Author Topic: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper  (Read 18711 times)

Offline MPlayle

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #50 on: June 01, 2017, 12:03:26 PM »
As long as yours is not giving any problems (dead spots or hesitations), it will be very reliable.  I have had a couple of FI Minis before that were wonderfully reliable cars - almost a "jump in and drive" level of reliability.

It was only the last one (the Tahiti Blue known as Flur) that had issues that seemed to be due to NLA sensors starting to go out.

The conversion is documented in a thread on this forum.

Edit: Here is the conversion thread.
http://restorationmini.com/forum/index.php?topic=960.0

Edit #2: Here is a picture of where in the manifold the factory O2 sensor is located (directly underneath the throttle body).


« Last Edit: June 01, 2017, 12:19:47 PM by MPlayle »

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2017, 02:45:56 PM »
That looks like a pain in the butt to get into. It did stop beeping once I put premium gas.  20.gif

Offline BruceK

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2017, 04:58:57 PM »
That looks like a pain in the butt to get into.

Other than spark plugs, I'm trying to think of something on a Mini that is not a pain in the butt to get to. 


It did stop beeping once I put premium gas.

What!?  You were being cheap on gas?   ;D

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #53 on: June 01, 2017, 05:06:44 PM »
That looks like a pain in the butt to get into.

Other than spark plugs, I'm trying to think of something on a Mini that is not a pain in the butt to get to. 


It did stop beeping once I put premium gas.

What!?  You were being cheap on gas?   ;D

Don't banish me into the depths of hell! SUCH BLASPHEMY!  :(

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2017, 08:52:23 AM »
Just out and about around the neighborhood.

Offline LarryLebel

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #55 on: June 04, 2017, 01:51:11 PM »
You're a brave man or you don't care about dents or broken lights to parallel park between 2 behemoth, relatively speaking, vehicles.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2017, 02:09:02 PM »
I find people in an urban setting like this are a little more careful when it's a classic or something unusual parked near them, but for the average silver Honda? You're on your own.....
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2017, 09:01:17 PM »
Yeah, I find people are more aware that a Mini is within proximity and doesn't want to deal with the crowd that will light their truck on fire.

At least, that's how I dreamt it.

And they want to work behind me lol!

Offline LilDrunkenSmurf

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #58 on: June 05, 2017, 08:36:20 PM »
Do the conversion, so you can do mine.

Offline BruceK

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #59 on: June 05, 2017, 10:10:27 PM »
I love the photos in this thread of Ivy out on the wild. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #60 on: June 06, 2017, 11:11:12 PM »
So... My fender flares are falling apart. There are so many variations on MiniSpares! I don't know which ones to choose!

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #61 on: June 07, 2017, 09:58:54 AM »
Bruce is changing his out right now (or just did, I don't remember).......Bruce?

I like the big fat ones on my car cause of the wide offset wheels I'm running, with stock 12's like Bruce has I'd probably go with the ones he did.

« Last Edit: June 07, 2017, 10:00:45 AM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #62 on: June 07, 2017, 10:18:45 AM »
^ Looking good, Dave! Are those 12's or 13's? Deep dish!  71.gif

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #63 on: June 07, 2017, 10:54:53 AM »
13 X 6 with A539 tires.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline BruceK

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #64 on: June 07, 2017, 11:49:03 AM »
Bruce is changing his out right now (or just did, I don't remember).......Bruce?

I like the big fat ones on my car cause of the wide offset wheels I'm running, with stock 12's like Bruce has I'd probably go with the ones he did.


Yes, looks like you have the Group 2 flares - same as I had on my car until a couple of days ago (Dan's pulled them off and they will be replaced).   

While I generally liked how they looked, they had these two problems for me:

1)  They cracked all around the screw holes
2) and, worse of all, the outer edge of the flare actually sits and inch or so lower than the Mini's regular metal body wheelarch opening behind it.  With the not-too-big wheels/tires I use (12 X 5.5), that meant I had to raise the car high enough to allow suspension travel without the outer edge of the tire hitting the flares  - and aesthetically, I didn't like my car sitting up that high.  But of course even with the car lifted up slightly with these flares the tires did hit on big bumps (producing a nice temporary burnt rubber smell) and no doubt that contributed to some of the cracking.

I decided to replace the Group 2 flares and go with the Wood & Pickett style because they sit flush with the Mini's metal wheel arch openings (meaning I can lower the car just a little) and they have a really clean, finished look with no exposed fasteners. These come in different sizes, like the bigger ones on Dave's Mini, or narrower which is what I chose, like these that MiniSpares offers: http://minispares.com/product/Classic/Body/Exterior_Trim/Wheel_Arch_moulding/MS133MS.aspx?030502&ReturnUrl=/search/classic/picket.aspx|Back to search

 

This is what I am getting rid of.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2017, 11:52:24 AM by BruceK »
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #65 on: June 07, 2017, 12:11:58 PM »
Don has the Wilson Pickett's on his Pup too......
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline gr8kornholio

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #66 on: June 07, 2017, 01:23:12 PM »
Oooo, I like the look of those Wilson Pickett's flares.  Course I'm still planning on not running any.  At the moment....
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #67 on: June 07, 2017, 02:43:12 PM »
I might get the Wood & Pickett style flares! Mine are cracking around the screw holes and slowly falling apart.  :-[

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #68 on: June 07, 2017, 03:04:37 PM »
Do the conversion, so you can do mine.

You do yours first! You're my guinea pig.  19.gif

EDIT: I might be a cheap bloke, and put this in my shopping cart.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2017, 03:16:28 PM by flipstah »

Offline gr8kornholio

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #69 on: June 07, 2017, 03:24:08 PM »
I put those mirrors on mine.  Love them.  Can actually see out of them compared to the bullet style ones that were originally on it.
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

Offline MPlayle

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #70 on: June 07, 2017, 04:29:23 PM »
Do the conversion, so you can do mine.

You do yours first! You're my guinea pig.

Sorry, but I think I was the forum's guinea pig on the FI-to-Carb conversion.  I documented it for others to be able to follow.  Get to it!


Offline bikewiz

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #71 on: June 07, 2017, 06:50:14 PM »
Do the conversion, so you can do mine.

You do yours first! You're my guinea pig.  19.gif

EDIT: I might be a cheap bloke, and put this in my shopping cart.

Don't buy that Aston cap I have one I'll sell you for $15 shipped 4.gif

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #72 on: June 08, 2017, 11:45:09 AM »
Do the conversion, so you can do mine.

You do yours first! You're my guinea pig.  19.gif

EDIT: I might be a cheap bloke, and put this in my shopping cart.

Don't buy that Aston cap I have one I'll sell you for $15 shipped 4.gif

GASP! I might take you up on that offer. Also, someone might be willing to trade me random parts like flares and side mirrors for a spare steering wheel I have lying around. STAY TUNED.

Side note: Facebook has changed how classic car part trading is being executed.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #73 on: June 14, 2017, 11:25:14 AM »
Overnight parts to and from Japan!


Offline LilDrunkenSmurf

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #74 on: June 19, 2017, 09:15:11 AM »
I have my old aston cap somewhere. It's a little pitted, but you can have it for free.