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 Posted: Jul 18, 2022 08:03AM
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guess it also had No Gauges?/ any late model mini dash will work.. assume you need upper and lower?? I might have both..
Any luck finding dash parts?

 Posted: Jun 22, 2022 11:46AM
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Thanks. It is really nice other than some odd bits and pieces. 

 Posted: Jun 21, 2022 11:02AM
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Your Mini looks pretty nice - congratulations on your new family member. It has the correct tail lights for its age.

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 Posted: Jun 20, 2022 10:09AM
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Im sorry for the lack of knowledge, but I really appreciate all of the info.  

 Posted: Jun 20, 2022 05:43AM
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This mini should have a two gauges ( plastic black horizontal rectangle) in front of the steering wheel. Looks like the PO converted it to an earlier look. Have the rear tail lights been changed to mark 1?

 Posted: Jun 20, 2022 02:32AM
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I don't know how a 1991 Mini is supposed to look but it does look as if someone was trying to make it look like an early Mini by converting it to the oval gauge cluster. The top rail does have holes for bolting on the upper rail pad, and it has the original (pre-padding) style ash tray. 

Below that appear to be the dash cards that might have come with the gauge cluster, though it beats me why they would put such tatty ones in a later car. In any case, they are not difficult to replace or even make up your own. We can't see it but I'm guessing the parcel tray card is in as bad a shape.

It looks to me like they had no idea on how to deal with the switch panel which looks to me like it is for a padded rail. Are the heater controls floating too?

If I was faced with this situation, I'd try to make some sort of cowling to go around and support the controls. I have not tried to remove my lower rail pad to recover it as it appears I'd have to disassemble the switch panel to do so. Maybe the previos owner of your car just cut it away??

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 Posted: Jun 19, 2022 06:47PM
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It does have the card insert.  And the controls are kind of just floating out there.

 Posted: Jun 19, 2022 03:09AM
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If your instrument cluster is like the oval one in this picture, your Mini may have been retro-converted to look like an early MK! ir MK2 Mini (or maybe it is).
As originally installed, The top rail would have been painted steel - no padding. The bottom parcel shelf may have originally been painted steel too, or vinyl-clad steel - again mo padding. The parcel shelf would have vinyl or fabric covered card laid in and the vertical space between the parcel shelf and upper rail would have had matching cards.

Later after-market modifications might have been installation of a wood (or other) dash panel that filled in between the top and bottom rails, eliminating the shelf but adding a glove box and space to mount more instruments. 

Some later luxury Minis came with a wood dash.

Other later Minis came with a different instrument cluster in front of the driver, with the open parcel shelf and padded upper and lower rails. My second picture is of a much later model with the 3-gauge cluster in front of the driver, a wood dash with glove box and additional gauges.

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 Posted: Jun 18, 2022 06:36PM
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Not sure how to add a pic.  But it has the oval gauge cluster in the middle.  But it has no upper or lower either. 

 Posted: Jun 17, 2022 06:21PM
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guess it also had No Gauges?/ any late model mini dash will work.. assume you need upper and lower?? I might have both..

 Posted: Jun 17, 2022 12:59PM
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Recently purchased a 1991 JDM that is RHD.  It came with no dash or upper dash pad.  I know that it is a very long shot, but would anyone have one for sale, or would be willing to make a template of theirs?