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Title: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: MOTadmin on November 25, 2010, 09:21:35 PM
We have been getting lots of "new members" lately.  Some seem legit, some not (spambot created).  Weeding them out is an ongoing process.  To make this easier on the admin staff and help us avoid accidentally deleting your account, please take a moment to post a "hello" message in this thread

Thanks!   :)

MOTadmin staff.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on November 26, 2010, 10:37:41 AM
Hello from John W.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: sikamini on December 20, 2010, 09:52:21 AM
Hi, I'm here!  ;D


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: MPlayle on December 20, 2010, 08:04:09 PM
Welcome to the forum side/site!   :)



Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: userdoesnotexist on December 20, 2010, 08:25:00 PM
Hello -- real person here, even though the user name suggests otherwise.  Had some difficulties with the registration page(s).

Currently attempting to drive a '67 Morris Mini Mk2 daily-ish.  Drove clear across Austin (down Mopac, out to Oak Hill) and back successfully today on 30-40 year old Dunlop tires that say "Made in Great Britain" on the sidewalls!  Plenty of tread but hard as gallstones.  Hoping to find someone capable of mounting nice, new, stinky Yoko A008 165/70x10's on those troublesome 10"x6" Revolution wheels before the old year's out.  Cheers!

 -James Miller


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: 1974Innocenti on December 20, 2010, 08:44:46 PM
hi everyone, this is Alex from Fort Worth owner of the 1974 Innocenti Mini Cooper Vtec.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: vtecwagon on December 20, 2010, 09:23:10 PM
greg snyder, vtec wagon, the usual suspects, plano, tx.
I vote for this site. 
Are there any Puerto Rican girls out there
"just dyin' to meet me?" (Besides Angel's wife...)


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: MOTadmin on December 21, 2010, 08:15:57 AM
Good to see folks showing up!  We don't mind different types of user/login names.  It just helps to know there is a person behind the name instead of a spam-bot.

(In the spam-bot wars, they seem to be winning.)



Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Angel on December 21, 2010, 03:43:50 PM
Hello Newbie's

James, have you had any luck yet getting those tires mounted?

Alex - what part of Ft Worth you located?

Greg Snyder - how you doing Bro! Glad to have amongst the living. Got that brace off you neck yet? Winter is almost here again. Please stay home until March. Maddie wants to give you a big hug. Don't discard neck brace until after the hug. You may need it again. Regards to the Mrs.

Hi Sikamini. I'm here too.

Happy Holidays to all.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: userdoesnotexist on December 22, 2010, 09:54:47 AM
Angel wrote:
> James, have you had any luck yet getting those tires mounted?

Not yet.  Next day I have off I'll try the Discount Tire at Braker and Burnet in Austin, as
recommended by Jim D.  Until then I'm on Ye Olde Dunlops, which rub on the plastic
wheel arches at acute turn angles (front) or hard bumps (rear).

 -James Miller


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Angel on December 22, 2010, 10:23:32 AM
If you have no luck with them and want to take a trip up to Ft. Worth, I'll find out where my body guy got mine mounted and we'll give them a try.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: MPlayle on December 22, 2010, 09:01:20 PM
I had success at a Firestone shop in San Antonio when I had my first panel van.  They were able to mount the 10" Kuhmos just fine.  Don't know of a place in Austin though.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: bellamacchina on December 23, 2010, 05:18:04 AM
Don here from Lindale. Still driving my White on IRG (Italian Racing Green)1974 Innocenti Mini 1000.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Angel on December 24, 2010, 10:34:18 AM
Michael

The problem is not mounting 10" tires but 10" tires on 6" wide rims. 5" wide rims is not a problem either but the 6" have a deep offset and most tire shops can't mount them. Then if you have Yoko's A008 that multiplies the problem. They don't have no give when trying to mount and the bead will usually rip. After Discount Tire tore up about 6 Yoko's I switched to Falkens but by then Discount Tires had told me to go away. My body man Javier got mine mounted for me w/o a problem but he wouldn't tell me where he got them mounted. All he said was "if you want tires mounted, take them to a Mexican".


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: MPlayle on December 24, 2010, 11:54:31 AM
I don't remember to rim width of the GB 100+ wheels that were on the panel van.  Probably 5" as I had the 145/80/10 Kuhmos mounted on them and the tires appeared just right for the rim.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: userdoesnotexist on January 02, 2011, 05:16:26 PM
Angel wrote:
> The problem is not mounting 10" tires but 10" tires on 6" wide
> rims. 5" wide rims is not a problem either but the 6" have a deep
> offset and most tire shops can't mount them. Then if you have Yoko's
> A008 that multiplies the problem. They don't have no give when trying
> to mount and the bead will usually rip. After Discount Tire tore up
> about 6 Yoko's I switched to Falkens but by then Discount Tires had
[...]

Sing it, brother!

I finally got my 10" A008s (Yokohama 165/70R10 A-008) mounted on the 10"
x 6" Revolution rims by the sixth tire shop I tried.  (That is to say,
five tire shops -- three Discount Tires, one Woods Honda Fun Center
(think: little ATV wheels), and Leal's, down on East Cesar Chavez Street
-- said they couldn't do it.)  It was not pretty, cheap or brief, but I
thought the long, sad story was finally over.

Really enjoyed the new boots.  For a week.

Yesterday I had one tire go flat -- leaking air from a piece of wire
with rubber on it poking between outboard bead and rim.  Trash.  This
morning I noticed a second tire had started leaking air, slowly.
Damaged.  This afternoon my nephew remarked a bulge growing in the
sidewall of a third tire.  Rubbish.

So here in a little bit I'll be putting the other three 30+ year old,
"Made in Great Britain" Dunlops with their 10" x 5" Wolfrace wheels and
almost matched lugs back on, 'cause I don't cherish the thought of a
not-fatal-enough blowout on the 'burban expressway during tomorrow
morning's commute.  There's almost no wear on these tires, but they're
hard as rocks and 1/4" to 1/2" larger in overall diameter, making them
rub on the plastic arches in tight corners or over hard bumps.

What next, then?  I've got a set of 10" x 5 1/2" (I think) Aldic alloys
(think: Down Under) waiting in the wings, but don't have all the lug
nuts for them, have only two of their center caps, and do not fancy the
stench of death they carry from last Fall's closed-head-injury wreck of
the car they came with.

Sooo, I'm leaning toward sucking it up and dropping a fresh,
not-quite-affordable grand on four brand new Minator 10" x 5" alloys
pre-fitted with new A008s, balanced, and shipped (not without new chrome
lug nuts!) from Seven Enterprises -- but only if I'm confident that any
tire shop moron would be capable of mounting those tires on those
wheels.  When in Rome, and all ...


 -James Miller


P.S.  Anyone want four, formerly pristine, yet now accursed, 10" x 6"
      four-spoke Revolution wheels?  All with brand stinking new Yokos,
      some maybe possibly usable?  With only minimal dents, scratches,
      fingernail and teeth marks, blood, etc.?


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on January 02, 2011, 06:01:54 PM
James,

That's terrible story. I hope it all works out for you.

John W


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Angel on January 11, 2011, 09:01:20 AM
Keep the wheels and change tires. Go with the Falkens 165/60-10. They have a softer bead and will stretch when installing unlike the Yoko's which rip at the bead. Try www.gbcarparts.com (http://www.gbcarparts.com). They have better prices that 7Ent. or Mini Mania. You'll get longer tire life out of the Falkens also. I bought a set of Yoko's once. Once.  Soft compound, great for handling but don't last very long.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: sikamini on February 10, 2011, 12:10:37 PM
  :-[  Am I bad....just noticed I had posted here earlier and on another thread I was wondering if we had an intro thread!  :D
Stay warm everyone it's a bit cool here in Houston!


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: jfl99 on February 26, 2011, 01:31:31 PM
Finally made jump to forum. Some cases I don't like change...hassle. But forum looks good and see we've got some people here I have not heard from for a while, like Angel and Michael.

Charlene and I moved last year about this time to sort of "in town" Comfort. Bought a 2003 VW Golf GTI Anniversary car about four months ago. One owner. 310 hp. Been autocrossing it. Man, I'm rusty and sure isn't same as road racing, that's for sure, but getting better. First thing I did was put big Neuspeed rear anti roll bar on it. I pretty much now have an oversteering (tendency) FWD car. :) More suspension work to come.

Good work on forum, guys.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: dbassklepac on March 03, 2011, 03:07:46 PM
Greetings, I have been a Mini fan for several years, though I only just recently bought one. I have a 2010 MINI Cooper S and it's sick! I can't wait to share my enthusiasm with everyone.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on March 07, 2011, 06:44:53 PM
Welcome to MOT !!


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: David67 on March 07, 2011, 10:12:46 PM
Hi all,

It's David Martin in Carrollton with the Yellow '67 Austin Cooper S. I may not be on the forums much, but it's good to see and hear from you.

Cheers,
David


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: JIala on May 11, 2011, 07:51:58 PM
Hello all! I'm in Arlington and drive a silver 998 round nose Mini. I've met a few guys here. I hope to make it out to White Rock Lake in a few weeks if my old lady will let me.... ;D


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on May 11, 2011, 09:04:17 PM
Welcome Dave and Jerm.

Check out the "Events" page for the upcoming Spring Drive.

John W


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: DStein on July 11, 2011, 12:34:02 PM
Oh gosh I guess the polite thing would be to say hello after lurking forever...
Hi from Plano!
-David


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on July 11, 2011, 08:52:29 PM
Hey David

John W


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Pksurveyor on July 12, 2011, 08:37:29 AM
Paul from Houston here.  I will be picking up my Mini from Georgia now restoration is finished.  Looking forward to join you guys in upcoming activities. 


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on July 12, 2011, 05:56:54 PM
Nice looking ride


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Nooner on December 18, 2013, 12:38:46 AM
Hello! New R56 Mini Cooper S owner here in Austin! Look forward to meeting you guys.  ;)


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John W on December 21, 2013, 10:24:24 AM
Welcome


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: BritBits on December 21, 2013, 11:12:38 AM
'56 Mini?  Sure it's not a Minor?

Ohhhhh, it's one of those new BMW Minis. 

Welcome.

Jim
'63 Austin Cooper


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: LTDAIGLE on October 16, 2017, 07:15:44 AM
Hello,

I'm Todd and new to the MOT.  I will be retiring from the Air Force May 1st and moving down to the San Antonio area around Feb.  Good to see fellow classic mini owners around.  I have a 1989 Austin Mini Mayfair that I brought back from England with me.  I also brought back a 1986 Land Rover Defender 90.  Can't wait to get to TX and continue working on these two cars.  I'm not a mechanic by no means but I can make my way around them and tinker and fix them up.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Wings on October 16, 2017, 04:36:48 PM
Congrats on your impending retirement and good luck with your 'toys'. I'm glad you found the group.

Paul


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: 1071das on October 18, 2017, 01:27:21 PM
Hi, all.

I am Derek Salvage, returning to the fold after a lapse of many years. Now retired in Spring, Texas. Still have my 1964 1071 S which I am slowly getting road worthy again. Now registered and running, but very rough at low revs. Still, better than before !
Have lost rack of who is still around to work on these cars. Graham Davies did a great job on re-building the motor but that was nearly 10 years ago. Any pointers on who is still around would be welcome!


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Velopackrat on October 20, 2017, 08:16:01 AM
Derek,
Congrats on getting back to your 1071 S.  I have a '67 1275 S and there is a fellow in Austin that has a couple of them.  I had a car like yours but sold it.  Regretting that decision.  Post up pics of your old car!
Why do you figure it's running bad?
Regards,
Chris


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John Lieberman on November 09, 2017, 08:39:34 PM
Hi, all!  Just letting everybody know that I'm still alive and well in Shreveport and so is the AutoX Mini, 30 years into the mission, although it is in need of a good "freshening" before next season. 

Toward that end, now is still a great time to buy parts directly from England.  Even though the exchange rate isn't quite as good as it was a couple of months ago when I ordered my front alloy brakes and wheels from Mini Sport, it's still much better than it used to be.  One US dollar today equals one GB pound.  As an example of how this can save you money, I just got a shipment today from Mini Spares.  I got Mahle (Vandervell VP2) main and rod bearings, thrust washers, a high-capacity water pump, and a full gasket set for $125.  DHL Express shipping from the UK was $23 and that was the lowest shipping rate offered.

On the tire mounting issue, I recently took a couple of fresh Hoosier slicks (20.5x7-13) to a local independent tire shop where I had recently bought new tires for my pick-em-up truck and asked if they could mount them on my 13x6 Diamond Racing rims.  "Sure!  We can do that."  Right!  Apparently, this guy had never mounted slicks before.  They've got a bead that's even more rigid than the Yokos.  The old ones came off the rims with no problem at all and the new ones went on just as easily.  But, he had a bee-itch of a time trying to get the bead to seat on the new ones.  He cussed the tires up one side and down the other.  Then he cussed me up and down, too.  But, eventually, he got them mounted and then told me to never bring him any more!!!  He only charged me $10 per wheel to mount the new slicks and dispose of the old ones.


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: John Lieberman on November 09, 2017, 08:55:44 PM
Hi, all.

I am Derek Salvage, returning to the fold after a lapse of many years. Now retired in Spring, Texas. Still have my 1964 1071 S which I am slowly getting road worthy again. Now registered and running, but very rough at low revs. Still, better than before !
Have lost rack of who is still around to work on these cars. Graham Davies did a great job on re-building the motor but that was nearly 10 years ago. Any pointers on who is still around would be welcome!


Graham retired several years ago for health reasons and sold off everything in his shop before moving to the northeast to be with his family.  I bought a ton of parts from him when he shut down, including the motor that's in my car right now and the trailer I use to haul it to events.

Since I'm in Louisiana, I'm not sure who in Houston, San Antonio, or Austin still works on Minis.  There's Kip Motors in DFW but I can't help you with anything closer to the Houston area. 


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: DHaus on March 12, 2018, 09:37:37 PM
New guy here in Wylie, TX just outside of Dallas. I just picked up a 1974 Mini with a 1380 swifttune motor. Itís a nice runner but can use a little tweaking. Iíve had many classic American cars from the 50s and 60s, but only a few European models like three Porsche 914ís and a 63 MG Midget with a 998cc motor.

Iím looking forward to enjoying this Mini!


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: BritBits on March 12, 2018, 10:37:30 PM
Welcome to our group!   I'm just a few miles north of Wylie, on the north side of Lucas.   

I don't know what you've figured out so far, we are an "unclub" of clubs.   No dues, no set meetings, no newsletter.  We are really just a group of Mini owners pulled together by our common interest in the Mini (and now MINI too).

I currently have 3 Mk 1s, a 63 Austin Cooper 997, a '61 Morris Mini done up as a Cooper S vintage racer and a '60 Morris project car.

April is the Dallas All British and European car day at White Rock Lake.   September there is the Texas All British Car Day in Round Rock, just north of Austin.   

Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
'63 Austin Cooper and a few other toys


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: Wings on March 14, 2018, 03:34:20 PM
New guy here in Wylie, TX just outside of Dallas. I just picked up a 1974 Mini with a 1380 swifttune motor. Itís a nice runner but can use a little tweaking. Iíve had many classic American cars from the 50s and 60s, but only a few European models like three Porsche 914ís and a 63 MG Midget with a 998cc motor.

Iím looking forward to enjoying this Mini!

Welcome to the group. I look forward to seeing your Mini one of these days.

Paul


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: DHaus on April 12, 2018, 08:12:36 PM
Thanks for the welcome everyone!

Yes, Lucas is not that far at all. We pass through there sometimes on our way to McKinney, trying to avoid 75.  ;D After quite a bit of diving in my Mini I realized it must have sat for a while. The tires looked nice but quickly started splitting so I replaced them with new A008s. The motor acceleration seems a bit flat, so I think I'm going to start with a compression test, ignition tune up, and carb fiddling. Most stuff looks a little aged, but the plugs seem new. They are B8ES NGKs, but I think 7's might be a better fit. We'll give everything a freshening up and see where it's at then.

Dan


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: BritBits on April 12, 2018, 08:29:00 PM
Hi Dan,

I am running BP5s in my street car and BP7s in the race Mini (1275S, 11:1 compression, Weber side draft) and that worked well.   NGKs get cooler as the number goes up.   

I'm guessing you're on the west side of McKinney, I'm on the east side outside the city limits.


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves
Post by: MPlayle on April 13, 2018, 09:22:09 AM
The NGK BP6ES seems to be the popular choice for street Minis.