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1  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Bitsa, anyone? on: November 08, 2018, 09:15:26 PM
It went for $21k.   Wow!   The argument was the rust repair and paint were done, so forget the wacky title.

Cheers,

Jim
2  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 08, 2018, 12:47:13 AM
I first saw them in the summer of '92, split between 2 of the "antique" shops in 80.  I went back in the spring of '93 and looked over the one pair, including getting VINs and engine #s to try to figure just what they were.  They were rough but I figured the engine/trans might be useful for my Cooper.

After making the intial deal of $425 for a pair the guy I was talking to had the other pair brought to his store and would only sell them as a package.   I wasn't able to at the time, but I went back the next year to make the deal.   The cars were there but the owner wasn't, and I didn't think to leave a message saying I'd take them.   When I came back a week later they were gone, supposedly to a scrap yard in 175.   I went to about 20 asking if they had the cars.   No luck. 

J, D & J
3  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Bitsa, anyone? on: November 08, 2018, 12:25:27 AM
True, if you're trying for true authenticity.   I haven't looked lately, used to be the red upper sections weren't available new from the usual suspects, so I was pumped when I found a set at a swap meet in Dallas 20 years ago from a guy who'd been a BMC dealer back in the day.

I'm looking more at the car titled on the FE number over the radiator (no VIN tag), it's titled as a Morris with Austin badging, Cooper lower window trim without the upper piece.   Then there's the block with the oil filter that's a direct screw on, like my Triumph Spitfire.

Now I wish I was still in Abilene to eyeball the car, not that I miss working there except for the paycheck.   

Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
4  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 08, 2018, 12:03:45 AM
John,

Cool, I've ridden in a RHD Moke over the mountains in Colorado, but never driven a RHD on the road.   

Right after I bought my Cooper in 1992 I learned of 4 parts cars, 2 pickups and 2 vans east of Dallas off of 80.   I had a deal going for 2 of them when the owner insisted I take all 4.   I was in a rental house in Plano with no tow vehicle or trailer at the time.   It would have been 3 998s and 1 850 RHD mechanical setups in 4 rusty/crusty cars.

Oh well.

Hence the country property with barn.  Wink


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Too many projects and not enough space... really???   
5  General Discussions / The Lounge / Bitsa, anyone? on: November 07, 2018, 11:18:03 PM
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1967-austin-mini-cooper-mk1/

I'm getting a bit disappointed with BAT when it comes to correctly listing classic Minis, this is obviously not a Cooper and I'm more inclined to think it's a 64, not a 67 body shell based on the wiper motor, it's always a pain to pull them from a shell.   Then again it looks like they painted behind it, so maybe not?


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Bitsas Aren't Us
6  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: November 07, 2018, 11:00:46 PM
John, it looks really nice!    Just curious, did you leave it RHD or have the seller change it to LHD?

If you were a little closer I'd rent out my garage to store it.   Just don't tell my Cooper I said that.

My brother found a Clubman with 1275 near him for a donor engine.. but the seller thinks it's worth $5k+ as a rust bucket.   


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Will work for Mini parts!
7  Technical Forums / Projects / Re: Bought another Mini on: October 25, 2018, 04:18:34 PM
Congrats John!    Let me know if you need a hand shuffling it from TX to LA.

And... could the seller toss a spare 1275 or 3 in the trunk?   Wink   Ok, wishful thinking.


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Too many copperheads, not enough working car batteries
8  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Keys for early Mk 1s? on: August 30, 2018, 09:48:16 PM
There is a 64 Cooper S on Bring A Trailer (https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1964-austin-cooper-s-2/) from the good people at Mini City in Rochester NY that says it has a matching key for both doors and ignition.   It made me curious, although I only have one car to judge things by.

I suspect they're closing shop, sad for me to see as when I bought my '63 Cooper in 1992 it came with a Mini City catalog.   2 months later I was in the USVI and was outside the shop in Christenstead where Laurie was checking out swimsuits chatting with her father in law about Minis as he was wearing a Mini City t-shirt.   Laurie sent Grover Mauer to me when he was building his car in 1996 as a local Mini owner to help with his build.

It's a small world.

Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Too many toys, not enough room.... soon
9  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Keys for early Mk 1s? on: August 29, 2018, 08:46:17 PM
I'm just curious for those with what they think are original (kind of original?) Mk1 Minis....  My '63 Cooper has an "FS" door key and an "FP" ignition key.    Was that a standard split of key types, or was it more random for door vs ignition?


Thanks,

Jim
McKinney
'63 Awesome Cooper
10  General Discussions / The Lounge / Any Abilene area MOT'ers? on: May 21, 2018, 09:05:02 PM
Or am I starting a new group of MOT?   I finally found work in Abilene with Taylor Electric Coop, planning their fiber to the home initiative.   


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Formerly McKinney.. eventually
11  General Discussions / The Lounge / Dallas ABCD&E 2018 on: May 06, 2018, 10:27:21 PM
The weather this year was very nice...  a few degrees cooler would have been better.   This year the parking seemed a bit chaotic, with various marques mixed and mixed again.   There was a nice display of 4 classic Minis, then further down the row in a group of VWs was another classic Mini and a Bugeye.   Hmmmm.

It's a charity show and all for fun, still it made it harder to find people I know who aren't exclusively Mini owners.

My son has gone from "your cars are old and I don't want to ride in them" to "maybe if you fix one up and add some things to get crowd appeal we can bring it next year."  Not sure what constitutes crowd appeal to a 9 year old, but Pokemon and Lego Ninjago stickers are out.

It was nice to finally meet Paul and see his Matchbox, a very nice looking 1991 Mini in red.   We are overdue for a brunch meeting in the DFW area, anyone interested?

Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Almost Oklahoma
12  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Swiftune 1380 Specs on: April 25, 2018, 10:40:48 PM
Your engine (or parts of it) were built by Swiftune.  That's where we're suggesting you point your questions.

https://swiftune.com/

Cheers,

Jim
It's not hard to drive me crazy as it's such a short trip
13  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Need Help ! on: April 25, 2018, 10:36:47 PM
I wish I were closer.  Can you give the basic config of what you have?   And is it runs rough at idle or runs rough on the road after driving for a while?

Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Almost Oklahoma
14  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Swiftune 1380 Specs on: April 12, 2018, 08:40:01 PM
I wonder if you could contact Swiftune with the engine # and ask if they have details of the build.  Also, just wondered where your car came from.

Thanks,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
15  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: April 12, 2018, 08:29:00 PM
Hi Dan,

I am running BP5s in my street car and BP7s in the race Mini (1275S, 11:1 compression, Weber side draft) and that worked well.   NGKs get cooler as the number goes up.   

I'm guessing you're on the west side of McKinney, I'm on the east side outside the city limits.


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
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