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How –To Set Cam Timing on a Mini Cooper 1275 A+
Created: July 30, 2019
Here we have a set of videos on how to set the cam timing on a Mini Cooper 1275 A+.
How-To Fit Pistons, Camshaft, Oil Pump-Mini 1275 A+ Block
Created: July 30, 2019
In this video how-to, Mini Mania's engine tech Tony Gambirasi, explains the proper way to install piston rings, pistons, the camshaft and lifters, and the oil pump in a 1275cc A+ engine block.
Removing Slack In A-Series Engine Timing Chains
Created: March 01, 2018
Watch Our Video - If you've got too much slack in your A-Series engine timing chain, Mini Mania now has Rollmaster timing gear sets in stock to take up that slack! These oversized gear sets come in three offset options.
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.
How-To Install a Crankshaft & Set a End Float in a Mini A+
Created: September 06, 2016
VIDEO: How to install the 1275 crankshaft. The A-Plus crank has fillet-radius journals and 1.75" rod journals. Bolts directly into Mini 1300, Austin America, Mini A-Plus and Metro engine blocks.
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
Created: October 09, 2012
How To: Engine stand mounting bracket for A series
Mini (1959-2000) Automatic to Manual Conversion Basic Information
Created: February 24, 2010
This overview of the basic steps to convert your classic, English-built, Mini from an automatic to a manual transmission covers the five main changes, and which items, such as modifying the engine block, should be left to an expert.
Created: July 21, 2006
We all long for the power and torque available from a 1275cc engine, but with these becoming more expensive and harder to find, we’ll take a look at how to get some decent power from the smallbore engines. Graham Russell of Australia shares his ideas.
Created: January 30, 2006
Deves general Tips on Engine rebuilding
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.
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.
Austin Mini Cooper Engines - 1098, Initial Tuning
Created: April 03, 2001
The 1098 (1100) engine has had a lot of bad press over the years - largely because of early experiences when trying to tune the motor brought about problems with the then standard components available - they simply were not up to taking any real punishment as experienced in racing.
Austin Mini Cooper Engine - 998 TUNING
Created: March 05, 2001
Following on from the easily bolted on performance enhancing components out-lined in the stage one section, we need to consider where to go to get more power output. To improve the 998cc 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.
Created: January 19, 2001
This is another of those subjects that crops up on the message board frequently. I am constantly surprised by the number of engine builders - or people who charge other folk for building engines at any rate - that never hand out such an information sheet. It seems pretty daft to me that having taken a wad of money off of a customer for an engine you've lovingly put together, you'd want to help that person get the very best out of the engine.
Classic Mini Cooper ENGINE TRANSPLANTS -
Created: October 31, 2000
Is this familiar? - You take the small one out; you put the big one in. In, out, in, out, shake your fist about, you do the hokey-cokey and you turn around, that’s what it’s all about...kinda sums up the situation many folk find themselves in when attempting to endow their beloved Mini with a more impressive turn of speed.
Cooper Engine Tuning Data
Created: June 14, 2000
The tables below shows the factory tuning specifications for the various models of Mini Cooper. If your engine is modified, these settings may no longer be valid or provide safe operation of your engine. These specifications are those as given by British Leyland at approximately the end of Mini Cooper S production in 1971.
Classic Mini Torque Wrench Settings
Created: June 13, 2000
Do those nuts and bolts up properly, or a wheel might fall off... if you've been trying to find correct torque wrench settings for your Mini here they are for just about everything that matters.
Installing Mini Main Studs
Created: April 10, 2000
On 2" inch main 1275 engines the use of main studs gives a solid improvement over the stock bolts. Factory bolts, at the very best, only have 65% of the clamping force of an ARP stud, and consider that the combination of the firing load and inertia at RPM cause loading's that amount to thousands of pounds. On the 1275 Mini there is something to look out for that doesn't arise on an inline engine. Due to the proximity of the gear box webs at both ends, there is not enough clearance for the nut.
How to Perform A Successful Engine Run-in on Your Classic Mini
Created: January 29, 2000
Installing a new rebuilt engine in your car will give it a major “shot in the arm” in any number of ways. In order to get the most of this change we suggest that you take the time while the engine bay is empty to