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16  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.   
17  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.
18  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.
19  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?
20  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: 43 Year long affliction on: August 15, 2020, 09:51:16 PM
Great story, Tim.  Welcome to MOT.  Hope you get the car back up and running soon.
21  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Hello MOT on: July 15, 2020, 10:44:52 AM
Welcome, David!  It's been a long time.

22  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Here we go again on: March 12, 2020, 08:23:01 PM
I would definitely get it looked at quickly, Paul, before it turns into something worse!

23  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: 1962 Mini Beach car just sold on Bring A Trailer on: November 29, 2019, 08:33:29 PM
That's absolutely insane!!!
24  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Another Mini for sale on: September 21, 2019, 05:21:42 PM
Hey, gang.  I'm posting this for a friend who's not a member of our forum:

For sale
Classic Mini Cooper

   "Tigger" is a 1985 Austin Mini in excellent condition and state of tune. The car is close to "as-built" condition and comes with original left-hand drive and only ~36,000 miles (60k kilometers) on the odo. This Mini was built for export and went to Netherlands before coming to the U.S. as a Diplomatic import.
   Unlike many classic Minis, this one is unmolested. Except for the Pertronix distributor, the carbureted 998cc engine is original and runs well. The tires were replaced two years ago and have perhaps 200 miles total since. The original interior is clean and presentable.
 Other amenities include 3-point front seatbelts, seat headrests, tinted glass, locking steering wheel, heater/defogger, rear fog lamp, conversion to quartz iodine headlamps, driving lights, and an AM/FM/cassette player which may have been installed when new. The car has always been garaged and may have been rained on perhaps twice in approx 20 years. Sale includes a small collection of books and spare parts.
   This is not a show car but a nice looking and reliable weekend driver, one that can be driven with exuberance and a smile. It's great fun on blacktop roads and highly suitable for Cars and Coffees, fun rallies, ice cream outings, and grandchildren. (Kids love this car!) Expect to be noticed when you drive this -- many New Minis will flash or wave as you pass. 
   Reasons for sale include creeping old age, lack of frequent use, and a need for garage space. Pictures are available to those with serious interest.
Asking $15,000, but willing to have my mind changed.

Contact  Jim Taylor, [email protected]  (Note: NOT Gmail ... just
25  General Discussions / The Lounge / Happy Birthday on: August 26, 2019, 04:55:29 PM
Birthday wishes go out today to the little British car that we all love so much.  The Mini is officially 60 years old today.  It was introduced to the public on August 26th, 1959.  The last one rolled off the assembly line October 4th, 2000.
26  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]


27  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. 
28  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.
29  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.
30  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.
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