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1  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: April 24, 2019, 11:11:48 AM
Hi Al, welcome to the forum. It sounds like you've got a very nice MINI and I'm sure you'll have a great time with the car. I'm not sure if it's still around but there used to be a MINI group in your area called the Houston MINI Motoring Society. You should check to see if they are still active.
Again, welcome and have fun!

2  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: April 08, 2019, 04:01:13 PM
Hello all, I'm Kenneth.

Just became the new owner of a 1990 MG Rover Mini City E. I've been thoroughly enjoying driving it and learning about all of the things that need attention. It's already in great shape, but I of course have plans for things I'd like to change. All in due course.

Thanks for having me, and I hope to meet many of you at the All British & European Car Day  down at White Rock Lake.

Looking forward to meeting you and your Mini at ABCD.

3  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: March 21, 2019, 03:52:49 PM
Welcome to Texas and DFW. I've got a Mini and a MINI and I look forward to meeting you guys (I'm not from TX so I don't day ya'll Cheesy )

Paul W.
4  Technical Forums / Modifications and Upgrades / Re: Engine rebuild on: March 12, 2019, 10:16:27 AM
Hi Jim,

LOL  Well, you probably have a better idea than I do on what it has or doesn't have. I'm pretty sure it's a 1991 but beyond that I'm pretty much clueless.
I will say the engine doesn't smoke at all so my guess is the rings & cylinders are in reasonable. shape. Oil consumption doesn't give much clue because it probably leaks more than it burns. I've been told the gasket between the engine and the transmission is the source of the leak.
I need to call the shop again today; they have failed completely when it comes to communication. I'm hoping they've got the wheel bearing issue taken care of so I can pick the car up and go elsewhere.

5  Technical Forums / Modifications and Upgrades / Re: Engine rebuild on: March 08, 2019, 01:08:21 PM
I'm reviving an old thread, one I started five or six years ago. I took my Mini up to the shop in Lewisville that i've used since i bought my Mini. The car had a noise that I was guessing was a bad front wheel bearing. It turns out the shop is no longer doing any mechanical work so they assigned it to the guys next door, a place called AutoScience.

Long story short the confirmed the wheel bearing issue but also pointed out some other 'issues'. They tell me the Weber needs a rebuild, the master cylinder is leaking and the radiator has a tiny leak too. They also retested the compression which I've known to be an issue and found one cylinder reads only 25 pounds. i'm driving a three cylinder Mini.  Roll Eyes

Since this isn't a Mini shop I'm hesitant to turn the big stuff over to them. I told them to proceed with the bearing while they work on estimates for the rest of the work. In the meantime I'm wondering what you guys might suggest. Any thoughts or ideas are appreciated.

6  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: March 07, 2019, 01:27:17 PM
It's been a few years but in 2011 I paid about $1900 to ship my Mini in an enclosed trailer from Seattle to McKinney. Most of the shipping companies quotes were pretty similar. Good lcuk.

7  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: October 31, 2018, 02:32:08 PM
Obviously we will need photographic 'evidence' once you get it home, John.  Smiley
As for insurance you might check with Hagerty too. I forget what I pay but they've always treated me well and their roadside assistance saved my butt one time.
Good luck with your new toy.

8  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Keys for early Mk 1s? on: September 04, 2018, 03:46:38 PM
There is a 64 Cooper S on Bring A Trailer ( from the good people at Mini City in Rochester NY that says it has a matching key for both doors and ignition.......   

Did anyone else follow the auction? I watched the final half hour today and was stunned when the bidding passed $50K. When the hammer fell at $80K I was speechless. WOW!

9  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Recent experience importing into Galveston? on: August 28, 2018, 02:36:56 PM
Mokes are interesting but I'm not sure a Moke would be my choice for a drive that far. I think I'd have it shipped to CO. A rental vehicle and trailer would not be inexpensive anyway so leave it to the professionals. I'm sure if you call a few companies that specialize in transporting collector cars, they can give you some good advice. Good luck and enjoy your new toy.

10  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Any Abilene area MOT'ers? on: June 06, 2018, 03:11:30 PM
Congrats on the new gig, Jim. I hope it all works out well for you .

11  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Dallas ABCD&E 2018 on: May 09, 2018, 12:58:23 PM
Nice to chat with you on Sunday and meet your family. It was a warm afternoon especially later when the crowd thinned and lack of shade took its toll.
I agree a get together would fun. Let's hope we can get a few more Minis to show up for ABCD '19.

12  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Happy Birthday! on: May 09, 2018, 12:54:09 PM
Twenty years, that's quite an accomplishment. Congrats on a job well done by you and the founding members.

13  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: April 25, 2018, 01:32:40 PM
Derek I have no clue on tuning your Mini (mine could probably use some TLC too!) but I hope someone down there can give you a hand. Good luck.

14  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Swiftune 1380 Specs on: April 13, 2018, 02:49:11 PM
The guy who I bought my car from told me that a former owner had built up the engine but he had no details what so ever. Other than a header and Weber carb, I have no idea what else has been done to it.
Hopefully the people at Swiftune can help you out.

15  General Discussions / Events / Re: Dallas ABCD&E 2018 May 6th 2018 White Rock Lake on: April 09, 2018, 04:04:20 PM
I'll be there with Matchbox again this year.

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