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Old 10-23-2009, 07:35 AM   #121
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Dunno. I still have lots of work to do. I did get the brake master cyl loose on my lunch and now I have to do the one for the clutch, then grind out the old lower bracket and weld in the new one.

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Old 10-23-2009, 02:47 PM   #123
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Well now, check this out.






I pushed the Mini up next to the house and ran an extension cord and did the welding out at the street. So now she is back up and running. I'm going to spend all day tomorrow on getting the interior and hopefully get it done tomorrow.
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Nice! You just could make the show Sunday.
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Hope you do make it we want more photo's
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So after about 30 minutes or so of deep though I finished the interior but not as I had planned. As much as I wanted to I just couldn't bring myself to put the FatMat and carpet kit in the car so I put the old crap back in. My reasoning was this morning I found a few rusty area's that need to be dealt with before I can continue with the interior and there is a bunch of nasty tar like crap all over the floor that I'm not sure the FatMat will stick to. I also discovered that the heater core has started to leak on the floor. When you add that to the paint job that I'm not happy with and a few areas that the PO filled with spray foam I have decide to hold back a bit on building the Mini. I want this to be a show car and I will never be happy until I can be certain of the WHOLE car is 100% so I have decide that when I sell the Jeep (soon) I'm going to use that money to have the whole car blasted and every bit of rust removed and every dent, ding, and bend fixed and repaint the whole thing.

But, on the bright side it runs great and I'll be taking it to the show tomorrow and bringing back lots pics and some more parts.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:38 PM   #127
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it's better that you decided to forgo the fatmat for today. you would have been kicking yourself if it didn't stick or look right. once you address those issues you will feel more comfortable about putting it in.
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Sounds like a plan Chris, if you are looking at show quality, this is the way to go.
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Ya, it was some expensive stuff and it would have all been wasted when the car is stripped if I put it in now. It took me about 30 minutes to convince myself to not do it. I almost did it anyways but when I realized the heater core had started to leak, that was the last straw.
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Absolutely, if you are going to restore it, do it right the first time.
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Oh, where to begin. Today was a long day and this story is going to be long. I can just feel it.

So I've been fiddling around trying to get the thing to run with the Distributor-less Ignition System(DIS) and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't run. Since today was a Government holiday I used this time to really get into it and see what can be done. I've been tinkering with it over the past few weeks but this was getting serious now. I want it figured out....TODAY!!

Because my laptop doesn't have a serial port I can't use it to adjust the timing in the car so every timing adjustment I make has to be done on my desktop machine. That means unplugging everything from the control module and removing it from the car, going across the street, in the house, hooking it up to a 9V battery, and my computer. I make all my adjustments and then take it back out and hook it all back up again and see if it works.

I tried a few timing curves I downloaded off the internet with no results and I tried tweaking them (a lot). One timing curve was a perfect match, a 998cc Mini engine with a Stage 1 kit. The car didn't even come close to starting with anything I did. I'm suspecting no spark at this point so I hook up my little inline spark checking things that light up when there is spark. I got lots of spark and I know it has fuel because the car was running fine before I started this project. So I glance over everything. I removed the spark checking things and put the plug wires back on and give it a go. It tries to start several times after that and I can almost get it to start but it just won't take off. It tries enough to disengage the starter from the flywheel. Finally I'm getting somewhere. So I get back out and am looking under the hood and I notice that I had accidentally flipped the number three and four plug wires. Oh, well that must be part of my problem so I switch em back and think now it should go. I get in and nothing at all just cranks and cranks. So now I'm thinking that since it tried a bit earlier that maybe I've just tweaked my numbers too much, so I go and reset the timing curve back to the factory default and give it another go. Well after hanging on the starter for entirely too long it starts cranking faster and almost tries to start. I give it a few more tries with the same result. So I go back in and tweak the cranking timing a bit. Same result only a little better. Tweak it some more and nothing. At this point I'm very frustrated and about ready to give up. I pull out the distributor bung hole and put the distributor and coil back on and set it all back up and unplug the control module. It takes me a few minutes of messing with the distributor timing and cranking but I get it running and it runs. I hook up the timing light and set the timing right. I let the engine get up to full operating temp and I though well now that the engine is up to temp maybe I can hook up the DIS again and see what happens. I left the distributor and coil on but just pulled the plug wires off the plugs and pulled the power wire to the coil and hooked the DIS back up. Nothing. WTF!!!! I quickly take the module back in and install the 998 stage 1 timing curve and plug it back in the car. Still nothing. Well, what the hell. I have nothing to lose. It almost fired when I had numbers three and four plug wires backwards so lets see what happens. I switch them and give it a go. It is back to almost firing so I adjust the timing back a bit more and it's still doing the same thing. So I'm stumped. I get out and am starring at the engine. I do this for about 3 to 5 minutes, just standing there thinking of what could be wrong. Well what the hell again. If switching plug wires three and four does something I wonder what would happen if I switched one and two also. I switched the wires, get in and that damn thing fired right up. Runs like a champ, smoother and better than with the distributor. Revs quicker too. The idle is a bit rough but that is probably because I tweaked it a bit while setting it up. I'll adjust it back later. I don't get it but it runs. I'm a very happy camper now. I know it isn't me that hooked the plug wires up wrong because the coil is labeled as to which wire goes where and I've checked that at least 4 times. Anyways, the label is apparently wrong and I win.

I wanted to take it for a spin and see what kind of performance I have but it was night time and raining. The car is nice and clean for the next Mini show and I don't want to get it all filthy. So I just pulled the key, turned off the lights and closed up shop.....with a big sh*t eating grin on my face.
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Sounds like it's time to sit back and feel all smug and smart with a cold one. Congrats.
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I just skimmed through this and damn, good job! That thing looks awesome, and I can't believe what a deal you got on it.

I couldn't help it though:
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:51 PM   #134
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LOL. I think that is going to make my desktop. Thanks.

If you skimmed then you might have missed a crucial part. The Mini in the pic you used isn't the same car as the black one. The orange/yellow one had too much rust and is getting turned into a Mini trailer for the black one.
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LOL. I think that is going to make my desktop. Thanks.

If you skimmed then you might have missed a crucial part. The Mini in the pic you used isn't the same car as the black one. The orange/yellow one had too much rust and is getting turned into a Mini trailer for the black one.
Hmm I'll have to go back and look at that but either way, I forgot that the original Mini's were pretty friggin cool, and yours ranks high among them.
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So I was on my way to work this morning and when I got within a 1/2 block or so of work, the mini started to make an awful racket from the engine. It sounded bad. I pulled in and parked. At break time I though I would look it over and maybe try to diagnose it there. I pulled the rocker box off and didn't notice anything unusual so I put it back on. I thought maybe I could listen and see where the sound is coming from. My mate Nige was there helping. I started it up and it was still making a rattling sound. About 10 seconds or so later the engine came to a complete stop faster than you can snap your fingers. I hit the starter but it did nothing.

So I'm taking Tuesday and Wednesday off to work on it. Tonight I got quite a bit done.

Here is what I accomplished.

Hood off.




Intake and exhaust manifolds, ignition system, and rocker box removed.






Radiator hose and spark plugs removed, head loose.




Head off.





The coolant is just from the head when I took it loose.



Coolant removed from cylinders to reveal normal looking cylinders and pistons....at least from this angle.




Head studs and gasket removed, radiator removed.
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Water pump, crank case breather port, starter, and alternator removed




Oil filter housing and piping removed.




And that is as far as I made it tonight. I did get half the bolts for the clutch cover removed. Tomorrow though. I should know what the problem is and have parts on order.
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You said earlier you hit the starter and nothing happened, can you now turn it over by hand?
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:02 AM   #139
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No. The engine will not rotate.
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:08 AM   #140
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Oh well, pretty much narrows down to where the problem is.

Now that it is all apart are there any mods planned for the motor?
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Time he's finished it will be the meanest sounding Mini in Britain, lumpy cam & all! Waiting for some good video
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You know it's funny because I was just checking out some lumpy cams last night on the Minispares website. I also looked at a few stage 3 heads. Money is a bit tight now with Christmas and all so it might just be a "fix what's broke and get it back together" job.

I made it a bit farther last night but I still haven't gotten into the engine.

Clutch cover off.



Clutch and flywheel off.



Clutch housing off.



Timing cover off.






The only thing left to do is to lift the engine off the transmission, but it won't come off. It is really on there. I was so tired last night I just let it go till today.
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You're making a lot of headway on her. I'm watching this build pretty closely. I've always been a fan of the old Minis.
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Here is today's update.

Engine and transmission out of car in one piece.



Timing set removed.





Engine and transmission separated. It helps if you remove ALL of the bolts that hold the two together. There was one bolt I didn't see because it was to the back of the block, but once it was out it didn't take too much of hammer/chisel to get the two apart.



Well, here is the punchline to this sick joke. All this could have been prevented very very easily. When I installed the distributorless ignition I bought a plug for the hole in the block where the distributor once sat. Well there is a separate shaft that connects the cam and the distributor drive. I left it in the engine because it looked like the block plug would hold it in place, the instructions didn't say anything about removing it, and it would be hard to get out...so I left it in the engine. Wrong answer. It popped loose and wedged itself between the cam and the crank.







So since I can't tell if the cam and crank are still straight... I guess they will need to be replaced. And stock parts..........well they just won't do.
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just think of all the fun you are gona have putting it back together
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Well. I did some pricing for parts. Ouch. Everything is fairly reasonable except the crank and they aren't in stock either. They are built to order. £678($1132) So, I was bumming around fleabay and found this little gem. I think this is the way I'm going to go since it is cheaper than me rebuilding mine and it will have more power than what I was going to build. Not to mention the labor is already done.

Morspeed 998 fast road engine on eBay (end time 03-Dec-09 17:33:47 GMT)


It's so pretty too.
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Damm, you are fast. The item has been delisted. I wanted to see how pretty it was.
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So, um........That sucks. I didn't do it.


EDIT: No it is still there. Try this link. You guys scared me for a second there.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Morspeed-998-f...item2ea8df6335
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Nice, complete with transmission. This should perk the Mini up.
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So I picked up the new engine and trans today.

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