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Alternator lucas 11AC + 4TR 60´s works cars

14 hours ago
Hi fellows. Can't find help on this issue. I'm building a Works replica, on my 67´s cooper S, mk1. As many cars i've read about, they use the Alternator Lucas 11AC (externaly regulated). I've bought one already, refurbished. Now the questions: 1 - should I use the mk1 cooper S wiring loom, for dynamo, and convert it to alternator? 2 - in this case should i retain the original regulator box (dynamo), or eliminate it? 3 - As this alternator is externaly regulated, with the Lucas 4TR regulator, this regulator replaces the dynamo one, or is a PLUS? Any tips to plug the 4TR regulator, on ... read

Piston rings for Hepolite powermax squeeze cast pi...

4 days ago
By ROLI
No! The depth of the groove in the piston will not match and you will get such piston slap that the engine will sound like a bag of nails. After that the ring face will become "oval" and you will lose compression. Buy a set of pistons, or better still get your block to an engineering shop to have stepped sleeves fitted and run +20 pistons. Expensive, but hey, you bought a car thats worthy of being looked after! read
5 days ago
Hi new to this page but was wondering if anyone knows about piston rings.My question being can you say for example fit +60 rings To +40 pistons providing the ring gap is correct as when you compare the two types there does not seem to be any apparent differnce! read

Rover Cooper MPI.

1 week ago
Thankyou, that seems to be the general gist from people ive spoken to. My sons 1997 MPI runs on 20W/50 with no issues. Thanks for your reply. read
1 week ago
By ROLI
Hi David, this is what the codes mean : In a 5W-30 for example, the number before the W describes the viscosity of the oil at low temperatures. The lower the number, the thinner the oil and the better the oil's cold temperature/ cold start performance. The number after the W describes how thick the oil is at the engine's normal operating temperature. Me personally. I will use a 20W50 Semi-Synthetic oil...Get Millers02 from Minispares. Change it every 3000 miles. read
1 week ago
Ladies and Gents, a quick question regarding the correct grade of engine oil for a 1998 Rover Cooper MPI. I had always been led to believe that 20/50 was the correct grade of engine oil?. Having just purchased another Rover Cooper complete with all original docs including the handbook it states the recommended grade of engine oil is 10/40......? any advise or thoughts would be much appreciated. Thankyou- David read

BARRIE "WHIZZO" WILLIAMS

2 weeks ago
Very sad to hear the news this morning that one of the MCR's honorary members Barrie "Whizzo" Williams has passed away. Barry gave what was probably his last interview to Graham Robson at Beaulieu this year explaining his reasons for his decision to retire from racing. One of our new honorary members Andy "Ace" Harrison will be wearing the distinctive orange helmet of Whizzo at the Goodwood Revival this weekend. Barrie was a talented driver with a huge character and he will be greatly missed. read

What is wrong with this Forum?

2 weeks ago
If you know precisely what you want Search is ok, it’s the general browsing around that’s not intuitive...too many sections maybe?? read
2 weeks ago
By mgb
There is a problem with the stats, the suppliers of the software have been asked to rectify this but so far haven't. I have got to understand PHP (the language that the software is written in) since the website was started and will see if I can rectify the fault. How could the search for a topic be improved, I have found the Search to work as I would expect. read

Goodwood 2018

2 weeks ago
hi, who’s going this weekend? I’m going Saturday only this year...the wet day by the look of it..dropping a few plasma nitrided goodies off for a mate, then a good day hopefully soaking it up ( no pun intended!) read

What is wrong with this Forum?

2 weeks ago
Hi I use a mobile device for viewing forums etc and personally i find this forum confusing...none of the stats against the section headings make sense/ reflect the actual content etc. Finding a topic you know is there is not always easy...coupled with the long absence of the forum, it has basically dropped off my radar. I agree with the comments about Facebook, it has probably had it’s day and is not the right media for technical exchanges and sharing experience read

Brake pipes to Servo

2 weeks ago
Cheers Roli. read

Wanted: Classic Minis for a Yorkshire TV company p...

2 weeks ago
A Yorkshire TV production company is looking for Classic Minis which can be of any variant to be filmed in convoy for a programme about a Mk1 Cooper S coming to auction, and it’s life after the auction. If you would like to take part please contact Richard via regions@minicooper.org read

Brake pipes to Servo

2 weeks ago
By ROLI
Hi John, I think I have a couple in my cave. Let me look for you. Roland read
2 weeks ago
Thanks Roli, The photo really helps me, just one question, do you know the part number for the steel bridging piece that ties the pipes together above the servo on your car as I am struggling to find it in the 3509 parts manual, the only part for securing the servo pipes is the 2H400 which is noted as being screw fixed to the flitch panel, do you know if the fitting on your car the same the part? John. read
3 weeks ago
By ROLI
Here is a pic of my engine bay. Ive owned the Car since 1971 and the pipes are still the original ones. Hope it helps. read
3 weeks ago
Please can anyone post a photo showing or comment on the original factory configuration for the fixing of the brake pipes to the servo on a MK2 'S' with hydrolastic suspension, I have seen three different installation methods for the pipes which is very confusing, all as described below. 1/ Pipes secured together on the face of the flitch panel adjacent to the servo with a screw fixed purpose made metal clip, original part number 2H400. 2/ Pipes secured together in mid air above the servo with the same clip but with the addition of a metal base plate to form a ... read

What is wrong with this Forum?

4 weeks ago
I welcome Roli's view and Marks' that Facebook is not a great place and I really do hope that this Forum survives and attracts more posts. The Minis to The Alps in September would be a great platform to post some nice images and comments to get some interest up. Sadly, social media, in all of its forms, has become, in many cases, a toxic place. Having personally suffered a great deal of abuse over the last few years, I no longer wish to be involved with much of it. However, the MCR forum has been over the years a polite ... read

For Sale: Mini Speedwell Engine

4 weeks ago
A very rare, high quality, good condition, classic mini speedwell engine.  Comes with: Twin carbs Bellmouth velocity stacks Manifold Polished rocker cover (not chrome) Forged rockers Head Badges Set of Special valve springs single / double 1100cc (10k mile) block, crank & rods (standard sizes)   The engine is split for inspection and easy carriage. You will need a cam, pistons and gearbox - this allows you to add products that suits your driving style for the finished engine. Located in Bristol.  Price £3,250.  Contact: dangerf55(at)yahoo.co.uk read

What is wrong with this Forum?

4 weeks ago
By ROLI
I will be doing the Minis to theAlps in a few weeks and I will be posting pics and small talk ONLY on this forum, so boo-ha to facebook...lets hope other members (who arent doing the run) will add/ask comments...It needs US , members of the MCR who can revive this forum read
1 month ago
By mgb
Hello Mark, your comments didn't fall on deaf ears, the current collection of sections is a rationalisation of the sections of the two previous forums, I have no problem with rationalising it even further if it will benefit the forum, however I don't wish to do it in isolation, I took enough flack the last time I made changes. I will prepare an analysis of the traffic through the current sections and publish it here, we can then collectively vote on which sections to merge. I too am not a fan of Facebook as a replacement for a forum, the ease ... read

Rover Mini Cooper Sports LE - 1998

1 month ago
Hi Phil, they were in addition to the UK production numbers. Japan received many of the special edition models that Rover produced, usually in greater numbers, and with some additional colour options - red Cooper 35's or green Monte Carlo's for example. The main difference was the fitting of air con. Many cars from Japan have been exported again, some back to the U.K., but to Australia etc too. read

Wanted Shelley car jack decals

1 month ago
Got them now!! read
1 month ago
Hi, I am after this decal, did you manage to get hold of one or have detals where I can get this from? read

[closed] For Sale - 4.5" Steel Wheels and Tyres

1 month ago
Now Sold read

Wanted - One Cooper S Fresh Air Reducer

1 month ago
Wanted a single fresh air duct reducer to fit 1968 Cooper S. read

Outer drive shaft gaiters

2 months ago
By ROLI
Hi Roger. Yes, you can do that but you will need to re-strap the inner boot as well. Undo the big centre nut, Undo the Caliper nuts and shift the caliper out. Remove the drive flange and disc. Now remove the hub leaving the drive shaft there. Now undo the inner gaiter and remove the driveshaft complete with CV out. Remove the split gaiter and replace it. Take note which direction the metal straps were! Now put it all back. Warning! the inner gaiter has to use metal straps not plastic ties, that's an MOT failure! Good Luck! read
2 months ago
My '68 'S's CV joint gaiters have split.  The inner joints are original Hardy Spicers.  Is it possible to undo the balljoints and slide the splined end of the driveshaft out of the Hardy Spicer unit to change the gaiters?  Can't remember how the shaft fits in the joint assembly, it's a while since I assembled it all. Hope somebody sees this, the forum isn't exactly lively these days.  Blame it on the big print?? Thanks all Roger read

Mk3 Engine Colour?

2 months ago
Well I started the engine on engine stand, all seems well but it will be rebuilt as there were a few too many large bits in the oil when drained. The engine is definitely green under the grime and since it has 66,000 original kms I am assuming it was green from factory so that’ll be the colour it will be. Am sure it will be a frequent conversation piece when viewed. Thanks for the input from others read

MINI Challenge 210

2 months ago
Hi everyone I have just taken purchase of my 210 which had one owner from new with just under 6000 miles on the clock.  What a fantastic car.  The only think missing is the bluetooth exhaust button holder.  Does anyone know where i can get this holder from? Thank you in advanced Regards Alun  read

1967 (E) Mark 1 Cooper restoration project for sal...

2 months ago
For the past 18 years I have had a Mk1 Cooper sat in my garage. It was purchased partially stripped and my intention was to restore it upon my retirement. This will now not happen in the near future and so I have decided to sell everything to clear space. I have a current log book and heritage certificate. The colour is island blue/white roof The shell is the original but will require the usual extensive repairs to replace the corroded floors, sills and other panels.  It was sandblasted shortly after I bought it. I have been quoted approx £3000 plus parts for this work plus ... read

What is wrong with this Forum?

2 months ago
Roli!,  Good to hear from you again.  It's been a while since hearing from you.  I hope you are well?  I agree with you regards to Facebook and look forward to the day it collapses and it will, like all fads.  The younger generation have already moved on and those I work with all say "I have an account but I do not use it".  I do not have an account however, it does annoy me that clubs etc. use it. In terms of forums, I've moved to the MK1 Forum and The Mini Forum.  The MK1 Forum is more focused, ... read
2 months ago
By ROLI
Hi, I for one will under no circumstance use Facebook to post anything. EVER. A forum is for answers and question on how to do things and what/who to avoid. Facebook is just another excuse for a company to put all their crappy advertising that you have no choice of seeing. Now if I have a problem I pick the phone up and call past friends and I get an answer, instantly, no slagging and more importantly, no one else gets to read and make spurious, useless comments. I cant wait for Facebook falling flat on its face and perhaps ... read
2 months ago
By mk1
It's the first time I have stumbled across the MCR forum in a long, long time & TBH I find it sad that the forum of such a great club is so little used. First, I must say that the look & usability of the forum is now excellent, this however is of minor importance when compared to the major issue. When you were setting up the new forum I spoke at some length to a committee member about how I thought you could increase the use & posts, but my comments fell on deaf ears. The answer is very, very simple. You have ... read

Rover Mini Cooper Sports LE - 1998

2 months ago
I would like help gathering further information on whether any of the limited production were exported? I am fortunate enough to own a UK spec vehicle with all the relevant paper work including the sales invoice and PDI and have seen a number of VERY similar cars on the web in Japan and Australia ( they had an uprated spec - including air conditioning. Were these exports or made abroad in addition to the 100 in the UK? Thanks in Advance  Phil read

Minis to the Alps - last call

2 months ago
MINIS TO THE ALPS - Entries are due to close next week and we have just one place left, so if you are still trying to make up your mind, now is your last chance. The entry fee is £1695 for two people, including your ferry crossing, all hotels including dinners each night. You get a highly detailed tulip road book, rally plates plus a gift and mementos. There is also a service van following you on your seven day 1300 mile journey to and around the Alps. All classic Minis and MINIs are welcome. Full details from membership@minicooper.org read

For Sale Mk1 Cooper S 1965 Project - NOW SOLD

3 months ago
For sale a Morris Mini Cooper S Mk1 1275 - 1965 - rolling shell project.  LHD / US import. The car has been in dry storage for 20+ years in the New York area.   The US Title (their logbook), NOVA and Heritage Certificate are present. If you don't know - V5Cs are issued by the DVLA to all imported vehicles at first MoT with the correct age date registration.   The car: LHD US export Date of build: 13.10.1965 Colour: Old English White and Black Interior: Red with Gold Brocade Equipment: Heater, 4.5 inch Wheels & Oil Cooler Genuine Original Shell Engine 1275cc There are just 45 1965 Morris Cooper S ... read

Runflat Indicator RPA

3 months ago
Have now had a chance to look at the Pelican Technical Article and found it very informative. And yes, my original wheels have the solid aluminium valve, whereas of course the new ones are standard rubber kit! Doh! Pity I didn't see this article before I did what I did, as I seem to have the pain, for what now seems not much gain. I could have just swapped tyres but I quite like the gloss black Team Dynamic alloys and to have gone for some MINI standard black JCW alloys would have cost a small fortune by comparison. I have ... read
3 months ago
Thanks very much Surf Blue - will have a look at that. Yes Ian, the local dealer advised that the dash lights for the TPA system cannot be turned off if you run non-standard wheels, and indeed will be a MOT failure! So looks like a lot of wheel changing when that is due! Thanks for your comments in connection with the tyre pressures. I will look into this. AlanB read

Whitby Wander Sunday 24th June

3 months ago
Great day out yesterday on the Wander. Superb route across the North York Moors to Whitby, topped off by it being a super sunny day. Big thanks to Dennis Perkins for organising the run and to everyone that turned out.  Many thanks also to Dom Lawrence for silly seat duties that got us 3rd place. Some pics from the day here on FB: https://www.facebook.com/292931404194573/posts/1053525724801800/         read

VIDEO: National Mini Day at Beaulieu 2018

3 months ago
This excellent video has been produced by John Clancy, I think you'll agree that it's well worth watching! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEpMI83CCuw&feature=youtu.be   read

Peter Sellers Radford?

3 months ago
I’ve had this message through Twitter, has anyone any idea about this car? Thanks     “HI ,we were looking for the Peter Sellers Radford Mini from Shot in the Dark for an event, so you know how I might trace the owner please? Thanks Kieron  info@rockstarscars.co.uk “ http://www.rockstarscars.co.uk  read

Runflat Indicator RPA

3 months ago
Hi Alan Did you get this problem solved at the MINI dealer? Also, I'm surprised you are running your non-runflats at a different pressure to your old runflats. As far as I know both types of tyre should be inflated to the same MINI recommend pressure as shown on the door pillar plate? The only difference between the two types of tyre is that the runflats have a much stiffer and stronger sidewall they shouldn't need a higher pressure. Ian read

Minis to the Alps

3 months ago
MINIS TO THE ALPS. September 15th to 22nd 2018. Owing to a cancellation, we do now have one place open for this years event. Come and join us for a fabulous 1300 mile trip to the Alps using many of the famous roads found on the Coupes Des Alpes of yesteryear.. All your hotels, dinners and ferry crossing are included in the £1695 entry fee for two people sharing a classic Mini or MINI. We also have a service van should you need mechanical assistance along the way. Contact Lesley Young, membership@minicooper.org to grab this last place. read

Minis to the Alps

3 months ago
MINIS TO THE ALPS. September 15th to 22nd 2018. Owing to a cancellation, we do now have one place open for this years event. Come and join us for a fabulous 1300 mile trip to the Alps using many of the famous roads found on the Coupes Des Alpes of yesteryear.. All your hotels, dinners and ferry crossing are included in the £1695 entry fee for two people sharing a classic Mini or MINI. We also have a service van should you need mechanical assistance along the way. Contact Lesley Young, membership@minicooper.org to grab this last place. read

1275GT ENGINE NO

3 months ago
Yes a 390 would be correct as it denotes Mechanical fuel pump, Lucas 16AC Alternator with negative earth, Close ratio remote gearbox. read

Whitby Wander Sunday 24th June

3 months ago
Roll up, roll up and see what we do up in the North East read

Another great National Mini Day at Beaulieu!

3 months ago
A great selection of coach built cars and great weather. read

Runflat Indicator RPA

3 months ago
2007 onwards R56 Coopers use a special valve in the wheels which sends a radio signal to the pressure monitoring system. A quick search on the interweb turned up this helpful page. https://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/MINI_R56/27-SUSPEN-Tire_Pressure_Monitoring/27-SUSPEN-Tire_Pressure_Monitoring.htm read
3 months ago
Thanks but this didn't work. It is going into the local MINI dealer on Monday for service so they are going to look at it. However they say the problem is I didn't use official MINI alloys and they contain the sensors apparently! Not sure I understand this but we live and learn. AlanB read
3 months ago
Try resetting with engine running  read

Another great National Mini Day at Beaulieu!

3 months ago
Well, that was yet another fantastic day at Beaulieu which wouldn't have happened without the hard work and dedication of Tony Salter and his team of helpers. Well done Tony! read

Whitby Wander Sunday 24th June

4 months ago
Evening folks, if you’re not already aware from the club mag and FB, the Newcastle & Durham Region are organising an 80 mile touring assembly for minis across the North York Moors to Whitby, with lunch stop and clues to pick on the way. Entry fee is a huge £5 and no booking required, just turn up at Morrison’s, Morton Park, Darlington for 9.30am. Just over a week later, on the evening of Monday 2 July (our normal club night), there’ll also be a navigational scatter starting and finishing at the Dun Cow, Bournmoor near Chester-Le-Street. Entry is £15 per car which ... read

Original Cooper 998 Engine :

4 months ago
I can supply more photos but can't seem to put them up here ! read
4 months ago
Hi Folks....                I'm offering my 998 Cooper Motor for sale , I converted to 1275 and it's been sitting under the bench for a while .It was carefully machined and rebuilt , covered a couple of 1000 miles then was removed.                D top pistons , Standard bores , no lip , 10 thou grind on mains and ends , 12G295 Ported head and a Kent 265 Megadyne cam , plus all of the associated gubbins as far as I know . You could put it straight in , ... read

1275GT ENGINE NO

4 months ago
Hi I'm just closing on the purchase of a 1275GT and want to check what the engine no should be originally. It's a 1972 car, negative earth, alternator, mech fuel pump and remote solid gear linkage so I believe it should be 12H 390 H xxxxxx Is this correct? Cheers Mark read

Thanks and Hello from San Diego, California

4 months ago
Hi Dennis, good to hear from you. I enjoy reading your posts and updates on Facebook and Instagram.  read
4 months ago
Im Dennis Santarinala. Im from San Diego, California and Id like to say hello and thank you for having me here. Ive been busy working on my CRX90B Works tribute car. Many thanks to everyone in the UK for helping me! read

“Plastic Fantastic!” at Beaulieu

4 months ago
Do you have a Mini based kit car that you would like to display at our National Mini Day at Beaulieu? The “Plastic Fantastic” display will be in the main arena. Contact:  Beaulieu@minicooper.org  read

The talk by Motorsport legend, Stuart Turner, rais...

4 months ago
If you haven’t seen this report in Mini Magazine then you might be interested to see it  read

Any members based near Falkirk - who could pick up...

4 months ago
Hi I am looking for a member to pick up a rare part in Falkirk.  I am happy to pay for time/petrol money. I would then need the person to box it and I'll organise a courier for collection. Any members near Falkirk who are happy to collect a part? Thanks in advance:  dangerf55(at)yahoo.co.uk     read

Runflat Indicator RPA

4 months ago
Hello Ian. Thanks for your response. When resetting the system previously I simply followed the instruction in the owners handbook i.e. repeatedly pressing the button on the indicator stalk. Doing that now results in"Reset" not displaying. I am afraid I don't know anything about anti-lock speed rings but certainly didn't touch anything when changing over. My only thought was because the radials run at a much lower pressure than the run-flats, this must tell the system that there is a puncture so preventing it from being re-set. Would the system "remember" the previous run-flat pressure setting i.e. 38psi? Although re-reading the ... read

2006 radiator fans fault?

4 months ago
Hi Matt Guess you may have fixed this problem by now! However if you are still bothered by the fan operation or lack of it, then you are correct that the resistor that controls the two speeds of the fan can fail. You can replace/repair these but I think you are correct that you have to remove the front end (bumper etc) and then the radiator. However, I'm pretty shure you can test it in place! The other problem that can occur is the bottom of the fan motor nearest the road can corrode. This happened to me on my 2003 R53 ... read

Runflat Indicator RPA

4 months ago
Hi Alan. How did you reset your tyre presssure mointoring system before you changed your wheels and tyres? I thought the R56 models still used the anti-lock speed rings on the wheels to feedback the rotational speed of each wheel. As the tyre pressure increases or decreases the speed of the wheel changes as its diameter alters. I dont think the R56 used wireless pressure sensors within each wheel so changing your wheels and tyres from runflats shouldn't make any difference to the operation or  resetting of the monitoring system. Ian read

GDPR Policy Document

4 months ago
By mgb
The Mini Cooper Register is a motor club that caters for all those interested in the Mini and Mini Cooper, both classic and modern. Under the GDPR regulations, we act as both Controller and Processor, in addition we use the third party company, Lavenham Press Limited, to administer the membership of the club and print CooperWorld magazine, and as such, they act as a Processor on our behalf. The Club’s legal basis for handling personal data is Legitimate Interest. In order to run the club, we and Lavenham Press Limited hold our members’ personal data (we do not hold sensitive personal data) and ... read

1968 Mk2 Super De-Luxe Project NOW SOLD

4 months ago
For sale a Morris Mini 1968, Mk2. External hinge car. Modern V5C in my name and is currently SORN.   The log book has 850cc on it and model is Mini - interestingly the VIN starts with MA2S6 - the fifth character is a 5, which I believe should be an S - which would mean the car is a Super De-Luxe. More research needed to confirm.    The car: RHD home market / UK car Date of build: 1.3.1968.  'F' reg.     Colour on logbook: White 4 previous owners Last change of keeper before me - March 2005.   Exterior   The car has little surface rust, no major dents or scratches, on the whole the mini is ... read

The THAMES VALLEY TOUR 15 July 2018

4 months ago
There are still places available for this event! Contact: Clive Brooks  brooks.c2@sky.com or Terry Schraider schraider@btinternet.com read

MINI SPORT TO LAUNCH NEW PRODUCTS AT BEAULIEU NATI...

4 months ago
It might be a good idea to set up your exclusive discount in advance of Beaulieu to make sure you receive it when making purchases on the day. Contact: cara@minisport.com with your membership number, name and email address to activate your discount. read

Runflat Indicator RPA

4 months ago
I have recently discarded my runflats on my R56 JCW and put on new wheels and convential radials, being TOYO Proxes. The ride is still firm but much improved. The tyres are inflated at 32psi, much lower than runflats. Not unaturally, the dashboard monitor shows that the RPA system is inactive, and I have the little yellow indicator permanently illuminated. There appears no way of resetting the system, unless someone knows different. Views welcomed. AlanB read

Summer Scatter 2nd July 2018

4 months ago
Will bring our completed entry form and payment to the next club night a week on Monday Stu 👍   read
4 months ago
Updated entry form to include GDPR Requirements read

2018 London to Brighton

4 months ago
By Lily
Does the MCR have a dedicated area on Madeira drive in Brighton for members? read

NEW AND IMPROVED CLUB SHOP NOW OPEN!

5 months ago
Great News.....our New & Improved Club Shop Is Now Open!! Click here to browse http://logothatpolo.co.uk/store/mcr/  or follow the link to the Club Shop at the top of the page. Featuring many new products, personalisation on all clothing and a brand new children’s range, With many new items with many more new items to follow, we will soon have all our members looking fabulous. We will despatch quickly and will only ever change you the cost price for postage and packing. Check in regularly to find out what’s new! read

MINI COOPER REGISTER WELCOMES MINI SPORT LTD AS NE...

5 months ago
  https://www.minisport.com/ Mini Sport are now offering exclusive member discounts! To activate your special discount, simply contact Mini Sport Ltd on either - cara@minisport.com or +44(0)1282 778731 with the following: Membership numberSurnameEmail address *Please advise if you are an existing customer of Mini Sport Ltd    read

Mk2 Cooper rear brakes

5 months ago
Thanks DAZ, interesting. I thought I read somewhere that they were changed to 0.75" diameter sometime in late 1969 (mine is a July 1969 Austin Cooper)! On another point I was in the progress of buying a pair of new rear brake quadrants that take the brake cable through 90degrees on the swing arm and was looking at MiniSport which provides two sorts one for wet and one for dry suspension. My cooper is as original as I can make it so will be going back as wet. I don't really understand why there is a difference. Any thoughts? read

Hi all

5 months ago
Here’s hoping! read

Lily steering rack

5 months ago
Replacing a steering rack is not one of the easiest jobs on a Mini. Daunting as it seems, dropping the subframe, is no big deal. I changed my rack last year and it was an afternoon's job. The biggest issue was getting the U bolts back. These come off quickly enough but they have to be at just the right angle to go back - well that's what I found.  Hope that all goes well. Robert read

Hi all

5 months ago
I'm afraid I'm as guilty as anyone else for not visiting the forum much these days. It used to be a lot livelier than it is currently - there doesn't seem to be any one particular reason for this but I suspect Facebook and the many Mini groups on there, where one can get an almost instantaneous answer to a question, might be partly to blame. Forums do seem to be a bit out of fashion at the moment. I can only suggest that everyone makes the effort to visit the forum and post more and hopefully things might improve 😀   read

Lily steering rack

5 months ago
By Lily
Despite the new rules on MOT’s for cars older than 40 years from May 1st I decided to have Lily tested as this car has not been roadworthy since 2004. Unfortunately the car failed on excessive play in the steering rack. Shame because I had it all completely apart and refitted the suspect part with the luxury of no engine or subframe in place! My assessment of the rack was incorrect at time, some pressure being to maintain all originality of the mk1. My previous expertise was engine build, albeit within aviation, having served an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce in the early ... read

Hello

5 months ago
By ROLI
Well, I posted a simple question, and in two days not a simple reply, so I deleted my post. I dont think many visit the forum. Shame, cos it used to be a well of information. I got my answer from peter Baldwin, took just a simple call. Now I know, and no one else will unless they also call Peter. read
5 months ago
Hi there, I'm in West Sussex also, at Haywards Heath.  I'm afraid the Forum is a bit quiet.  There was quite a few of us that regularly posted but it has been quiet lately.  I am sure people still are around and if they can help they will.  Best wishes, Paul read

5 months ago
By ROLI

Hello

5 months ago
Hello Rigg! I have been asking myself the same question as a newbie that posted two weeks ago and am searching for a previous owner of the car I have bought........only 16 views apparently and no replies.  Very disappointing so far. Welcome to you and fingers crossed! Pete read
5 months ago
By rigg
Hello everyone. I joined recently but it seems that the forum isn't used much. Am I missing something? read

The THAMES VALLEY TOUR 15 July 2018

5 months ago
The event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through picturesqueparts of Hampshire and Berkshire, and to visit the home of Lord Nuffield, the founder of the Morris Car Company. The total routedistance is about 85 miles.The start venue in Hook, Hampshire has plenty of parking space and a Cafe where signing on will take place and a "rally breakfast" of a bacon bap and a cup of tea will be provided.The day has been designed for two people; additional passengers are welcome and may be carried (for an ... read

Biscester - Drive it Day

5 months ago
Looks like a good turn out   If anyone is having trouble linking to the video try this link instead   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx_62QltcTo read
5 months ago
And another . read
5 months ago
We had a great day with fine weather. Lots of interest in the cars - we had 20 I think. Thanks to all who came including  :-   Patrick Walker with 977 ARX, Gary from Hitchin with his 1071, Armin with his Mini van, Dave Boswell, Rob McShane, Adam Smart, Keith Mainland with his sprint, Alan Clark with his 1275GT, Richard Heal with his Inno, Scott Walker, John Kennedy, Peter Hayes, Steve Jarmin, and Chris Rooks with his S-ish. A short video here :- https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=lx_62QltcTo read
5 months ago
BH tell me we have 12 cars booked in through their system, and I know a couple of people are coming but missed the deadline. They also say :- "  The club will be allocated a parking display space on the airfield side of the site but the exact layout of these spaces will not be known until closer to the day when the site is laid out.  When you arrive please follow signs for Club Parking or ask a steward to direct you, in the club  parking area there will be and area with an A3 sign for the Mini Cooper Register.   ... read

Mk2 Cooper rear brakes

5 months ago
They should be 5/8 rear cylinders and master cylinder is also 5/8 bore. The rear brake shoes should have a small spacer built in I think about 3/8 bit these are nla new. I will be fitting genuine mini fin rear drums with a separate spacer on my car. I would try to get a correct master cylinder if yours is 3/4 as it really makes a difference. read

Wanted: Inlet and carbs modified to Vizard specs

5 months ago
All, Does anyone know of a good modifier of the standard twin 1/4 SU inlet manifold and carbs to Vizard specs? I don't have the time to do them myself and looking for someone who can. I have seen a seller called gem.parsons on eBay offering the mods. Anyone used him? Thanks DC.   read

2006 radiator fans fault?

5 months ago
Hi there I have been a classic mini owner for approx 20 years but this week i have bought a 2006 mini cooper as an everyday car, so far im really enjoying it but i have a possible issue with the cooling fans, what i expect to happen is when i switch the a/c on is  the rad fan turns slowly and then spins faster to cool the engine, correct? What mine does is when i turn the a/c on the fans dont turn but after driving for a while and letting it tick over the fan comes on at full ... read

New member - looking for previous owners of 1275GT

5 months ago
Hello - I am a new member having just acquired 1275GT JDU 807N previously mentioned on here c5 years ago.  I am looking to complete the car’s history - I have lots already and am in touch with the previous owner - but am searching for Barry Chipman. Any help gratefully received. Pete read

How Do You Fit the Fresh Air Inlet to the inside w...

5 months ago
What's the trick to fit the fresh air tube on to the metal collar above the accelerator pedal?  It's bad enough getting it on the heater but nigh on impossible at the other end, unless someone out there knows how.............. read

Biscester - Drive it Day

5 months ago
Bicester have just sent a reminder to say that "only 2 days are left to purchase Club Member Vehicle tickets for the Drive It Day Sunday Scramble we would like to update you on your club bookings.  There are 8 vehicles booked against your club code MINICR418 so far.  Please could you remind your club members that club tickets close at midnight on Sunday 15th April and to ensure that their booking will count towards a club parking display area they need to use the club code MINICR418 in the field marked ‘Enter Promotional code’  http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/whaton/sunday-scramble-drive-it-day/ Thank you for supporting this event, ... read

1965 Cooper S - restoration buddy?

5 months ago
I'm hoping to find a knowledgable restoration buddy who would be willing to help me with information/advice with a 1965 1275 Cooper S. I'm about to embark on a full nut and bolt restoration and would like to rebuild the car to as close a specification to original as possible. For example brake callipers were they cadmium plated or painted and if painted what colour. The master cylinders appear from what I have gleaned so far; cadmium plated. The car a tweed grey model was built on 29th September 65 and shipped (to order) to new Zealand with the full package ... read

Summer Scatter 2nd July 2018

5 months ago
I’ll be there and will be dragging a few folk along with me too including a promising new nav. Perfect way to spend a (hopefully sunny) summer evening. Thanks for organising Stuart. Niall. read
5 months ago
Please use Updated Entry Form uploaded on 21st May. The form on this post does not contain GDPR Requirements. read
5 months ago
The Newcastle and Durham region are holding a navigational scatter on the evening of Monday 2nd July 2018. All members are welcome, no matter what region you are from. Full details of the event can be found in the attached regulations and the entry form. read

Newcastle & Durham regional meet

5 months ago
Just blowing the cobwebs off the Newcastle & Durham Region forum section. We still meet at the Dun Cow, Bourmoor, DH4 6DY on the first Monday of the month from 7:30pm.  Food and beer are all good, lots of parking, so no need to leave your cherished car in the road.  read