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Restorations / Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Last post by 94touring on October 18, 2018, 12:31:28 PM »
The style I ordered is similar to that.  They are "high pressure metal clamp" style that fit a 7.5mm hole.  Most standard wheels are nearly twice the diameter hole.  I learned a lot about valve stems today lol.
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Restorations / Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Last post by MiniDave on October 18, 2018, 12:27:32 PM »
My car has these really nice metal ones - I wonder where you get them?
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Restorations / Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Last post by gr8kornholio on October 18, 2018, 09:58:02 AM »
Yea 10" wheels and special sized valve stems.  That's a tough find.  There is only one place on the north end of the Dallas metro area I found that can handle 10" tires/wheels.  If I remember I'll weigh mine when I get home cause they feel light.
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Restorations / Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Last post by 94touring on October 18, 2018, 09:15:44 AM »
That would be my only gripe.  It would have been nice to include the valves or at least give me a heads up what size I need.  I wasted half a day trying to find a place that could do it. 
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Restorations / Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Last post by MiniDave on October 18, 2018, 09:07:47 AM »
Thousand dollar wheels don't include valve stems? And they require a special type too? sheesh

Gotta pay to play I guess. ::)
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Restorations / Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Last post by 94touring on October 18, 2018, 07:54:08 AM »
I was unsuccessful yesterday getting tires mounted.  Turns out these have a special valve stem that no one carries.  Force sent lug nuts but no valve stems, so a quick email later got the particulars on what is needed.  The UK version of race stems were rather expensive, like $50 for 4 valves.  I found some race valves off jegs for $28 shipped for a pack of 5.  Basically need a hole diameter just shy of 7.5mm.  Maybe next week...
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Maintenance and Modifications / Re: 73 Mini
« Last post by MiniDave on October 17, 2018, 05:38:19 PM »
Absolutely!   77.gif
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Maintenance and Modifications / Re: The tuning thread
« Last post by 94touring on October 17, 2018, 05:14:04 PM »
Ended up taking a bit more off the top and each side.  I needed to put on a new gasket when it was all said and done.  The new gasket was better suited for a big bore engine and worked better as a template.  I simply put about a 45 degree bevel leading into the ports.  Would have been much easier had I thought of this pre install.  Nonetheless, I would have to think eliminating a sharp lip the whole circumference a solid 1/16 wide should make an impact.  I also gave the butterflies in the carb some work.  Going by the yellow vizard book I cut the top half of the shalfs off and then levelled the screws with the remaining shaft.  The book gives some increased cfm figures out of the deal, so I'm curious to see how the car reacts.  Also knife edged the butterflies a hair per the book.  I have air fuel ratios I logged today for each speed and full throttle run.  Now I just need to compare.  80mph is lean I discovered at 16:5, but that will be an easy fix.
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Maintenance and Modifications / Re: 73 Mini
« Last post by MPlayle on October 17, 2018, 04:20:32 PM »
When installing the drop bracket, did you remember to loosen the steering rack 'U' bolts to allow the rack to pivot to match the new column angle?  (And then remember to tighten them back up?)

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Cars for sale/wanted / Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Last post by BruceK on October 17, 2018, 04:10:47 PM »
Some pretty impressive original floors for a 51 year old Mini.

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