1967 Austin Mini Cooper S

Started on Sept. 14, 2012, 2:25 p.m.

Our 1967 Austin Mini is a rare Cooper S model, and under its sleepy exterior lies original Tartan Red paint, a complete Cooper S drivetrain, and hydrolastic suspension. Our friends at Mini Mania will be helping us restore this forgotten piece of Mini history.

1967 Austin Mini Cooper S

Specs

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Body type:Coupe
Country of origin:England
Displacement:1275cc
Stock horsepower:77 bhp
Torque:79 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Brakes:disc/drum
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:None lbs.
Wheelbase:None in.
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Latest Project Updates

Dec 4, 2015

Grabbing Gold

Dec 4, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S wins gold at its first concours event.

Dec 3, 2015

Prepping Our Mini for the Winter Park Concours

Dec 3, 2015

Preparation for a concours event only takes a few materials, but requires a lot of time and effort.

Dec 1, 2015

Changing the Break-In Oil

Dec 1, 2015

The oil used to break in an engine is important, especially for our Mini Cooper S.

Nov 24, 2015

Test Driving Our Mini Cooper S

Nov 24, 2015

After finishing our restoration, our Mini experience is down to sorting.

Nov 17, 2015

Our Car is Done

Nov 17, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S restoration is finally complete.

Nov 10, 2015

Finishing Up the Grille

Nov 10, 2015

Our project Mini Cooper S gets a fresh, shiny grille.

Oct 20, 2015

Check Twice, Paint Once

Oct 20, 2015

A small oversight meant we had to replace and repaint much of our Mini Cooper’s rear bodywork.

Oct 9, 2015

Shut the Front Door

Oct 9, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S gets some new door seals.

Oct 6, 2015

Pumping Up the Suspension

Oct 6, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S project car gets its Hydrolastic suspension pumped full.

Sep 30, 2015

Quarter Window Installation

Sep 30, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S gets one step closer to completion with the installation of the side windows.

Sep 23, 2015

Somewhere to Sit

Sep 23, 2015

Our project Mini Cooper S gets seats installed.

Sep 18, 2015

Good Rug, Bad Rug

Sep 18, 2015

We install carpet in our project Mini Cooper S.

Aug 18, 2015

Raising the Roof

Aug 18, 2015

We fit our Project Mini Cooper S with its rather strange headliner system.

Aug 11, 2015

Finishing the Mini Dash

Aug 11, 2015

Our project Mini Cooper S

Aug 4, 2015

Installing Glass

Aug 4, 2015

Our project Mini Cooper S gets a windshield.

May 15, 2015

Installing the Gas Tanks

May 15, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S gets twin fuel tanks.

May 5, 2015

Assembling the Decklid and Doors

May 5, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S needs doors.

Apr 29, 2015

Fitting the Exhaust System

Apr 29, 2015

Our Mini Cooper S gets a new exhaust system.

Apr 9, 2015

Installing the Glass

Apr 9, 2015

It’s time to install our Mini’s front and rear windshields.

Mar 19, 2015

We Take Another Trip to DJ Minis

Mar 19, 2015

Once we got started reassembling our Mini, it wasn’t long before we needed a few little parts and some advice.

Mar 16, 2015

Continuing the Assembly

Mar 16, 2015

With the subframes installed, we start reassembling the interior.

Feb 25, 2015

Installing the Subframes

Feb 25, 2015

We have a Mini with four corners, engine and drivetrain all installed almost instantly.

Jan 6, 2015

Starting The Reassembly

Jan 6, 2015

With our Mini’s shell all painted we can start our reassembly process.

Dec 23, 2014

A Look at the Final Paint Job

Dec 23, 2014

Take a look at our Mini Cooper’s new paint.

Sep 24, 2014

We Paint Our Cooper S

Sep 24, 2014

When it finally came time to paint our car, master painter, Ramon Quiles, of The Body Werks laid the color on.

Sep 19, 2014

Picking a Color

Sep 19, 2014

Choosing the right color is sometimes more complicated than it seems.

Sep 16, 2014

Bodywork Continues to Move Quickly

Sep 16, 2014

Bodywork starts to take off on our Project Mini Cooper S.

Sep 5, 2014

Getting Started on the Bodywork

Sep 5, 2014

Bodywork on our Mini is finally underway.

Jul 16, 2014

We Learn a Bunch at the Mini Mania Party

Jul 16, 2014

We were asked to attend the 40th anniversary party for Mini Mania as the master of ceremonies.

Jul 9, 2014

Nisonger Does a Fantastic Job Rebuilding Our Gauges

Jul 9, 2014

We get our gauge cluster back from Nisonger.

Jun 27, 2014

Searching for Parts at Carlisle

Jun 27, 2014

We sourced a few parts we needed from Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals.

Jun 16, 2014

Restoring More Parts: Lots of Cleaning and Polishing.

Jun 16, 2014

The headlights and window glass were next on our to-do list.

May 27, 2014

Working on the Wiring Harness

May 27, 2014

We had to start from scratch to restore the Mini Cooper S wiring harness.

May 21, 2014

We Build the Bumpers

May 21, 2014

We got some fresh chrome for the front and rear of the Mini.

May 15, 2014

Organizing Parts

May 15, 2014

It’s critical to find every part that needs to be painted body color.

May 5, 2014

Finishing Touches On Our Metal Work

May 5, 2014

These last bits let us finally get the Mini to the body shop for paint.

Apr 23, 2014

Repairing the Trunk Floor

Apr 23, 2014

This was the final major metalworking task left on the Cooper.

Apr 14, 2014

Get Your Rust Out of the [Rain] Gutters

Apr 14, 2014

Fixing the rusty rain gutters on our Mini Cooper S was a more challenging task than we’d thought.

Apr 4, 2014

Welding The Front End

Apr 4, 2014

Putting a car back together requires a lot of careful shimming and careful measuring.

Mar 28, 2014

Finishing the Floors

Mar 28, 2014

We finished repairing the floor pans on our Mini.

Mar 24, 2014

Flooring It

Mar 24, 2014

Moving rearward to replace and repair our floor pans.

Feb 5, 2014

Rusty Fenders

Feb 5, 2014

We take on welding and patchwork on our Mini Cooper S.

Jan 30, 2014

The Right Break-In Oil

Jan 30, 2014

Choosing the oil for our Mini Cooper S was a no-brainer.

Jan 20, 2014

Aligning the Front End

Jan 20, 2014

We aligned and welded our Mini Cooper S body.

Jan 15, 2014

Making Our Mini Vroom

Jan 15, 2014

We started our car outside our car.

Jan 13, 2014

Competition Bump Stops for the Mini

Jan 13, 2014

You can’t modify a wet suspension much, but you can add bump stops.

Jan 8, 2014

On to the Rear Suspension

Jan 8, 2014

We kept the aftermarket alloy drums on our Mini restoration project.

Jan 2, 2014

Front Suspension Assembly

Jan 2, 2014

Assembling our front subframe was an involved process.

Dec 10, 2013

Turning Up the Heat

Dec 10, 2013

We sent our Mini’s heater to Ron Jernigan from Sussex Screen Printing.

Nov 22, 2013

Carb Rebuild

Nov 22, 2013

We rebuilt our carbs and made them colorful.

Nov 22, 2013

Rebuilding Our Ancillaries

Nov 22, 2013

Rebuilding a generator is pretty straight forward.

Nov 14, 2013

Preparing Our Mini Cooper S for Its Unveiling at the Mitty

Nov 14, 2013

We now have the driveline completely finished and running. Now, on to welding.

Aug 13, 2013

Fixing the Mini's Cowl and Inner Fender Well

Aug 13, 2013

A new machine in the shop helps us with the sheet metal work.

Jul 16, 2013

Metalwork Resumes in Earnest

Jul 16, 2013

Our next step was to get back to the metalwork.

Jun 26, 2013

A Trip to DJ’s Mini

Jun 26, 2013

We sourced an air cleaner and some original hose clamps.

Jun 21, 2013

Finding Good Mini Books

Jun 21, 2013

We couldn’t imagine restoring one of these cars without these resources.

Jun 3, 2013

Visiting Heritage Garage

Jun 3, 2013

Stopping by this established Mini shop taught us a lot about the car we’re restoring.

May 29, 2013

Body Welding

May 29, 2013

The next step in our Mini’s restoration is to attack it with new sheet metal.

May 27, 2013

Powder Coating the Suspension

May 27, 2013

The Cooper’s suspension linkages needed rehabbing. We opted for durable powder coat.

May 23, 2013

Rebuilding Hydrolastic Displacers

May 23, 2013

This Mini Cooper S came with “wet” suspension, but it wasn’t working. We set about fixing that.

May 21, 2013

Priming the Whole Car

May 21, 2013

After fully stripping the Mini’s chassis, we can start restoring.

May 8, 2013

Assessing the Remains

May 8, 2013

We figure out what’s left after media blasting the Cooper.

Apr 24, 2013

Blasted Media!

Apr 24, 2013

We prep the Mini’s chassis for paint.

Apr 17, 2013

Disassembling the Mini's Subframes

Apr 17, 2013

The chassis is away, so with the undercarriage we play.

Apr 3, 2013

Rehabbing Subframes and Suspension

Apr 3, 2013

We strip down the bits underneath our Mini.

Mar 8, 2013

Pressure-washing the tub

Mar 8, 2013

We prep the shell for a trip to the sandblaster.

Feb 22, 2013

Stripping down the tiny body

Feb 22, 2013

After finishing the drivetrain, we took the chassis apart.

Feb 13, 2013

Rebuilding the Shifter Mechanism

Feb 13, 2013

We take apart our alloy-housing shifter.

Jan 16, 2013

Tiny Wheels and Tires

Jan 16, 2013

We choose from the myriad options and find the right rolling stock for our Mini.

Dec 26, 2012

Changing Our Mini’s Ring and Pinion Gears

Dec 26, 2012

We find out how to compromise and optimize our final drive ratio for our Mini.

Dec 19, 2012

Putting Our Mini’s Transmission Back Together

Dec 19, 2012

Putting the transmission back together was easier than we thought with Mini Mania’s help.

Dec 5, 2012

Time for a Clutch

Dec 5, 2012

We find a clutch and pressure plate for our Mini Cooper S.

Nov 28, 2012

Head Work

Nov 28, 2012

We get our Mini Cooper S’s head checked.

Nov 6, 2012

Building The Lower End

Nov 6, 2012

A trip to the machine shop made sure our Mini’s engine was A-OK.

Oct 1, 2012

Starting Our Mini's Engine Rebuild

Oct 1, 2012

Developing an engine rebuild plan for our Mini Cooper S.

Sep 24, 2012

Picking Through the Parts

Sep 24, 2012

We sift our way through boxes and boxes of parts that came with our 1967 Mini Cooper S.

Sep 14, 2012

Project Introduction: 1967 Mini Cooper S

Sep 14, 2012

We introduce our newest project, a Tartan Red 1967 Mini Cooper S

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1967 Austin Mini Cooper S Specs

Body type:Coupe
Country of origin:England
Displacement:1275cc
Stock horsepower:77 bhp
Torque:79 lb.-ft
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Brakes:disc/drum
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:None lbs.
Wheelbase:None in.
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