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31  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.

JL
 
32  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!!!

JL
33  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.
34  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.
John
 
35  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.
JL
 
36  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.
37  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

JL
38  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.
39  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.
40  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)





41  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.
42  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.
43  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!!!
44  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
   
45  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.
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