t name our cars, we drive them… it’s a bright yellow Mini cooper, it don’t need no name ;) and we live in Bakersfield, CA.
Michelle Clark
Created: May 06, 2011
"Scoot" is a 2005 Mini Cooper S, 6 speed thank you very much! And, as you can see, she's mad for plaid.
Hilary Morrissey
Created: May 06, 2011
My Name is Hilary Morrissey, I will be 21 years old on May 11th, 2011. I live in Missouri where I own a 2003 Indi Blue MINI Cooper.
Nan Oliver
Created: May 03, 2011
Simon and I bought Max - now renamed Norris - at a car auction in Sydney, Australia, in 1977, for $550.
Barb Hansen MINI Cooper from BMW
Created: May 02, 2011
Im Barb, and this is Emma my Mini.
Jennifer Martin
Created: May 02, 2011
My name is Jennifer. My husband and I have had two classic Mini’s which we bought in England while stationed there for the U.S. Air Force.
 Patricia Bryant
Created: May 02, 2011
Hello, My name is Patricia Bryant and my beautiful Mini is Stella.
Brenda Fromhold
Created: May 02, 2011
I ordered and bought my new '06 MINI in Arlington, TX from Moritz MINI because there's no way I could wait 12 to 15 months for delivery in Washington. I don't know how other MINI enthusiasts in my club waited that long. I would have gone nuts! LOL
Alicyn Drew
Created: May 02, 2011
Tigger is an '06 MINI Cooper S Cabrio, I bought him Jan 15, 2009 from Carmax. I knew very little about MINIs, but I knew, I wanted one. There were two hot orange cabrios on the lot, I picked Tigger because I liked the hood scoop.
Rose Truman
Created: April 29, 2011
Hi, My name is Rose Truman and I currently reside in Lake Worth, FL. I have 2 minis in my family and I love both of them.
Anita Dragan
Created: April 28, 2011
Im Anita from Maryland & I always wanted a MINI. When they were finally imported here, I pored over the website and "built" many versions while I saved up a downpayment. Then I built and ordered my dream car.
Wendy Anderson
Created: April 28, 2011
I am so proud to introduce you to my mini:" Shroder." I met him in May 2005 and instantly fell in love!
Deborah Lavell
Created: April 28, 2011
2006 Cooper S..her name is MINIrva..Got her for my  50th birthday. For myself.Used but perfect.
Megan Squires
Created: April 28, 2011
I love my Mini! It's my daily driver. She's been lowered and has an aftermarket intake and exhaust. Hotchkis 19mm rear sway bar and lower rear adjustable control arms.
Julie Gross
Created: April 27, 2011
My name is Julie Gross. I am from Philadelphia, PA. You can find a bunch of photos with me and my MINI and I have a very MINI and Classic Mini history.
Kerri Bailey
Created: April 27, 2011
For twenty years this car was sitting in my parents’ barn. When my dad asked if I wanted it, I leapt at the chance!
Ellie Tompson
Created: April 27, 2011
I have wanted a Mini Cooper since they first came out, but wanted that 'electric blue' color, the sun roof, S model and all one color.
Ashley Poeppel
Created: April 27, 2011
My name is Ashley Poeppel, and my car's name is Zippy. He is a 2005 Cooper hatchback, automatic. We live in Monroe, WA.
"Wild Target" stars a Mini Cooper, and a hitman.
Created: February 16, 2011
Wild Target" stars a Mini Cooper, and a hitman. I’ll be darned if I wasn’t grinning from ear to ear through most of “Wild Target,” a daffy British crime farce that didn’t play Madison theaters, but was released on DVD a couple of weeks back
VTEC Video
Created: June 11, 2008
Some videos of Vtec Mini's on the track and on the dyno.
About Us Videos
Nevada City Adventure - A Look Back
Created: August 11, 2016
VIDEO: Nevada City Adventure - A Look Back
Listen to our Austin Mini Supercharged Engine Scream
Created: August 08, 2016
VIDEO: Listen to our Austin Mini Supercharged Engine Scream
Mini Mania: Nevada City Adventure 2016!
Created: August 05, 2016
VIDEO: Mini Mania - Nevada City Adventure 2016!
All About Mini Cooper Badges and Holders
Created: August 08, 2016
Get the low down on 3D, Dome and Vinyl Badges. Express yourself and your MINI. Learn more about how to install, clean and more.
Classic Mini Badges and Emblems
Created: December 12, 2013
Classic Mini Cooper Badges and Emblems
Mini Pickup Fiberglass body for Sale on eBay
Created: May 16, 2017
Mini Pickup Fiberglass body on sale at eBay
MkI Austin Mini Complete Body Shell
Created: March 06, 2017
The long wait for a reproduction of the original MkI Mini body shell is finally over! We are now offering complete MkI body shells with original Mini features.
Quick Sale & Free Shipping  on Mini Pickup Fiberglass Body Shell
Created: November 26, 2014
Classsic Mini Pickup Body Shell- Fiberglass with free shipping. What a deal!
Aligning The Front End Sheet Metal- Classic Mini
Created: March 28, 2014
Aligning The Front End sheet metal of the Classic Mini Cooper
Created: March 28, 2014
The rear suspension was even simpler than the front, as there are no half shafts to deal with.
Created: March 28, 2014
Our next step was to get back to the metalwork. The left front fender had been crumpled and badly repaired. The grille/headlight surround panel had actually been ripped in half and also poorly repaired.
Created: March 14, 2014
Blasted Media!
SU Reference Catalog Review
Created: February 22, 2006
The workshop manual has a wealth of information on all the various styles of SU carburetors and fuel pumps. The manual starts out with an easy to follow and very explanative summary of the basics of the SU carburetor design and functionality. The manual is well organized into sections covering the basic families of SU carbs and fuel pumps. Each section on the carburetors gives concisely written instructions for disassembly, inspection, reassembly and tuning. Each section includes excellent illustrations that clearly show the components and support the text well.
Created: January 17, 2006
Thinking that the “Heritage Motor Center’s” publication “Mini Derivative Models 1964 to 1991” was going to be a paper-back publication of photographs & stories that I could read on my next plane trip she was kind of disappointed when a CD came in the mail. This seemingly innocuous Compact disk with it’s image of a Moke on the cover belies that which lies within…….. ‘You can’t tell a book by its cover’ nor seemingly a CD either.
Book Review, Tuning the A-Series Engine
Created: December 31, 2005
Vizard shatters the myths and makes sure you get all of the theory along the way. The A-series engine is the example, and he’s built a reputation around it, but his techniques and your learning go way beyond this single family of engines.
Book Review, Haynes 59-69 Mini Workshop Manual
Created: December 28, 2005
With a car a few years older than myself, we are both realizing that we are not quite as young as we once were and are requiring a little more maintenance to run down the highway with the younger, sleeker models. I got into owning an older vehicle knowing full well that the two of us would have our...
Created: June 14, 2002
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Created: July 07, 2016
Finding the parts for your Classic Mini just got easier. See our new 2016 Classic Mini Parts and Accessories Catalog Online!
Created: August 09, 2015
WILWOOD RACING PEDAL KIT MINI COOPER
Brake Kits
Created: March 18, 2015
The faster you are able to accelerate, the quicker you’ll need to be able to modulate your speed or even stop. You’ll also want to improve the modulation of your braking power. Beyond merely stopping, the ability to finesse your brakes has a good deal to do with the quality of braking equipment that you are using. Here at Mini Mania, we have solutions for all your braking needs.
Upgrading Mini Brakes
Created: February 01, 2011
Over 5 million Minis have been made, most of them before 1985 when front disc brakes were standardised. Previously, standard Minis were fitted with drum brakes all round, adequate in light traffic but prone to fall out of adjustment, not very progressive unless recently overhauled, and not up to the quick responses needed to avoid accidents in modern high-density traffic.
Warped Brake Rotors Means Pulsing Brakes
Created: December 09, 2009
When you apply the brakes, you feel a pulsation through the brake pedal and even the steering wheel. You wonder how the brakes and steering are interconnected and what is causing the pulsation. How can it be prevented, and how can it be corrected? And most important, is it a safety issue?The cause o..
BRAKES - Rear brake bias adjustment
Created: December 13, 2000
The other 4-way valve on the bulkhead on later cars (part number FAM7821) is frequently wrongly identified as one of the above as they are similar. However, this unit does not have the electrical connection, and has a cylinder sticking out one end. This IS a brake pressure regulator, only fitted to front/rear split systems as far as I'm aware. The PDWA is built into the master cylinders in these applications.
Camshafts
Camshaft Glossary
Created: April 09, 2014
Acronyms used in the camshaft grinding industry.
Choosing The Right Timing Set For Your Engine
Created: March 25, 2014
Choosing The Right Timing Set For Your Engine
Why is a camshaft like the heater in your house?
Created: February 25, 2014
Camshaft selection can be as complicated as you like, but for the ultimate performance, even if that means best gas mileage requires that you consider the entire envelope that the camshaft will work within. Non-technical issues such as intended application (street, race, milage or??), budget, expected RPM range, etc must be considered along with technical things like compression ratio, Cylinder head and valve sizes, exhaust system, carburetion, etc.
CAM TIMING - Basic Notes
Created: February 04, 2011
To avoid lots of swearing and unnecessary damage, check the timing gears slide neatly onto their respective bosses. If tight, first check for any high spots in the gear bores and key-way slots. Clean out using with fine emery cloth, medium Wet 'n' Dry paper, or some such.
C-AJJ3327 Installation Notes
Created: March 06, 2006
'A' Series BMC IMPORTANT Supplied are 2 screws. Replace the original bolts with screws after modifying cover plate. Manufacturer's Statement: Rollmaster are C.N.C. machined, high tensile steel sprockets using double row O6B-2 chain. Care must be taken to inspect key & keyways & shafts f...
Camshaft Theory by Elgin
Created: January 28, 2006
Considerable information has been recorded about numerous aspects of the four stroke internal combustion engine. Nevertheless, only a small percentage of people really understand how it works and even fewer still know how to modify an engine to suit their needs. I will try to simplify this complex subject by discussing some basic principles that may be overlooked or misunderstood by the average person. First, it is very important to understand the relationship between piston travel directions and valve timing events. The reason this relationship is important is because it is one of the few things that is relatively easy to adjust/change. The camshaft which opens and closes the valves makes ONE complete revolution (360 degrees) while the crankshaft moving the piston up and down the cylinder rotates TWICE (720 degrees). Camshaft timing is usually expressed in terms of crankshaft degrees relative to the piston location in the cylinder. That is, relative to Top Dead Center (TDC) and Bottom Dead Center (BDC), respectively. Note that during the four strokes of a piston in an internal combustion engine the crankshaft will rotate 720 degrees and the piston will be at each TDC and BDC twice.
Kent Camshaft Fitting Rules
Created: January 27, 2006
The installation and first few moments of running are critical factors in the life of the camshaft and the following instructions have been devised in order to obtain maximum performance from the engine and to ensure a long and trouble free life from both the camshaft and associated components. These points are designed to be used in conjunction with the original manufacturers installation procedure.
Who is Kent Camshafts
Created: January 27, 2006
Established in the late 1970’s, Kent Performance Cams has grown from a fledgling idea nurtured by two engineers - Bob Munt and Bob Fry - into a world renowned specialist camshaft manufacturing team, a camshaft manufacturing house that was capable of producing competition engine components within strict quality control criteria whilst still remaining cost effective, a policy we still pursue to this day.Bob Fry - who took full control of the company in 1989 - has since taken a back seat in the running of the company leaving the existing management team - Tony Woodward, Andy Burns, Malcolm Hawkins and Graham Watts - as the primary Directors responsible for further growth of the company. Other key employees include Sales Manager Del Johnson, whose automotive experience spans thirty years.
Kent Camshaft Timing
Created: January 27, 2006
Kent Camshaft Timing methods. For many years the most commonly used method has involved establishing top dead center (TDC) as a datum (zero degrees) and positioning your camshaft with its inlet valve at maximum lift at a given position relative to this datum.
Winterize Your Mini - MC2
Created: October 14, 2011
A little web searching will turn up lots of generic, top ten lists of things to do to winterize your car. Most are just common sense; not all apply to Minis; and what you do will vary depending upon whether you are going to store the car for a few months, or if your Mini, like my daily driver, lives outside all the time.
Borg&Beck Brand Name
Created: April 20, 2016
Borg & Beck is a name synonymous around the world with high quality clutches. Recently, an American website had the following text.
Created: March 14, 2014
Time for a Clutch
Austin Mini Flywheel and Clutch Identification
Created: March 08, 2009
The pressure plate on the left is called a 'spring' type as typically found on early 850cc engines. The one on the right is called a 'diaphragm' type. While the pressure plates are NOT interchangeable on the flywheel itself. Either flywheel can be use on any engine assuming to keep it the th
Mini Cooper Verto Clutch Information
Created: August 06, 2008
This article has been written owing to the increasing amount of people who ring Mini Spares stating that their 1275cc Injection type Mini will not start after fitting a new clutch, especially when they have purchased the parts from another supplier, usually a motor factoring company, rather than a Mini specialist.. There are 2 types of Pressure plates, namely AP (Automotive Products) and Valeo.
Clutch - Drive Strap Alignment
Created: May 29, 2003
If the pressure plate clutch plate friction face needs re-surfacing, get it machined to clean it up. Make sure the engineering company doing the job records the amount taken off, as the recorded amount needs removing from the tops of the 'horns' that stick up to ensure proper clamping force is achieved.
FULLY-FLOATING PRIMARY GEAR BUSH
Created: August 28, 2002
Countless Mini enthusiasts have been dogged by primary gear bush hassles on 1275-based engines - in particular the one nearest the block (the front one). Worn ones are expensive and difficult to replace for the DIY-er because they need machining to the correct size, a job that needs to be done very accurately - a particular problem for over-seas enthusiasts. Racers from all disciplines are all too familiar with the bush spinning in the gear - usually jamming the gear so no drive gears can be selected and sometimes rendering the gear useless; replacement of which is very costly.
Clutch Checking (Pre Verto)
Created: February 24, 2001
The beginners’ guide to your Classic Mini clutch.
DIAPHRAGM SPRING - Verto types including injection
Created: December 04, 2000
The Verto/Valeo type diaphragm included the pressure plate in its assembly, much like a 'normal' car set-up. The spring being of the 'finger' type as opposed to the disc spring used on earlier, three-piece assemblies. There were originally three diaphragm specifications using progressively stronger springs - small-bore, big-bore, and Metro Turbo.
Community
Created: May 16, 2017
Summary of 2017 Mini Meets including Mini Meet West, Mini Meet East, Mini Meet North and Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure.
We’ve Reduced Our Prices Until Dec. 31st
Created: October 24, 2016
We’ve reduced the price on most of our Classic Mini parts by 18%. Why? Because, with the Pound still devalued, the parts we’re getting from England are costing us less. And as part of our committed to offering you the best products possible at the lowest price possible, whatever savings we get – we believe, we should pass on to you.
Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge
Created: September 29, 2016
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to race in a vintage race car? Now’s your chance. If you’re around the Sonoma Raceway this weekend, you can take three, hair-raising laps around the Sonoma Raceway with world-class racer, Don Racine. And it’s all for charity!!
Created: July 30, 2013
Below you will find a list of service shops that may be able to service your Mini. If you have a shop and you would like to be added to this list please email us here. Please include your shop name, address, phone number and website if applicable....
Created: April 29, 2013
2014 Classic Mini Calendar Contest Entries The entry period has ended and the voting period has arrived! Vote for your favorite submissions on Facebook here. Norm N. - 1964 Mini Cooper Sport Sedan Jesse N. - 1973 Mini Cooper Sport Sedan Arnold V. - 1986 Mi...
Created: October 03, 2014
All the various hoses you may need for your Classic Mini.
Radiator Options for the Mini
Created: December 03, 2013
The cooling system in the Mini has used the same basic style radiator since it's begining in 1959 up until the introduction of the twin point injected cars when the radiator was moved to the front of the car.
Installing the T7 Heater in our Mark I Cooper S
Created: February 13, 2013
Installing the T7 Heater in our Mark I Cooper S Republished with permission from cooperroadmini.com The heater was not among the pile of parts that were in the heap we started with on Cooper Road. As we’ve built this Mini, the heater was hardly a priority, but now that the car is presentable a...
Oil Coolers
Created: February 03, 2011
In the past, fitting an oil cooler was mandatory once an engine had been even slightly uprated. The main cause for this was the quality of Motor Oils available at that time. If the oil temperatures exceeded a specific point, then engine failure was almost guaranteed.
Cooling: Controlling water temperature
Created: July 23, 2003
The introduction of the Cooper S proved to be a testing time for the Mini's systems, but conveniently provide a guideline as to what the standard cooling system was capable of - that used on the 'S' was marginal to say the least! It wasn't uncommon for many S's to spew water from their overflow p
COOLING - How it works
Created: January 25, 2001
Very few understand just what the cooling system does and how it does it, and that incompatibility between the cooling system's capability and an upgraded engine can spell disaster for the new engine.
Cylinder Head
Camshafts & Head Flow Comparison
Created: April 26, 2016
Understanding Camshaft Theory and Cylinder Head Flow characteristics can greatly improve the performance of your Mini Cooper
Classic Mini Cooper rockers, push rods and more
Created: December 21, 2015
When you are trying to build a motor to get the ultimate of performance you often optimize the life expectancy of the entire assembly. One such area centers around the rocker assembly. In general the rockers are part of the process that translates the lobe of the rotating camshaft to the vertical deflection needed to open the valves on the cylinder head.
Do I need to do a Valve Job?
Created: April 25, 2014
Most motors will go at least 80,000 miles before "needing a valve job"! But what are the signs? How do I determine if I really need it? Do I do it myself or pay a local machine shop.
Created: March 14, 2014
Restoration of a mini Cooper S typically starts with the cylinder head.
Valve Stem seals
Created: January 15, 2014
Valve stem seals
Valve Stem Keepers
Created: October 10, 2011
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Cylinder head - What can easily be achieved
Created: February 03, 2011
The engine build I recently covered in previous Mini Magazine issues developed into a bit of an ongoing 'project'. During a discourse with the editorial staff at Mini Mag, it was decided the build feature presented an ideal opportunity to demonstrate just exactly what such an engine build is capable of in days where it's generally believed you have to have an all-singing, all-dancing 1380cc engine to have an enjoyable road burner - leaving those with very limited budgets a little depressed.
Cylinder head - Combustion chamber shape
Created: February 09, 2004
This addendum to the Cylinder Head section was fueled mainly by pictures of combustion chamber shapes and folk's excitement at what they could possibly do for them. It is also prompted by the 'new isn't always great' teaching. So what's in these varying and dramatically different chamber shapes?
Drivetrain
Created: September 20, 2016
Vtec Steering Conversion Kit Instructions
Created: June 25, 2014
Engine rebuild!
Created: March 14, 2014
Changing Our Mini's Rings and Pinion Gears
Electrical
Turn Signal & light Switches
Created: April 07, 2014
Finding the correct turn signal indicator switch and, or light switch is best done by visually matching up the current switch from the chart listed below.
Created: March 28, 2014
Next up was the generator and starter motor
Wiring Harness Overview
Created: May 24, 2013
Information and Overview of the Mini Cooper Wire harness
Troubleshooting Lucas Points
Created: May 14, 2008
Troubleshooting Lucas Points The following document discusses the operation of the basic “points type” ignition system. Included are steps to troubleshoot the ignition system. This document presents a negative ground system only. Please read the Theory of Operation section before attempting to troubleshoot your ignition system.
Smiths Voltage Stabilizers - REVISED
Created: May 14, 2008
The following document discusses the operation of the basic Smiths voltage stabilizer as used to operate electrical gauges on British vehicles. Methods of replacement and testing are also discussed.
Voltage Stabilizer
Created: May 02, 2008
Supplemental Information & Instructions for C34770A Voltage Stabilizer, Negative Ground 13H3554 Voltage Stabilizer, Positive Ground A Little History Many British cars produced through the mid 1960s have moving-iron gauges that are fed directly from the battery through a wire th...
15% OFF Upgrades on Replacement Engines
Created: September 09, 2016
Rebuilt engines with upgrades! Only at Mini Mania.
The Mini Mania Engine Shop
Created: January 20, 2015
Now Open! Mini Mania Engine Shop. Trust the experts.
Created: October 03, 2014
Fan belts for your Classic Austin Mini Cooper.
Created: March 28, 2014
Our engine had been rebuilt, our ancillaries completed, and our subframes restored, so we decided to combine all the pieces together to try to run our Mini without attaching the body
King Bearings
Created: March 28, 2014
Founded in 1960, King Engine Bearings is a world-class developer and manufacturer of engine bearings for automobiles, light to heavy-duty trucks, marine, aviation, standby power and other types of internal combustion engines. King’s only product is engine bearings. As a result of its specialization and focus, the company is recognized for producing the highest quality engine bearings available in the market today.
Created: March 14, 2014
Starting Our Mini's Engine Rebuild
Created: March 14, 2014
Building the lower End
Engine Cost Estimator Mini Cooper
Created: February 28, 2014
Estimate the cost to have us build your dream Mini Cooper engine
Created: January 27, 2014
The proper end gap assures a good combustion seal (minimum blowby) and allows adequate clearance between the ends of the rings so they do not butt up against each other and cause the rings to scuff or bind.
Engine Stabliz
Lower Engine Stabilizer, MSSK1
Created: January 30, 2000
This kit is designed to greatly improve engine stability on all Minis, and derivatives utilizing the engine and front subframe assembly from the Mini. It is particularly useful on the later rod - change type gearbox
Mini engine stabilizer steady bar, MSSK1300
Created: January 30, 2000
This is an auxiliary steady bar kit and should not be used to replace any other standard fitment parts that have broken. 2.Remove the radiator support bracket from the radiator and the thermostat housing.
Classic Mini Exhausts - Millennium Range
Created: March 30, 2016
RC40 Millennium exhaust systems are the perfect solution for maximum performance and efficiency in a variety of tailpipe sizes and style options. A optimal solutions for Classic Mini Exhausts.
EXHAUSTS - BASIC INFORMATION
Created: February 02, 2011
The sheer volume and diversity of bolt on goodies available for our cherished Minis underlines the fact that a very large portion of them is modified in some way. Be it just dress up items to personalise it aesthetically, or tuning parts to improve performance.
Exhaust manifold types and applications
Created: August 10, 2010
All is not what it seems. The most popular isn’t necessarily the best. Size is everything, before buying examine the relevant table carefully, and remember my motto - ‘tuning is a balance between what’s possible and what’s necessary’. Shape’s also a consideration - poor fabrication reduces effectiveness.
Maniflow Exhaust Manifolds & Systems
Created: January 28, 2006
Manflow have a wealth of experience in developing and manufacturing exhaust systems and parts for a whole host of vehicles. We pride ourselves in the manufacture of race-specification exhaust systems for modern cars and historic vehicles.
EXHAUST - Manifolds, types available and application.
Created: September 28, 2000
The third stroke, that following the compression stroke, of our four stroke Mini engine is the only one producing power. The other three consume it. Here we’re looking at with exhaust manifolds, so what we need to consider is how to minimise power consumed on the exhaust stroke as the piston pushes the spent gases out.
RC40 exhaust fitting
Created: January 30, 2000
The RC40 system is ready made to fit the original Cooper and Cooper ‘S’ exhaust manifold. This also applies when fitting an RC40 to the maniflow freeflow manifold C-STR816.
Classic Mini Car Covers
Created: December 12, 2013
Protect your classic Mini from the elements. Mini Mania offers you the largest selection of classic Mini parts in the United States!
Classic Mini Roof Racks and Towing
Created: December 12, 2013
While the classic Mini is remarkable in it's interior space it is not our of the ordinary to need or want that just little bit more. When you want a roof rack or a trailer hitch Mini Mania will be there for you.
Exterior Trim
Lesson in Basic Grille - Mini Grilles Over Time - Information
Created: January 19, 2012
  The following is a quick summary of the basic Mini grilles used on the English made cars and is focused on those grilles still available in reproduction form.
Created: August 18, 2010
Late Classic Mini Cooper Production Information. 1985 to 2000 year models
Created: December 22, 2006
British Motor Heritage will increase prices effective 1st January 2007. This increase results from increased costs to the business from raw materials and energy costs. The price of steel increased by 13.2% in October and we cannot absorb the impact any longer. Energy costs have also increased dramatically over the last year.
Created: March 17, 2006
AP Hydraulics, the well-known manufacturer of car brake parts based in Leamington Spa, became the latest to apply to the PPF to be bailed out.
Created: June 07, 2005
An Italian-American company is claiming rights over MG Rover's flagship model in a blow to attempts by the failed British carmaker's administrators to sell off its remaining assets. Qvale Automotive - based in Italy but owned by Bruce Qvale, a San Francisco millionaire, and his family - has told the administrators it was not paid in full for the underlying design of the MG SV supercar and its Italian manufacturing base and wants it back.
Created: April 16, 2005
For many, the demise of MG Rover did not begin last week, nor even last year, but more than 30 years ago, even before what was then the component parts of the UK car industry were nationalised under the British Leyland banner. After more than a decade of declining sales through the 1960s, characterised by outmoded production processes and old-fashioned management practices, Leyland, the conglomerate of world famous car brands such as Austin, Morris, Triumph and Rover, was nationalised in 1975. It soon became
What does NPT, BSP etc mean?
Created: September 21, 2010
NPT stands for National Pipe Taper, and is the most common U.S. standard for pipe fittings. NPT fittings are measured on the internal diameter of the fitting.
Fuel Systems
Created: March 28, 2014
Rebuilding the original 1.25-inch SU carbs.
Created: February 11, 2014
Carburation and Interchanges , What is the correct carburation that you should use on a Mini? Many options can be used, from SU, single, duel, and Weber.
Tuning your WEBER DCOE-Style Carburetor
Created: February 04, 2011
So you have a nifty Weber DCOE or S&K Racing sidedraft carb setup for your vehicle. You're ready to chew gum and kick butt, and you've run out of gum. You bolted on the carb in place of your SUs or Zenith-Stromberg and voila! You have worse gas mileage, and the power gain is slight enough to be psychological.
How to Improve your Mini MPG
Created: May 12, 2008
In today’s’ world of sky high gas prices with no end in sight it is not uncommon for owners to be saying to themselves that it is time to drive the Mini daily to save a little money on fuel cost. When was the last time you checked your gas mileage?
 Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned for Better Fuel Economy
Created: December 28, 2007
Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent
The Carb Shop
Created: August 16, 2007
Mini Mania is proud to announce the opening of the Carb Shop. We now offer in house carburetor rebuilding, specializing in HS & HIF, SU models.
Fun Things
Tell a Joke week! Tell us your Jokes - Mini Mania
Created: August 08, 2012
A good laugh is the best stress buster that one can think of. So it is not surprising that among all the special days in the annual calendar, there is a National Joke Week.
MINI and thier Olympic Contribution
Created: August 07, 2012
British automaker MINI has unleashed a fleet of MiniMINIs onto the field at London’s Olympic Stadium to fetch thrown objects; in this case of the Javelin, Discus, Shot and Hammer variety.
Heritage Motor Centre Certificates & Archive Services
Created: February 16, 2012
A Heritage Certificate is a certified copy of the entry against the chassis number in the authentic factory ledgers.Discover the original numbers and colour scheme, dates of build and despatch, and where available, the details of factory fitted equipment.
Created: February 15, 2012
No excuses! Simply take 10% off the next 72 hours and we will donate another 5% to United Way http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Meet the MINI Countryman’s Classic Cousin, Mini MAX !
Created: March 04, 2011
The Mini MAX is undoubtedly purpose-built, but sensible given Mila's activities, which include publishing his Czech-language publication "OffRoad 4x4 Magazine" blitzing sand dunes in sub-Saharan Africa; and barreling over glacial tundra in Iceland.
BMC Mini Original Commercial!
Created: February 01, 2011
Check out this classic BMC video!
Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2010
Created: January 27, 2011
Best Photo Of 2010 Photo Contest - The Mini has a chance to win it! Vote NOW!
Created: February 18, 2000
Summer is with us once more and the Mini overheating is on everybody's mind, while the temperature gauge won't keep your engine cool at least it will let you know what is happening. To check that it is working correctly With a capillary type gauge (mechanical) Remove the sender unit from the head .Fill a small pot with water and bring to a rapid boil using
Tachometer Conversion
Created: January 30, 2000
Positive to Negative Ground Conversion In addition to the tools required to remove the tachometer from the dash, you will need the following: 1) soldering iron & solder (keep in mind that electronics are heat sensitive, so be careful to use a low-wattage iron or use heat sinks to localize the heat.)
Gearboxes
Synchromesh Transmissions vs Dog engagement
Created: April 25, 2014
Dog engagement is typically limited to racing applications where fast, precise shifting is needed. Dog gear engagement works by having numerous large teeth or ‘dogs’ that mate into matching openings machined into the opposite surface of the drive gear. Unlike the synchro engagement, there is no synchronizing mechanism to assist in equalizing speed.
Created: March 14, 2014
Putting Our Mini's Transmission Back Together
Created: March 14, 2014
Rebuilding the Shifter Mechanism
Created: February 06, 2014
Evo (Trannex) 1950s design with 1990s engineering and technology - originally done by the inimitable Davc Hirons at Trannex, now under the EVO banner at Mini Spares Centre following their buy-out of all the Mini/Sprite Trannex products some years back now. The only real similarity to the old Sali...
How do I know which transmission my Mini has?
Created: January 20, 2014
It’s really quite easy to tell which generation of gearbox, shift linkage, and axles your Mini has. Let’s say you want to order a replacement but terms like “remote”, “rod-change”, or “pot-joints” have you a little befuddled about just what the heck to order! Let’s very simply describe the three styles of transmissions and axles used in the production of the Classic Mini.
Classic Mini Gearbox Rebuild - Mini Mania Video
Created: March 11, 2011
Classic Mini Gearbox Rebuild - Part 1 Gearboxes may seem complicated but they are very simple in their construction, and surprisingly easy to put together. The main issues are having the right tools to do the job.
Created: June 19, 2008
Gear Box Rebuild Written By GuessWorks Gearboxes may seem complicated but they are very simple in their construction, and surprisingly easy to put together. The main issues are having the right tools to do the job. So here's a list of what you will need. SEE VIDEO HERE Torque Wrench with a...
Quaife Limited Slip Differentials - Classic Mini Cooper
Created: January 26, 2006
The Quaife Differential powers both drive wheels under nearly all conditions, instead of just one. With an ordinary open differential, standard on most cars, a lot of precious power is wasted during wheelspin under acceleration. This happens because the open differential shifts power to the wheel with less grip (along the path of least resistance). The Quaife, however, does just the opposite. It senses which wheel has the better grip, and biases the power to that wheel. It does this smoothly and constantly, and without ever completely removing power from the other wheel.
C-AEA3240 - REPLACEMENT FULLY-FLOATING PRIMARY GEAR BUSHING
Created: April 15, 2005
Replacing the bushing and machining the bearing surface to give the correct bearing to crank clearance will often not resolve the problem since it is likely the journal itself will be damaged/become over-sized.
Created: May 24, 2017
Free Shipping details!
How Much is Your Classic Mini Really Worth?
Created: September 16, 2016
Your Classic Mini is more than a car, it's an investment.
Save Big but Follow the Rules of our Sale
Created: July 22, 2016
We loves Sales. We hate Rules. But unfortunately, we have to follow rules. This page outlines the rules of the sale for your review. Find the parts you need and may your Mini be on the road forever.
Created: March 31, 2016
Our complete range of Cobra seats have now been replaced by Corbeau seats
Created: February 01, 2016
Spring is Coming... Don't get left out in the cold!
Created: March 28, 2014
1967 Mini Cooper S Restoration Project Collaboration
Mini Tec MTB2 Honda B18C Type R vtec Powered 1976 Mini Clubman. 220hp = SuperFast!
Created: January 30, 2012
We just wanted to share with you our latest build. This is a 1976 Mini Clubman with a JDM Honda B18C Type R Power-plant (about 220hp) using our MTB2 Kit. The Clubman's offer a little more room than the standard round-nosed Minis making for a clean looking and easy installation.
Created: January 29, 2000
These mirrors were originally designed to fit Mini doors that already had fixing holes provided by the factory. Depending on YOUR door there are three alternative methods of fitment.
How To Articles
Classic Mini DIY Articles
Created: January 27, 2017
Browse our library of classic mini Do It Yourself project articles.
How-to Videos
How-To: Classic Mini Front Subframe Assembly Part 2
Created: January 04, 2017
VIDEO: How-To: Classic Mini Front Subframe Assembly Part 2
How-To: Classic Mini Front Subframe Assembly Part 1
Created: January 04, 2017
VIDEO: How-To: Classic Mini Front Subframe Assembly Part 1
How-To Rebuild a Classic Mini Cooper Remote Gearbox
Created: September 06, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Rebuild a Classic Mini Cooper Remote Gearbox
How-To Install a Crankshaft & Set a End Float in a Mini A+
Created: September 06, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Install a Crankshaft & Set a End Float in a Mini A+
How-To Install a Windscreen Windshield on a Classic Mini
Created: September 06, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Install a Windscreen Windshield on a Classic Mini
How-To Fit Pistons, Camshaft, Oil Pump Classic Mini 1275 A+ Block
Created: August 15, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Fit Pistons, Camshaft & Oil Pump in a Classic Mini 1275 A+ Block
How-To Set Valve Timing on a Classic Mini 1275cc A+ Block Part 2
Created: August 15, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Set the Valve Timing on a Classic Mini 1275cc A+ Block Part 2
How-To Set  Valve Timing on a Classic Mini 1275cc A+ Block Part 1
Created: August 15, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Set the Valve Timing on a Classic Mini 1275cc A+ Block Part 1
How-To Upgrade to a Hi-Lo Suspension in your Classic Mini No 2
Created: August 15, 2016
VIDEO: How-To Upgrade to a High/Low Suspension in your Classic Mini No2
Created: February 01, 2006
Is the Ignitor™ a "universal" electronic ignition system? The Ignitor electronic ignition is far from being universal. Each kit is designed specifically for the distributor type. However, our kits will often fit many distributors from the same manufacturer. A kit that has been designed for a particular distributor type may also fit other distributors that use the same point set, cap and rotor. For additional information . 
Ignition Tune-Up Kits- classic Mini
Created: March 16, 2005
This visual guide will assist you in finding the right tune up kit for your Classic Mini!
Created: November 23, 2004
IGNITION - Possible pre-ignition/pinking cause Something that came to light during a conversation with a colleague and friend may be worth passing along! It's one of those things that, once ingested, lurks in the dark corners of the mind until a pertinent situation comes along.
Created: April 11, 2003
I'd like a pound coin for every time I've been asked about what these are all about and why they are used. Folk seem to hold them in some kind of awe - but they are very simple.
Created: September 26, 2000
Establishing an accurate TDC reference point is of paramount importance when developing and monitoring ignition timing (and cam timing come to that). When an experienced engine builder assembles an engine - no matter whether for road or race - he will establish an accurate TDC indicator that can be used for ignition purposes.
Created: September 25, 2000
Any deviation away from the original standard engine specification, or where a dizzy from another source is used in the engine you have, the ignition timing will generally be different from that set by the manufacturer.
Created: September 15, 2000
Since the A-Series has such an efficient combustion chamber design, the standard points set-up is perfectly capable of providing sufficient sparks for effective combustion when new. And this is the problem. They require regular servicing to maintain maximum performance. This can be a chore, so is generally neglected.
Corbeau Seats for the Mini Cooper
Created: March 31, 2016
Corbeau Seats for any Mini Cooper. Easy to install, built for comfort, and created with craftsman quality and design, the hallmarks of Corbeau. Only at Mini Mania.
Classic Mini Interior Restoration Guide
Created: September 10, 2014
Building your Mini from the ground up? Or simply doing a rolling restoration, take advantage of our experience to recommend the parts and accessories you need to get the job done right!
Newton Commerical Mini Interior Trim
Created: January 06, 2014
Newton Commercial interior trim for the Mini range including seat covers, carpets, interior panels and headliners
Cleaning Vinyl and Leather Seats with Prima Car Care Products
Created: April 01, 2013
The most common problem leading to ratty looking seats is a combination of material stiffening due to age and stitching degradation. We can prevent both by following the steps outlined below.
Created: February 16, 2000
Having trouble putting together that righteous color scheme? Browse through this virtual carpet sample book and be enlightened.
Fog Lights and Driving Lights for Classic Mini and BMW MINI
Created: March 08, 2017
VIDEO: Fog Lights and Driving Lights for Classic Mini and BMW MINI
Mini Mania
Created: March 03, 2017
We've had these classic mini parts for too long! We need to make room on our shelves so we are offering them up to you at super low pricing.
Classic Mini Garage Sale
Created: March 03, 2017
Welcome to the Mini Mania Garage Sale! The garage sale of any Mini enthusiast's dream. We will be posting 10 new classic mini parts each week.
You're Invited June 24 - Nevada City Adventure 2017 Mini Meet
Created: February 07, 2017
Join us for our 17th Annual Nevada City Adventure Mini Meet on Saturday, June 24, 2017! Let's celebrate minis, friends, family and the start of summer!
Get More For Less at Mini Mania
Created: January 16, 2017
With our Everyday Low Prices - you get more than just savings!
Created: September 07, 2016
Mini Mania would like to ask that the participants on this site treat others in the manner they would like to be treated. Where views run contrary to your own, Mini Mania would ask that people are tolerant rather than intolerant.
Used Classic Mini Parts - some at 50% off!
Created: August 23, 2016
Browse our Classic Mini used parts selection from Mini Mania. From common to hard to find parts we are your online shopping solution.
Join Our Members Only Discount Program!
Created: July 15, 2016
Special treatment? That's what you get when you sign up for our emails. Discount codes, special offers, pre-sales events, all designed to make you feel special. Because you are. Sign up today.
Nevada City Adventure 2016 Recap
Created: June 16, 2016
Mini Mania had the Adventure of a lifetime - the Nevada City Adventure 2016 that is. It was a great event with lots of beautiful Minis and MINIs to gawk at, great lectures from our Tech Talk Speakers and an Adventure Tour to end all Adventure Tours!
Mini Mania Across America 2016
Created: June 02, 2016
Mini Mania Across America 2016
Motorsport
Mini Vs Sprite Vintage
Created: November 24, 2016
Done Racine of Mini Mania, California, once again sponsored this race and chose the location in Mid Ohio to enable competitors from all over USA and Canada to compete even though some had to travel from South California, Florida or Canada, which in some cases represented up to 40 odd hours towing the race cars or rigs.
Created: November 24, 2016
Done Racine of Mini Mania, California, once again sponsored this race and chose the location in Mid Ohio to enable competitors from all over USA and Canada to compete even though some had to travel from South California, Florida or Canada, which in some cases represented up to 40 odd hours towing the race cars or rigs.
Phil Wicks Racing Race Report -- The Walter Mitty
Created: May 13, 2015
Phil Wicks Racing Race Report -- The Walter Mitty, 2015
Created: October 20, 2014
Phil Wicks Race Report Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Created: August 07, 2014
Race report by Phil Wicks of the Can-Am Mini Race, June 2014 56 Minis entered ranging in groups from M1-M5, with M5 being mostly space framed rear wheel drive cars with a lightweight Mini body shell, extra wide 13” wheels with slic...
Created: August 04, 2014
Coming straight off the Mid-Ohio Can-Am Mini Challenge race in June, I pulled the cylinder head of Snoopy, my 1967 Austin Mini racecar, and freshened it up. Everything seemed okay. We found a couple of things amiss on the front suspension and corrected accordingly.
Created: June 06, 2014
2014 is the 40th year that Mini Mania has enthusiastically supported the Mini Cooper community. Our celebration started with our party at the Nevada City Adventure at the end of May and will continue with are touring across the US to participate in a number of special Mini races.
Created: June 03, 2014
Brands Hatch raceway is the quintessential track that has represented English racing since 1950 and while probably best known for the “Grand Prix” circuit, it uses a smaller portion of that famous track that has been called the INDY circuit.
Created: October 24, 2005
Mini Mania Shipping Information Rules and Regulations
Created: May 01, 2001
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Created: February 19, 2001
About Mini Mania Mini Mania is located in the heart of the Gold Country in Northern California's Sierra NevadaFoothills. What better place to drive Mini Coopers than in the twisty mountain roads of the region! We've been in the business of providing parts and accessories for the original
Created: February 19, 2001
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Paint Codes
The Paint Codes
Created: January 22, 2009
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Austin Version of BMC Paint Color Codes
Created: April 25, 2000
Need to know the color codes for your Austin Mini? Then take a gander and be enlightened.
Created: September 26, 2012
If you have a Mini shell in need of substantial rust repair, a rotisserie is a handy tool. Since you wish to undertake these repairs, you either are a welder or you must know a welder. This is key. Pop rivets and JB Weld are no way to proceed on this level.
Body Stripping
Created: June 21, 2000
There are several reasons to strip the paint (and any rust) from your body shell: rust repair, scratch/paint damage repair, or for re-spraying as part of a restoration. There are also many techniques, each of which has advantages and disadvantages.
Rust and Classic Minis
Created: June 21, 2000
Rust and Minis have a great affinity for each other. Sooner or later all owners of non-restored old Minis will have to tackle this problem. When checking a Mini over before purchasing, it is important to check carefully for rust. The diagram below shows the typical rust areas:
Created: June 16, 2000
The choice you have made in purchasing a body shell for your car instead of the component parts to repair the existing one is correct. The man hours of labor and degree of experience and skill involved to assemble the shell are extensive and you have rightly chosen to entrust this to British Motor Heritage, the original manufacturer.
Mini Body Dimensions - Size Does Matter
Created: June 13, 2000
Figures for length, width and height are the same for all Minis (including Clubmans except where specified) except Canadian models with safety-legislation bumpers Innocentis, Authis and Australian models which used differently-contoured body panels may vary in external dimensions (especially width and height) by a couple of inches.
Performance
NCA 2013 Dyno Testing -- Lessons Learned
Created: December 11, 2013
Learn from the Dyno Session at NCA 2013 Mini Mania offered Dyno testing at our Nevada City Adventure event scheduled that took place June 1, 2013.
Supercharged VTEC All-Wheel-Drive 2.0L Mini Clubman Estate!
Created: July 23, 2010
MINI Countryman? Please. Here's a REAL AWD Mini. Oh yeah, and it's SUPERCHARGED with a VTEC too.
400HP AWD VTEC Mini Traveller!
Created: April 02, 2010
Engine - Honda K20A2 VTEC out of 2004 Acura RSX Type S
Created: December 20, 2013
Small piston applications and availability have been changing over time
CHECKING PISTON COMPRESSION RING GAPS
Created: September 21, 2010
The following chart shows the SAE recommended Automotive compression ring end gaps. These recommendations are followed for the majority of the ring line unless a certain application requires deviation from the chart.
Created: April 11, 2006
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PISTONS - Whys and Wherefores
Created: July 02, 2001
This is another of those subjects abused for ‘bar stool b*llsh*t’ one-upmanship. Ignorance is the main problem. Particularly as trying to get any really useful information out of the manufacturers concerned.
PISTONS - Favorable Features for Maximum Performance
Created: July 02, 2001
The overriding factor that influences just what is best for an A-Series engine is the block's propensity for flex at higher rpm, and the crank's equal propensity for flex at the same sort of rpm levels. Both combine to require a piston that is as stable as possible to maintain effective and consistent ring-seal performance.
Product Review Videos
Classic Mini Engine Shop: Stock, Performance, Competition
Created: October 24, 2016
VIDEO: Classic Mini Engine Shop: Stock, Performance, Competition
Classic Mini Pre-Owned Engines
Created: October 24, 2016
VIDEO: Classic Mini Pre-Owned Engines
Classic Mini Pre-Owned And Used Parts From Mini Mania
Created: August 22, 2016
VIDEO: Classic Mini Pre-Owned And Used Parts From Mini Mania
Racing Videos
Classic Mini Racing Performance with Don & Dennis Racine
Created: August 12, 2016
VIDEO: Classic Mini Racing Performance with Don & Dennis Racine
Mini TEC VTEC Mini
Created: August 23, 2006
Once upon a time when the mountains were young, import-car buyers were avant-garde. These half-mad radicals thought nothing of trading in a perfectly good De Soto Firesweep for—whoa!—an English car! They craved something quirky and agile like a Morris Minor or Hillman Minx that worked. Worked! Started every morning. Lasted decades. Sold for cheap. Of course, you nod, they wanted a BMC Mini, but engineered by Honda.
Created: December 30, 2005
The Heritage Motor Centre (HMC) combined their historical resources with Mark Greer and Associates’ knack for cataloguing and compiled the largest assemblage of Adobe Acrobat files, for 1959 to 1969 Minis, on the face of the earth. The most amazing part of this is there were no Adobe Acrobat files at all until 1990, thus provoking the question, “Where exactly did they get these?” This mystery aside, the HMC has amassed a virtual cornucopia of technical and owner’s manuals for the Mini Saloon, Mini Cooper and Cooper S, the Mini Van, the Mini Pick-up, Countryman, Traveler, Riley Elf, Austin Seven, Australian Mini, and Woseley Hornet MKI, II and III on one super-easy to use CDROM. You might be asking yourself, “Self, why do I need all of these manuals when I only have one classic Mini?” Well, to be quite honest, apart from nostalgic reasons, and the fact that you cannot find original parts publications for a 1967 Mini Countryman Woody Wagon anywhere else, much less the original owner’s manual to a 1959 Austin Seven MKI, there might not be a reason for you to invest in this CD. However, if you want these impossible to find manuals to top off that “complete car” restoration project, or if you can’t remember the proper firing order for your Riley Elf (1, 3, 4, 2), or if you are simply a glutton for knowledge, this is the compilation for you.
Created: November 21, 2005
To improve engine out-put, you need to increase the engine's 'breathing' ability. The stage one kit deals with all the easily bolted-on external parts, and represents the best increase for investment. From here on in the power increases will cost commensurately more money.
Created: January 07, 2004
At the track, Mini Mania's power and suspension upgrades proved a well-enginered package. The Stage III MINI Cooper delivered results that crushed a stock MINI Cooper S. Senior Road Test Editor Chris Walton notes, "You gotta love a front-driver that can get into the elite 70-mph-slalom club. The secret to the Mini Cooper Stage III is to drive it like you're running from the cops. You must trust that the tires will eventually regain grip -- and they do -- on the way to the next slalom cone where you gotta slide it by that one, and so on. I could really feel the limited-slip working at the exit. Where the stock MINI Cooper S hesitates before all the wheels are going the same speed in the same direction, the Stage III says 'Right now!', everything hooks up, and the car blasts out the other side."
Created: November 04, 2002
Autoweek's art director crash-tested the New MINI Cooper S -- the hard way.
Created: September 26, 2000
I was driving the narrow roads of southern Ireland, but my mind was on American drivers. I was certain some of us, fed up with the rigors of driving and owning pricey sport-utility rigs and looking for a new fashion statement, would welcome the low-cost, little Mini I was in.
Rover Parts Catalogs
Created: January 16, 2003
Find the factory part number you need for your late Mini (1990 on) on our on-line Rover parts catalog!
Created: December 18, 2001
Need to find the part number for your 1992 Mini? Now you can search the Rover parts catalog for Minis from 1990 on, right on the Mini Mania website!
Suspension
KONI Season of Performance Rebate
Created: March 02, 2017
From March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017 KONI is offering a rebate up to $70 when you purchase a set of 4 shocks.
Created: July 07, 2016
Finding the parts for your Classic Mini just got easier. See our new 2016 Classic Mini Parts and Accessories Catalog Online!
Created: March 03, 2016
With questions about replacing or updating the suspension springs or cones, it seems appropriate to have a quick look at all the options available for most Austin Minis and Classic Minis, from Mini Coil Spring Conversion Kits to Coil-Over Suspension Kits and Mini Rubber Cone Suspension Options.
Created: March 28, 2014
Time to assemble our front subframe.
Created: March 14, 2014
Rebuilding the Hydrolastic Displacers
Created: March 14, 2014
Rehabbing Subframes and Suspension
Created: March 14, 2014
Powdercoating the Suspension
SUSPENSION - Basic set-up method
Created: February 02, 2011
This is one of those subjects viewed as a ‘black art’, largely because of lack of understanding and confusion. The confusion part is because folk encompass the whole suspension set-up deal with suspension arrangement and design, lack of understanding instilling terror at the thought of ‘fiddling’ with the suspension components.
Dynaplug® Tire Repair Tool
Created: January 21, 2015
Dynaplug® was designed as an easy-to-use solution for DIY tubess tire repair will make fast, permanent repairs on 98% of all tubeless punctures.
Tiny Wheels and Tires
Created: March 14, 2014
Tiny Wheels and Tires- There are a lot of tire and wheel options for the Mini Cooper. From the factory, the Cooper S came standard with 3.5-inch-wide slotted steel wheels that were 10 inches in diameter. Optional 4.5-inch-wide wheels were also available.
 Wheels and Tires: What fits a Classic Mini?
Created: December 12, 2013
This is definitely a topic that keeps coming up! What wheel and tire combinations can be made to fit a Classic Mini? Just a few days ago, had a customer call for “175/55-10” as though they could just be picked off the rack! Hmmm, I’ve never seen such a size, except maybe on a Yamaha Banshee Quad for doing burnouts! I thought it would be a good time to update what combinations are currently available, and a little bit about fitting them to most Minis. It’s been pointed out by me and others, that all the common combinations end up having about the same overall rolling diameter.
Did You Know That Improper Tire Pressure May Drastically Affect Your Gas Mileage?
Created: April 22, 2007
How you treat your tires actually goes a long way in determining what you spend on gas. Tires are often neglected because people do not know that they affect their gas mileage. A good tire maintenance culture will not only make your rides safer, it will also leave a little more in your pocket.
Tires - Getting to grips, basic information
Created: October 05, 2001
In any competition discipline, the tyres and control parameters used are so important to success; practically all the effort put into the chassis and suspension is to enable those four, relatively small contact patches to give of their best.
Weather Strip
Removing sliding glass windows in a Mini Cooper
Created: September 22, 2010
Dig along the the bottom of the sliding window channel and you will find two or three phillips head screws. Get them out however you can and this is sometimes difficult because the original screws are steel and they rust.
Weather_strip
Mini front door window channel, 24A88
Created: January 30, 2000
IMPORTANT!! Read these instructions BEFORE drilling any holes!!! This window channel is now supplied without water drain holes.
Deals on Mini Wheels
Created: August 15, 2016
Don't miss out on a great Austin Mini deal on wheels! Now until Sept 30th our select wheels are on sale, up to 60% off. Don't miss out.
Classic Mini Cooper Wheels
Created: March 29, 2016
Classic Mini Cooper Wheels - Questions, Answers & Selection
Classic Mini Wheel Resource
Created: April 26, 2013
Shop Classic Mini Wheels Classic Mini Wheel Resource There is a fantastic resource we stumbled upon for a thorough list of all the different wheels for Minis. The site is http://wheeldictionary.net and you should definitely check it out and even bookmark it! Here are some of their promin..
Calculating Wheel Offset
Created: January 25, 2011
When fitting aftermarket, or custom wheels, you should check for any clearance issues.Rubbing, or Incorrect fitment will wear out your tires, and cause other suspension components to fail or wear prematurely.
The Original Minilite Wheel
Created: January 30, 2006
The original Minilite wheel, made in magnesium, was probably the most successful competition wheel in the 1960's and 70's winning races and rallies on a variety of different cars. Now the same wheel is being produced in an affordable aluminium alloy to that original design. Manufactured in the UK , Tech Del Minilite wheels are low pressure die cast, pressure tested, batch x-rayed and machined using the latest computer controlled equipment. The authentic look of the 60's manufactured using modern technology ensures our product is the only choice for the serious Competition and Classic Car Enthusiast. Often imitated there is only one authentic MINILITE wheel.
Created: October 28, 2002
Having applied Hi-Los and some smart 165/60/12 profile tyre shod12 x 5-inch ally rims, discussions get around to just why does this combination cause the tyre to hit the front arch? Well, it's all a question of alignment - either subframe to body or suspension to subframe.
Created: May 30, 2001
This subject is a regular visitor to the message board and 'Knowledge' section of Mini Magazine for whom I write - fitting bigger wheels. Predominantly 13-inchers, but 12s as well, the main thrust of the questions being 'what do I need to do?' along with 'which wheel arch extensions will I need?' The answer has always been somewhat 'clipped' purely because of the space availability issues both in the magazine and on the message board, so something a little more detailed was required.
Created: January 30, 2000
If there is one aesthetic accessory that commands more debate, confusion, and disappointment it has to be the wheel. Since the inception of the Mini, many manufacturers have produced a vast array of different designs and sizes of rims still surface through garage clearouts and the like.