Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
6/3/13 8:00 a.m.

On one of our recent trips to Southern California, we made it a point to stop at Heritage Garage in Costa Mesa. Graham Reid, the owner, has built one heck of a business restoring and servicing Minis as well as selling new and used Mini parts. Heritage Garage has been operating for many, many years.

We got to look over and photograph a couple of real Cooper S cars on our tour. That taught us a lot. As we mentioned a previous update, we sourced a used driver’s door from Heritage Garage. We also picked up the throttle support and air cleaner mounting plate for a 1275 Cooper S.

Another cool item that Heritage Garage makes is the correct speedometer gear for when you convert your final drive from the original 3.44:1 to our more highway-friendly 3.10:1 final drive.

All in all it was a very enjoyable visit. We got some of the parts we needed and learned a lot more about early Minis.

It was an itsy bitsy, teeny-weeny rally-winning project Mini. Subscribe to Classic Motorsports and get them in your mailbox.

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