1967 Austin Mini Cooper S

1967 Austin Mini Cooper S

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.

Latest updates

Dec
04
Dec 4, 2015
Grabbing Gold

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

Dec
03
Dec 3, 2015
Prepping Our Mini for the Winter Park Concours

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

Dec
01
Dec 1, 2015
Changing the Break-In Oil

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

Nov
24
Nov 24, 2015
Test Driving Our Mini Cooper S

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

Nov
17
Nov 17, 2015
Our Car is Done

Our Mini Cooper S restoration is finally complete.

Nov
10
Nov 10, 2015
Finishing Up the Grille

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

Oct
20
Oct 20, 2015
Check Twice, Paint Once

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

Oct
09
Oct 9, 2015
Shut the Front Door

Our Mini Cooper S gets some new door seals.

Oct
06
Oct 6, 2015
Pumping Up the Suspension

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

Sep
30
Sep 30, 2015
Quarter Window Installation

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

Sep
23
Sep 23, 2015
Somewhere to Sit

Our project Mini Cooper S gets seats installed.

Sep
18
Sep 18, 2015
Good Rug, Bad Rug

We install carpet in our project Mini Cooper S.

Aug
18
Aug 18, 2015
Raising the Roof

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

Aug
11
Aug 11, 2015
Finishing the Mini Dash

Our project Mini Cooper S

Aug
04
Aug 4, 2015
Installing Glass

Our project Mini Cooper S gets a windshield.

May
15
May 15, 2015
Installing the Gas Tanks

Our Mini Cooper S gets twin fuel tanks.

May
05
May 5, 2015
Assembling the Decklid and Doors

Our Mini Cooper S needs doors.

Apr
29
Apr 29, 2015
Fitting the Exhaust System

Our Mini Cooper S gets a new exhaust system.

Apr
09
Apr 9, 2015
Installing the Glass

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

Mar
19
Mar 19, 2015
We Take Another Trip to DJ Minis

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

Mar
16
Mar 16, 2015
Continuing the Assembly

With the subframes installed, we start reassembling the interior.

Feb
25
Feb 25, 2015
Installing the Subframes

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

Jan
06
Jan 6, 2015
Starting The Reassembly

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

Dec
23
Dec 23, 2014
A Look at the Final Paint Job

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

Sep
24
Sep 24, 2014
We Paint Our Cooper S

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

Sep
19
Sep 19, 2014
Picking a Color

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

Sep
16
Sep 16, 2014
Bodywork Continues to Move Quickly

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

Sep
05
Sep 5, 2014
Getting Started on the Bodywork

Bodywork on our Mini is finally underway.

Jul
16
Jul 16, 2014
We Learn a Bunch at the Mini Mania Party

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

Jul
09
Jul 9, 2014
Nisonger Does a Fantastic Job Rebuilding Our Gauges

We get our gauge cluster back from Nisonger.

Jun
27
Jun 27, 2014
Searching for Parts at Carlisle

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

Jun
16
Jun 16, 2014
Restoring More Parts: Lots of Cleaning and Polishing.

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

May
27
May 27, 2014
Working on the Wiring Harness

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

May
21
May 21, 2014
We Build the Bumpers

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

May
15
May 15, 2014
Organizing Parts

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

May
05
May 5, 2014
Finishing Touches On Our Metal Work

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

Apr
23
Apr 23, 2014
Repairing the Trunk Floor

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

Apr
14
Apr 14, 2014
Get Your Rust Out of the [Rain] Gutters

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

Apr
04
Apr 4, 2014
Welding The Front End

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

Mar
28
Mar 28, 2014
Finishing the Floors

We finished repairing the floor pans on our Mini.

Mar
24
Mar 24, 2014
Flooring It

Moving rearward to replace and repair our floor pans.

Feb
05
Feb 5, 2014
Rusty Fenders

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

Jan
30
Jan 30, 2014
The Right Break-In Oil

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

Jan
20
Jan 20, 2014
Aligning the Front End

We aligned and welded our Mini Cooper S body.

Jan
15
Jan 15, 2014
Making Our Mini Vroom

We started our car outside our car.

Jan
13
Jan 13, 2014
Competition Bump Stops for the Mini

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

Jan
08
Jan 8, 2014
On to the Rear Suspension

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

Jan
02
Jan 2, 2014
Front Suspension Assembly

Assembling our front subframe was an involved process.

Dec
10
Dec 10, 2013
Turning Up the Heat

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

Nov
22
Nov 22, 2013
Carb Rebuild

We rebuilt our carbs and made them colorful.

Nov
22
Nov 22, 2013
Rebuilding Our Ancillaries

Rebuilding a generator is pretty straight forward.

Nov
14
Nov 14, 2013
Preparing Our Mini Cooper S for Its Unveiling at the Mitty

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

Aug
13
Aug 13, 2013
Fixing the Mini's Cowl and Inner Fender Well

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

Jul
16
Jul 16, 2013
Metalwork Resumes in Earnest

Our next step was to get back to the metalwork.

Jun
26
Jun 26, 2013
A Trip to DJ’s Mini

We sourced an air cleaner and some original hose clamps.

Jun
21
Jun 21, 2013
Finding Good Mini Books

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

Jun
03
Jun 3, 2013
Visiting Heritage Garage

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

May
29
May 29, 2013
Body Welding

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

May
27
May 27, 2013
Powder Coating the Suspension

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

May
23
May 23, 2013
Rebuilding Hydrolastic Displacers

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

May
21
May 21, 2013
Priming the Whole Car

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

May
08
May 8, 2013
Assessing the Remains

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

Apr
24
Apr 24, 2013
Blasted Media!

We prep the Mini's chassis for paint.

Apr
17
Apr 17, 2013
Disassembling the Mini's Subframes

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

Apr
03
Apr 3, 2013
Rehabbing Subframes and Suspension

We strip down the bits underneath our Mini.

Mar
08
Mar 8, 2013
Pressure-washing the tub

We prep the shell for a trip to the sandblaster.

Feb
22
Feb 22, 2013
Stripping down the tiny body

After finishing the drivetrain, we took the chassis apart.

Feb
13
Feb 13, 2013
Rebuilding the Shifter Mechanism

We take apart our alloy-housing shifter.

Jan
16
Jan 16, 2013
Tiny Wheels and Tires

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

Dec
26
Dec 26, 2012
Changing Our Mini’s Ring and Pinion Gears

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

Dec
19
Dec 19, 2012
Putting Our Mini’s Transmission Back Together

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

Dec
05
Dec 5, 2012
Time for a Clutch

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

Nov
28
Nov 28, 2012
Head Work

We get our Mini Cooper S's head checked.

Nov
06
Nov 6, 2012
Building The Lower End

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

Oct
01
Oct 1, 2012
Starting Our Mini's Engine Rebuild

Developing an engine rebuild plan for our Mini Cooper S.

Sep
24
Sep 24, 2012
Picking Through the Parts

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

Sep
14
Sep 14, 2012
Project Introduction: 1967 Mini Cooper S

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

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