I have no idea where this is from but it is amazing. Sorry if re-post.
Almost definitely the most famous example here, the E93 M3 pickup April Fools joke. But there was originally a E30 pickup built as a vehicle to deliver parts, as BMW has no commercial vehicles of any sort, and the E93 was built as a replacement, but someone had the brilliant idea of it as an April Fools prank.
Spent the day pulling the Weber side draft setup out of the Mini and installing a more traditional SU HIF38. First turn of the key it fired right up and idled smooth. It drove nicely down the road and I haven’t even tuned it. This makes me happy.
double the chance of a breakdown
So, our ‘90 Mini still doesn’t run like I would like. I’ve changed plugs and wires, cleaned out the carb and adjusted the valves. It runs fine at idle and above 3800 rpm. It has an aftermarket Weber carb on it and I think it is just too much for the 998cc engine. Any thoughts? Anything else I should look at?
The little engine that might.
Mini Cooper S convertible with a vanity tag that said “ZING!”
Took the Mini out for a quick run and a QT roller dog. Their cheese and jalapeños dogs are pretty good, even if I will likely hate myself later.
Automakers dabbling in the world of cycling is nothing new. Peugeot was a bike maker way before they switched to cars, and bikes bearing the Peugeot name continue to be made in Europe to this day. Lotus famously designed the Type 108, one of the first carbon-monocoque aero bikes used in competition, and the bike…
Replacing the stereo in the Mini. It had a Japanese model in it that doesn’t go high enough in the FM band to get most of our stations. This is the mess of wires that I am sorting through.
only a Q & A, but it’s something
I spent the majority of my free time this weekend working on the Mini. I’ve been struggling getting it to run right. Last night I got the timing gun out and found it was retarded. I went to work on it some more this morning and couldn’t get the timing gun to work on #1. I tried it on #2 and it worked. Fiddled around…
Checked the timing on the Mini and it appears to be retarded. I did get it idling fairly smoothly, but it looks like tomorrow I get to adjust the timing. Also, my first use of a timing light.
As I have done in the past four years, I spent the first weekend of November out at Portland International Raceway shooting for Audi Club Northwest’s Quattrofest event. While it was wasn’t quite a rainy as the last few years, it was a little bit nippier in the morning.
Our 1990 Mini has some light surface corrosion in the drip rail by the rear window. Are there any automotive products that folks would recommend applying? I’d rather not sand and paint as that would be spendy, but I also don’t want it to get too bad. I’m thinking Zinc Chromate would do the trick.
I test-drove this Cooper S (manual) today and was bored before the drive was even over. Too big, too disconnected. Post modern cars, for sale new, that are fun. I’m spoiled by my manual-everything ‘91 MR2. AMA about the MINI too!
As I mentioned earlier, I drove the Mini to work this morning. I now have some highway obersrvations. 44HP and 58 lb-ft of torque do just fine on the interstate. 70 MPH was 3800 RPM and it wasn’t too rough or buzzy.
Drove the Mini to work today for the first time. Did 65-70 just fine on the interstate. Everything worked with good temps and pressures. Also, it’s my birthday, so fun car!