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Offline Jims5543

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2015, 02:35:36 PM »
+1 on a claw used to pry, used them many times even when I have a pry bar handy.

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2015, 04:50:25 PM »
Got this little guy ordered. 

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2015, 05:28:20 PM »
Got this little guy ordered.
Have you ever ordered a radiator to find out that the over flow tube is pointing the wrong way?
I just got my new aluminum radiator in today and its pointing towards the front of the mini. :-[
Is there another British car with a radiator made this way or did I just get one that was welded wrong?

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2015, 05:47:33 PM »
Got this little guy ordered.
Have you ever ordered a radiator to find out that the over flow tube is pointing the wrong way?
I just got my new aluminum radiator in today and its pointing towards the front of the mini. :-[
Is there another British car with a radiator made this way or did I just get one that was welded wrong?

The one I got a few back was made that way. Still fit, just looks a bit odd.

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2015, 06:10:59 PM »
I haven't ran into that yet.  Today it got up to 96 and the car barely makes it without overheating.  Ac sure would be a nice addition right about now.

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2015, 07:36:46 PM »
Got this little guy ordered.
Have you ever ordered a radiator to find out that the over flow tube is pointing the wrong way?
I just got my new aluminum radiator in today and its pointing towards the front of the mini. :-[
Is there another British car with a radiator made this way or did I just get one that was welded wrong?

Happy to move that for you if you're local.  Not a professional by any stretch but have a TIG welder.   77.gif

Offline Jims5543

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #31 on: June 11, 2015, 06:40:21 AM »
Once again Dan creates peer pressure, even emailing me taunting me to buy one too.

I do not think mine overheats but I decided to play it safe and order one too, at a price like that hard to turn down a little extra insurance.

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2015, 10:33:58 AM »
Lol you did the right thing.  That was too good of a deal. 

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2015, 08:36:14 PM »
Took old blue to the shop and swapped it for the Mini, drove the Mini hope so I can wash it and get it ready for the AC reinstall.

I put a piece of cardboard under it (because British) and go in the house.

I come back out and there are some green spots on the cardboard right below where the water pump would be.

Super!!

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2015, 08:43:59 PM »
Lol you remember 3 hours ago when I emailed and said nows a good time to do the water pump cause they go bad every handful of years...Yeah gbcarparts.com has several big bores for 36 doll hairs.  Get on it. 

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2015, 05:53:27 AM »
Yes, and I responded that I was just going to replace the water pump with the engine.  Since the engine will not die, I guess I am changing the water pump now.

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2015, 07:05:15 AM »
It probably won't ever die

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2015, 11:57:22 AM »
Got this little guy ordered.
Have you ever ordered a radiator to find out that the over flow tube is pointing the wrong way?
I just got my new aluminum radiator in today and its pointing towards the front of the mini. :-[
Is there another British car with a radiator made this way or did I just get one that was welded wrong?

just stumbled across this...

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #38 on: June 18, 2015, 06:13:49 PM »
Rad and fan ready but still waiting on the new pump. 

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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2015, 08:04:31 PM »
Wow, that's a big fan - if that combination doesn't cool it I don't know what will!
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Re: Then I broke down
« Reply #40 on: June 18, 2015, 09:00:30 PM »
It's a 50mm 2 core rad and the fan is 10 inches with the thermoswitch kit.  Looks like everything will fit without a problem, albeit fairly tight against the inner wing.

Aside from this today I tried to figure out what the deal with my wiper motor is.  Completely disassembled it but can't get it to work.  I suspect the plug on the motor.  It was pretty rusty and ratty looking.  Plugged it in the other mini to see if it was wiring on my car but it's definitely the motor.  Was pretty close to buying new bushes, plug, and wire harness section to rebuild it, but I might as well just buy a new motor and call it a day.  Except new motors are currently out of stock.  Rain X till then I suppose.

Not sure if I mentioned earlier but I have new door cards coming in, new headliner, and putting in a new carpet set.  Engine bay is getting dressed up too.  Also been in talks about doing a stage 3 or 4 head at some point along with putting together a dual carb setup and exhaust.       
« Last Edit: June 18, 2015, 09:07:36 PM by 94touring »

Offline Merlin

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2015, 09:28:58 PM »
Yea, or you could rob parts from the one that is in my garage that I allocated to you ages ago.
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #42 on: June 18, 2015, 09:32:08 PM »
Build the engine and let me steal that, lol.  Do you have a wiper motor, is that what you're saying?

Offline Merlin

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #43 on: June 18, 2015, 09:48:17 PM »
Yes. Its a single speed, but if you need the switch, its in working order.
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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #44 on: June 18, 2015, 10:42:40 PM »
Yeah I only have a single speed switch actually.  We'll take a look tomorrow perhaps. 

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #45 on: June 19, 2015, 10:50:21 AM »
Putting in this radiator.  Just did a volume comparison between the stock rad and the new one.  36oz compared to 66oz.  Nearly double!

Offline jedduh01

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #46 on: June 19, 2015, 11:01:37 AM »
Where can one purchse / order one of these monsters?

Offline 94touring

Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #47 on: June 19, 2015, 03:07:05 PM »
The E of Bays.  50mm.  It was $80 shipped.  Got it fitted.  I did a little modifying to fit the fan.  It was about a half inch too thick on the front.  Rather than slide the fan back I cut a few grates and pulled the metal back the small amount I needed.  I also cut out a section of the lower rad on the front to give direct entry air to the radiator.  The thermoswitch keeps leaking on me hence the atv everywhere. 

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #48 on: June 22, 2015, 06:09:08 AM »
Well my parts supplier has new wiper motors in stock.  At $45 I decided to buy a new unit. 

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Re: Then I broke down (74 mini mild refurb)
« Reply #49 on: June 22, 2015, 11:55:36 AM »
Smart move....

Does this car have  single or two speed wipers?

My 1980 Clubby has two speeds, but still no park feature, let alone intermittent....I'm going to find an aftermarket intermittent set up I think. I should get to that right after I install the cruise control I bought last year!  ::)
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