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1  Technical Forums / Projects / Simple project -- NOT! on: November 29, 2021, 12:40:21 AM
Started on what should have been a very simple project on Li'l Red today -- mounting some 6-1/2 inch speakers in the rear parcel shelf.  But I quickly discovered that a previous owner had really butchered the metal there.  He'd cut some jagged holes for some off-size speakers -- too big for 6-1/2" and too small for 8".  So, I had to cut some metal plates to cover the old jagged holes and give me a clean surface to start over again.  I was able to mark the speaker positions on the underside of the carpet that covers the parcel shelf and then remove the carpet so I could cut the holes for the speakers.  Now I'll be able to use that carpet as a template to mark where I need to cut the new metal plates so the speakers will just drop in.   Fortunately, the weather here is supposed to be really nice for most of the next week so I should have plenty of time to do it right before the weather turns nasty again.  Simple project?  NOT!!!  It's turned out to be a complicated mess!
John

2  Classifieds / Parts For Sale/Wanted / Rear seat needed on: November 18, 2021, 07:40:48 PM
Hi, fellow Miniacs.  I received the following message today and was wondering if any of you might be able to help him:

Hi I’m a member of MOTR, Minis of the Rockies.   

I’m flying to San Antonio this Saturday to collect a 1990 Rover Mini Mayfair I recently bought.  The car is decent but it’s missing a rear seat and I thought I might enquire and see if anyone between San Antonio north through Lubbock and Amarillo might have one to sell.

I pickup the car Sunday and I’m off Monday morning, after getting some new tires installed, back to Denver.  We’ll be spending Monday night in Amarillo.

If you could post and ask on your forum I would appreciate any leads.

Cordially,
Tom Woodward

1990 Mini Mayfair “Shakes"
2006 MINI R50 “Skeeter'
2011 MINI R57 “BB*
2015 MINI r60 “Olaf”

Thanks a bunch.
John
3  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Just checking in.... on: September 25, 2021, 08:39:09 AM
Welcome home!
4  General Discussions / The Lounge / Happy Birthday! on: August 26, 2021, 09:17:40 AM
This day, August 26th, is a landmark day in the history of the little British cars that we all love so much.  It was on August 26, 1959 that the Mini was first introduced to the public.  So, Happy Birthday Mini!!!
5  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: good source for Sheet metal? on: August 16, 2021, 06:56:13 PM
Even with the exorbitant cost of shipping across the pond, he might still come out better in the long run by shopping some of the major British suppliers like Mini Spares or Mini Sport.
There's also Sommerford Mini, Rimmer Brothers, and a few others whose names escape me at the moment.  I know some of them carry genuine British Heritage body parts.

John
6  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Dfw mini mechanics on: June 28, 2021, 09:50:26 PM
They specialize in Nash Metropolitans and British taxis but they'll work on any British car and several of our Mini owners in the DFW area have used them before.  If it's British, they'll work on it.
7  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Dfw mini mechanics on: June 28, 2021, 07:36:40 PM
A lot of people use Kip Motor Company in Dallas
8  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: A new Mini in McKinney on: April 03, 2021, 04:42:41 PM
Well, alright!  Now we've got two Jims in McKinney with Minis.  Except, last I heard, Jim Gambony was working in Denver.

John
9  Technical Forums / Projects / AutoX Mini update on: April 01, 2021, 10:14:09 PM
I got the permanent fuel cell mount secured in the spare tire well of the AutoX car and the fuel cell mounted to it.  Piece o' cake and it works like a charm.

Next project was to replace a leaking freeze plug in the block.  No prob there.  But I had to order some from England because I couldn't find any of the same design here in the U.S.

After that, the next project was replacing the HS2 (1-1/4 inch) carbs, that have been on the car since I built it back in the late '80s, with HS4s (1-1/2 inch).  Had to order a new manifold and, when I got it, had to take it to the machine shop to get it grooved out for the locating rings.  Did a test fit today and discovered that I've got interference between the manifold and the center tube of the LCB, so I'm going to have to do a little bit of grinding to get everything to fit properly.

If it ain't one thing, it's another!!!
 
10  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Denver Bound.... again on: December 31, 2020, 01:49:58 PM
Moving all of those cars and parts is going to be quite a job!  Hope everything works out well for you, Jim.
11  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Denver Bound.... again on: November 01, 2020, 11:51:29 PM
Good luck, Jim.  Hope it works out well for you.
12  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Fuel cell on: September 16, 2020, 07:22:11 PM
Actually, Jim, that's what the square-tube frame will do.  Yes, I do plan to bolt the upper and lower disks together through the boot floor.  The square-tube frame would be welded to the top of the upper disk and the fuel cell would attach to the top of that frame with mounting straps.  The two outputs from the bottom of the fuel cell would be joined together with a Y-fitting and the hose would be routed through a grommeted hole in the side of the spare tire well to the filter and pump.  I just have to get the fuel cell up high enough to get a good gravity feed to the filter and pump.  If I can't get it up high enough with a single layer of square tubing, I may have to add a second layer on top of that. But, since I can't weld, I'm going to have to pay somebody to do it for me.   
13  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Fuel cell on: September 16, 2020, 05:34:15 PM
Thanks, Jim.  That's kind of along the lines of what I've been thinking.  I want to cut a 1/4-inch-thick metal disk to fit in the bottom of the spare tire well and another just like it, with the rear portion cut off to accommodate the subframe, that would fit under the spare tire well.  Then I want to built a frame out of 2" or 3" square tubing to go on top of the upper disk and the two straps for the fuel cell would attach to the top of that frame.
14  General Discussions / The Lounge / Happy Birthday Mini on: August 26, 2020, 09:35:51 AM
The iconic little car that we all love so much is 61 years old today.  It was first unveiled to the public on August 26th, 1959.
15  Technical Forums / Projects / Fuel cell on: August 15, 2020, 10:19:52 PM
Just out of curiosity, have any of you ever removed the fuel tank from a Mk1 or Mk2 Mini and installed a fuel cell to replace it in the middle of the boot?  I'm getting ready to do that now with my '65 autocross car and I'm having a devil of a time trying to figure out how to effectively mount it.  It's only a 4-gallon RCI cell, made down the road in Tyler, so it doesn't take up much space.  BUT, for the life of me, I can't come up with an effective support structure to which I can mount it because the boot floor is so uneven.  Any ideas?
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