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1  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
2  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
3  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
4  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
5  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
6  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
7  General Discussions / Events / Dallas ABCD&E 2018 May 6th 2018 White Rock Lake on: April 06, 2018, 09:05:55 AM
Figured I'd start a new thread on this show  Wink

I'm hoping to bring something this year after many years of just spectating.   Just wondered how many other MOT members are planning to be there.

And does MOT still have a  banner?


Thanks,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Triumphs and MGs and Minis, oh my!
8  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Mini/AA 1098, anyone running one, building tips appreciated on: March 29, 2018, 09:58:16 PM
Yeah, I wish I'd been in a position to grab more of Grahams bits and pieces when he closed his shop.   He is a true gentleman in the LBC business.

In 1995 he met me at TWS with the Cooper S axle shaft I needed to get the car on track, and we spent the drivers meeting time installing the axle.  Later in the weekend he met me in pit row to check tire temps, he questioned what I was using on my street spec A008Gs in 13" rims.   Some racers look down on Autocross, but you do learn how to read tires and set pressures.   Good enough that I got a Healey 3000 driver to wave me by.  Cheesy

Cheers,

Jim
Almost Oklahoma, for now



 
9  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Mini/AA 1098, anyone running one, building tips appreciated on: March 29, 2018, 02:28:38 PM
John,

Let me discuss the idea of a road trip to the family.   Any a/x events coming up in your neck of the woods?

The 1098 is a stroked 998, same bore.   Yeah, thing like piston height/dish need to factored in.   I've been told there are people who've stretched them into the low 1200cc range with some creative parts swaps.  They were used in Minis in the late 70s.According to one source:

1098cc  64.58 X  83.72mm   

45bhp @ 5250rpm   56lb ft @ 2700rpm    1975-80: Mini Clubman
48bhp @ 5100rpm    60lb ft @ 2500rpm   1979-80: Mini 1100 Special

Then again, even Vizard lists the 12A185 cylinder head as the "original" S head.   I've got 2 of them, they are definitely small bore, and 9 stud.


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Mini Me
almost Oklahoma
10  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Mini/AA 1098, anyone running one, building tips appreciated on: March 28, 2018, 10:33:15 PM
Back in 1992 when I bought my '63 Cooper 997 and realized that the engine was tired I started looking for possible replacements.   At that time the choices seemed to be a 998 or 1275.  Since the costs to machine and the parts prices are similar, the 1275 was the no-brainer replacement, when 1275s were reasonably priced.   Seems I missed that era by my usual 2 months... most people with any form of 1275 treat them like they're solid gold.

In my searches since I've had trouble finding 998s and 1275, but 1098s have followed me home like lost puppies.   One is even a factory replacement engine, no one I found could decode the tag completely.

It didn't make much sense 20 years ago to build one up, but it's looking more attractive now.    The last 1275 I found had a $2500 price tag, used and not guaranteed.    That's more than what the parts/machining for a street engine cost a few years ago.

Just wondered if anyone in the group has suggestions and pitfalls that Vizard neglected in TBASE.

Cheers,

Jim
McKinney
Too many projects, not enough cents.
11  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Re: 78 surf blue mini with a/c for sale on: March 28, 2018, 09:52:36 PM
It was a 1990 Surf Blue Japanese car with a/c on BringATrailer.    In NJ of all places.


Cheers,

Jim
12  Classifieds / Cars For Sale/Wanted / Re: 78 surf blue mini with a/c for sale on: March 28, 2018, 04:55:12 PM
Brad,

Nice clean looking Mini.   Good luck on selling it, I wish I could make a real offer right now.

I think I'm being nudged to work on the Cooper, this is the second Surf Blue car I've seen for sale in the past 2 weeks.   


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Almost Oklahoma
13  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Tour du I35 for Spring Break on: March 19, 2018, 05:44:48 PM
Well, it was another SA drive by at 2 am, so we didn't wake you up.   The trip went ok for the most part, except for a fuel pump failure in the Expedition.  A local shop replaced it at a reasonable price but it threw off our schedule.   See, it's not only Minis that have issues. Wink

Just curious if anyone in the group has applied for the SENTRI program for speeding through customs?   According to the Customs website it was supposed to be only a 2 hour wait last night, it turned into a 3 hour wait Sad

Several interesting Minis on BAT this week.


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
14  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Tour du I35 for Spring Break on: March 12, 2018, 11:08:01 PM
I'll let you know when we're on the way back north.   My wife prefers to make the journey from Laredo to Monterrey and back during daylight, less ghouls at that time. 

It's a wonderful country, it'd be a better country if the gringos could stop buying drugs.   End of my public service announcement. Racing my Mini is the only high I need!


Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Mini and a Mini and a Mini and Huh?
15  General Discussions / Our New Board / Re: New members - introduce yourselves on: March 12, 2018, 10:37:30 PM
Welcome to our group!   I'm just a few miles north of Wylie, on the north side of Lucas.   

I don't know what you've figured out so far, we are an "unclub" of clubs.   No dues, no set meetings, no newsletter.  We are really just a group of Mini owners pulled together by our common interest in the Mini (and now MINI too).

I currently have 3 Mk 1s, a 63 Austin Cooper 997, a '61 Morris Mini done up as a Cooper S vintage racer and a '60 Morris project car.

April is the Dallas All British and European car day at White Rock Lake.   September there is the Texas All British Car Day in Round Rock, just north of Austin.   

Cheers,

Jim, Diana and Jimmy
'63 Austin Cooper and a few other toys
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