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« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2013, 10:24:24 AM »

Welcome
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« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2013, 11:12:38 AM »

'56 Mini?  Sure it's not a Minor?

Ohhhhh, it's one of those new BMW Minis. 

Welcome.

Jim
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« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2017, 07:15:44 AM »

Hello,

I'm Todd and new to the MOT.  I will be retiring from the Air Force May 1st and moving down to the San Antonio area around Feb.  Good to see fellow classic mini owners around.  I have a 1989 Austin Mini Mayfair that I brought back from England with me.  I also brought back a 1986 Land Rover Defender 90.  Can't wait to get to TX and continue working on these two cars.  I'm not a mechanic by no means but I can make my way around them and tinker and fix them up.
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« Reply #33 on: October 16, 2017, 04:36:48 PM »

Congrats on your impending retirement and good luck with your 'toys'. I'm glad you found the group.

Paul
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« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2017, 01:27:21 PM »

Hi, all.

I am Derek Salvage, returning to the fold after a lapse of many years. Now retired in Spring, Texas. Still have my 1964 1071 S which I am slowly getting road worthy again. Now registered and running, but very rough at low revs. Still, better than before !
Have lost rack of who is still around to work on these cars. Graham Davies did a great job on re-building the motor but that was nearly 10 years ago. Any pointers on who is still around would be welcome!
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« Reply #35 on: October 20, 2017, 08:16:01 AM »

Derek,
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?
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Chris
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« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2017, 08:39:34 PM »

Hi, all!  Just letting everybody know that I'm still alive and well in Shreveport and so is the AutoX Mini, 30 years into the mission, although it is in need of a good "freshening" before next season. 

Toward that end, now is still a great time to buy parts directly from England.  Even though the exchange rate isn't quite as good as it was a couple of months ago when I ordered my front alloy brakes and wheels from Mini Sport, it's still much better than it used to be.  One US dollar today equals one GB pound.  As an example of how this can save you money, I just got a shipment today from Mini Spares.  I got Mahle (Vandervell VP2) main and rod bearings, thrust washers, a high-capacity water pump, and a full gasket set for $125.  DHL Express shipping from the UK was $23 and that was the lowest shipping rate offered.

On the tire mounting issue, I recently took a couple of fresh Hoosier slicks (20.5x7-13) to a local independent tire shop where I had recently bought new tires for my pick-em-up truck and asked if they could mount them on my 13x6 Diamond Racing rims.  "Sure!  We can do that."  Right!  Apparently, this guy had never mounted slicks before.  They've got a bead that's even more rigid than the Yokos.  The old ones came off the rims with no problem at all and the new ones went on just as easily.  But, he had a bee-itch of a time trying to get the bead to seat on the new ones.  He cussed the tires up one side and down the other.  Then he cussed me up and down, too.  But, eventually, he got them mounted and then told me to never bring him any more!!!  He only charged me $10 per wheel to mount the new slicks and dispose of the old ones.
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« Reply #37 on: November 09, 2017, 08:55:44 PM »

Hi, all.

I am Derek Salvage, returning to the fold after a lapse of many years. Now retired in Spring, Texas. Still have my 1964 1071 S which I am slowly getting road worthy again. Now registered and running, but very rough at low revs. Still, better than before !
Have lost rack of who is still around to work on these cars. Graham Davies did a great job on re-building the motor but that was nearly 10 years ago. Any pointers on who is still around would be welcome!


Graham retired several years ago for health reasons and sold off everything in his shop before moving to the northeast to be with his family.  I bought a ton of parts from him when he shut down, including the motor that's in my car right now and the trailer I use to haul it to events.

Since I'm in Louisiana, I'm not sure who in Houston, San Antonio, or Austin still works on Minis.  There's Kip Motors in DFW but I can't help you with anything closer to the Houston area. 
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« Reply #38 on: March 12, 2018, 09:37:37 PM »

New guy here in Wylie, TX just outside of Dallas. I just picked up a 1974 Mini with a 1380 swifttune motor. Itís a nice runner but can use a little tweaking. Iíve had many classic American cars from the 50s and 60s, but only a few European models like three Porsche 914ís and a 63 MG Midget with a 998cc motor.

Iím looking forward to enjoying this Mini!
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« Reply #39 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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« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2018, 03:34:20 PM »

New guy here in Wylie, TX just outside of Dallas. I just picked up a 1974 Mini with a 1380 swifttune motor. Itís a nice runner but can use a little tweaking. Iíve had many classic American cars from the 50s and 60s, but only a few European models like three Porsche 914ís and a 63 MG Midget with a 998cc motor.

Iím looking forward to enjoying this Mini!

Welcome to the group. I look forward to seeing your Mini one of these days.

Paul
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« Reply #41 on: April 12, 2018, 08:12:36 PM »

Thanks for the welcome everyone!

Yes, Lucas is not that far at all. We pass through there sometimes on our way to McKinney, trying to avoid 75.  Grin After quite a bit of diving in my Mini I realized it must have sat for a while. The tires looked nice but quickly started splitting so I replaced them with new A008s. The motor acceleration seems a bit flat, so I think I'm going to start with a compression test, ignition tune up, and carb fiddling. Most stuff looks a little aged, but the plugs seem new. They are B8ES NGKs, but I think 7's might be a better fit. We'll give everything a freshening up and see where it's at then.

Dan
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« Reply #42 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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« Reply #43 on: April 13, 2018, 09:22:09 AM »

The NGK BP6ES seems to be the popular choice for street Minis.

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