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Mk3 Engine Colour? (6 replies)

weeber
7 months ago
weeber 7 months ago

Hoping someone can help with the colours of various engine bay bits. The engine itself should be black but is this semi-gloss, gloss or? Wiper motor casing a black wrinkle finish? Dynamo casing black but ends are bare aluminum? Dynamo pulley painted and what colour? Water pump colour and is pulley yellow and what shade? Also, are calipers gold originally? Drive flanges a machined finish or painted. With my mk3 it is mostly original but some parts were replaced and are not original colour and I'd like to make it as it left factory. Sorry for all the questions. Help would be appreciated.

Thank you

stanco
7 months ago
stanco 7 months ago

Hi, you need to get John Parnell's book 'Original Mini Cooper and Cooper S' which is the authoritative guide to exactly how Coopers left the factory; answers to any question you may have is in there!

weeber
7 months ago
weeber 7 months ago

Hi Stanco,

I have the book but things are still a bit "fuzzy" as mk3's apparently are. My build date is  Feb 10/71. Remnants of green on block and green rocker cover but maybe it was black originally and rebuilt at some point. I thought it should be black but perhaps I'll never know for sure.

Thanks

stanco
7 months ago
stanco 7 months ago

I am led to believe that the very first few MK III's actually did have a green painted engine but they then moved to black.  Perhaps someone with greater knowledge than me can confirm or deny that?

floormanager
7 months ago
floormanager 7 months ago

Sacrilege I know, but I found Parnell's book rather vague and disappointing.  Obviously, not an easy subject to source and document but changes, certainly on the MK2s I think is poorly defined.  By your build date, I would have thought you should have a black engine, with a thick flange block.

weeber
7 months ago
weeber 7 months ago

I agree the Parnell book is good but not great. For example the Dynamo has a black casing and aluminum ends on engine pictured whereas I have had others mention that the whole engine with starter and Dynamo was assembled and then spray painted as complete unit. I'll be looking more closely at engine unit shortly to check for green paint under grease/grime but it's looking to me like it's going to get green again although there will always be a question. It is thick flange however. Always hopeful that someone will have a definitive answer but will mk3's it is not likely to happen. Mini in Parnell book also has bonnet latch incorrect colour. Should be same as body colour I think.

weeber
1 month ago
weeber 1 month 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

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