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31  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.
32  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.
33  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

34  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.
35  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.
36  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)

37  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: March 07, 2019, 05:27:40 PM
The guy who bought my vandalized project Mini about a year ago lives in Denver.  He and a friend of his took turns driving from Denver to Shreveport in the family SUV - rented a U-Haul two-wheel dolly when they got here - and then drove to my house.  We pushed the car onto the dolly - lashed it down - and the two of them headed back to Denver.  His only cost was for gasoline, one-way dolly rental, and food along the way.
38  General Discussions / The Lounge / Importing through Galveston -- additional advice on: March 01, 2019, 08:23:28 PM
There's a wealth of information on importing through Galveston in one of the articles on this forum.  But, given my recent experience there, I would offer a little bit of additional advice.

You'll probably be picking up your car at one of the higher-numbered piers.  In my case, it was Pier 39.  The address given me by both the shipping company and my customs broker was 3927 Wharf Rd.  But neither Mapquest nor my GPS would recognize that address and sent me on a wild goose chase to Pier 21, which is the cruise ship pier in the middle of the island.  Turns out that Wharf Rd. only runs east from Pier 21.  The road going west is Port Industrial Blvd. 

You access the Port via 37th St. off Harborside Dr -- go over a gazillion railroad tracks -- and then turn left onto Port Industrial Blvd.  You may also be able to access it off I-49 if you're headed south into Galveston.  That's the way I came out after I left the Port because a train was blocking the way I came in.

Once you get to the Port entrance, you either have to have a special government permit or an escort to enter.  The gate guard will give you a card with the names and phone numbers of the escorts who are working that day.  Then you have to call and arrange for one of them to guide you in.  In my case, I had to wait 45 minutes until my escort was finished with the escort he was on at that time.

The escorts are union, so you have to pay them -- in cash -- $50 for each portion of an hour that you use them.  In other words, if you use them for 60 minutes or less, it will cost you $50 but if you use them for 61 minutes to 120 minutes, you're going to have to pay $100.  So work quickly, but carefully, to avoid having to pay that additional $50.
39  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: March 01, 2019, 06:53:31 PM
$2100 to ship it from Texas to California?  That seems outrageous, Derek.  It only cost me $1500 to ship my latest Mini from England to Galveston!!!
40  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: February 25, 2019, 12:13:20 AM
This is getting to be really old, really quick!  I picked up the car in Galveston two weeks ago tomorrow.  But I'm STILL waiting for the Customs paperwork from my Customs broker so I can take her to the DMV and get her taxed, titled, and registered in Louisiana!  I can't, legally, drive her on the street until I get all of that taken care of.  I've emailed my broker for an update and I'm waiting for a reply.

I took her on the trailer to State Police last Thursday, after it finally quit raining here, to get her inspected and she passed with flying colors.  They had a hoot looking over the car, taking pictures, and asking me questions -- which I gladly answered.

On the positive side, I took her off the trailer today for the first time since I picked her up and replaced the battery and plugs,  I took her for a couple of laps around the Self-Storage facility, since there was nobody else there at the time, and she ran like a dream except for a really twitchy throttle.  If I just give her a little bit of gas, she takes off like a bat out of Piccadilly!  It's a hoot to drive her that way but it sure won't do much for my gas mileage or my ability to drive her on the street.  So that's something I'm going to have to address once she's legal to drive on the street.

I may cheat a bit tomorrow.  Since she's stored only a mile-and-a-half from my house, and there's a residential area between us, I may drive her home and give her a thorough scrubbing.  She's dirty as all getout from sitting at the dock in Southampton for over a month -- waiting for the ship to come back and get her for the trip to Galveston.  So it's more than past time to get her scrubbed and shined.  I'll post some pictures as soon as she's cleaned up and shined and ready to drive on the street
41  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: February 17, 2019, 12:58:58 PM
Not yet, other than the eBay link I posted when I first bought it.  I plan to take and post some after I get it washed and waxed.
42  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: February 15, 2019, 07:10:44 PM
Well, I've got her!  Got word last Friday that she had finally been released for pickup.  So I drove down to Galveston Sunday; spent some time exploring the island, which I hadn't seen since my honeymoon there in '69; had a great dinner at Miller's Seawall Grill; then drove to the port, through the fog, to pick her up Monday morning. 
After waiting 45 minutes for an escort, the paperwork there was a breeze.  Only took about 5 minutes.  The Customs broker I'd hired really did her job.  All I had to do was hand the man my release form.  He filled out a short form; had me sign it; gave me the pink copy; and told me to go get my car.
Then the "fun" began!  The little turd wouldn't start.  The battery was flatter than a pancake.  We tried two jumper packs on it and it still wouldn't start.  So we wound up having to push it onto the trailer.  After I got it lashed down, we went back to the paperwork guy and he gave me the yellow copy of my form so I could turn it in at the gate and be allowed to leave the port.
Once back in Shreveport, I gave her a thorough going-over.  The oil was black as coal and so were the plugs.  I put her on the battery charger and, after three hours, the needle still hadn't dropped.  So I bought another battery and installed it -- along with a new set of plugs.  Then, with a little spritz of starter fluid for an extra boost, I cranked her over and she started right up.  After she warmed up, she ran smoothly and had a nice throaty exhaust note.
Now that she's running, I'm going to drag her over to State Police HQ Tuesday morning (Monday's a holiday) to get her inspected.  Then I can go next door to the DMV and begin the lengthy process of getting her taxed, titled, and licensed.
43  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: February 05, 2019, 06:41:53 PM
Lil Red has made it to Galveston!  The estimated time of arrival there was 4 o'clock yesterday morning.  The actual time of arrival was 3:54 -- 6 minutes earlier than originally projected.  That was a pretty accurate estimate, considering that it was made on January 22nd when she left Southampton!
Now I'm just waiting to get word from the Port that she's been released for pickup so I can hitch up my trailer and head down that way.  I'm hoping to have her back here in Shreveport by this weekend.
Then comes the "fun" of trying to get her taxed, titled, and registered through the Louisiana OMV!!!   I know that's going to be a royal PITA!  I'm hoping that they'll tax her based on the bill of sale and not some arbitrary number that's lurking in the far reaches of their computer system.
44  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Happy 2019! on: February 01, 2019, 11:01:49 AM
Great idea, Jim!
45  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: January 22, 2019, 11:11:41 PM
The reason it didn't load last month, when it was supposed to, was because it had a fuel leak when it got to the port.  The seller operates out of Hull, in northern England, and ships from Southampton, in southern England.  So his cars have to be loaded onto a trailer and hauled 300 miles to the port.  Everything was fine when it left Hull but sometime while it was either being loaded onto or unloaded from the trailer, the fuel line got snagged and started leaking.  Not wanting to drive all the way from Hull to Southampton to fix the problem, the seller contacted a fellow Mini specialist in Southampton and asked him to retrieve the car, fix the fuel leak, and then take it back to the port -- which he did.  But, by the time he got the car back there, the ship had already sailed.
So we had to wait until the ship had made its rounds and arrived back in Southampton for another load.  The car was loaded yesterday and the ship sailed at 8 o'clock last night, our time.  It's now due to arrive in Galveston in the early morning hours of February 4th if everything goes according to Hoyle! 
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