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1  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 30, 2018, 07:31:06 PM
Update...  I got a DHL package yesterday from the seller containing the Bill of Sale and British Registration form.  Today, I got an email from the broker that's handling all of the Customs paperwork and duty fees for me saying that it's scheduled to load in England on 12/9 with an ETA in Galveston of 12/27.  So it won't get here before Christmas but still close enough that I can call it a Christmas present to myself.
Since my initial purchase, the seller has renewed the front and rear brakes -- replaced the radiator -- put new bushings in the engine steady -- repaired some faulty wiring -- and replaced a leaky exhaust.  He's also removed the flimsy "custom" dash and returned it to a normal center pod.  But he's also including the removed dash panels in case I want to try to find a more secure method of mounting them.  All of this was done at no additional cost to me.
Looks like I picked the right guy to do business with!   
2  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 08, 2018, 12:56:50 AM
Yep!  Sounds like the same guy I talked to about those same cars back in the late 80s.  It was either take all or take none and I had no place to store all of them here in Shreveport so I told him he was really losing out on money by not agreeing to sell them one car at a time.  He just brushed me off like he knew what he was doing.  WRONG!!!  You know the results of that decision as well as I do!!!

3  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Bitsa, anyone? on: November 08, 2018, 12:34:12 AM
I'd be leery about that one.  It looks sweet in the photos but there are just too many things about it that just don't add up.
4  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 08, 2018, 12:23:28 AM
Those sound like the same cars I looked at after I bought my 65 in 86 to turn it into a race car.  I really wanted one of those pickups so I could drop a 1275 into it and use it to tow the race car but the guy wouldn't even think about selling one pickup by itself.  He wanted to sell the whole lot.  Because of his reluctance to sell them one-at-a-time, he let the dreaded tin worm get to all of them and then nobody wanted any of them after that.  Don't know what ever became of them

5  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Bitsa, anyone? on: November 08, 2018, 12:12:07 AM
He calls it a 67 Mk1 but, if it's really a 67, it would be a Mk2.  Plus, the tail lights have an amber top half.  The top half should be red, like the bottom half if it's an early model.
6  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 07, 2018, 11:28:31 PM
Thanks, Jim

The seller would have converted it to LHD for an additional $600 but I decided to leave it RHD since the last LHD car sold in the US was in 67 and the last one sold in Canada was in 69.  Since this one is an 81, and it's coming from England, I decided to leave it RHD for authenticity.  I can always convert it to LHD later on if I should decide to do so.  Besides, converting it to LHD might not have agreed with the custom dash.

I've been shopping for a place in proximity to my house where I can store it when I'm not driving it and I think I finally found the perfect place today.  It will fit with room to spare in a 10X15 storage space but the place I found today is out of them for $66/month.  However, they've got a bunch of 10X20s for $77/month.  That's way too big for the little car but it's plenty big enough to hold my pick-em-up truck when I take the Mini out for a drive.  So I think that's the way I'm going to go with it.

For a little more than $100/month, I can insure it for $12K and drive it up to 7500 miles/year as well as keep it securely stored when I'm not driving it.

7  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: October 31, 2018, 04:48:21 PM
Here's a link to the eBay ad with a whole bunch of photos: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1981-Mini-Classic-Mini-/401619153142?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137

JL
8  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: October 26, 2018, 09:51:52 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Michael and Jim.  The guy I'm buying it from has a 100% positive rating on eBay, and he's been on there for several years, so he's obviously sent other Minis from the UK to the US and knows what he's doing.  He's already set up everything with the customs broker he usually uses here so it SHOULD be clean sailing when I drive down to Galveston to pick it up in a couple of weeks and then drag it back to Shreveport to get it registered here. 
I've also contacted USAA to see what it would take to add it to my existing insurance policy and they've referred me to American Collectors Insurance which covers cars like this for them.  It will only cost me $326.79/year -- $27.23/month -- to insure it for $12K with up to 7500 miles/year of driving.  Now I just have to find a fully-enclosed, lockable, storage place where I can keep it when I'm not driving it because I don't have a garage and that's one of their insurance requirements. 
As for the extra 1275s, Jim, I don't want to rock the boat.  I think I've already snared a pretty good deal on this car and I sure don't want to complicate the issue!!!  I do, however, have a deal working with a guy in south Louisiana who's parting out a 1275 Mini that he got from Central America.  He's going to sell me the engine and rod-change gearbox for $2500!
9  Technical Forums / Projects / Bought another Mini on: October 25, 2018, 03:55:14 PM
Well, I did it.  I bought another Mini!  Got it on eBay from a guy in England who also has a US business in Colorado.  It's a white-over-red '81 with a 1275, sunroof, custom dash, and leather interior.  It's got a current MOT and all of the paperwork is in order.  He'd set a "Buy it Now" price of $6K but he also had a "Best Offer" option so I waited until the very last seconds of the auction and offered him $5K.  Much to my surprise, he accepted my offer!  Add in $1500 to ship it from Hull, UK, to Galveston and I got it for $6500.  He would have converted it to LHD for another $600 but I decided to leave it RHD -- at least for now.  It'll be a couple of weeks before it gets here so, for now, I'll just have to sit and wait.
10  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.
11  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. 
12  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.
13  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. 
14  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?
15  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!   
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