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Did you get this sorted yet Mick?
Im sure you could figure out who this is 

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I ran a 1980 Canadian Mini 1000 with a 12G295 head, an 1 1/2" Hitachi carb on Sportex intake with Medium bore LCB & twin box...and Pertronix Ignitor and MG Metro Cam.  Ran well on the road versus other Mini 1000s.  Crossed the continent & back with good fuel efficiency 39.6 mpg over 7,500 miles all driving.

Fastest small bore Mini at the ABFM autocross at Portland Int'l Raceway 2002...year before (driven by another) 3rd fastest in autocross against big bores at MMW 2001 in Florence, Oregon.

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Alex all of the Canadian transmission final drives were 3.44 if yours has a 3.65 that is strange.
The Minis that went to France had  the 2.76 which is what we should of had as we have long stretches of highways between cities....as you well know. The screw in  funny gas cap was a recall for 1980..

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Originally Posted by oldminimover49
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Canadian Minis  with the fake smog attempt were modified to have fresh air injected to the head after combustion. Therefore the exhaust pipe reading was a pass... this long before Volkswagen made their attempt to fool the people.
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Deb
I always made the same assumption, but the EGT is actually high enough that an injection of air into the ports will burn most of the CO into CO2.  I have no idea how well this worked out in the wild, but when I ran a commercial incinerator we needed to have an afterburner chamber above 850deg to do the same thing.
It may not be the hokum we've all thought.

120psi will be far easier to crank over in the cold of of a Canadian winter than 160psi - BL had to think about working cars living outside in the 1970s as well as our modern garaged toys.  It will also be far less fussy about fuel quality in the back end of nowhere.
Alex, thank you for explaining where you think Canada is: “the back end of nowhere”

I am sure that when my fathers ‘ great, great, great grandfather left for Canada, back in 1810,  as a 18 year old, he believed he was going to the promised land

Best to check on your quality of life now in the UK and compare it to Canada

Big AL
... and the fuel quality in the '60s and '70s here was just fine, thanks. Wider selection of grades too, though "regular' was fine.
20W50 oil was more of a problem than compression ratio. A block heater could warm the cylinders and head, but would do nothing for the oil on the crank and gears. Stiff as molasses in January.

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Originally Posted by Alex
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Originally Posted by kd
Canadian Minis  with the fake smog attempt were modified to have fresh air injected to the head after combustion. Therefore the exhaust pipe reading was a pass... this long before Volkswagen made their attempt to fool the people.
[edit]
Deb
I always made the same assumption, but the EGT is actually high enough that an injection of air into the ports will burn most of the CO into CO2.  I have no idea how well this worked out in the wild, but when I ran a commercial incinerator we needed to have an afterburner chamber above 850deg to do the same thing.
It may not be the hokum we've all thought.

120psi will be far easier to crank over in the cold of of a Canadian winter than 160psi - BL had to think about working cars living outside in the 1970s as well as our modern garaged toys.  It will also be far less fussy about fuel quality in the back end of nowhere.
Alex, thank you for explaining where you think Canada is: “the back end of nowhere”

I am sure that when my fathers ‘ great, great, great grandfather left for Canada, back in 1810,  as a 18 year old, he believed he was going to the promised land

Best to check on your quality of life now in the UK and compare it to Canada

Big AL

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 Posted: Mar 5, 2019 09:10AM
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Alex, any chance of a picture of your engine bay?

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Maple has always had the big heavy bumpers fitted and the dangly reversing light etc etc.  My search for bumpers is based on the British weather and predeliction for spreading salt everywhere - the front one has rusted enough to start delaminating.

Absolutely full CA spec, (other than the smog gear) including flashing the orange lights in the speedo instead of the green one for the indicators.  Seatbelt warning lamp, dash light dimmer, unique coloured vinyl on the seats (maybe tobacco ) external heater motor.

Two versions of the tale - lost in the carpark at Longbridge and missed the boat, or halfway down the line when CA was cancelled.  Either way she has a Longbridge numberplate and no dodgy fuel tank.

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Another curiosity:

MK 1 (1967-1968) exports to Canada: did the 850 engines in a saloon and a Countryman have different FD ratios? My buddy thought my Austin Countryman was faster than his Morris saloon. (Or were Austins just quicker?) My assumption was that my right foot was just a bit heavier than his.

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Interesting...... I thought all the MkIV\III cars sent to CA had 3.44 FD

Also...wasn't aware the dash rail/vents were different.
So yours was bound for CA, but didn't make it to the boat (?) so they kept it there and swapped to RHD?  Was this in 80?......sorry, I know the story is on here somewhere.....but was years ago.  Did you fit some heavy bumpers yet?  Curious if your boot lid and rear end was pre drilled 

 

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Maple is indeed complete CA spec with the extra stengthening in the boot & front end, different top dash rail & vents, door burst buttons, extra VIN numbers etc.

The CA tank and smog gear had been removed (presumably at the time the factory converted to RHD) but Rick Higgs (Hunter2) kindly provided the head & pipework from Pooh.  We haven't decided whether or not to fit it all back on or just have it alongside the car as a display.

From what I can see, and feel from driving the car, the lower output from the low compression engine and extra weight were offset by dropping the FD to a 3.65 from the 3.44 normal at the time.  

Dished pistons and an 8.8 or so CR were quite normal at the time as Minis still ran on the 2* or 3* fuel available till the early-mid 80s over here.

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Don't know the cam specs, but a aftermarket replacement would surly help wake it up.

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Im guessing its like kd referred to.  The Canaduan MINIs got the air pump and smog head, and i think dished pistons.  Perhaps our chambers were slightly larger also.
As well as the heavy bumpers and door enhancements, we got strengtheni g ribs in the boot....behind the inner fender.
I think this, as well as the air pump etc  was a requirement to meet CA regulations...which ultimately led to 1980 being the last year of import into CA due to cost effectiveness.
Alex...im curious if your Maple(?) has the strengthening in the boot 

 

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That's an interesting thought.

On a side note, does anyone have the specs of what a Canadian 998's camshaft would have been?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by kd
Canadian Minis  with the fake smog attempt were modified to have fresh air injected to the head after combustion. Therefore the exhaust pipe reading was a pass... this long before Volkswagen made their attempt to fool the people.
[edit]
Deb
I always made the same assumption, but the EGT is actually high enough that an injection of air into the ports will burn most of the CO into CO2.  I have no idea how well this worked out in the wild, but when I ran a commercial incinerator we needed to have an afterburner chamber above 850deg to do the same thing.
It may not be the hokum we've all thought.

120psi will be far easier to crank over in the cold of of a Canadian winter than 160psi - BL had to think about working cars living outside in the 1970s as well as our modern garaged toys.  It will also be far less fussy about fuel quality in the back end of nowhere.

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The same after combustion air injection was used on California v8 mustangs in 1966 from the factory, it does work for HC Nox reduction to some extent beyond just dilution.

 Posted: Feb 18, 2019 05:49PM
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Canadian Minis  with the fake smog attempt were modified to have fresh air injected to the head after combustion. Therefore the exhaust pipe reading was a pass... this long before Volkswagen made their attempt to fool the people.
The first thing Mini owners did in Canada was to remove the smog pump and the complex piping. Then we'd insert 7/16 hex pipe end fittings and the heads looked fine. After the 1974 big bumper models we would take off the steel beam bumpers and put on the chrome ones.
One thing that Canadian cars got were the extra heavy door guard beams with the stop jump on the door sill.

Deb

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You need to cc the combustion chambers and if need be skim the head to accomplish around 24cc if my memory is correct.
Maybe (i don't know) the original 998 engine came with flat top or raised pistons and with the dished ones it could be where the compression loss is.
The engine will run fine but it will run a whole lot better with 150 to 180 psi.

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make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

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Interesting question!

Maybe they were just unloading mis-matched parts to unsuspecting colonial buyers.
Or maybe it was to compensate for the "massive" amounts of air injected by the pollution control system air pump.

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According to the Leyland workshop manual the 70s Canadian Mini 1000s had a very low compression of 120 psi. With even the later low and high compression models doing 150 and 165 I'm curious what was all entailed to drop it this far for Canada.

The reason I ask is I recently obtained a '76 Canadian 1000 with dish pistons and a hopefully skimmed 12G295 head. The compression is 135 even across the board and all smog stuffs have long since been removed. Do the Canadian cars have a severe emissions cam?