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1  General Discussions / The Lounge / Looking for new Admin on: October 16, 2013, 11:16:24 AM
For various personal reasons and circumstances I am getting out of Minis.

As such, I would like to step down as Admin of the forum.  I have been in touch with John Leiberman about this and we would like to get someone to volunteer to take over the forum Admin duties.

Please contact John or me if you are sincerely interested.

M. Playle
2  General Discussions / Events / Re: 2013 TXABCD in Round Rock, Texas on: October 09, 2013, 07:10:52 PM
I do have to thank Jim very much for being brave enough to ride as navigator in the sidecar, let alone in the wet.

I have to admit I really enjoyed the show and rally this year despite the wet.  It was fun to do something different (if slightly crazy).

Michael Playle
3  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Rubber cone compression tool on: September 16, 2013, 08:02:27 AM
Where are you located?  I am in Austin and have one.  If you are local, I am willing to loan it to you and offer assistance.

M. Playle

If contact by direct email is preferred: mplayle13 -at- gmail -dot- com
or 2-1-0-2-5-4-7-3-4-1 (cell)
4  Technical Forums / Modifications and Upgrades / Re: Radiator on: September 15, 2013, 09:08:26 AM
When I've needed/wanted improved cooling, I've gone with the "Super 2-Core".  They tend to be pretty much a direct fit for all applications (1-piece and 2-piece shrouds).  All of my Minis were road cars.

The aluminum radiators can have a wide range of quality and reviews.  Some say they are not quite as good for the heat transfer, some cheaper ones have poor build quality, etc.  There are good ones available and some folks prefer them over the "Super 2-core".  I have heard that most of the aluminum radiators take a bit more "fiddling" to install initially.
5  General Discussions / Events / Re: LeMons in Houston - request for help on: September 12, 2013, 06:11:17 PM
Posted on behalf of Mike Spangler:

Does anyone in the Houston area have a hydrolastic suspension pump that could be borrowed to save Mike having to ship his?

Contact Mike at the number in the previous post.

6  General Discussions / Events / LeMons in Houston - request for help on: September 04, 2013, 01:07:20 PM
Posted on behalf of Mike Spangler (aka: "Spank" on Mini Mania):

"Spank" here from the mania forum.

Reason I'm emailing is to see if there are any adventurous types in MOT. I posted on the Mania forum but realize that's certainly not the center of the universe in terms of my "target audience" for this...

I've teamed up with a Brit (Peter) who lives in Houston and we're going to be building an Austin America (or 2) for the upcoming 24 Hour LeMons race at MSR Houston Sept 28-29. I am flying in Thursday afternoon and expect/hope to get right to wrenching on them.

"Them" are some Austin Americas that were sourced and purchased off of the local craigslist by Peter. They are in a sorry state of course. I'm pre-bending and pre-notching some rollcages and pretty much amassing and pre-assembling as much as I can from here so that when I arrive the cars will be as close to like building a model as possible. Flaring all new brake lines, pre-assembling front hubs, making wiring harness stubs and so on. I'm even making some patch panels and doing as much as I can possibly accomplish from afar.

I'm not Superman and certainly can't do it all myself once I get there.

Is / Are there any members of MOT who may be interested in helping with this mad thrash, whether it be for the duration or even if just for a couple of hours? We're working on securing a garage or dedicated space at the actual track to facilitate the build. And if anyone is actually interested in driving in LeMons, there are driver openings available as well (for those who can share in the cost of the expenses). Race and series details can be found at

Is this something that may be appropriate to post on the MOT forum? I know it's not Mini related, but it is identical mechanics. I'm figuring people can work in sub-teams to go through motors/transmissions, brakes, suspension, wiring, and welders to weld in the cages. I would happily post and regularly follow up on that topic if you don't think it would be out of scope for a forum posting on your club website.

Thanks for your time,
--Mike "Spank" Spangler
7  General Discussions / Events / Re: 2013 TXABCD in Round Rock, Texas on: September 03, 2013, 06:44:56 PM
I will be there, although not with a Mini - currently still Mini-less.

I will have my Royal Enfield with sidecar there.  Supposed to be in the "Special Interest" class this year.

8  General Discussions / Events / 2013 TXABCD in Round Rock, Texas on: August 13, 2013, 08:07:56 PM
The 23rd Texas All British Car Days will be held the last weekend of September, Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, 2013.

We are looking into several special events to add to the schedule. Keep an eye on the TXABCD site for details.

Highlights of the 2013 Event
  • Hospitality Suite at Springhill Suites Hotel.
  • Discounted Rooms at Springhill Suites Hotel.
  • Rallye on Saturday.
  • Dinner After the Rallye with live entertainment.
  • All British Car Show on Sunday at Old Settlers Park.

Benefits a local charity:  A portion of the proceeds from the 2013 show will be  donated to The Open Door Preschool.

Basic Details:
$20 Per Car Early Registration/$25 Per Car Regular Registration.
Sunday Show is Free to public – Bring the Family!
Awards Presented For All Car Classes.
Door Prizes for Registrants.
Club Basket Silent Auction – You don’t want to miss this!

Further details and registration information/forms on the TXABCD site

9  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Re: 1978 Leyland Mini Pickup on: July 16, 2013, 08:18:36 AM

I would be strongly interested.  Right now I am actually in the UK for the next 10 days.  I just started a new contract position and am over here to meet with the research group on the project.  (I will be a US based contractor on a UK contract for a UK start up company.)

I will need to see how a few things play out over my time here and the first few days back in Austin.  I will be in touch shortly after I get back.

Michael Playle

10  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Re: Yellow 1961 Mini for sale - SOLD on: April 29, 2013, 05:50:06 PM

It sold today.  Went to a new home still in Austin.  New member David Sinclair (he should introduce himself one of these days soon).

Sad to see it drive away, but its new owner is really stoked.  I'm sure its off to a good home.

11  General Discussions / Events / Re: 2013 Spring Drive on: April 20, 2013, 06:49:46 PM
A successful drive.  Attended by two cars: Jim Davidson in his maroon 'S' and myself (plus a friend) in my yellow "Mr Bitsa".

A very pleasant day for the drive - cool temperatures, bright sunshine, beautiful scenery all nice and green from the few recent rains.  Jim declared the route "a keeper" to do again in the future.

Sorry nobody else made it for the drive.
12  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Re: Yellow 1961 Mini for sale on: April 18, 2013, 06:57:49 AM
Not sure what would be next.
13  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Yellow 1961 Mini for sale on: April 16, 2013, 09:31:09 PM

I'm putting "Mr. Bitsa" up for sale.  I am offering the car here first.  He is a true 1961 MK-I Mini that has seen lots of previous owner modifications, though he does retain many early features.  He still has his original floor starter!  Currently running a recently rebuilt 1275 A-series (pre-Verto) bored +040 to 1310cc with rod-change transmission (3.44 final drive).

Asking $13,500 (obo).
Contact me by:

Clear Texas title - registered through 6/2013, inspected through 9/2013

It comes with many spare bits/parts: spare transmission with 3.1 final drive, many gaskets, spare 3.44 final drive set, crank harmonic balancer, starter, brake parts, generator and many others.

I have uploaded about 69 pictures in the following album here on the MOT forum site (in the Media section).

Yellow Mini for Sale Album

I have not done any body work since getting Mr. Bitsa about two years ago.  I have concentrated on many mechanical refurbishments and interior cleanup.  The highlights of the work done:
  • 7.5" front disk brake upgrade
  • replaced rear brakes
  • replaced all shocks
  • 4 new rubber cones
  • new hi-lo adjustable trumpets and knuckle joints front and rear
  • refurbished front suspension (upper and lower arms)
  • new exhaust system
  • new lower engine steady kits with poly bushings
  • new wiring harness throughout
  • complete rebuild of engine:
  • new pistons and rings
  • new crank and bearings
  • new cam and bearings
  • new timing chain and tensioner
  • new valves, hardened seats, guides and seals
  • new rocker shaft
  • new Mikuni carb modified for automotive application
  • new intake manifold and LCB header with O2 sensor port
  • replaced all heater hoses and radiator hoses
  • replaced oil cooler lines
  • alternator conversion (including conversion to negative ground)
  • electric manually switched fan for oil cooler
  • auxiliary thermostatically controller electric fan for radiator
  • new clutch disk, flywheel, back plate, sprig diaphragm, arm, and slave cylinder
  • new seals and gaskets
  • new pot joints (rebuilt)
  • refurbished the axles
  • all new modern gauges including electronic speedometer, tach, fuel, water, oil, air/fuel
  • new custom dash and covering
  • replaced all carpeting
  • new door and boot latches on matching key set
  • new wiper arms
  • refurbished the wiper motor and linkages
14  General Discussions / Events / Re: First Ever TXABCD Spring Driving Event! on: April 01, 2013, 06:19:39 PM
<Posted on behalf of Jim Icenhower - TXABCD Spring Poker Rally Details>

Who: You and your British car buddies!
What: TXABCD Spring Poker Rallye to The Salt Lick
When: May 4th, 2013
Where: Sign in Starts at 8:30 am at Randalls -  5145 N FM 620  Austin, TX

We will start at the new Randall's at 5145 N. FM 620 @ Quinlan Park Rd and end at the Salt Lick for a lunch with all our British car friends.
There is a Starbucks in the Randall's and a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the parking lot.
This is a 5 card poker run. No money is involved but you will get bragging rights and a prize if you win!
Detailed tulip route instructions will be distributed at the start.
Even though there is no entrance fee, please rsvp so we can print the correct number of instruction packets and plan for lunch.
Sign in and get instructions from TXABCD folks in yellow shirts on the south end of the Randall's parking lot.

This is intended to be a fun and relaxing drive with our friends and all their British marques.
There is no entrance fee for this drive. It's open to all street legal British cars, vintage and new.
The drive should take about 90 minutes.

The Salt Lick is cash only and BYOB. They now sell beer and wine next door if you want to buy some there. Lunch is not included. You must purchase your own.
This is not a race. Obey all traffic laws.
If you enjoy getting together with other British car enthusiasts and enjoy cruising in your British car, plan to join us Saturday, May 4.

RSVP to [email protected]. Tell us how many people will be in the car and if you are planning to join us for lunch.

Email me at [email protected] with any questions or comments.
15  General Discussions / Events / All British & European car Day (White Rock Lake) on: March 26, 2013, 10:59:08 AM
All British & European Car Day

When: Sunday, May 5th, 10am - 4pm

Back by popular demand, the venue for the 28th Annual Exposition will be Dreyfuss Club Point, right on the shore of White Rock Lake.  We'll be sure and have a light breeze, a blacktop surface (in case of rain), plus grassy surroundings with picnic facilities. Come and join other vintage enthusiasts displaying over 200 vehicles for your pleasure. Gate opens at 10:00 AM; award presentation around 3:30 pm.

Full details and registration information at the following website:

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