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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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