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 Posted: Mar 16, 2019 06:03AM
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dr mini..  so what is a 997 rebuild engine worth these days.. $10k plus?? I know a proper 1275  cc engine with 11 stud.. will bring  $20k now.  later bc

 Posted: Mar 15, 2019 10:38PM
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Basically because the 997 was based on the 850 which meant an extremely under square bore to stroke ratio that was/is not conducive to big revs.... When the Elf/Hornets came along (and more power was needed) they took the trouble to redesign the engine to reduce the stroke and get a more revvy (and lesser stressed) engine.  

The irony being that the 998 was the only Cooper without a factory race history.... as the S came along to carry the honours.....

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Mar 15, 2019 11:53AM
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Thanks for the replies. Then why did they go to the 998 instead of staying with the 997?

 Posted: Mar 15, 2019 10:51AM
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To me they are special because it was a race spec motor that John Cooper put in a Mini and sold BMC on the idea of building THAT car so he could homologate them for racing. It was the first. Were it not for the 997 engine from JC's race bench, there wouldn't have been a Mini Cooper or Cooper S. Kinda like the first Cobra's that Shelby built. Yeah, the later ones were the big engine, competitor killers, but you gotta appreciate the vision these guys had for what the public wanted. And yes, the only ones who seem to want the 997 engines are those who want to restore an early Cooper....correctly.

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 Posted: Mar 15, 2019 10:25AM
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AFAIK the 997 is only special if you are restoring an early Cooper to factory spec or concours.

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: Mar 15, 2019 08:41AM
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What's so special about a 997?

 Posted: Mar 15, 2019 07:31AM
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I have one that I have offered to whiteflagwar, but it ain't cheap. If he passes I'll let you know.

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 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 06:41PM
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I too will be in the hunt for a 997.  Not hijacking, just getting in the que.

 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 04:55PM
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Hey Jedduh01

you can email me at primoprorider@hotmail.com

thanks for sharing that lead!

 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 04:01PM
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if the other contacts do not work out, let me know. 

 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 07:36AM
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I’m hunting a 997cc motor. It’s ok if it needs rebuilt as long as it’s a good block. 3 synchro gear box would be a plus. I’ll be at east meets west mini meet in Snowmass. I’d be willing to pay extra to have it transported to the meet. Cole
Whats a good Way to contact (email?)   I have a lead and can /would share...
   
To be honest= its TOO rich for my blood...

 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 05:33AM
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whiteflag.. try.. oldminimover@gmail.com   his old phone was  905.899.3770... should tranfer to his new one there in Ontario Canada.... hope this helps..  later bc

 Posted: Mar 14, 2019 03:13AM
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Where are you located? Email me and I might be able to help.

"Retired:  No Job, No Money, Wife and I!  Will travel anywhere for Minis"

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 Posted: Mar 13, 2019 08:00PM
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thanks werewolf

I see if I can get ahold of Big Al

 Posted: Mar 13, 2019 07:20PM
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hi whiteflagwar.. I know Big Al Guest.. has a  good running 997 engine in his woody wagon. and he said he would sell off the engine..   ping him.. later bc

 Posted: Mar 13, 2019 07:08PM
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I’m hunting a 997cc motor. It’s ok if it needs rebuilt as long as it’s a good block. 3 synchro gear box would be a plus.

I’ll be at east meets west mini meet in Snowmass. I’d be willing to pay extra to have it transported to the meet.

Cole