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The Lounge / Re: Old Mini Adverts
« Last post by BruceK on September 30, 2022, 08:29:45 PM »
Beautiful color illustrations.  Officially the car is being called the Austin Mini now instead of the Austin Seven, so that places this ad as after 1961.
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The Lounge / Re: Old Mini Adverts
« Last post by BruceK on September 30, 2022, 07:53:39 PM »
The IMA Mini estate built in Portugal had a single rear door instead of the twin “barn doors” found on Minis in other markets.  Not sure how much a person had to stoop down to get under that door to load and unload the car.
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Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Blue 1983 "Window" Van
« Last post by MiniDave on September 30, 2022, 05:56:19 PM »
I find these clutches really easy to bleed, I put a hose off the bleeder into a small water bottle with an inch of fluid in the bottom, fill the master, go into the car and push the pedal down three times, close off the bleeder and she's done.

Once in a while I have to pump the pedal a few times quickly to get the fluid moving but that's about all it takes.

If you're getting lots of blackish fluid, that means the seals are failing in either the slave, master, rubber hose or all of the above. Changing the slave is smart...do that first always. If you need a master I have an order going in this weekend to Spares. I can easily add it in....
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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: Wanted: Radius Arm Left and Right 1963 or newer
« Last post by minifrisco on September 30, 2022, 03:12:19 PM »
I appreciate the pictures and the information. It seems like there is going to be a lot of changes and not sure if even afterwards it will be a good fit. I will keep looking. Thanks once again.
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Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Blue 1983 "Window" Van
« Last post by MPlayle on September 30, 2022, 03:11:01 PM »
And the next wave of the saga hits.

Got the replacement fuel pump installed and plumbed in.  Turned the car on to hear if the new pump runs and heard it pull its prime and fill the line and carb.  Pulled the choke and the car fired right up.

Turned it off and installed the grill and bonnet.

Fired it back up to see about a quick run around the apartment parking lot, and ...

No clutch action!  Pedal has no resistance all the way to the floor and back up.

Set about bleeding the clutch system using my "mini-vac" bleeder kit.  Pulled lots of air and dirty fluid out.  Used up all the spare fluid I had on hand and need to get some more and continue bleeding the system.  I did get some clutch action back, but it is all low, near the floor.

I do have a replacement braided clutch line (for from the master all the way to the slave) and an extra slave I can try if more bleeding does not do the trick.

Edit:
I just did a quick check as the two slave cylinders I have are slightly different.  It turns out the one already on the car is a Verto slave on a pre-Verto clutch arm arrangement.  The spare I have is a pre-verto slave.  It looks like I will be changing it over to the spare and new line.

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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: Wanted: Radius Arm Left and Right 1963 or newer
« Last post by tmsmini on September 30, 2022, 12:19:14 PM »
And these particular ones have had the stub axle drilled and tapped for mounting a shock which reduces their usability for a true hydro installation. It seems here should be a way to use a stud of some kind to attach the helper spring on a hydro car, but the originality is gone.

Not sure the differences are better shown here:
https://www.somerfordmini.co.uk/rear-suspension-hydrolastic

https://www.somerfordmini.co.uk/rear-suspension-rubber-cone
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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: Wanted: Radius Arm Left and Right 1963 or newer
« Last post by 94touring on September 30, 2022, 11:58:51 AM »
If I remember correctly since the leverage changes they say it makes a stiffer ride.  Not sure how true that is or how significant it would be.
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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: Wanted: Radius Arm Left and Right 1963 or newer
« Last post by Willie_B on September 30, 2022, 11:35:58 AM »
The 3 main differences between dry and wet are, no lower shock mount on the axle shaft, the brake hose bracket is on the bottom of the arm instead of the top of the arm, the part of the arm where the cone/knuckle joint goes is slightly longer so the leverage is changed a bit.
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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: Wanted: Radius Arm Left and Right 1963 or newer
« Last post by tmsmini on September 30, 2022, 11:16:35 AM »
Not sure if the different brackets can be easily seen
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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: Wanted: Radius Arm Left and Right 1963 or newer
« Last post by tmsmini on September 30, 2022, 11:10:16 AM »
I am sure I have some pictures. It would be best to see side by side.
Everything was rerouted for hydro.
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