Final picked up my new project. 1993 1275i Mini Cooper

  1. Exuptoy

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    Got wind of a mates uncle who does Nissan Micra auto grass who used to do minis until their price started climbing, supposed to have plenty of mini bits. Called in earlier and acquired a set of 7x13 JBW Revolites and Miglia arches. Purchased for £150 all in. Tyres not much cop and that gonna take another minimum of £160 out of the pot. Think they’ll look rude! :D :o

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  2. mr haynes Member

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    Going with the Scalextrics look then :laughing:

    Had to look and found mine

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    Haha. Yeah @mr haynes :D

    This morning I offered up the arches and the rear was ‘over arched’ so dressed them back so it looks more in keeping with the front.
    Happy with that. :D

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    Also fitted my little wheel inside.

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    Found these on the front too. Are they standard 8.4 calipers or something different? They have a twin line set up like the metro turbo ones but there’s a loop fitted as was the practice when fitting Metro Turbo vented ones.

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  4. Exuptoy

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    Still waiting on Minispares (7-10 days!!!) so I started having a look at the rust issue in the roof. I’ve already purchased a corner cut but wasn’t prepared for what was awaiting me!

    I don’t think Rover put this in the roof gutter? :D

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    This was without a grinder!!

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    I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered all new BMH panels to rectify the front driver side. Door frame, scuttle, closing panel, A panel, wing, edging strip for the wing edge once cut back to Sportspack template to accept the Miglia arches. E4B5DF22-BB25-4105-B048-A8A4A7EA1746.jpeg

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    Gotta wait 3 weeks until I get home from work until that lot arrives. At least it’ll be solid then.
     
  5. minimutly Member

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    It's obviously had paint. And you can only hope that it will be solid once you've done those bits. Minis were disposable back in the day, more so towards the end, so protection was minimal. I have a '65 shell that is better than that one you have (well the roof is anyway)...
    To pull those wheels you really need a 1400, or a honda, or k series....
    Or even a bmw head.
    I rebuilt a 1600 kseries mini once (it had eaten one of the clips holding the air cleaner and smashed a piston). It was on twin 40 delortos. Fast doesn't describe it - It needed a dog box it accellerated that fast. Hooligan machine.
    Oh, those are metro callipers.They came in 3 styles. Ap narrow for non vented, ap wide (spacer) for turbos etc, and an early (french?) make for non vented. It's a long time ago...
    The drive flanges were slighlty different too, in offset, but the fixings were the same on all 3.
    If you're going 13 inch wheels you could fit maxi discs and offset the callipers out - decent mini brakes for once.
     
  6. mr haynes Member

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    Look like metro twin pot calipers to me. Mini's were only ever single in standard form.

    Metro discs were metric thread too

    I always hated 175/50 tyres on 7" rims much preferred, from memory, 195/45r13's. Dunno if still get them, bet they're not cheap if you can
     
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  7. Popcorn

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    The vented disc's where fitted to all A-series metro's after 1986 (C-reg) and with those fitted you don't need anything better. I could get the back wheels off the road braking hard with the metro set up.

    There actually 4 pots mr Haynes
     
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    You are absolutely correct, the cerebral mass is more like mush these days :laughing:
     
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  9. garethp Forum Supporter

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    I had original cooper s calipers and disks, hard pads and some flavour of dunlops on mine. Once the pads and tyres were warm it would stop like you'd hit a brick wall.

    Passengers would be screaming into corners and then kissing the windscreen :laughing: before rocketing back out of the corner...

    The one car I wish I'd kept as it was so much fun :(
     
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    My preference was aftermarket alloy 4 pots on solid discs.....i was a bit of a weightweeny lol
     
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  11. Farside

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    I wish they were still cheap, and I'd have one tomorrow.
    Funny the mention of Micras, as I'd already identified the Micra as being suitable for my needs in winters to come.
    Just hope there are some left by the time I get around to one.
    The Mini and Micra share one thing - either can get in my workshop door with a hard turn to the right inside, anything bigger and it would have to live outside.
     
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    Also the mk2? had a 998 engine ;)
     
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  13. Popcorn

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    When I changed back to 10 inch wheels on my mini, the brakes was my biggest concern. Fitted Cooper S disc's and scared myself XXXXless on quite a few occasions.
     
  14. slim_boy_fat

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    :clapping: That paints a wonderful picture :laughing:

    You need to brush up on your handbrake turns.....:whistle: :scared:

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  15. minimutly Member

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    S discs were only any good on 10 inch wheels, the extra leverage of big 12s or 13s gave them too much leverage to deal with.
    My 1400 with 175 70 12s (iir) needed two hands pulling on the wheel to stop it.
     
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    A short clip of a Mini with a 3.5 RV8 that a friend built last year.
     
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  17. Popcorn

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    I think I'm been miss understood here, the S brakes where rubbish compared to the metro 4 pots I had on before I changed back to 10 inch wheels.
    I now have metro vented disc's turned down to 7.5" and 4 pots, there nearly as good now. Obviously the 175/50x13 tyres had something to do with it.
    Those would be 165/70x12 minimutly.
     
  18. Exuptoy

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    Been weighing up the pros and cons and decided to bite the bullet and purchased another £400 worth of heritage panels in the shape of a new lower front apron, nearside wing and A panel. Finished ripping off the old stuff this morning.

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  19. zx9

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    A wise decision I think, if quality parts are available go for it and spend the time making or repairing something that can not be easily replaced.
     
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  20. Exuptoy

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    My repair panel also arrived this afternoon which will need picking apart so I can rescue the front edge of the roof and windscreen surround.

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