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 What's your thoughts on making a project car out of a classic mini?

 Created by: James21
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Jun 1, 2021 05:58AM b_artman  
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May 29, 2021 11:55AM 6464s Edited: Jun 1, 2021 08:19AM 
May 29, 2021 11:12AM James21 Edited: Jun 8, 2021 04:56AM 
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 Posted: Jun 1, 2021 05:58AM
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My thought on project mini: heck yeah!
I bought my mini as a scrap shell about 15 years ago. It was my first project car and I learned everything as I went along. Its been a great experience and relatively 'easy' in the sense that so much is available new from suppliers and the community is huge. Cost wise its all relative.

I didnt go wild, but nothing stopping you making the car YOURS with your own style. I would also err on the side of using a later body as mk1 cars are pricey and at this point nearly all are candidates for restoration type jobs due to cost/value. That said, sometimes you just gotta start with what you have or is easiest to get your hands on. There are many doing wild builds - check out the other forums for ideas on engine swaps, body mods etc. Also be prepared for the originalistas who thumb their noses at anything that doesnt look original - ie: be prepared to ignore them. HAHA


Building a Mini... the full time job

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Depending where you are located, driving a MKI in hot humid areas you will not have as much air flow in the windows. But go for what you want, make your statement.

"How can anything bigger be mini?"

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If you're going to massively modify it, don't use a genuine 60's Mini Cooper as the basis. They are worth a lot of money in stock form. Just get a late 70's or 80's Mini as the basis and modify that. It will look and work exactly the same if you do all the things you're going to do.

 Posted: May 29, 2021 03:04PM
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Well, I'm one of the same. Took the reins on one and having at 'er. Doing a bunch of changes that will make the purists swear and want to throw rocks at me. Not going too extreme but going a few levels out from stock. 
Go for it. Takes money to get going. As they're hard to find in good condition. Good thing like you said, they're plentiful, and there's lots of suppliers out there with all kinds of parts to take it from mild to wild. 
You only live once. If you got the funds and/or the knowledge, get on board and be a Mini Maniac

 Posted: May 29, 2021 11:55AM
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I for one say "Go for it". It basically comes down to 3 things (of course there's plenty more), Your skill level, money and your persistence.
If you can think of it, it's already been done to the mini. You're 62 years late to the party. The mini has always been a project car since its beginning; starting with the creator Alec Issigonis. He created the likes of a pickup, van, woody wagon, beach car, Hornet, trunked minis, mini Moke. John Cooper created the twinny and almost killed himself. Have fun and keep dreaming.

 Posted: May 29, 2021 11:12AM
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Ok first I need to say I'm really new to the project car scene but I was obsessed with cars since I was young so it was only natural that I would end up here at some point. So, if I say something stupid feel free to correct me.
Since I was young I had a love for classic cars even tho they weren't the looks were really appealing to me. When I started looking into cars costs and all the funs of figuring out the logistics of having a project car I knew that I needed a car that was a classic but has sold a lot of units so the price hasn't skyrocket, so the choice was obvious the 1965 mini cooper.
Now comes the fun part what my dream build would be: basically keep the chassi and change everything else (engine swaps, drivetrain conversion, fenders so I can have wide ass tyres) I could keep going but I think you get the point. I made this post mostly because I'm new to the scene and wanted to know what do you guys think of crazy builds like that (except the fact that they are never over and crazy expensive). Do you have any crazy dream build? Do you know any crazy mini build I should know about? Do you think the drivetrain conversion would never work because there is no space? Let me know and share your opinions any feedback is appreciated.
(If you spot any grammar mistakes let me know)