1970 Austin Countryman 1275cc
- Body Style:Wagon
- Transmission:4-Speed Manual
- Body Color:Almond green
- Ad Type:Mini
- Created on:Jun 14, 2017
- Modified on:Jun 18, 2017
- Other Ads:None
This vehicle is a complete restoration/rebuild of a Mini Clubman Estate, fitted with a classic round-nose front end and features a supercharged 1293 A+ engine.
The bodyshell was restored to factory specification with new panels fitted where necessary, all welds ground and blended. Underside is fully stone chipped, bodyshell is two-pack etch primed, and many coats two-pack topcoat were applied. Bodyshell was waxoiled in cavities prior to and during assembly, and fitted with stained and varnished ash wood trim. Wood & Picket style arches are used at the front along with a stainless steel Cooper grill and new bumper.
Engine: 1275 A+ block, bored and honed to 71.1mm (final displacement 1293 cc), with Omega 10cc pistons fitted to balanced A+ rods. New cam bearings were fitted, along with new centre main strap, new oilway and core plugs and the block refaced to suit. Crankshaft reground and ni-tempered, the camshaft is a Kent 266 with new followers, along with new duplex timing gears and chain, hi-capacity oil pump, and lightened and balanced verto flywheel and turbo cover plate.
Competition head gasket, cylinder head modified with enlarged matched chambers to reduce compression to 8.5:1, machined and flowed ports, lead-free inserts with 35.7mm inlet and 30mm exhaust race quality valves material, new silicon bronze guides, new matched valve springs.
Mechanical and electric tropical cooling fans on hi-performance radiator, Rover Mini 4-speed gearbox with 3.2.1 final drive ratio. New subframes are powdercoated, and fitted with new variable height suspension and braking components. Servo-assisted 8.4" disc brakes at front, new spaced drums at rear, 5X12 Minilite-style alloy wheels with 165/70/12 Falken tires.
Supercharger was made by High Performance Products of Victoria, Australia and imported to the UK by the owner. The original horsepower of this vehicle was 38, while this variation pulls 83 HP at the wheels.
Interior: latest specification Mini seats, velour fabric. Rear seats trimmed to match, deep pile carpet bound with sound deadening material, matching door cards and rear pocket liners. Fully trimmed load area. Custom made dashboard with 6 magnolia gauges, Smith and Rover brands.
The result is notable vehicle, prepared to modern standards, with the improvement of roll-up windows but appears as a MKII.
The restoration was completed in 2001. Following a picture session with "Mini" magazine, the Countryman shipped from the port of Southampton and arrived in Galveston Wednesday, September 12, 2001. "British Car" featured the Countryman in the October, 2002 issue.