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1  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Mini at Good Guys today on: March 19, 2012, 01:05:40 PM
I would love to make it out, but my grandson's fourth birthday will take us to Kansas City for a good part of the weekend. Another time I guess.

I mentioned that the builder didn't miss a trick right? Here is the drivetrain parts list:

    * Honda B-series engine conversion
    * Air conditioning conversion
    * LS/VTEC engine with B18B1 Block and B16 head
    * Head modified with machined dowel pin holes, oil port plugged, and milled .010
    * Valve cover powder coated with a base of argent silver and a top coat of translucent grape
    * Polished aluminum spark plug wire cover
    * JE 11.5:1 pistons and rings
    * Block guard
    * B16 intake and throttle body
    * Acura Integra GSR transmission
    * ACT Clutch
    * Clutch Master Flywheel
    * Custom axles designed to take Rover Metro CV joints on one side and Acura Integra on the other
    * Rage adjustable cam gears
    * Golden Eagle high flow fuel rail
    * AEM adjustable fuel pressure regulator
    * Aluminum under drive crankshaft pulley
    * Modified Minitec alternator system
    * Braided stainless VTEC oil supply kit
    * 4-2-1 stainless steel header
    * Full custom mandrel bent stainless 2.5" exhaust system with Magnaflow muffler and tips
    * Custom shortened Acura Integra shift rods and linkage
    * GSR oil pump and timing belt
    * Multiport aluminum oil filter sandwich
    * Accel DFI Gen 7+ programmable fuel and spark management with harness and all sensors
    * Custom machined aluminum adapter brackets and plates for GM style sensors and IAC
    * Accel DFI 6A Ignition box
    * Accel DFI Dual Sync Distributor
    * Accel 310cc Fuel Injectors
    * Accel Wideband O2 engine analyzer and data logger
    * Accel plug wires
    * Accel DFI Coil
    * Custom polished aluminum air intake and cone filter
    * Chrome valve cover breather filter
    * Polished aluminum and carbon fiber oil filler cap
    * Aluminum race radiator
    * Slim line electric cooling fan with custom aluminum mounts
    * Custom made aluminum radiator mounting brackets
    * Stainless steel overflow reservoir with polished aluminum cap
    * New AC compressor with custom machined mounting bracket (closer to block for clearance)
    * Custom AC lines and polished aluminum bulkhead fittings
    * Custom brushed aluminum vent block off plates
    * Secondary radiator recently added to help when running AC on super hot days (may not be in some of the pictures or videos)
2  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Mini at Good Guys today on: March 19, 2012, 07:39:40 AM
How cool is to be spotted - especially by a fellow MoT member! My wife and I made the trip out Saturday. We didn't compete in anything (expensive parking spot) but had a great time roaming around.

It's a great car and a fantastic build. I can't take any credit for it at all. A guy near St. Louis Missouri spent eight years and a boatload of money building it. He had put about 1200 miles on the finished car and decided that he needed a Ferrari. I bought the car for less than half of what he had in it and he bought his used 355 Spyder in Florida. It has a VTEC engine and more stuff done to it than I have time to list. I take it to Cars and Coffee and it will be at ABCD too if you want to check it out up close.

The white Mini was doing well against the V8 cars and was in fourth when I talked to him. He said that the initial straight was costing him a full three seconds, but he was making it up in the turns. I never heard how he finished up.

3  General Discussions / Events / Cars and Coffee Saturday morning on: March 02, 2012, 06:18:16 PM
Kind of late notice, but tomorrow morning is the monthly Cars and Coffee gathering at Classic BMW. There are at least four classic Mini's that will be in attendance, and we'd welcome some company. The British cars are in the NE corner of the lot....enter from Dallas Parkway and drive straight to the rear, then hang a left. If you want a space it's advisable to arrive around 7-7:15a. There is coffee for sale for charity and lately there has been a roach coach present as well.

With great weather all weekend I would expect a healthy turnout meaning 400-500 cars showing.

If you make the trip, watch your speed for at least 1/2 mile out in every direction. The Plano Police view this as easy money and their presence is heavy.  Angry

Following that Sewell Mini of Plano hosts a very good (free) brunch, and they are especially thrilled when classic Minis are in attendance.
4  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Any ideas about intermittent problem on: December 17, 2011, 07:27:48 PM
Um, it didn't start at all this last time?  Or started after cranking a while?

I hope they're not shining you on.. and charging 1 hour labor every time they try to start the car, and it starts. 

If the ECU is telling the injector to stay open full blast, it's like the float needle sticking open and flooding the car.   But that's really unlikely... like.... really really unlikely.   Sounds like they priced the ECU and injectors and figured their margin.


Now after they have looked into it more, I'm told that it's a temperature controller that is under the intake. A hard part to source and a lot of work to install. I hate to spend a bunch of money on what seems like another hunch to me. I'm not a mechanic, but seeing the relationship between an temperature controller and the car starting is difficult for me. Ideas? I'm tempted to just bail the child out and expect it to act up on me now and then - unless this is a problem that will degrade.
5  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Any ideas about intermittent problem on: December 17, 2011, 12:34:50 PM
If the shop hasn't had the problem surface in 3 weeks... maybe it's time to collect the toy and just drive it. 



Yeah, that was my thought too. When I arrived to get the car I found that they had attempted to start the car one last time and it wouldn't, (weird timing eh?). The mechanic's opinion is that it's in the electronic signal from the computer to the fuel injectors (as I understand what I was told) and he was looking into it. How he determined that from it not firing one time is beyond me, but I know that he is very good at this. Presumably it may another 3 or 4 week period to see if he was right.  Roll Eyes  I was ready to bring it home and check the ground strap, and order new plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, and possibly a coil just to eliminate those possibilities suggested - and I may replace them anyway.

Thanks to everyone for their input. I'll report the outcome as it becomes known. Like Paul said, the car makes me grin whenever I fire it up. Knowing that there may be a better of chance of not having to hoof it from a remote stop will raise the enjoyment level substantially. Other than this problem, the car runs great.
6  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Any ideas about intermittent problem on: December 13, 2011, 07:47:01 AM
When it fails to start, are any other electrical systems not functioning quite right?  Examples: 1) The interior light is dim or dims when trying to start the car.  2) The headlights or turn signals only partly work.

Undo the ground connection in the boot (trunk) where the ground strap bolts to the body and clean the bolt and captive nut.  Make sure there is a good, clean contact there.  Poor ground can cause much of the same condition you describe.  I had that issue with the last SPI Mini I had.

I haven't had the problem when any of the lights are on, so I haven't noticed anything like that, but the starter always cranks strong. It will be simple enough to do what you suggest. I'll give the shop another week then I'll just have to bring the car home and try all of these things. I have to get over the mindset that with this car having such low mileage things shouldn't be failing - but I forget that after all it is a '96, (um '72  Wink) and sheer age could be contributing to the problems.

Again, thanks for the suggestions.
7  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Any ideas about intermittent problem on: December 13, 2011, 07:31:09 AM
"Dizzy" is the British term for Distributor!!!  Got carried away there and intermixed British terms with American terms.  Sorry 'bout that.  I spend a lot of time on the International Mini Owners list and sometimes forget which list I'm addressing!!!  8<{)


Oh those crazy Brits. I should've figured that one out.
8  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Re: Any ideas about intermittent problem on: December 12, 2011, 09:53:23 PM
My mechanic found a vacuum leak that made the car run much better...but the problem wasn't resolved with that find.

I'm more of a paint and body guy than a mechanic, and I have to ask, since I've never heard this term, what is a "dizzy? Undecided

Thanks for your suggestions, I will pass them along to the mechanic. They all sound like things that can at least be checked without waiting for a failed start attempt.
9  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / Any ideas about intermittent problem on: December 12, 2011, 07:01:57 PM
My 1996 1275 SPI Mini has been in the shop for three weeks with an intermittent problem. 19 out of 20 times the car starts right up, but that one time every now and then it cranks but won't start. It's getting gas because it will flood. The car always starts - eventually, and of course runs horribly until the gas clears out. The shop is waiting, supposedly starting it each day waiting for it to fail. No luck so far. When it starts normally it runs great, but I am always anxious waiting for that day that it would leave me stranded.

I'm hoping that one of you long-term owners has experienced this or has an idea what I (or the shop) might look for. I'm tempted to just bail the car out and live with the fact that I might be stranded now and then until the car decides to run.

I miss the little guy and would like to be back out on the street.
10  Technical Forums / Maintenance Issues / British Leyland Auto Center in Lewisville on: October 28, 2011, 03:07:02 PM
I took my car to Bob's Tire and Auto in Lewisville to have Will do some work, and as I pulled in I noticed the British Leyland Auto Center right next door. I wondered why I haven't heard any mention of this place and thought I'd ask you all what the lowdown is on the place. Any opinions, experiences, etc?  Huh
11  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Another new guy on: October 04, 2011, 06:51:08 PM
I'd love to see the photos. It sounds like the Colorado C&C  leans a lot more to the exotic side. Much as I enjoy the supercars, after living here this long seeing them is kind of "meh".
12  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Another new guy on: October 03, 2011, 08:42:01 AM
I ran into the traffic for the bike race followed by lots of runners on Parkwood, then got mixed up in traffic for the bike race again on the way home later, busy Saturday. Sorry we missed you. We had the "triplets" present and it was a nice time. We left after while to have brunch at Mini of Plano.

13  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Another new guy on: September 30, 2011, 06:42:57 AM
Yeah, what Paul said.  Grin

14  General Discussions / The Lounge / Re: Another new guy on: September 20, 2011, 04:58:00 PM
Hi all!

Just to confirm what Angel said, Cars and Coffee is held the first Saturday of every month at Classic BMW. I usually roll in around 8 and it's in full swing. I believe it actually starts around 7a and is pretty much over by noon. With the temperatures were having, the October 1st C&C should be very good. I plan on parking my car on display for once. I hope to meet some of you.

Another note too. Sewell MINI hosts a brunch at the same time as C&C and would be thrilled to have a bunch of classic show up.

FYI  If you go to this and when you leave, watch your speed. The Plano police see this as tempting as shooting fish in a barrel and are (usually) staked out within 1/2 mile in all directions.

As long as I'm yakking about cars I'll tell those that like this sort of thing that the Mecum Auto Auction is coming to Dallas October 6-8 (Thursday-Saturday) at the Convention Center. I've always wanted to go to one of these, as much for the memorabilia as the cars. Check it out:
15  General Discussions / The Lounge / Another new guy on: September 19, 2011, 05:52:39 PM
If you read the post New Guy Here At MoT, I'm the fellow new owner that Paul Wings referred to. My name is Randy and I live in north Plano. I was excited about the arrival of the new MINI several years ago and intended on buying one. I met Paul by leaving a note on his car in the parking garage at work one day and he just got the desire to get a car going even more. Soon after an '03 JCW became available, and the rest is history. I drove that car for several years, but I change cars out fairly often and I sold the car to a doctor in Arkansas. I probably shouldn't have,  I had a lot of fun with my MINI and made a lot of great friends through Metroplex MINI. Having the new MINI renewed my interest in the classic Mini as well and after seeing a really nice one at the grand opening of Sewell MINI in Plano set the wheels in motion to at least look for one. Initially I had my sight set on a classic, then after selling my Corvette, I thought that a VTEC might be the way to go. I was following two cars - one VTEC, and one classic. The classic won, and I had it shipped from Connecticut a few months ago right before leaving on vacation. It was tough knowing that my new car was sitting at home undriven.

I'm sorting the car out, but it was in very good condition already. Like Paul, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I have so there are no surprises in the future. The car is a blast to drive and seems to be pretty strong. I have one issue and that is the switch on the air-conditioner. I'm told that the switch is no longer available, so I'll be looking for a good A/C shop or electronics whiz to repair/replace/fabricate a switch for the works now, but I'm trying to get it back to perfect.

I look forward to meeting the group when the chance arises. I'm just guessing that Paul and I might both take our cars up to Cars and Coffee in October if any of you get up to that. I hope to meet you all soon.[email protected]/sets/72157627417659113
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