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MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« on: November 10, 2015, 06:11:27 PM »
Everyone seems to like pictures here, so I thought I'd start a thread to track my (slow) progress on getting the Mini back on the road.
Been on blocks since '06... so I'm itching for both time and money just to get it drivable again!!  Basically rebuilding both subframes, with Hi Lo kits and adjustable stuff.... and a general suspension redo. 
Enjoy!
... more to follow as often as I can...

Rich

1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 06:14:11 PM »
Before and after....
... pulled the engine a few weeks ago to get at the front sub.  Going to remove it and recondition it before it goes back together....
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 06:15:09 PM »
... back in the day.... 1994....

1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

Offline 94touring

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 06:41:47 PM »
Thanks for sharing.  I dig the old green paint hidden on the sub attach panel.

Offline MtyMous

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 07:20:22 PM »
awesome. Love the old photo, too. Herc pilot, eh? My dad was a 130 driver for 26 years.

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2016, 04:39:04 PM »
Had some time on my hands with some good weather (which has been hard to get up here...)  Finally managed to drop the subframe and get the upper arms and cones out!  71.gif
Gonna start cleaning and painting things...
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2019, 09:52:07 PM »
Well, its been quite a while and a lot had changed... Sometimes repairs are easy, and sometimes more issues are found at each moment a piece is removed!  Just a simple suspension upgrade has officially turned into a full bare metal show quality restoration!  "Restoration Mini" indeed... 71.gif

So, here are some pics of the progress... Enjoy!

First pics here are the initial tear down to bare shell...
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2019, 09:56:21 PM »
Rear sub and disc brakes almost ready...
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2019, 10:06:12 PM »
Initial body work... after all the welding to the inner wings, rear sub attachments and covering the "Canadian" side lights...
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

Offline MiniDave

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2019, 10:10:20 PM »
Isn't that how it always goes? I pulled the engine out of my old Jag to fix an oil leak and wound up doing a 4 year total restoration!

Keep up with the pics and story, we love restos!

What color are you going back with?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2019, 10:19:39 PM »
Isn't that how it always goes? I pulled the engine out of my old Jag to fix an oil leak and wound up doing a 4 year total restoration!

Keep up with the pics and story, we love restos!

What color are you going back with?

Dark BRG with a Black roof... it will match my Dads '67 MGB...
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1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

Offline ADRay

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2019, 06:26:21 AM »
Looks like good work, the type I have in my future. Are the disc brakes a new upgrade from drums?

... back in the day.... 1994....

also, any chance you still have those wheels?  ;D
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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2019, 09:10:59 AM »
I sold those old hub caps years ago... it had 6x10 Starmags most recently.  I wish I kept the caps though... I can't find any now!

The Discs are all new.  Drums were good, but the tweeked engine needs a better set up..
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998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2019, 09:19:30 AM »
Engine was refreshed.  Torn down for all new seals etc... and a classic paint job!

It was rebored many years ago +60, with a ported 12G295 head.  I had been running an HIF44, but it was too much... it will have a set of HS2 Twins when it goes back in.  Not your average 998... 77.gif
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2019, 09:22:36 AM »
Latest shot that I have... just about ready for paint...
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

Offline MiniDave

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2019, 10:32:33 AM »
What will you spend to have the paint/body work done?

It's gotten pretty expensive here in the states, wonder how it compares in the GWN?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2019, 02:10:30 PM »
What will you spend to have the paint/body work done?

It's gotten pretty expensive here in the states, wonder how it compares in the GWN?

This is a great question...   :-X
1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

Offline Jimini II

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2019, 01:35:33 PM »
Engine was refreshed.  Torn down for all new seals etc... and a classic paint job!

It was rebored many years ago +60, with a ported 12G295 head.  I had been running an HIF44, but it was too much... it will have a set of HS2 Twins when it goes back in.  Not your average 998... 77.gif

Nice work looks great.
I have a ported polished 12G295 head to install on my 998 stock bore A+ Moke along with twin 1.25's and a Maniflow 3 into 1 header, i have used this set up before and it works well as much as everyone seems to like the 1275's the 998 is a much smoother revving engine imo.

BTW your engine fan is on backwards.

Offline MiniDave

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2019, 02:27:33 PM »
"BTW your engine fan is on backwards."

 ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2019, 07:43:47 PM »
 
"BTW your engine fan is on backwards."

 ;D ;D ;D ;D
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1980 Mini 1000 (Canadian Spec).
998cc +60.  12G295 Head (ported, skimmed etc), VP7 Cam, HIF44 Carb.... scary drum brakes!

Offline Bradfield

Re: MacEwen's '80 Mini 1000 Refurb!
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2019, 06:39:28 AM »
Your Mini is certainly shaping up nicely! Good catch regarding the engine fan btw.