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16  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!   
17  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.

18  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
19  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.
20  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. 
21  General Discussions / Our New Board / Website Update on: February 01, 2018, 09:14:08 PM
I was notified today that our 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.
22  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."
23  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
24  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?
25  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
26  Technical Forums / Projects / AutoX Mini upgrades on: January 21, 2018, 09:13:47 PM
Given the current exchange rate between the dollar and the pound, I decided that it was time to make some long-overdue upgrades to "The Turd."  I started by replacing the heavy cast iron 4-pot Metro Turbo front brakes with 4-pot alloy calipers and drilled/slotted rotors from Mini Sport.  Then I replaced the old worn-out Diamond Racing wheels with Ultralite ENKI wheels -- again, from Mini Sport.  (Hope that link works!)
Now I'm in the process of yanking the motor out so I can rebuild it before our season starts in March.  Of note here -- if you order bearings from Mini Spares, and use the original Vandervell part numbers, that's exactly what you're going to get.  Over the years, Mahle bought Vandervell and they're now producing the exact same bearings under the Mahle name.  So, for a 1275, you would order VP91306-xx for the rods and VP91120-xx for the mains.  The thrust washers are VPW41 for the standard size.
27  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Thank you, thank you, thank you!! on: January 21, 2018, 08:23:46 PM
Saturday afternoon I took Matchbox down to Wylie for a MetroplexMINI meeting. It was a fun afternoon until I was on my way home and the throttle cable signed off. I coasted into a turnoff to ponder my situation. While standing there feeling a bit helpless (I am NOT a mechanic, nor do I play on on TV....) I heard a car pass by, stop quickly and start reversing back to my spot. I turned and saw Bruce K in his pepper white/black classic! I always enjoy seeing and chatting with Bruce but never more than yesterday afternoon. Bruce was on his way to see Mark K and check on Mark's Mini project. He placed a quick call to Mark who grabbed some tools and came right over. They jury rigged a quick fix that got me home with no further drama. Thanks guys!!
A true example, Paul, of what this Mini/MINI fellowship is all about.  We all love our cars but we love, just as much, helping others with theirs.  Glad you were able to make it home OK with their help.
28  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: November 09, 2017, 08:55:44 PM
Hi, all.

I am Derek Salvage, returning to the fold after a lapse of many years. Now retired in Spring, Texas. Still have my 1964 1071 S which I am slowly getting road worthy again. Now registered and running, but very rough at low revs. Still, better than before !
Have lost rack of who is still around to work on these cars. Graham Davies did a great job on re-building the motor but that was nearly 10 years ago. Any pointers on who is still around would be welcome!

Graham retired several years ago for health reasons and sold off everything in his shop before moving to the northeast to be with his family.  I bought a ton of parts from him when he shut down, including the motor that's in my car right now and the trailer I use to haul it to events.

Since I'm in Louisiana, I'm not sure who in Houston, San Antonio, or Austin still works on Minis.  There's Kip Motors in DFW but I can't help you with anything closer to the Houston area. 
29  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: November 09, 2017, 08:39:34 PM
Hi, all!  Just letting everybody know that I'm still alive and well in Shreveport and so is the AutoX Mini, 30 years into the mission, although it is in need of a good "freshening" before next season. 

Toward that end, now is still a great time to buy parts directly from England.  Even though the exchange rate isn't quite as good as it was a couple of months ago when I ordered my front alloy brakes and wheels from Mini Sport, it's still much better than it used to be.  One US dollar today equals one GB pound.  As an example of how this can save you money, I just got a shipment today from Mini Spares.  I got Mahle (Vandervell VP2) main and rod bearings, thrust washers, a high-capacity water pump, and a full gasket set for $125.  DHL Express shipping from the UK was $23 and that was the lowest shipping rate offered.

On the tire mounting issue, I recently took a couple of fresh Hoosier slicks (20.5x7-13) to a local independent tire shop where I had recently bought new tires for my pick-em-up truck and asked if they could mount them on my 13x6 Diamond Racing rims.  "Sure!  We can do that."  Right!  Apparently, this guy had never mounted slicks before.  They've got a bead that's even more rigid than the Yokos.  The old ones came off the rims with no problem at all and the new ones went on just as easily.  But, he had a bee-itch of a time trying to get the bead to seat on the new ones.  He cussed the tires up one side and down the other.  Then he cussed me up and down, too.  But, eventually, he got them mounted and then told me to never bring him any more!!!  He only charged me $10 per wheel to mount the new slicks and dispose of the old ones.
30  General Discussions / The Lounge / Buying parts from England on: September 03, 2017, 10:54:41 PM
If any of you have ever thought about buying parts from across the pond, now is the time to do it.  The exchange rate between the US and the UK is ridiculously low -- $1 = about 0.75!  Used to be that 1 was about $2!!! 
To give you an example of how much you can save, I just bought four 7X13 Ultralite ENKI wheels with matching lugnuts and two 175/50-13 Yokohama A539 tires to use as rear rains on my AutoX Mini for the whopping total of $527 and that includes almost $100 shipping!
In addition to the ridiculously low exchange rate, there also appears to be an international shipping price war going on right now between UPS and FedEx so you can ship for much less than it used to cost if you just shop around.
I ordered from Mini Sport USA and they were offering a 10% discount on shipping.  Don't know if that discount is still in effect but it would certainly be worth checking out
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