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1  General Discussions / The Lounge / Chance to make $$$ on: August 01, 2019, 10:21:24 PM
If you've got a New MINI, and you'd like to make a few bucks, I offer you this opportunity that was sent to me.  Mind you, I don't put a whole lot of trust in this but it is a reputable company:

Good morning,

My Name is Kim, I work with Murray Hill National (,

we are a national marketing research company. I currently have a project on a automobiles and we are looking for individuals who own Mini Coopers, new & used, (Hatch & Countryman only) to participate. The study is a 45 minute online survey, that we send via email, with an honorarium of $90 (paid via PayPal or paper check) for your participation. If you are interested or having any questions, please feel free to contact me via email, or at my direct line 972-598-0333.

If you're interested, take your chances!  Her email address is:  [email protected]


2  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Speedo cable on: July 27, 2019, 09:14:49 PM
For those of you with classic Minis, the day may come when you have to replace your speedometer cable.  Having just gone through this on my '81, I can tell you that it will really leave you scratching your head about how to get it loose from the gearbox if you've got a rod-change gearbox with pot-joint axles.  You can't get to it from the bottom because the pot-joint is in the way and you can't get to it from the top because the lower radiator hose is in the way. 
I found that if you drain the coolant and remove the lower radiator hose you can get to it from the top.  But the cable end is usually stuck to the gearbox with years of built-up grime and you can't unscrew it by hand or get a tool in there.  Never fear! 
If you come back at it from under the car with a long 3/8-inch wrench, you can remove the single bolt that holds the speedo drive cover in place.  Actually, you just loosen it from below and then go back in from above and remove the bolt.  Then you can remove the cable and drive assembly in toto from the top.  Once it's out, you can remove the cable from the drive with a pair of pliers, thoroughly clean the drive, attach the new cable, and then drop the whole thing back in place from the top.  Get the bolt started from the top and, when you can't screw it in any more by hand, go back under the car and tighten it the rest of the way with the wrench.  Just make sure that you have another gasket on hand in case you mess up the old one when you remove the drive.
Attaching the other end to the speedo is a piece o' cake if you've got dual carbs.  If you've got a single carb, you'll probably need to remove the air cleaner to give you better access to the back of the speedo.
Unless you've got a relatively new lower radiator hose, it's probably a good idea to go ahead and replace it while you've got the old one out. 
3  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Shocks on: May 09, 2019, 11:53:02 PM
I put A509s on my Shelby Charger way back when.  At first, they felt really "greasy" on the street.  But after about 100 miles on the street and a couple of autocrosses, they really started to come in nicely.  The were still on the car when I traded it for my Daytona Shelby Z.
4  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Shocks on: May 07, 2019, 12:24:06 AM
I know a couple of guys who run American Racer slicks on their Prepared autox cars and they swear by them.  I don't know what they make in anything other than a slick but it would certainly be worth pursuing.
5  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Shocks on: May 06, 2019, 11:34:26 PM
Hoosier makes a great 10-inch slick, Jim, that a lot of guys I know are running on their FM cars.  But I don't know if they make anything in a 10-inch R-comp tire that would be anywhere near equivalent to the A008.  However, it might be worth a search on their website.  Finding decent rubber in that size is getting to be just about impossible here in the US.
6  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Shocks on: May 06, 2019, 10:29:45 PM
Shocks arrived today, Jim, and they really look and feel great.  Hope they perform as well as they look.  I just dread the thought of having to drain and remove the gas tank to get to the left rear!! 

I don't know of any place here in the US that sells 10-inch automotive tires -- or even 12-inch, for that matter -- except for the Mini parts houses.  And they want an arm and a leg for them.  I typed my 12-inch tire size for Lil Red into Google and came up with several suppliers in the UK and elsewhere around the world but nothing here in the US.  I found one place in the UK where I can get them for about half of what they're selling for here in the US.  Even with shipping, I would still come out ahead.

7  Classifieds / Parts For Sale/Wanted / Re: Gaskets on: May 04, 2019, 09:35:44 PM
I'll give you $25 for them -- sight unseen -- and pay the postage to ship them to Shreveport.  When you tear down your motor as often as I do, you can never have too many gaskets!!!

8  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: May 01, 2019, 10:41:21 PM
Hi, Brad, and welcome to MOT.  We're certainly glad to have you as part of our merry little band of Miniacs and MINIacs.  For those of you who don't know the difference between Minis and MINIs, Mini refers to the classic '59-'00 Mini (which is 60 years old this year) and MINI refers to the '01-present New MINI.
9  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Shocks on: April 27, 2019, 05:33:35 PM
If you're looking to replace or upgrade the shocks on your Classic Mini, without going overboard, I found a deal today.  The '81 that I imported from England is in dire need of shocks so I've been shopping online.  Mini Sport has a special on right now.  Four Bilstein B4 gas-charged shocks for a little over $88.  Add in shipping from the UK to the US and it comes to a little over $117.  Search BIL19KIT on their website.
10  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: starter motor on: April 12, 2019, 10:38:41 PM
If you're having problems with your pre-engaged starter I would suggest that you take it to a local starter shop and get it rebuilt.  That would be cheaper, I think, than buying a new one or trying to cobble in an inertia starter.
The pre-engaged starter is a much better deal than the inertia starter.  I've got one on my autocross car that was custom built for me by a local starter/magneto shop using a Nippon Denso starter from a Chrysler minivan. 
They can be interchanged -- IF they have the same tooth count on the Bendix gear.  The pre-Verto and Verto flywheels used a different tooth count.  You can tell which clutch you have by the location of the slave cylinder.  On pre-Verto cars, it's mounted horizontally to the top of aluminum flywheel housing.  On Verto cars, it's mounted at a 45-degree angle on
a bracket attached to the domed flywheel housing cover.
If I'm not mistaken, all Verto cars had a pre-engaged starter but you can also get them for pre-Verto cars.
11  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: April 01, 2019, 11:55:45 PM
Welcome to MOT, Kenneth.  We're glad to have you as part of our merry little band of Miniacs and MINIacs.  You'll find a wealth of knowledge here and a group of people who just like to have fun with their Little British Cars.
12  General Discussions / The Lounge / Wanted to borrow on: April 01, 2019, 10:40:54 AM
Would any of you in the San Antonio area be willing to let a former Mini owner borrow your car for a couple of hours?  I got an email from him asking for help...

"In October 1973 I left San Antonio in a Mini to drive to New York via the Rockies.  I am going back to visit some old friends this October and would like to surprise them in an old Mini.  Could anyone in the club help?  I just want to borrow one for 2 hours."

If any of you would be in a position to help this gentleman, PM or email me and I'll give you his contact information

13  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: March 23, 2019, 06:53:19 PM
Got the wipers working again.  Turns out it was just a dirty electrical connection.  Now it's on to the speedo.
14  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: March 20, 2019, 06:09:16 PM
Please help me welcome our newest members.  Deanna and Ken Embry have a 2011 and they will be relocating from California to Texas next month.  David Dennis has a 1971 and he's in San Antonio.
15  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: March 15, 2019, 05:49:11 PM
Update and pics...
I've driven her from the storage facility to my house and back a few times to work on her.  Had to add some gas before the first trip, though, because she ran out while I was letting her warm up!  After that, she ran great.
Drilled a couple of holes in the boot lid to mount the tag.  Changed the oil and filter, which turned out to be a major project.  The drain plug was in so tight that it took almost 30 minutes to remove it.  Then, it took another 30 minutes to remove the filter.  It, too, had been put on by a gorilla.  Had to remove the grille to get enough leverage on it.  The grille was only mounted with 4 screws and a couple of tie-wraps, so I remounted it with stainless screws all the way around after I finished the oil and filter change.  Removed the anemic factory horn and replaced it with a Freeway Blaster.  That was a chore, too, because the mounting bolts were rusted and covered with several coats of paint.
I can't get an inspection sticker yet, though, because the wipers and speedometer don't work.  I think I'm just going to apply for an Antique/Classic tag so I won't have to get her inspected every year.
I've posted a couple of pics in the media album "Lil Red."  I tried to post a couple more but ran into a problem with them.

Edit: (added pictures for John)

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