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#21
Doc put an idea forward for a rally. He's suggested we do an Italian job rally in minis. He likes the the idea of a BMW mini and I like the idea of a proper mini. I'm kind of warming to the idea as long as we can get them dirt cheap. It's a good idea though. Worth a chat don't ya think?
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#22
I like the idea. You might find cheap 1st gen BMW Minis, but the originals will be way out of budget.
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#23
The 1st generation has the better engine I believe. Made by Chrysler it was in the PT Cruiser plus the British Leyland gearbox is sound, it was from the Maestro and Montego, the BL wheel logo is cast on the 'box even.

The car is stronger than the BMW engined 2nd generation which has the Getrag 'box.... had both versions....

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#24
It is appealing isn't it.
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#25
I had a look over a suitable candidate on fleabay, £300.

Knackered auto box .... take about 2 weeks to rebuild it...might have a bid when the money tree allows.

There's some very high spec Coopers for peanuts.

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#26
Bid on it. I'll go halves with you, if it's a cheap easy fix. I'll do the all the Donkey work.
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#27
Let me have a shuffty at the internals first...there's two box's

Ones a CVT the other is hydraulic.

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#28
Coolio Cool
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#29
There's a lot on Gumtree with blown head gaskets, must be an Achilles Heel when they get to a certain age
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#30
It's cause and effect.

Rach's showed all the effects of a blown head gasket....it's the radiator that fractures and this in turn can blow the gasket if left ignored.

I changed the rad...it's a full off with the front end Angry

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#31
German engineering that is
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#32
Easy job for a highly tuned engineer that doc.. so how did you get on? Laugh Rolleyes
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#33
In my dark deep past.... I was pretty quick at splitting a 5 speed escort/fiesta box... and rebuilding.

The £300 Mini was a low spec One, I'm after a Cooper S auto full spec but with a shagged auto.

I had a Cooper the car was sublime, broke my heart to sell it... but the wife and daughter had thrashed it to death....

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#34
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2002-MINI-COOP...SwV~1ZlwJK
What do you reckon for the cannonball run Doc, worth a pun?
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#35
Or this one
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2001-MINI-HATC...SwZ4dZGdnt
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#36
No1.
He thinks it a release bearing....
More likely the gearbox is breaking up. Believe it or not, it's the old Rover Montego box which is very good, but the Brummies made it sealed for life...
I drained Rach's and found the magnet full of swarf... but a flush and new oil plus a moly additive had it back to new.

It is a straightforward job to pull the box out but then you're into a clutch and the bill is climbing to the stars....

The later shape has a Getrag 6 speed.... that's bomb proof.

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#37
No2.
Not bad at all.
The rough running is more likely from it boiling over then popping its head gasket. Normally that's the head fecked, but the engine is from the Chrysler PT Cruiser...! And good old Yankee rednecks fitted it with a cast iron head. So a check for warping, possible skim and a new gasket and job done.....
However....
What caused the overheating is more likely the radiator corroding......
To replace that.... the entire front needs to come off the car....been there, done it.

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#38
This is truly a bizarre coincidence ....: as I too have been looking last week for a Mini....as there are not too many autos around.

I reckon about one bag of sand to half again will buy a decent one which will return the same when selling...

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#39
There's this, a Cat D, NSR quarter looks the likely past damage...

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/a...ars&page=1

And this puppy....

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/a...ars&page=1

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#40
There great Doc. If we are going to do a rally/cannonball run to Italy ?? then we go in a mini. I'm more than happy, willing and able to go halves with you on buying and driving it. We have to have a ceiling price of £500 each. I say we buy the car first, carry out a bit of tinkering and prep it for the Italian challenge. Then we'll decide which challenge/run we'll do. Sounds like a plan to me.....carry on!
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