Author Topic: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper  (Read 4075 times)

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #75 on: June 19, 2017, 10:07:48 AM »
I feel bad, because this is now becoming a picture thread rather than a restoration thread.

BUT SHE IS RUNNING WELL.  62.gif 62.gif 62.gif

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #76 on: June 19, 2017, 10:38:18 AM »
It's funny, when I'm driving in my Mini I don't feel like I'm in a small car!  ;D
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 #77 on: June 19, 2017, 10:43:26 AM »
It's funny, when I'm driving in my Mini I don't feel like I'm in a small car!  ;D

Same here! Up to the point when I'm staring at someone's bumper through the windshield.  9.gif

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #78 on: June 20, 2017, 10:44:21 AM »
LilDrunkenSmurf and I bought random parts from MiniSpares. Fenders are random, right?  22.gif

Side note: Found this on the internetz.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #79 on: June 20, 2017, 08:47:41 PM »
I may have jinxed myself today. Lost steering due to a loose hub while picking up parts haha. Quick repair at the company parking lot solved it.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #80 on: June 21, 2017, 10:14:03 AM »
First, steering. Now, brakes.

From bite to no bite. I'm pretty sure the master cylinder failed on me this morning FML.

Gate or wall? Gate. Mini is fine though!

Offline LilDrunkenSmurf

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #81 on: June 21, 2017, 11:35:46 AM »
I'm now curious if my brakes feel right or not, after talking to you. Mine have always felt "unpowered", like there was no servo/booster.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #82 on: June 21, 2017, 11:49:46 AM »
I'm now curious if my brakes feel right or not, after talking to you. Mine have always felt "unpowered", like there was no servo/booster.

If yours require pedal to the metal to stop, you have problems. Otherwise, should be fine.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #83 on: June 21, 2017, 11:56:11 AM »
First, steering

I was driving Buzz home from a weekend run about 200 miles form home when I noticed something drop by my foot - when I looked down I saw about 5 small nuts - all from my steering wheel where it attaches to the hub - there was one screw left still tight! I eased over to the side of the road but I had no pliers or wrenches with me, so all I could do was put them on finger tight, all the rest of the drive home I was reaching around under the wheel tightening the nuts as they repeatedly loosened.  When I got home I Locktited those suckers!
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 #84 on: June 21, 2017, 06:42:13 PM »
Sounds like my Tuesday, Dave!

So all my brake fluid is gone from the reservoir but no leak. The theory is that the master cylinder seal gave way and the fluids are in the servo.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #85 on: June 21, 2017, 07:56:42 PM »
You're probably right, if so it will put white smoke out the tailpipe. Sounds like time for a new master cylinder.....good luck with the clevis pin!   ::) 50.gif

Make sure it's not your rear wheel cylinders leaking, sometimes the fluid gets absorbed by the brake dust and doesn't dribble out, but it usually shows up on the backing plate.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2017, 07:58:16 PM 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 #86 on: June 28, 2017, 11:05:57 AM »
The website lied!

Bought fenders with LilDrunkenSmurf from MiniSpares and got these:

http://minispares.com/product/Classic/Body/Exterior_Trim/Wheel_Arch_moulding/GAW117.aspx?030502&ReturnUrl=/shop/classic/Body/Exterior~Trim/Wheel~Arch~moulding.aspx|Back%20to%20shop

When I went to deliver them, we saw that the holes don't even match rofl.

Meanwhile, Ivy is in the shop here in Calgary to get a new master cylinder and suspension cones.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #87 on: June 28, 2017, 11:44:44 AM »
"Keep it stock" I said.

"It'll be a classic" I said.

http://www.podifold.com/

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #88 on: July 17, 2017, 01:12:30 PM »
Finally got Ivy back from the repair shop. New steel brake line and suspension cones were apparently a bitch to get fixed.

The invoice reflected it haha!

After I got it back, I installed the new fenders from MiniSpares. Mint!

Online 94touring

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #89 on: July 17, 2017, 05:02:43 PM »
Very clean looking!

Offline MiniDave

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #90 on: July 17, 2017, 05:28:15 PM »
Changing the front cones is a particular bitch if you don't know to take the upper control arm out first......and those upper arms can likewise be a true biotch!

Car looks great, how does it drive now with the new cones? Did you put "stock" or "standard" (as compared to red or yellow dot ) cones in?
« Last Edit: July 17, 2017, 05:29:52 PM 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 #91 on: July 17, 2017, 09:58:06 PM »
Changing the front cones is a particular bitch if you don't know to take the upper control arm out first......and those upper arms can likewise be a true biotch!

Car looks great, how does it drive now with the new cones? Did you put "stock" or "standard" (as compared to red or yellow dot ) cones in?

Drives better with less sag up front. It doesn't sound like the engine will pop off. It's bouncy. Standard cones from MiniSpares.

Offline flipstah

Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
« Reply #92 on: July 23, 2017, 12:04:51 AM »
Saturday fun jam concluded with installing some bullet mirrors. They were meant for an old Mazda or Toyota, so fabricated an adapter plate to fit.

A full detail and we're off.