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EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 1:06 p.m.

I figured I should start a build thread for my newest acquisition. It is a 74 Austin Mini 1000. I picked it up over the weekend from DrBoost. So far it needs a starter and some rust treatment. Here are some pictures from the trip home.

EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 1:15 p.m.

That was the plan, I want to at least wire-brush some of the surface rust and treat it so it doesn't get worse. We'll see if I can stop driving it long enough when I get it running.

eastsidemav
eastsidemav HalfDork
3/18/13 1:20 p.m.

Sweet! I'm feeling jealous.

monark192
monark192 HalfDork
3/18/13 2:34 p.m.

Perfectly sized car trailer

alfadriver
alfadriver PowerDork
3/18/13 2:43 p.m.

Looks like you were checking it's tonsils before taking off the trailer.

cool car.

Billy_Bottle_Caps
Billy_Bottle_Caps HalfDork
3/18/13 2:59 p.m.

Very cool car. I picked up an Austin America last weekend. Would much further have a mini. Enjoy the car I will be following your build closely.

EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 4:23 p.m.

Today I bolted up the new starter and ordered a tune up kit.

crankwalk
crankwalk Reader
3/18/13 4:42 p.m.

Cool car!

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
3/18/13 5:21 p.m.
Datsun1500 wrote: You do know minis are the featured marque at Watkins Glen this Sept. right? It's a great weekend to go!

+1. We'll be there, staying at a house on Rt 17 just north of town. Look for a house with 5-6 Minis/MINIs out front - that'll be us.

ddavidv
ddavidv PowerDork
3/18/13 7:06 p.m.
Datsun1500 wrote: 7enterprises seems to be the place to get parts. Knowledgeable and fast shipping.

Never used 'em. I used these guys as the prices were the best I found: GB car parts

Also, Guido the clown is imported stuff from Mini Sport: Clown parts for a clown car

Mini Mania has the best online catalog of them all but their prices are at the top of the spectrum. I've always had good service from them though.

EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 7:23 p.m.

I ordered the tune up kit from gb car parts.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce Dork
3/18/13 7:37 p.m.

I've always been fascinated by the engine bay packaging on the mini. That's a cool car.

SyntheticBlinkerFluid
SyntheticBlinkerFluid UberDork
3/18/13 8:03 p.m.

I'll definitely keep an eye on this. I love Minis. Have worked on a Mini and a Riley Elf. I would love to own one one day.

I'd actually love if they lifted the 25 year ban, because I would buy one of the last year models before they stopped producing them.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
3/18/13 8:30 p.m.
ddavidv wrote: Also, Guido the clown is imported stuff from Mini Sport: Clown parts for a clown car

Ooo... rallycross tires!!!

http://www.minisport-usa.com/mini-spare-parts/info_TYRAT2145_70R10.html

EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 8:43 p.m.

In reply to Ian F:

I really need to stay away from that site.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
3/18/13 8:48 p.m.

Yep. I don't even have my car yet and I'm looking at things to buy for it.

grafmiata
grafmiata Dork
3/18/13 8:52 p.m.

Congrats on the new car, Evan!!! Always loved mini's.

BTW, I'm on my phone right now, so kinda hard to tell... RHD?

85Canuck
85Canuck New Reader
3/18/13 9:07 p.m.

Sweet man, looks good. Nice to see another mini owner on the board. Not exactly grassroots cars any more, but man are they cool. I wonder how many other mini owners are on the board. I think Keith Tanner' s got one, anybody else?

I've been mired in rust repair hell for longer than I care to admit, but starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 9:18 p.m.

In reply to grafmiata:

Yep, rhd.

EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 9:20 p.m.

In reply to 85Canuck:

I'm not looking forward to seeing how much rust I really have to repair, there are some small bubbling spots. Overall it looks very solid though so I'm going to drive it for awhile as-is.

grafmiata
grafmiata Dork
3/18/13 10:01 p.m.
EvanB wrote: In reply to grafmiata: Yep, rhd.

More efficient for delivering pizza, but less efficient for picking-up hookers...

EvanB
EvanB PowerDork
3/18/13 11:01 p.m.

Just a fun fact, 2/3 of my cars have a horn activated by pressing in the turn signal stalk.

SnowMongoose
SnowMongoose Reader
3/18/13 11:17 p.m.

Way cool.
Much want.

Downside is, got me looking around on the internets, lead me to some trouble
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/3672833772.html

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
3/19/13 9:40 a.m.
Datsun1500 wrote: That'll be tough to find that weekend. All houses on 17 will have 5-6 mini/Minis out front :)

Not likely. We've been staying at this house for the past 5 Vintage festivals - it's the only rental house on that section of the road. If all goes as planned, we'll have 3 classics (Red, BRG & orange), my g/f's R53, an R52 and an R56.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
3/19/13 10:36 a.m.

Ah yes... The Datsun group. A bunch of you stay at a motel just south of Pompous Ass Winery? We see them driving up and down the road all week. We like the house we get because we can walk into town. Friday evening, we'll sit ont he porch killing bottles of wine while watching the traffic crawl past...

Yep - 14, not 17... doh.

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