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 Posted: May 13, 2023 06:59AM
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Honestly my goal is to install an automatic transmission on my mini and make it reliable so i can drive cross country , not just around town, i'm tired of driving around town and car shows and being cute. i want to make my mini a real car where i can go distance without overheating....

 

 Posted: May 13, 2023 06:50AM
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I'm in the process of painting my mini Nardo Gray, using rattle can. wish me luck!

 

 Posted: May 13, 2023 06:44AM
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Replaced alternator

 

 Posted: May 7, 2023 02:54PM
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Installed interior light (white switch) on my 1966"S". Also put shiny new baby moon hub caps on. Time to take it out for a drive!

Roger Williams
1966 Austin Cooper S
LHD, WET, Personal Export
 Posted: Mar 17, 2023 09:14AM
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Cleaned the dust off my car then went for a 2 hour drive up and over some of the wine country here in western Oregon.  Temp was 55 so spring is finally coming.

 Posted: Mar 8, 2023 03:23PM
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Bought some Hella H4 headlights then installed LED bulbs and then decided for LED's all around, except in my non-stock, but cool, repeater lights. I had to buy an LED compatible flasher. Interestingly, my existing flasher would operate the rear LED signal lights but not both the front and rear. The right front signal/running light socket was badly rusted but fortunately I had a spare in my parts inventory.

 Posted: Feb 21, 2023 04:46AM
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After having hard starts, intermittent non-starting and weird electrical gremlins for a long time on Kreacher, my VTEC Elf, I dug into the issue. Checked and rechecked all the grounds, and replaced the old nasty engine ground with a nice new mil-spec braided ground strap. Nope. Starter seemed iffy even after pulling it and bench testing it, so I put a new reconditioned one in. Still same issues. I pulled the original-ish ignition switch (it's one with the aux position) and it basically fell apart in my hands and had very worn out contacts. So I put a brand new one in, using my old key tumbler. Still the same problems. I also added a push-button start switch into the empty choke hole in my switch panel just for fun. Final test was to jump the battery directly to the starter. Fired right up! So pulled all the battery cables out and found two places where the (possibly original to the car) long positive cable was pinched between the body and the subframes. New cables made and installed and viola, no more starting issues! That was tough, but I won in the end. Kreacher should be good to go now. I recommend Custom Battery Cables in Mesa, AZ if you need any custom length cables professionally made. Nice quality stuff. 

 Posted: Feb 9, 2023 06:51PM
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Painting wheels.  I had the wrong hubcaps on which scrapped lots of paint off.
if they do not turn out OK I will then send to have power coated.

Roger Williams
1966 Austin Cooper S
LHD, WET, Personal Export
 Posted: Nov 20, 2022 07:07PM
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I checked the fluid levels and all were fine. The antifreeze is good for -35 degrees. I then hooked up the trickle charger to the battery. I did the same to my 2012 FIAT 500 Lounge, so all is good.

 Posted: Sep 11, 2022 08:00AM
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Hello-  How much oil did you use for the oil change?  I am having trouble finding out how many quarts?  I have seen 4.5 to 5.5..

 Posted: Sep 7, 2022 09:16AM
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I installed electronic ignition and it started for the firts time in 20 years!!!! carburator rebuild and fuel system next 

 Posted: Aug 12, 2022 07:45AM
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Got it on the road. Now to see what leaks, loosens or falls off.

"How can anything bigger be mini?"

 Posted: Aug 4, 2022 07:14AM
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nothing lately, it's already perfect in my eyes.

 

 Posted: Aug 1, 2022 07:37AM
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Took the cover off and drove it to Big Pine Key for a dentist appointment, 35 miles, drove it back and covered it up, the sun is brutal here!

 Posted: Jun 13, 2022 08:44AM
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Replaced a leaking slave cylinder along with a new flex line, got it all shifty again, out of storage, and into the big world.

 Posted: May 1, 2022 11:54AM
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Phew I suppose the week turned into months for me.  Pulled rear subframe and repainted.  Rebuilt trailing arms.  Replaced 1 handbrake cable (MK 1).  Repacked rear wheel bearings.  Converted from single line to dual line braking system mostly due to an exciting time I had at an autocross and then drove home with the handbrake!  Made up new brake lines for that assembly.  Finally (I hope) replaced old worn squashed front cone springs with good new old stock - car sits at least 2" higher in the front!

 Posted: Apr 2, 2022 06:29PM
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Well, i painted the bonnet black.

 

 Posted: Feb 16, 2022 12:35PM
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Dreamed about driving it.... sigh!

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

 Posted: Feb 10, 2022 08:16PM
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Didn't feel like paying a mechanic 3k (California) to take out the old integrated manifold catalytic converter and install a new one on my wife's Mini so I pulled it in less than 4 hrs in flip-flops w/o taking the front end apart. Took longer to make the extra long slotted o2 sensor removal tool than it did to pull the upstream sensor. Removed the fan shoved the shield and manifold out the bottom. Waiting on the new one I bought here should go in the same way it came out with some brute force and ignorance. GIT ER DONE.

 Posted: Jan 6, 2022 01:36PM
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military and some motorcycle manufacturers (harley) used 5.1 because it stores better as it's not as water attracting. However, when it is contaminated with water, it's much worse than dot 3/4 as it's performance is drastically worse 


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Originally Posted by 6464s
Skeeter, I'm afraid you have gotten your facts about DOT 4 and silicone based brake fluid mixed up. DOT 4 has a higher wet and dry boiling point than DOT 3. Brake fluids of any DOT # should not be mixed.

DOT 5.1 is silicone based and has 30% glycol. DOT 3, DOT4, & DOT 5.1 are all hygroscopic meaning they attract water. These fluids should be changed as part of a maintenance program.

I have been using DOT 5 in my daily driver mini for decades and never had a failure in the rear wheel cylinders or the master cylinder. The rear wheel  cylinders are the first to fail by attracting water and rusting. This is because water is heavier than brake fluid and the rear cylinders are the lowest point. I also use DOT 5 in my clutch hydraulic system without a problem. DOT 5 does not attract water.

People certainly have opinions about using DOT 5, some swear by it, others dislike it.


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