Author Topic: 1980 mini HL restore  (Read 1021 times)

Offline emuswa

1980 mini HL restore
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:47:50 PM »
Me and my wife bought this one out of a barn and the last mini we had was a 2006 cooper S. so you saying they don't know what they are in for would be exactly right. We have been buying parts to try and get it running. I've gone through changed the gaskets and making sure the engine looks right, replaced the sparks, boots, and got a "new" carb that i am rebuilding too. now i am lost and using the hynes manual like a bible. but i can not find out what these two links from the mechanical fuel pup goes to or where to buy new ones (due to the rubber just being worn and cracked). if anyone could help me out getting this thing running i would really appreciate it!!

Offline BruceK

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 01:35:49 PM »
Looking at that Mini, you are far more braver than me! 

Are you asking about the two flexible hoses that carry fuel into, and out of, the mechanical fuel pump?  If so, you can just replace those pieces with lengths of generic rubber fuel line cut to match the existing hoses.  Make sure to only use hose marked for fuel use (e.g. not windscreen washer hose).  You can buy it by length at any motor factor, Halfords, etc.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline emuswa

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 01:56:42 PM »

Offline MPlayle

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 02:10:13 PM »
Make sure what size engine you have in order to get the correct one.  A 1980 HL would likely have a 998cc engine.

Look for the engine tag (on the block, below the spark plug nearest the radiator), if present.  It will permit decoding what engine you have.

For the mechanical fuel pumps, the nipple pointing towards the radiator is the line-in from the tank.  The other nipple is the line out to the carb.


Offline emuswa

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 02:18:01 PM »
that makes since i know it is a 988cc. thank you i knew it would be something simple!

Offline Merlin

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2017, 03:39:30 PM »
I got a whole bag of nopes for that car.
Engineering the Impossible

Offline jeff10049

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2017, 12:51:31 AM »
Welcome to restoration mini.

Is that mini worth fixing? Looks to need a new body shell or, is that the plan?

Jeff 

Offline ADRay

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2017, 05:18:57 AM »
Yay, another HL!
1982 Mini 1000 HL

Offline MiniDave

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2017, 11:42:58 AM »
With all the great Minis available in England, I often wonder why someone takes on a  project like this?

Why not spend the money and buy one that's either not rusted (do they exist?  ;D ) or one that's already been fixed properly?

I suppose part of the fun is the challenge.......that's what I'd call this one for sure - a real challenge!   77.gif

Good luck with your project - what are your goals for it besides getting it running? A total restoration or just drivable?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline rmonagel

Re: 1980 mini HL restore
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2017, 05:32:02 AM »
Wow! That's a lot of body rust. Any update on your project?