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1  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Any Abilene area MOT'ers? on: June 01, 2018, 04:20:26 PM
But Abilene is home to the renowned vintage racer Robert Hoemke, owner of the two restored Purple People Eaters.  Two of the most famous Minis in all of North American racing and extremely well prepared.
2  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: May 03, 2018, 08:04:48 PM
Still wracking my feeble brain.  Since #1 and #2 both show similarly wet, I get it why you zeroed in on that front carb.  But an HS2 is so simple... what could be vastly different than the back carb?  That's what's bugging me.  And it starts to run rough once it warms up, more or less?  You changed the float lid because you figured the fuel pressure was overpowering the front carb?  That would explain wet, as in pig rich.

How about drain the gas tank and see if there is anything in there but clean gasoline?

Another disconnected thought:  Of the (only three) motors I've torn down and measured, the back cylinders see more heat and show more wear.  On a 1275 I built with H4's and no heat shield, the front carb would (I think) boil the fuel out and run rough at 4K.  Once I pulled over and quickly opened the bonnet, I saw condensation on the front carb - but not the back carb.  WTH?  The float bowl was over the center branch and I suspect the center branch gave off more heat.  A heat shield cured it.

I realize this shouldn't apply to your motor.  Purely thinking out loud.  
3  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: April 30, 2018, 06:19:27 PM

Well, you're on top of it.  But heck, let me keep trying.  Nothing to lose by comparing notes. 

Heat shield still in place?  When you actuate choke linkage or pull and release choke lever, the nozzles rise and fall at same rates?  When the choke is off, you've confirmed both jet nozzles have returned to spring loaded ground zero, so to speak?  If dashpots are removed, can you get a dial caliper down in there to measure how far in the jet bridge hole the face of the jet is?  Shouldn't it be on the order of .050-.060 thou?  And both of them look visually the same?  I've never used a Colortune, so I'm zero help to you on that...

I'm jealous you're retired:)  I have a few years in front of me still.


4  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: April 30, 2018, 08:39:53 AM
I'm up in D/FW so let's try to work through it from a distance for now. Compression test?  More or less even numbers?  A leak-down test would be even better but first things first.  Checked rocker adjustment?
We're talking the original HS2's?  With the air cleaner and aluminum snouts removed, can you raise the slides easily with your finger?  Point being, you're sure the needles aren't askew?  With slides removed from carbs, can you confirm with a magnifying glass that the jet needles aren't worn oval and they are otherwise still pretty and round holes?
5  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: October 20, 2017, 08:16:01 AM
Congrats on getting back to your 1071 S.  I have a '67 1275 S and there is a fellow in Austin that has a couple of them.  I had a car like yours but sold it.  Regretting that decision.  Post up pics of your old car!
Why do you figure it's running bad?
6  Classifieds / Parts For Sale/Wanted / Re: 1275/1300 drivetrain wanted on: August 15, 2017, 07:38:29 PM
Hi Jim,

Email sent.

7  Classifieds / Parts For Sale/Wanted / Re: Early Mk1 gas cap? on: July 24, 2017, 03:53:01 PM
Thanks John,

It was a long shot but heck, can't hurt to check w/ my local Mini connections before branching out.  Let me know if there is any odd part you're hunting, in case I can reciprocate.


8  Classifieds / Parts For Sale/Wanted / Early Mk1 gas cap? on: July 23, 2017, 04:43:52 PM

I'm looking for an early Mk1 gas cap to match one that came on my '67 Cooper S.  Mine has a flanged perimeter, so it's a slightly different shape than what's currently available.  Anyone?

Chris in FW
9  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: spray paint that's close to old english white???? on: April 14, 2017, 03:36:59 PM
For the quick and dirty rattle can approach, may I suggest the current MINI color Pepper White is damn close to one of the OEW's.  There was more than one shade of OEW...
10  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need some local help... Houston, Tx on: May 23, 2016, 10:03:35 PM

I'm in Fort Worth, so it's not like a I can run over and take a peak.  But post up some pics and we might be able to steer you in the right direction without breaking the bank.
For example, define "sluggish".  What's the engine spec to the best of your knowledge?  The more information you offer up, the quicker we can be of help:)

11  Classifieds / Parts For Sale/Wanted / Re: 1275 Head Gaskets on: June 23, 2015, 10:25:27 AM
Hi John,

I'll take those head gaskets!  Happy to pay postage from Shreveport to Ft. Worth.  Can I PayPal you?

12  General Discussions / Events / Re: All British & European Car Day on: March 26, 2015, 12:36:23 PM
I've signed up as well, look forward to meeting you guys.
13  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Good body shop DFW on: March 02, 2015, 03:17:50 PM
Triple F in Keller, right on I-35.  Ask for James (foreman) or Steve (boss man).  Not cheap but they did my '67 Cooper S and it's off the chart, if i do say so myself:)

Click on projects, then the Mini link
14  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Tuner/dyno DFW on: February 26, 2015, 12:06:28 PM

If you find a good one, let us in on it!  Years ago I had access to guys who could dyno / tune motorcycle and karting engines.  It was almost always more effective than going up and down the road, trying to tune by ear.  Although we used that method often.
But those machines didn't require the big rollers set up used for cars...
15  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Is there anybody OUT THERE! on: November 20, 2014, 02:46:58 PM
Hi Michelle,

Did you and yours pick up that Innocenti that was on craigslist?  I saw that advert and thought it was a cool car, although lots of work.  But hey, they all are.  And maybe yours is a different car?  There are several folks in north Texas with Minis yet for reasons unknown to me, this forum hasn't seen much action.  But post up your pics and maybe we can stir up the action.
Regarding the FE numbers and the other tell-tale numbers on these cars, you might try emailing to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.
It costs money but they keep records and these might be helpful in establishing what you have.  The document looks like a build sheet, very informative.
Welcome to the lunacy!

Chris in F.W.
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