Author Topic: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up  (Read 250 times)

Offline MPlayle

1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« on: May 25, 2019, 04:13:33 PM »
Starting a new thread under the "Maintenance" category for some of the little things the Mini Marcos needs.

I've started a list of things to address on it:
- locking door handles
- possibly change the seats
- fix/replace the headliner - sagging in places and ragged edges at window/door openings
- replace the rubber floor mat with proper fitting carpet
- fix/replace trim panels to fit better
- replace vintage 4-point racing seatbelts with standard ones (done)
- fix issue with headlight high-beams not working (done)
- replace RHD column switch set with LHD set (parts ordered)
- upgrade taillight bulbs to brighter LEDs
- add third "high mount" brake light
- add manual reverse light
- verify accuracy (or inaccuracy) of speedometer (possibly change to electronic)
- adjust idle up slightly (new process for me as this is my first Mini with dual carbs)

As Noted in the list, I have already done the headlight fix (and passed the state inspection) and changed out the seatbelts.

I also ordered a set of new column switches for LHD cars so I can avoid hitting the wipers when I want to signal a turn.


Online MiniDave

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2019, 04:45:48 PM »
Aren't those column switches a pain? I changed them over on Buzz too....the only issue with swapping them is you're using your shifting hand to operate the signals too....but I prefer them the "correct" way for us.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2019, 06:14:12 PM »
Dave,

The car is LHD and right now the turn signal switch is on the right (same hand as for shifting) and the wipers on the left.  The set I've ordered are opposite - turn signal on the left, wipers on the right.

Getting the new switches has a second purpose as well - hopefully more reliable connections.


Online MiniDave

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2019, 07:13:26 PM »
Oh, for some reason I thought it was right drive....why the heck would it have right drive switches I wonder?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2019, 07:59:36 PM »
Switches come from the "donor" car when building one of these.  That was probably the case back when this one was first built - donor may have been a RHD Mini.


Online MiniDave

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2019, 08:08:23 PM »
I get it....
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2019, 07:33:51 PM »
Started some of the tidying today.  I started with replacing the side mirrors.  I took off the small bullet mirrors that are about 3-5/8" diameter and put on some rectangular ones that about double the viewing area.


Offline MPlayle

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2019, 07:37:52 PM »
Next up was swapping out the steering column switches from the original RHD set to a new LHD set.  There were two reasons for the swap: a) the connections in the switches were being a bit unreliable, and b) putting the turn signal lever on the left for a LHD car so I would quit triggering the wipers instead of signalling a turn.


Offline BruceK

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2019, 04:47:00 PM »
Michael, you mentioned you are looking for a center mount brake light.   

I highly recommend getting one from this guy.  He offers the top quality Hella brand, so German engineering.  You may have seen the 3rd brake light I got from him on my Mini. I've had people mention that the noticed how bright it is.  The ones he sell are made in New Zealand and also meet all Australian Design Rules criteria, so it's not just Chinese junk.   

The website is a little strange and the guy is a little idiosyncratic, but he's an engineer so I guess that goes with the territory.   Apparently he is highly regarded with the Porsche crowd. 

https://www.danielsternlighting.com/products/products.html
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MPlayle

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2019, 09:37:00 PM »
I'm into the next couple of tidying projects on this car already as well.

1) The seats are some older Cobra classic bucket styled seats and both have seen better days.  The support straps for the seat bottoms have aged and broken.  New seats in a standard classic bucket style have been ordered and are due to arrive Monday (June 10th).

2) As seen in the pictures of the changing out the steering column switches, there is no carpeting on the main floors.  There was some thick, flat, smooth rubber mat laying in a single sheet across the front floors and another across the rear floors.  I am measuring and making templates for putting more proper carpet in place.  It has to be done in more pieces due to the cross framing on the floor for the custom roll-cage that is in the car.

3) I am also working on a fix to an "engineering design flaw" in the structure of the roll-cage.  The cage has anchors into the subframes.  The rear does not appear to have issues, but the front had a design flaw that caused an interference with the steering.  The lower bar of the anchor braces on each side was far enough out that on hard turns the inside edge of the tires would rub on the brace.  After consulting a couple of specialty shops and getting some nebulous responses, I decided to remove just the offending bar on each side and patch the holes through the wheel wells.

The following pictures are in order showing the problem and the progress on removing the bar on one side.  I have the bars removed on both sides and am beginning the process of patching the holes.


Offline MPlayle

Re: 1974 Mini Marcos - tidying up
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2019, 07:39:35 PM »
Some more progress today.

I did fiberglass patching of the holes in the wheel wells today.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  (First two pictures.)  Tomorrow, I will top-coat with a flexible sealer to finish the patches off on both sides.

I also refined several of my templates for carpet sections and made other various measurements for making more templates.  I even installed a few small sections of carpeting.  (Next three pictures.)

The new seats and locking door handles also arrived today.  Pictures of those later as they get installed.