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!
I’m looking for a recommendation for a low profile radio to put into the 1990 Mini. Something with a USB port to charge a phone is preferred. The thinner the better as there isn’t a lot of room in there.
Our Mini has a Mangoletsi tagged carb. I’m having a hard time finding info. I’m thinking they may have rebuilt a Weber with a Mangoletsi kit. Any thoughts?
The 1990 Mini is here and registered. It has even gone on a run for pizza. This post will walk you through the steps that I went through to get it here and on the road. Getting the car wasn’t as easy as going’s to your local Dent and Scratch Auto, but I was able to get something interesting for a good bit less than…
When I started the import process I emailed the county DMV office asking what paperwork was needed. They sent me a list. Today I walked in with all the items on the list and walked out with a registration and temp tag! I love it when a plan comes together.
Our Mini is a perfectly respectable white. It is kind of dull that way. We are thinking about getting it wrapped to give it some color and provide some protection. Most likely we will go with a solid color, but maybe we will do something more interesting. What would you do?
Seen here is our 1990 Morris Mini Mayfair that I bought from Flavien, and imported from Japan, sitting in front of our 2005 Cooper S. My wife was thrilled. I still have some things to do to get it registered. Nothing huge.
The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. A MINI that isn’t mini, and a plug-in hybrid small crossoverish thing that’s less efficient than a giant minivan.
My friend is very much not a car enthusiast, being a fan of an automatic gearbox like some sort of heathen. That aside, they want a fun hatchback under $15,000 AUD.
Helping a friend check out a car this weekend - a 2007 Mini, down here in Aus.
Another week or so of tinkering and the Mini should be ready to hit the road. Just messing with minor stuff.