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1  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Keys for early Mk 1s? on: August 30, 2018, 10:28:18 PM
It sure is a small world, Jim, and we Classic Mini owners need to stick together.  Our numbers are getting smaller every day but some of us still love our Classic Minis, along with all of their potential, and we need to stick together to exchange thoughts and ideas as well as spare parts.  I have a ton of spare MkI and MkII parts here in Shreveport and I know that you have an even bigger supply in your barn in McKinney.  So we need to make those parts available to anybody who might want or need them.
2  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Keys for early Mk 1s? on: August 30, 2018, 08:47:19 PM
Those would appear to be the correct key codes -- one for the ignition and the other for the doors and boot.  I don't have either on my '65 autox car because I made them all go away many years ago.  But I did have to buy key blanks to have a second set of keys made for the '71 that I sold to a guy in Denver earlier this year and those designations look right for it. 

I had a bee-itch of a time trying to find a key blank for the locking vented gas cap on my '65.  Turns out that a US-made JMA PJ-2 is perfect for that application.  I had one made by a company in England, using the code on the original key.  But, even though the notches were correct, they were about 1/16-inch away from where they should have been.  I finally found a US supplier that had the blank and took it to my local key shop to have it cut.  That one worked just fine. 
3  General Discussions / The Lounge / Happy Birthday! on: May 07, 2018, 10:14:40 PM
This coming Wednesday, May 9th, will mark the 20th anniversary of MOT.  This merry little band of Miniacs and, later, MINIacs was officially born on May 9th, 1998, in the bus at what was then called Rooty's at Broadway and Loop 410 in San Antonio.  Since then, we've been able to pick up new members along the way while we lost some of our original members.  So, from your ad-hoc administrator to all of my fellow Mini and MINI enthusiasts, let's do whatever we can to keep this merry little band going and growing for many years to come.
4  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: May 03, 2018, 07:51:35 PM
Hey, Derek!

Good to have you back in the fold again.  You've been absent far too long!!!

Have you checked for vacuum leaks?  As long as that car has sat up, the rubber hoses could have cracked and deteriorated.  The wet plugs on 1 & 2 would tend to indicate that the front carb is too rich.  Try tightening the adjustment nut a couple of flats on that carb to see if you can get those two cylinders to run a little bit leaner. 
5  General Discussions / Events / Re: Dallas ABCD&E 2018 May 6th 2018 White Rock Lake on: April 06, 2018, 06:47:30 PM
I'm pretty sure we do still have a banner but I have absolutely no idea who's got it!!  Anybody know?
6  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Mini/AA 1098, anyone running one, building tips appreciated on: March 29, 2018, 05:52:01 PM
Next AutoX here is 4/22.

I checked the tag on the motor -- 99H997P  169938 -- which tells me it's an A+ 998 that was made after '85 with flat top pistons, a center tang in the main cap, and circlip-mounted wristpins.

The head on my car right now is an 11-stud 12G940 that I got in a whole pile of parts when Graham was liquidating his shop in Austin.  I'm not really sure he knew exactly what he was selling me for $600.  In addition to that 12G940, there were also a couple of 12G1316 smog heads, the motor that's in the car now, a pile of clutch discs, the fender flares, and Lord knows what else.  Filled half of my pickup truck bed.  The next weekend, I went back and got his trailer for $500!   
7  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Mini/AA 1098, anyone running one, building tips appreciated on: March 29, 2018, 12:09:55 AM
I can't help you with the 1098, Jim, because I have no experience with that motor.  However, I do know that build-up parts for it are not that common.

However, if you'd like to go with a 998, I've got an A+ one here that I'll GIVE you (or anybody else who might be interested) if you'll drive to Shreveport and pick it up.  It came with one of the parts cars that I've bought over the years.

The motor and head are intact -- and in dire need of rebuilding -- but most of the ancillary parts are missing.  There's no gearbox and no dizzy, flywheel housing, dipstick tube, or spin-on oil filter assembly.  However, I believe I've got a flywheel housing, Verto clutch assembly, and oil filter assembly that I'll be glad to toss in with the take-away deal.

Again, it's free for the taking if anybody wants to come and get it.

JL
 
8  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Vandalism on: February 20, 2018, 03:06:34 PM
I don't think they were "after" anything, Paul.  If so, there were plenty of things they could have taken from the AutoX Mini or the shelves adjacent to the cars.  They were just out to vandalize.  They didn't touch anything except Mercedes and they sure made a mess of her.  Both doors were locked so they didn't get inside.  No telling what else they would have torn up if the doors weren't locked.  The car was backed up all the way to the wall, with the AutoX Mini in front of it, so they couldn't get into the boot, either
9  Technical Forums / Projects / Vandalism on: February 19, 2018, 08:41:36 PM
Sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, somebody vandalized my '71 project Mini.  They didn't take anything from the car or from under my carport.  Nor did they touch the AutoX Mini parked in front of it.  They just cut and ripped the heavy-duty Coverking car cover that was protecting Mercedes all to shreds and then ripped out and/or cut every bit of wiring and tubing that they could reach with the grill removed and the bonnet closed -- as well as puting a serious dent in the front bumper.  Apparently, they couldn't figure out how to open the bonnet, or the damage might have been even worse.  It's a several hundred dollar mess and will require a whole new wiring harness plus a lot of new tubing to get it back up to snuff. 
I filed a police report and the officer who investigated found some blood on the driver's side door, so she made a DNA swab of it.  There was no way to get any usable fingerprints, even though there were hand and finger print smudges all over the front end, because they were all rain-smeared.  Hopefully, the DNA evidence will lead to somebody who's already in the system as a previous offender, but it's going to take the crime lab a few weeks to process that evidence because of their backload.
10  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: Website Update on: February 19, 2018, 08:08:25 PM
I just got another bill today from 2by2 host for $138 to renew our website hosting for another 2 years.  I've paid that bill, too, which leaves us with a balance of $109.32 in our bank account.  That's hardly enough to keep this website/forum up and running again the next time we get a bill.  So, if you like this forum and would like to see it continue, please considering donating something, anything, to get our bank account back up to where it should be.  PM me and I'll give you the information on where you can send your checks and/or how to donate directly to my PayPal account.  All of your donations are deposited into our MOT account at Red River Bank.  I don't do this for any personal gain.  I do it because I love my Minis and I hope you love yours as much as I do.  Please help support the continued operation of this site. 
11  General Discussions / Our New Board / Website Update on: February 01, 2018, 09:14:08 PM
I was notified today that our miniownersoftexas.com domain name is set to expire in a month -- on 3/3/18.  So I have renewed it for another five years at a cost of $100.  That leaves us with a balance of $247.32 in our treasury.  Donations are always welcome to keep us up and running for years to come but, at this point, I see no need to solicit additional funds.  I just wanted to bring you up to date on where we stand.
Thank you all for your interest in MOT.  I sure would like to see more activity on this forum and among our members but that's up to you.  We're coming up on our 20th anniversary later this year -- specifically, on May 9th -- and it would be really great if we could put together a huge MOT gathering somewhere in central Texas.  Whatcha tink?!?  Any volunteers?
I'm in Shreveport, LA, and it's rather hard for me to plan something in central Texas.
JL
12  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: AutoX Mini upgrades on: January 24, 2018, 08:00:31 PM
That's what it was--the pics were too big.  They're now in an album called "AutoX Mini Upgrades."
13  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: AutoX Mini upgrades on: January 24, 2018, 01:22:03 PM
That's exactly what I did but I got an error message.  Ah, wait -- I'll bet the files are too big!!!  I'll reduce them in size and see what happens then
14  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: AutoX Mini upgrades on: January 23, 2018, 08:12:54 PM
Can anybody refresh my memory on how to post photos from my computer to our Media Gallery?
15  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: AutoX Mini upgrades on: January 23, 2018, 06:53:20 PM
Hmmm...  Guess I'll have to come up with something else
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