Author Topic: Stan's 78 mini restoration  (Read 39668 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!