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 Posted: Feb 23, 2017 02:24PM
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hunter I am told you can NOT import a classic mini with NEW BMHT shell. or even replace the sub frames. NOW.. has to be everything OEM..  even the windscreen glass and seatbelts..  ( I have minis SEIZED this in 2016/2017 for this ALONE..   I tell folks now.. try to find one here in the USA. and ONLY as last resort try to import one now from the UK.. and BMHT cert is PLUS.. or should I say MUST??later bc  ps.. all about Corporate GREED.

 Posted: Feb 23, 2017 11:31AM
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An idle thought from north of the 49th...

Very few Classic Cars from the 60's, 70's, 80's are being manufactured anymore, indeed their overall numbers dwindle every year.  Sure Heritage will sell you a new sedan shell for your old bits but not even a drop in the bucket.

What evil is the mere existence of old cars presenting?

I have driven my 1973 Leyland Australia Mini Window Van, 16,600 miles in Canada & USA since it was imported in late January 2014.

Yes it had 8.4" disc brakes not drums up front.  Yes it had 12" wheels/tyres not 10" when landed in Canada...none of this was a problem.

Nor was RH drive though I had to replace the RHD headlights for LHD dipping lights and I had to add side marker lights as all Minis that came to Canada in the 70's had them.  I put LEDs in the City flairs.

After the safety inspection & lights were addressed...register, insure, drive.

The Minis wheels have since rolled in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon & California.

Is it because GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler et al want me to buy one on their new cars??  Chrysler can send me a notice about an Air Bag recall but can't replace them.  VW engages in massive pollution control subterfuge.  All pickup trucks are exempt from fuel efficiency requirements.  I am supposed to be impressed???

 Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:30AM
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johninCM..  I heard it is act of GOD to import race car these days.  for private partys..   you MUST get letter and approval from  NHTSA ( DOT ) and EPA. before you import it now..  I checked into it.. you also have to have SCCA lic ect.   I know someone in memphis that did NOT get the letters in advance and the porsche sat in JAIL with CBP for over  a YEAR..  you can imagine the storage costs at $250 PER day now.. later bc 

 Posted: Feb 23, 2017 08:13AM
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Just for the sake of discussion how does this situation apply to race cars? If someone was to import a vintage Mini racecar what problems might they run into?

If racecars can be imported with little trouble how much of a racer do they need to be? Is a simple rollbar enough?

Of course I understand if a car is brought in as a dedicated racer it won't be allowed on the street. Here in California a racer (or any car) can be returned to the street after being inspected for vin number, safety equipment and emissions.

I'm not planning on doing this (I have enough projects) only thinking out loud. 

John

 Posted: Feb 22, 2017 11:21AM
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guys..  just saw the photos of the engine bay..  seems this PRICK.. david ellison MOVED the vin plate from the left inner wing to behind the carb on the firewall..  this is VIN TAMPERING  to say the least .  so looks like the shortie is going back to england.. I have   Been in touch with my contact at Scotland Yard today. london  .  lets HOPE ellison does the right thing for ONCE and refunds  ron ( beane1).. NO chance the mini can be imported to the usa..  will update soon. after Ron files with I Justice. ( small claims there in the UK.. later bc

 Posted: Feb 22, 2017 09:35AM
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Originally Posted by maj4479
Finally, someone actually doing something instead of typing an automotive eulogy.  And, hope all goes well and well done Mini/Moke community.
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way to go bill,   hope it works out for him.

+1

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 07:45PM
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Finally, someone actually doing something instead of typing an automotive eulogy.  And, hope all goes well and well done Mini/Moke community.

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 07:41PM
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ron.. I just sent you link for small claims court in the UK.. called I justice..  cost is about 600 quid.. but easy to get FULL amount REFUNDED with that prick David Ellison at Mountain Minis off ebay.com/ ebay.co.uk   Ellison has dozens of minis SEIZED in the USA and Mexico.    Even more of scam artist than BP and ML put together..  later bc

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 06:08PM
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Thanks for everything Bill, your awesome!

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 03:19PM
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way to go bill,   hope it works out for him.

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 02:12PM
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ron..  good chatting with you today.. made couple calls to CBP.   on the case.. talk to later in the week..  get me those two photos and you should be OK.. later bc

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 08:55AM
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Originally Posted by Alex
It might be $8000 in Utah, but that translates to £6,400 and it simply isn't worth that much money here.
Don't forget shipping is included Alex.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 07:47AM
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emailing you off line now..  

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 07:32AM
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 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 07:10AM
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How can you help me and how much?
Thanks

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 07:02AM
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beane1..  also. you have realize that CBP is going to charge you storage on this mini.. I have seen storage ( as  CBP calls Demerrage ( sp?) as high as $250 PER day.. and alex you are quite right some MM might  be STUPIC enough pay $8000 in Utah.  I might be  able help you. BUT It would cost you dearly..  later bc

 Posted: Feb 21, 2017 05:12AM
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I had to try

 Posted: Feb 20, 2017 09:08PM
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It might be $8000 in Utah, but that translates to £6,400 and it simply isn't worth that much money here.

 Posted: Feb 20, 2017 08:32PM
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beane1.. I really do NOT think you are going to get $8000 for mini in JAIL with CBP.. and then have to ship back to the UK on their DIME.  assume you would have to pay VAT to import if NOT 30 years and older?? bc

 Posted: Feb 20, 2017 07:39PM
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Oops it was suppose to be 8000.00 dollars, sorry

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