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Offline Willie_B

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #625 on: March 29, 2022, 04:57:00 PM »
That looks like a good way to get it done.

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #626 on: March 29, 2022, 06:35:15 PM »
The car drove really well on today's test run after the alignment.....still some minor things to do, rattles and buzzes to try and see if I can eliminate, but overall it ran well. Temps were only about mid 70's but as usual it ran right in the center of the gauge, and oil pressure only got down to 40psi at idle when I came off the highway after a 60+ mile run, with any revs at all it went to 60 psi immediately.

So, from that perspective it's ready to roll.....just need to do some fine tuning.

No leaks of any kind - oil, water or exhaust!   4.gif
« Last Edit: March 29, 2022, 06:46:19 PM by MiniDave »
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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #627 on: April 04, 2022, 04:19:16 PM »
Loading up and getting ready to head out for CMU 63 in the morning..........

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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #628 on: May 16, 2022, 05:22:27 PM »
Took the Racing Green down to Dan's shop for some repairs, when traveling to Blackhawk Farms last year in the race trailer something fell on the fender and dinged it pretty good, plus there were some other bad spots across the front end and chips in the front of the bonnet and front edges of the arches.

Dan's been beavering away on it since last week and today got the color and clear on it - looking pretty spectacular already! He also peeled the cheezy vinyl stripes off the bonnet and painted new ones on for me.

Of course, as I told him, now the rest of the car will be looking pretty dowdy by comparison! Guess I'll have to break out the Simonize.....
« Last Edit: May 16, 2022, 09:37:42 PM by MiniDave »
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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline 94touring

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #629 on: May 16, 2022, 08:06:18 PM »
Those vinyl stripes were barely hanging on.  Easiest stripe removal I've ever done.  They were cracking and looking pretty rough as is.  Paint match looks good in the shop.  Once it's buttoned up and in the sun we'll know for sure.

Offline Jimini II

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #630 on: May 16, 2022, 11:22:27 PM »
Looks pretty good under the shop lights which usually show up most imperfections, fingers crossed for the outside test.

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #631 on: May 18, 2022, 06:30:30 PM »
Went and got it today, 4 hours down, 4 hours back again but worth it to get such great work done, and done right. Paint match is off a little (not unexpected), so later in the year we'll do the rest of the car to match and replace the side stripes too as they're worn and faded.

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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline 94touring

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #632 on: May 18, 2022, 07:20:21 PM »
Yeah just a shade darker. Not enough to show on the scuttle but the doors highlight the difference.  It's due for a respray anyways.

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #633 on: May 18, 2022, 07:52:01 PM »
It needed a respray 5 years ago when I got it!   ::) ;D
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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline BruceK

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #634 on: May 20, 2022, 02:17:32 AM »
Iím sure you can see it in person but I donít see in the photos.  Looking good.
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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #635 on: May 20, 2022, 11:08:39 AM »
It's not real noticeable, most won't see it but we're going to do the rest of the car later in the year, it needs it anyway...he only had enough time to fix the worst of it, the dents and holes in the front fenders, chips on the front of the arches and the bonnet.....it looks a million per cent better already!

The clear coat just peeled off with tape, it was so not bonded to the base coat! I'm sure the rest of it's the same way....
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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #636 on: June 12, 2022, 06:38:48 PM »
Thanks to Dan, yesterday was a red/white/blue ribbon day for the Racing Green Mini!

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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline gr8kornholio

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #637 on: June 12, 2022, 07:05:35 PM »
Congrats. 
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #638 on: June 15, 2022, 01:03:05 PM »
Who knows, now that my friend Susan is moving to Florida and taking her 1st prize at every show Mini with her, I might actually win one of these!

Not that I really care about the ribbons, but it was fun to get one......
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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline gr8kornholio

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #639 on: June 15, 2022, 01:40:39 PM »
Yes it is.  Some how mine won the blue ribbon at the Dallas all British show.  Back before I tore it apart.  Of course take it for what it is as a friends hacked up revinned sport pack mini won for best preservation. 
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #640 on: July 17, 2022, 05:27:13 PM »
Frustration.

Every since I've owned this car it's had a shake or wobble in the front end, at specific speeds and most noticeable under deceleration or light throttle - when you're on it, it doesn't do it at all.

Over the years I have replaced or refurbished literally everything in the front of the car. This week I thought I had found something.....the rubbers that go under and around the main large bolts that hold the subframe to the body didn't look good. The ones between the sub and body were turned out of place, and the ones under the bolt heads felt kinda soft and squishy. Also....there was a rubber noise when you would move the steering wheel left/right and you could see movement - of the body, not the subby as the tires were firmly planted.

So, I ordered new parts - there are three kinds of insulators you can buy, the original rubbers, some poly washers and some solid steel ones. I bought all three.....

When I pulled the original rubber out of the left side - which is the easier one on these late model cars - and compared it to the new one I couldn't see any difference in condition or softness of the rubber. Spares says the poly and solid mounts will add NVH so I decided to be half pregnant. I put the old rubber back in the bottom and went all in on the top, using the steel washers. After I got the right side done (I also put the lower rubbers in their correct places) I took it out for a drive. Before I left the shop I wiggled the wheel back and forth like I did before and noticed the rubber noise was gone and I could not feel any motion between the body and subframe as I did before, so that was encouraging.

The first thing I noticed was that the car seemed to be pulling slightly to the left - I just had it aligned and did the sides one at a time so I had thought it shouldn't bother the alignment. The second thing I noticed was the steering seemed sharper. The third thing was that there was a significant increase in engine vibration felt thru the steering wheel. I was willing to live with it if it cured the problem.

It didn't.

I have never encountered this in any other Mini I've ever driven, so it's driving me nuts, not to mention it's not fun to drive the car with the wheel jumping around in your hand. It only does it between 45- 55 mph, but those are speeds you drive a lot.

Other things I've done:
4 new tires Yoko A539's, rotated back to front a couple of times - made no difference
New suspension lower arms, new tie bars, new bushings etc
New ball joints, properly shimmed - they're still tight.
New upper control arm bearings and seals
New motor mounts
New front and lower subframe mounts - 1/2" bolts in the front subframe holes instead of 3/8"
Repacked the front wheel bearings
New pot joints
Repacked the outer CV joints, they were in good shape, no issues.
Rebuilt the differential - which did have a very worn cross pin - replaced with a new cross pin diff assembly and new final drive.
Swapped wheels with a spare set - does it at the exact same speeds. Both sets have been balanced more than once.
New tie rod ends
New steering rack (well it had a new one when I got it, but it's done it since day one of my ownership) and there is no play in it. The pinch bolt is also tight and there is literally no play in the steering at all.
New brake rotors and Green stuff pads
Rebuilt the front calipers
While I had them apart I checked the front axles to be sure one wasn't bent. They were fine

I've been all over the subframe making sure everything was tight.

I'm out of ideas.......

As an aside, I wasn't sure I was happy with the 2.76 diff, but the more I've driven it as the engine has freed up and worn in, the better I like it. I still think the 3-1 ratio might be the best combination over all, but I do like the much lower RPMs on the highway.

« Last Edit: July 17, 2022, 05:37:44 PM by MiniDave »
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1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Offline 94touring

Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #641 on: July 17, 2022, 05:56:25 PM »
I expected the loose subframe to fix it up.

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Re: Racing Green 89 Mini
« Reply #642 on: July 17, 2022, 08:14:29 PM »
I was hoping it would too..... 50.gif
Complete failure at retirement

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

 

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