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 Posted: Apr 2, 2019 06:18AM
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Thank you like always for great advice Dr Mini You solve part of my dilemma,yes going VTEC is like bare foot walk in desert ,have 8 version of intake and did not finish jet . Look pretty on pictures but real Pandora box is open when you start work .Hope will be ready for racing this year. Pred

 Posted: Mar 30, 2019 11:00AM
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You really should keep one of those two engines so that when you're through with your project you can offer the engine with the VTEC when you sell it. Lots of folks have big dreams of building the perfect Mini by adding Honda power. Yeah, right. Through the process they either run into a major obstacle and don't finish it or they actually finish it and find that it is not easy or fun to drive. Check out the thread about "Wiring" where another VTEC project needs help with wiring up the beast. What, you mean the Mini wiring won't support the Honda engine and computer/electronic crap on the engine??? Throw buckets of money at it and then when you give up, you'll take a beating $$$ on the resell. Yeah, I'd keep one of the engines...the 1275 to be more specific. A 998 automatic is a DOG that you wouldn't be able to give away. Good luck with your project. See you in the for sale pages!

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 Posted: Mar 29, 2019 09:40AM
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Hi I have 998 engine with automatic transmission JDM Rover Mini 1984 ,engine was running good when is puled out,and I have 1275 A with metro turbo transmission ,engine is for rebuild one cylinder have no compression .Selling both engine and transmissions . Going VTEC . Pred prezo10@yahoo.com

 Posted: Mar 22, 2019 06:16PM
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steve. ect.. I think a 997 cc running engine and tranny should be worth  $10 large.. in 2019  later bc

 Posted: Mar 22, 2019 05:02PM
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John,
you've got mail.

 Posted: Mar 22, 2019 04:26PM
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since this post started, I have been asking around.  The consensus opinion back to me is that this is a display-only engine, nobody in their right mind puts one in a car they intend to drive much.  USA shortblock value about $400 without cam, maybe $500 with cam.  This matches my opinion of them from back in the day when a modded 850 could stay with one and was less likely to break.  Which is why when I got one 40 years ago I only took it because it came in a pile of other parts I actually needed and since then it has aged gracefully under a workbench. YMMV.

 Posted: Mar 22, 2019 05:07AM
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I too would be interested in the value of a 997 complete power unit. I have a complete 997 project in parts. Title and Heritage, NOS O/S pistons and NOS brake intensifier. Due to health issues this one won't get done. Check my profile if you may have interest. Steve (CTR)

 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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Quote:
Originally Posted by whiteflagwar
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.

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