Author Topic: Stan's 78 mini restoration  (Read 64666 times)

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #375 on: January 11, 2018, 08:13:55 PM »
So is it just typical of these motors to have a slight run on after the ignition is turned off?  Sounded like this one did it, and mine does too.

It wasn't running on, I don't have the idle set yet, so it just died....slowly.

They will run on if the idle is too high.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #376 on: January 11, 2018, 08:18:08 PM »
Success!!! 

I love the smell of a newly rebuilt motor as the new headers heat up and burn off whatever got on them and the paint on the block cures.  Technically it is not great smell at all - but itís all about lots of memories each time I smell it.

It is a great feeling when one starts for the first time.....especially when it pops right off like this and runs smoothly. Rose was trying to get my attention that she was taking the dogs for a walk, with my head buried in the engine I couldn't hear her......

I haven't run it long enough to get everything to start smoking yet, that will have to wait a bit as it's gotten very cold again - 10* tonight and I have to work tomorrow so I won't get back on it till the weather warms up a bit again, that could be a while, it's not supposed to be above 30* til about the 20th of the month and we have many days in the single digits before then.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2018, 08:20:09 PM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #377 on: February 13, 2018, 09:30:13 AM »
So, it's been an entire month since I was able to work on Stan's car.....in between I spent a week in hospital with pneumonia and the last three weeks sitting on the couch coughing crap up out of my lungs!

The good news is that I'm finally feeling like I'm getting better - still not there yet by a long shot but as soon as it warms up a bit (supposed to be mid 40's tomorrow and mid 60's Thursday)  I can probably get in an hour here and there and make a bit of progress. Stan brought me the shorter shift rod for the rod change and it looks like that will fix the issues I was having with the shifter.

I also have to bleed the brakes and clutch and wire up the fog/driving lights. After that it's tidy up a few loose ends and do a little tuning on the carb and it's ready to go back to Lawrence and Stan's shop. I'm excited to see it move under its own power but with no seats that will have to wait.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #378 on: February 13, 2018, 09:48:38 AM »
I'm looking forward to seeing it on the road too!

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #379 on: February 13, 2018, 10:16:34 AM »
Well, I HOPE he's going to drive it, but with a car this perfect and clean, he may be reticent to take it out and play with it for fear of scratching it or getting it dirty - that would be understandable given the investment he's made, but sad just the same.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #380 on: February 16, 2018, 02:49:00 PM »
Slight progress.....got the shifter installed today with the new short steady arm and bingo! works just the way it's supposed to.

I'm only good for an hour here and there right now, but progress is progress.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #381 on: February 16, 2018, 02:56:01 PM »
Glad that solved it!

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #382 on: February 20, 2018, 04:05:06 PM »
Slight progress.....

Horns located and wired up - and they work!

Fog lights in and wired up, and they work too!  4.gif

When we ran the engine the other day the temp gauge went to "H", but when I put my digital thermometer on the head and radiator it was right where it should be, so we have a sender that's wrong or something. I did get to adjust the carb a bit, so the engine idles nicely now, still need to add some oil to the carb and do some fine tuning, but it's getting there.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2018, 04:07:50 PM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #383 on: February 20, 2018, 04:32:19 PM »
Is it an electrical or mechanical temperature gauge?  Was it a rapid jump or slow gradual climb to 'H'?

If electrical, a) could there be a short to ground somewhere else in the wiring for the gauge?  b) could it require regulated/reduced voltage to be on the correct scale?  (Gauge expects 0-10V and was receiving 0-12V and thus reading high?)


Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #384 on: February 20, 2018, 04:50:39 PM »
Slow gradual climb, gauge is operating off the voltage stabilizer so it should be getting 9V, not 12V....I need to check that it's getting 9V to make sure but I know it's wired that way.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #385 on: February 21, 2018, 10:00:17 AM »
Last things I need to do are bleed the brakes and clutch, and I may need to pull the wok, something's not right in the clutch assy...I'm wondering if they forgot to put a release bearing in or if it's on backwards or something.

More as I figure it out.....
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #386 on: February 27, 2018, 11:43:50 AM »
Well today could be a banner day, I've got the brakes bled and the clutch seems to be operating properly, time to tighten the wheels and see if it will drive itself out of the garage. Of course, it will be really interesting as all I have for a seat is a small step stool!

I only found one leak, the hose at the left caliper wasn't quite tight enough, but it only took a short twist of the wrench to fix it.

Just in time too, Dan is due with his engine and I need the car off the lift to unload it.

More as/if it happens...

One really interesting thing, I noticed what looked like a small light blinking down near the timing marks when it was running the other day - it looks like a static electricity spark jumping between the timing mark tab and the crankshaft pulley - anyone ever experience this before? I have a vid of it if I can figure out how to get it out of my phone...windows did another update and now some things don't work the way they used too.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2018, 11:48:01 AM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Willie_B

  • CREW
  • 1380cc
  • *****
  • Posts: 739
  • Total likes: 42
  • Karma: 7
  • He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
    • Lilburn, GA,
Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #387 on: February 27, 2018, 12:37:24 PM »
Hope the brakes are good. It's down hill from your garage and sitting a stool won't be much fun.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #388 on: February 27, 2018, 02:40:05 PM »
The brakes worked - so did the clutch!    71.gif

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #389 on: February 27, 2018, 02:43:30 PM »
Here's the weird spark I was talking about! The only thing I can think of is static charge built up the fan belt?

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #390 on: February 27, 2018, 05:10:47 PM »
I didn't notice the cop till just now lol. 

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #391 on: February 27, 2018, 05:52:38 PM »
 4.gif Yay!  I can't wait to drive it.  Maybe I can use a egg crate until I get the seats in .  Everything looks great. I really appreciate all your help Dave.  And the headliner is amazing Dan, Thank you .


Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #392 on: February 27, 2018, 05:55:04 PM »
Ha, yeah, the police.  Going to get its first ticket for me Dan.
 I had a guy cut me off after blowing a yield , and then pass me in town in a 20 mph zone last week with a police officer following and nothing happened to him.  I would have had 3 tickets if I did that.

Offline 94touring

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #393 on: February 27, 2018, 05:57:00 PM »
Would have been my first time pulled sitting on a crate, no seatbelts, no hood.

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #394 on: February 27, 2018, 06:05:43 PM »
just missing the 6 pack o' beer.

Offline 94touring

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #395 on: February 27, 2018, 06:07:34 PM »
Tossing an empty can out the window as the cop goes by.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #396 on: February 27, 2018, 07:28:41 PM »
I have a couple of leaky bits to sort out, then it's ready to go home....tentatively over this weekend.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #397 on: February 27, 2018, 08:31:48 PM »
Did you pull the clutch hard line to see what the deal was? Anything else on the brakes leaking?

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #398 on: February 27, 2018, 08:42:41 PM »
No, I'll look into it tomorrow.....
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Bahowe1

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #399 on: February 28, 2018, 03:06:42 PM »
You guys have done a phenomenal job on the car!  I gotta say, the Bracken out in the day looks really good.  It is a 'changing' color.