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Old 10-25-2018, 10:38 AM
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OK, I'll bite. In mid 70's, bought a Mini for $50. Car was a shell, the engine and transmission was in the guys closet of all places. Hauled the shell and engine to my Dads back yard and put it up on blocks. I don't remember what year it was but would be early/mid 60's. It had the external door hinges and sliding glass on the doors, gear shifter came up from the bottom of the firewall. Engine was 850cc with a 4 speed transmission that didn't have syncro's in first gear. I stripped the engine, had the cylinders bored and put new MG pistons in. Trashed the two SU carbs and put a single Weber on it along with a roll bar. At the time, I had a friend that lived in England, and she shipped me a new trans that had syncro's in all gears. Kind of hard to tell from the pic, the rear wheels came off of a fork lift. I raced it in several road rallies.

Was a lot of fun, was surprisingly fast.
 

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Fork lift wheels?! And still raced?! Love that! Where is it now?
 
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I sold it many decades ago. Interestingly, a few years after selling it I spotted it parked in a parking lot. The new owner had completely restored it. Was pretty rough when I sold it.

Yep, fork lift wheels. I actually found them at a place that sold wheels for industrial equipment. The bolt pattern was correct, 10" diameter and 6" wide. Obviously very strong wheels (tho a bit on the heavy side). In that pic, I only had them on the rear. By the time I got around to racing it, I had them on all four corners.
 
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It's like things always seem to find their way back, even if it's just for a moment. Awesome story and thanks for sharing with us!
 
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Bought my first MINI in the fall of 2002 and soon after found some web sites

on a MINI site saw someone offer up a 79 Mini for sale ….. this site had a section for ‘classics’

A few horror stories later I ended up with a (modified) 79 Saloon.




And 14 years later I still have that car … to support the car I’ve had classes in: welding, body repair & auto painting

 
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Hi..during the last 43 years since I learnt to drive I have had around 50 mini pass through my hands many have gone to the mini grave yard but I have saved a few as well My first mini was a 1966 morris 850 minor I bought for a whopping £60 way back in 1977 which was 6months wages back then, in 1980 I bought a 1973 clubman, 1988 I bought my first restoration project was an old beach racer which turned out to be a 1071 cooper S this cost me £200 and took me 4 years to restore trying to gather all the correct parts, this had to be sold when I needed to purchase our first home. in2004 after many mini free years I managed to buy a rover cooper 1990 which again took me several years to restore but I wanted to build a special mini not a run of the mill one so I set about turning it into a 60s retro look cooper S I put mk1 rear panel on mk1 boot bonnet full red/grey/gold brocade interior, 1380cc 7port engine, which I still own and in November 2017 I bought my dream mini an ERA mini turbo which stood unused since it was parked up in a garage since 2004 at present I'm doing a full nut and bolt strip down and rebuild and I hope to have this ready for the IMM60 in England next August.....
my first ever resto a 1977 clubman back in 1987

My beach racer Austin cooper S 1964 1071cc

My 1990 cooper bought in 2004

when it was finished july 2009




at IMM50 Longbridge 2009

This is how I found the ERA

the first time in 13 years it turned a wheel

getting it to my home

current situation of ERA

still a long way to go
 
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What a great bunch of classic Minis. Really dig this car and its "genealogy".
 
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I love the carb setup on the red 1990.
 
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I love the carb setup on the red 1990.
4 Suzuki gs1000 carbs there ok But I was thinking of going down the injection road but I now have the ERA to spend my money on.....
 
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