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Hi from me and great day at Beaulieu autojumble

2 days ago
Hi everyone I attended the beautiful New Forest yesterday searching out those rare parts for my Works mini build, what better place than the Beaulieu spring auto jumble. What a great day with the added surprise I seeing a large line up of everyone’s favourite mini! I also had the fantastic fortune of meeting a lovely chap called John McIntosh with his stunning Works mini. John took his time to talk me through his pride and joy which will be an enormous help for my ongoing build so a big thank you. To all those who attended and took the time to show their ... read

Wanted 5 hole Monte Les Leston steering wheel boss

1 week ago
Still looking for an original 5 hole Les Leston steering wheel boss as used on the Monte 33EJB Mini Cooper. I have an very nice replica but realy like to have an original. Cheers, Kees (UHR850) read

Bicester Heritage - Drive it Day - Sunday 28th Apr...

3 weeks ago
Thanks to all who came and braved the weather - actually it was dull but dry all day. A short video here : https://youtu.be/9yWuXdVtQEo read

New member saying hi

4 weeks ago
hi everyone  I had a 1275GT when I was a teenager, and I’ve just bought a R56 Cooper, it was going very cheap and couldn’t resist it. looking forward to meeting up with some of you guys  shaun read

Anybody know the whereabouts of KWL 658G?

4 weeks ago
I owned this Almond Green Cooper about 20 years ago and would love to know if it's still around? read

Cooper S rear hydro compression spring. Where does...

1 month ago
Solved, it goes inside the strut. read

Powder coat or paint a rear subframe. Which is bes...

1 month ago
Thanks for your advice. read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

1 month ago
Ahh, I see. Brilliant, thanks. The diagram says it all. All the diagrams I've seen until now have shown the spring randomly floating above everything else. Now I can see how it should go together. It's very possible that the springs are still inside the strut and I've never found them. The dowels are rusted in position and were probably like that when I originally took it all apart 34 years ago. Not knowing back then that there should have been a spring I thought the dowel was in a fixed position. I must have driven the car around like that ... read

Looking for EDV 32C

1 month ago
Good evening all. This is a real long shot I know but I’m looking for my old car EDV 32C, an Austin Cooper 998 in OEW / black with a view to buying it back. The car was last known in Luxembourg and owned by a chap called Paul? The car has huge sentimental value to me and any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in anticipation. Tim read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

1 month ago
Hi Steve It's the short dowel first into the displacer, then the spring, then the strut which pushes against the spring. See attached diagram showing the line order of the the parts. I don't think the springs are available any longer but you should be able to find a pair from someone who has converted to dry suspension. J read

Powder coat or paint a rear subframe. Which is bes...

1 month ago
By mgb
I would not go down the powdercoat route. Powdercoat is not flexible and if there is any flexing of the subframe, and I'm sure it will be, tiny cracks develop which will allow moisture to enter and creep along under the coating, it will not be obvious until the coating starts to bubble by which time there may well be a hole through the metal. I have used Rustbuster's EM121 Epoxy for a number of years, being an epoxy, the molecular structure allows it to fill the tiny pits in the surface of the metal meaning that no air is trapped, ... read
1 month ago
I've got to the stage of blasting and painting my rear subframe. I'm planning to use the one that came with the car, a MOWOG wet subframe that I believe was fitted in about 1980, replacing the original. It's in remarkably good condition but with some surface rust and a lot of old smoothright patches. It's never been undersealed. Given the choice between painting and powder coating. I've heard some people say how fantastic powder coating is and others say it will crack off and water and so rust gets behind the coating. Anyone have any thoughts? read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

1 month ago
Thanks John for your help. Looks like the springs should be there and were lost before I got the car in 1985. Do the springs go inside the hole in the aluminium casting that's part of the displacer? Then the rod, part 48 in my diagram, pushes against it when it's assembled? I can't find any diagrams that show where it lives. Cheers, Steve read

1962 Austin Mini Cooper 997 Project

1 month ago
For further details see my eBay advert: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153444722367 read

Wanted: SILVER Brocade Interior

1 month ago
Surf blue and is now for sale: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153444722367 read

Winguards Wing Protectors

1 month ago
Hi yes they are great.  I bought mine after damaging the paint in the garage.... read

Flasher Unit

2 months ago
Thank you for your help and so promptly. read
2 months ago
This is where it was on my 69 S when I stripped the car, this is where it is on the rebuild, same place😀 read
2 months ago
Can someone help please.  Where was the flasher unit located on a 1968 Mini Cooper S when it left the factory.  read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

2 months ago
Hi Steve If it helps, my 'S' was built in June 69 and the strut springs are in the rear displacers. J         read

Winguards Wing Protectors

2 months ago
Has anyone used these and left them in place long term?  If so, was there any effect on the paintwork or would you wholeheartedly recommend them? read

Bicester Heritage - Drive it Day - Sunday 28th Apr...

2 months ago
BICESTER DATE FOR THE DIARY The MCR are invited to join the Mini Mk1 Performance Conversions stand for the Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble on Drive it Day - 28th April 2019. "After last year's great day, we are doing it again and have asked for space for 20 cars. Anything BMC is welcome. Our pitch is likely to be on the grass of the airfield apron, we will have a gazebo and cooker & kettle for a brew or two." Tickets will be sold online in advance only, there will be no tickets available on the gate. The club ticket closing date is midnight ... read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

2 months ago
Opps, didn't attach the diagram. See part 49 in the diagram below. read
2 months ago
Hi Tony, Thanks for your reply. They're not the helper springs but they're the small compression springs that feature in the attached diagram. Part number 49. Sounds like the spring you suggest that might be fitted between the displacer and strut. I first took it apart a long time ago in 1985 and remember then that there was no sign of a spring. Either they were never fitted or maybe when the rear subframe was replaced, long before I had the car, they weren't put back. It's a 1969 MKII Cooper S. Maybe they had stopped putting them in by then? The question ... read

Thames Valley Region Newsletter

2 months ago
Hi all, Many apologies for the absence of the March/April newsletter.Since the crash and demise of the MCR's website server which also stopped the email system working, I have been unable to access the website, forum or email system. The new-fangled server decided that I was trying to "hack" the system as I had too many unsuccessful login attempts and therefore blocked my IP address and also that of my mums! However, I'm now "back in" but there won't be a newsletter this month.Hope to see you at Brooklands on Sunday 24th March and if not maybe at the local Thames Valley ... read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

2 months ago
Steve, are we talking about the helper springs from the radius arm to the wheel arch or the little springs that are sometimes found between the displacer and the long strut?  I have heard that the latter was not always fitted. Oh, by the way welcome back!   read

Cooper S rear hydro compression spring. Where does...

2 months ago
Hi, I'm re-building my old MkII Cooper S as featured in the magazine last December in Nick Hunter's piece and I have a question. Does anyone know where the compression spring goes in relation to the hydrolastic suspension system on the back of a hydro car? I didn't find them on the dismantaling of the car but have noticed it features in the various sales diagrammes, Mini Spares etc. Anyone know what it's for and where it goes? I've attached a picture of an exploded view. It's part 49. Cheers Steve read

Hi from Steve and a question about a spring

2 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm Steve. I Used to be an MCR member for many years going back to the late 1980's and early 90's and for a while looked after the Herts and North London region. Some of you may remember me from way back. My car got locked away in a garage for best part of 20 years while a hectic life took me in other directions. However, at last I've finally got around to re-building my old MkII Cooper S and have returned to the MCR. My car was as featured in the magazine last December in Nick Hunter's MKII S ... read

Brooklands Mini Day 24th March

3 months ago
Hello John, apologies for that. I have spoken to Ken Hunter who is organising the MCR stand at Brooklands and he said that he hadn't received an email from you at all. Although all 15 spaces are now spoken for, he did say that if you came along then we could probably squeeze you in. It's quite likely that someone won't turn up for whatever reason. Hope to see you there.  read
3 months ago
As a matter of interest, what would I have needed to have done and when to get a place on the club stand? I emailed the address in the magazine when it came out, and heard nothing. I now read on facebook that all places have been taken. How did that happen? read

Cooper S Engine Parts for sale.

3 months ago
For full details see March Magazine, coming out shortly. Items include 1071 S standard crank, S rods, Arias pistons, Arrow rods, and 1275GT block. read

Wheel Braces

3 months ago
These were specifically made by the Competitions department from thick wall tube and with a welded socket on the end, scavenged from a commercially available wheel brace. read

Next Meet UP Wednesday March 13th at the Beefeater...

3 months ago
Next Meet UP: Wednesday March 13th - at 7.30pm at the Beefeater, Emersons Green, Bristol.  BS16 7AN read

Wanted: SILVER Brocade Interior

4 months ago
Looking for some too, for my 61 Super. What colour is your Cooper? read

Wheel Braces

4 months ago
We’re the braces made for the works cars or readily available from the parts bins? Seen a few variations in works/replica cars. read

Mk1 speedo with trip

4 months ago
Looking for a Mk1 speedo with mechanical trip, kph or mph fine. Many thanks Dave read

Hello from ‘sunny’ Middlesbrough

4 months ago
By HJ
Slight change of plan.  We now have 2.5 Coopers as a MG Car Club friend of my parents has sold us the Minis he recently bought!   Going to sort this one for keeping as it is a 35th Anniversary limited edition, and sell the K plate one once we have got it road legal again. read
4 months ago
By HJ
Mine prefers pink and purple!   read
4 months ago
Well done on taking the plunge!  My daughter would love that colour! read
4 months ago
By HJ
Here is our Cooper as it stands now! read
4 months ago
By HJ
Hello everyone, I have just joined as we have just bought a ‘93 K reg Cooper (for my 15 year old to learn to drive in when she is 17 next year - honest).  It needs a lot of work including a new floor and front end as it currently has s plastic front on it ? I have been away from the Mini universe since I sold my B reg Mayfai when I went to uni in the 90’s (idiot move) but hope to use my parents knowledge as they had dozens of Minis for auto testing etc in the ... read

Wanted: SILVER Brocade Interior

4 months ago
Wanted: SILVER Brocade Interior - seats, door cards, headlining, dash, parcel shelf etc - for an early 1962, 997 Cooper project - anything considered. Many thanks read

Bingley Hall Sunday 27.1.19

4 months ago
If any members are attending Bingley Hall Mini Show in Staffordshire on the 27th January 2019, please drop by the Classic Mini Car Sales stand, where I and other MCR members will be located.  We will have some projects, spares and cars on show and for sale.  David, Ian, Clive from the BGS region. read

MCR BGS December Newsletter

4 months ago
Happy New Year to everyone and a warm welcome to all our new members. For those who do not know, I took over the BGS region in March 2017 with some 45 members and today we have more than 100!! 2019 is set to be a big ‘Mini’ year with the marks 60th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of the Clubman and of course the International Mini Meet (IMM) in Bristol in August. My monthly newsletter is designed to keep members informed on local / national events, review the months news / actives, coordinate meet ups and event participation and, present any interesting items for ... read

New engine start-up

4 months ago
Here's a couple of video clips of a new engine I've buillt up over the last year.  It's not in the car yet, just sitting on a trolley.  Not much of an exhaust so it's a bit loud!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq5X0UFvRTQ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b0ZmHmr47k   Enjoy!! Paul     read

Mk 3 Cooper S shell on ebay

4 months ago
By ROLI
It doesnt come with a log book, its definitely worth buying just for the parts, like brake pedals and displacers, Its not worth restoring it because I cant see a panel that doesnt need replacing. Only worth £500 max. read
5 months ago

new member

5 months ago
Looking forward to hearing about your progress with your Rover.  read

MCR Scotland Region Meet - March 17th

5 months ago
The next regional meeting for MCR Scotland will be on 17th March 2019, 11am. Norton House Hotel, Ingliston, Newbridge EH28 8LX read

new member

5 months ago
just joined after many years of both of us being mini less having previusly having had 60,s cooper and 70,s 1275gt and 60,s 1000cc now we are mini owners again having just perchased a rover1275 cooper needing some work so a bit longer untill on road will post picts as work comenses and continues            mike and vanessa read

1983 Mini Mayfair Russ Swift Convertible

5 months ago
1983 Mini Mayfair Russ Swift Convertible Converted by Russ Swift in 1988 - Conversion number 37 of 43 Very solid and presentable car but would benefit from very minor cosmetic attention Mot until June 2019 Very good 1275 A series Metro motor currently fitted Very good leather seats and wooden dash. Originally fitted with a mohair hood. The current unit is serviceable and in vinyl. The car would be much improved by a new mohair hood to the original specification. Russ Swift converted Minis from 1984 to 1990, 2 of which were converted for Rover Cars Limited for promotional use - numbers 42 & 43. Number 43 ... read

Desperatly french. You no not choose neither yout ...

5 months ago
Hello Harry and welcome to the MCR forum. Your introduction is very interesting, thank you. As well as Minis, we also have a 2CV! read
5 months ago
I am french and I apologize for this (despite I made a DNA analysis which stated I am 21% british...). This is not the topic but I must understand why I do like Minis so much and not 2CV. I had many Minis and today I own an Innocenti T "legno", a spruce green Moke from 1966, an IMA van and last but not least an incredible Morris Cooper MK2 which I recently bought in Portugal (She is a CKD, I mean she was sent in spares to Portugal and built there by IMA, the local subsidiary of British Leyland). The ... read

New owner trying to find out more about my minis h...

6 months ago
I recently purchased a 1968 Morris Mini Cooper S that was originally purchased in France.  I know it had the same owner from 1968 until 2005 when it was sold at an RM Auction in Amelia Island.  I purchased it from the winner of that auction however all of the records had been lost.  It still has its original French license plates along with much of its original equipment.  Would love to know if one of the two prior owners listed in the in the Mini Registry. read

STILL WANTED - Mk1 100 mph COOPER SPEEDOMETER ( NO...

6 months ago
There's one for sale on the Mk1 forum for £200 in what looks like perfect condition. http://mk1-forum.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23756   read
6 months ago
Hi I might have a couple - please send me an email and I will send you photos of what I have - dangerf55(at)yahoo.co.uk   Thanks read

H4 Jets

6 months ago
Hi  I am  building  a 1340 cc engine with a 649 cam i am running a fast road / race head 36mm 30mm valves sizes compression ratio is 10.5 to 1 the carbs are twin H4 11/2"SU's can anyone give me a jet set up jet to start me off i was thinking of BG Regards   read

STILL WANTED - Mk1 100 mph COOPER SPEEDOMETER ( NO...

6 months ago
I am still looking for a late 1967 Mk1 cooper speedometer with 100 mph on the speedo face. This is the only item I need as the rest of the car is original and I need this to replace the standard mini speedo.  read

MCR at NEC

6 months ago
This weekend is the 2018 NEC Classic Motor Show. Some fascinating cars on our stand this year. A completely unrestored Mk1 Cooper S, a South African Cooper S, the superb Britax Cooper S built by Richard Humphrey, the Avengers’ Mini and the Princess Margaret Mini. Stop by at the stand and say hello at Hall 5, Stand 5-850.  read

FOR SALE - NEWTON COMMERCIAL MK 1 COOPER TRIM, CAR...

7 months ago
Hi Dave   Sorry can't upload photos. Could you let me have your e-mail address so I can sent them to you direct.   Many thanks Steve read

Works seat frame wanted

7 months ago
Looking for a seat frame for my Works Fibre glass seat? if anyone knows where to get one made otherwise? Same seat as LBL read

FOR SALE - NEWTON COMMERCIAL MK 1 COOPER TRIM, CAR...

7 months ago
Hi Can you send me some photos? Many thanks Dave read

998cc cooper race engine will not rev past 5,000 r...

7 months ago
Hi  Yes thats about what its reading, today have checked carbs pistons and dashpot for travel,etc and they okay, so have put a single 1 1/2 su on and its still the same, I think its the cam timing, or the cam?? read
7 months ago
By ROLI
What is the strobe timing at 4500 revs ? It should be 28-30 degrees. If it isnt, then the dizzy isnt giving you enough advance read
7 months ago
Hi all  I am having trouble getting my sons 998cc race engine to run,  the spec,  1150cc (+60) powermax piston flat top, 4kg flywheel, wedged cross drilled crank, steel rods 530 grams,12g295 ported and polished head, 649 cam, twin 1 1/4" SU carbs E3 needles, blue springs,K+N filters, maniflow LCB and RC 40 exhaust, Aldon 100 AR race dizzy, have just changed this from a piper one as the advance was to much, Aldon recommended this as i spoke to them, it will start and run okay, and rev to only 5,000 revs, try to pull away and its not happy boging down we have richend ... read

Brake pipes to Servo

7 months ago
ROLI The pipe in my 69s is the plastic wire reinforced type, I think the original part number is 14A 9980, it's about 30" long from the heater to the reducer. John         read
7 months ago
By ROLI
Now Im after something. MK II "S" Im after the fresh air hose from the heater thru the bulkhead and then the "reducer" goes inside it. Does anyone have one, or whats the part number ? Ta...R read
7 months ago
Hi ROLI Thanks for the info but I managed to get a pair from Catmint. Cheers   John read
7 months ago
By ROLI
Hi John, found them, but Ive also found out a place that sells them! try this web address : http://www.leacyclassics.com/2h400.html   read

FOR SALE - NEWTON COMMERCIAL MK 1 COOPER TRIM, CAR...

7 months ago
I have for sale a complete Mk1 Cooper trim set in silver/grey brocade. Complete rear squab and base plus 2 new replica front seats, also a complete carpet set in powder blue. All the above items have been removed from our Mk1 Cooper as I want to take it back to its original colour when I finish the rebuild. Please note the silver/grey brocade on the 2 front seats is a slightly different hue to the rear seats and the trim. Pictures can be supplied if required Price for the above items is £1000.00 ono.   read

Just another Noob

7 months ago
Hi Steve, welcome to the forum, nice looking car. On a car of this age there will always be a mix of new and old parts as things need to be replaced and/or upgraded because of age or general wear and tear or failure and breakage. Some people strive to keep their minis as original as possible but this can be expensive and time consuming. As for your chassis number, I would say the "Z" should definitely be a "2". This is quite a common misinterpretation and should be able to be rectified by applying to the DVLA although it probably really ... read
7 months ago
Hello all.  Just wanted to introduce myself and my Mini.  My name is Steve, live in the state of Connecticut in the USA.  I purchased a 90' Rover Mini Mayfair while I was living in Italy and like many of you, I'm in love with the car.  I have tried to do a resto on her, i am about 90 percent complete. She originally came with the 998, but I purchased a 1275 and installed. I have found getting parts in the USA is quite difficult.  Additionally, she has given me some difficulty as she came with some older parts and some newer, I ... read

Wanted: Mk1S and Mk2S Engines and Gearbox - or par...

7 months ago
A full engine in any condition or: 163 in good condition / 1805 in any condition or similar 312 thin or thick in any condition  333 or 1128 case or full box in any condition Mk1S or Mk2S - rods, pistons, crank, inlets and rockers are also of interest.  If you have anything, please contact me: dangerf55(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk - thanks in advance. read

What is wrong with this Forum?

7 months ago
By ROLI
Well, this forum has let me down again. I cant post my pictures from the MTTA it just hangs. Facebook is is just as bad. the "post" button goes off and can only post one picture at a time. I must say, the old forum worked better and I really cant see the benefits of this new "better" one. Bring the old one back please read

FOR SALE A GENUINE EARLY 1969/70 1275GT BARE SHE...

7 months ago
FOR SALE AN GENUINE EARLY 1275GT BARE SHELL IN BRONZE YELLOW. ITS A 1969/70 SHELL. THEIR IS NO ID / NO V5 LOGBOOK. THEIR IS NO SUB-FRAMES WITH SHELL. THEIR IS NO BONNET. THEIR IS NO BOOT-LID. THEIR IS NO DOORS. I'M SELLING AS A RESTORATION PROJECT A BARE MINI 1275GT SHELL ONLY. THE SHELL IS A PROJECT/RESTORATION FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS AN ORIGINAL GENUINE EARLY 1275GT MINI. THE SHELL WOULD HAVE ORIGINALLY HAD HYDROLASTIC SUB-FRAMES FITTED BUT THEY ARE NO LONGER THEIR. THE SHELL REQUIRES A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF WELDING & PANEL WORK AND IT NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED. THE PREVIOUS OWNER DECIDED TO GET A GRINDER TO ... read

A big hello from a new member

8 months ago
You’re very welcome Tracey.  read
8 months ago
Hi Lorraine Thanks so much for the information - have been in touch with Andy who was very helpful and he managed to program my spare fob. Tracey read

MINI Challenge 210

8 months ago
Can you not get one from MINI? Or else, what about a search on ebay? read

Website maintenance

8 months ago
By mgb
Yes, the mail queue was blocked, a problem fixed in the latest update. If you wish to switch off the notifications, you can do so from your Profile. read

A big hello from a new member

8 months ago
Hi Tracey, I believe that Andy Mynott of the Cooper Sport 500 register will be able to help. If you’re on Facebook you can look him up or email him on: minicoopersport500@yahoo.co.uk If you’re not on Facebook, you can contact Downton Motor Engineering in Reading on  0118 976 1244 Good luck ? read

Mini Marcos

8 months ago
Graham   Could it be a blocked fuel filter or tank outlet as it sounds like a lack of fuel.  But also check the tightness of all sensors in-case one if suffering vibration.   Stuart read

Website maintenance

8 months ago
I have the same thing. I have had three emails for replies to a thread which has not had a post for over 3 months, 2 were for the same reply. No wonder people are still reluctant to post on this forum when it is still suffers from annoying glitches.    Sorry for the negative comments but I am only reporting what has happened. read
8 months ago
Looks like there may have been a stuck mail queue as I've just received updated post notifications from a post that was replied to and I've already read from back around this time last year! 🙂 read

Wheel nuts under hubcaps

8 months ago
I'd have to say the wheels are excellent.  Only one needed a very small balance weight, and the finish and look of them is superb.  Best of all is that with the hubcaps fitted, they look very close to the standard wheels - you have to look closely to tell they're alloys. I was never totally happy with the Minilite look, as my car looks outwardly very stock, with a full-length Webasto, so these really suit it, I think. read

What is wrong with this Forum?

8 months ago
I agree with all the above.  I'm also Historian (sounds posh but isn't) for the newly-founded Cobra Register and unfortunately that took off on FB before the forum was properly up and running, and is therefore flooded with chat rather than factual reference material.  I live on forums, and browse them a lot (I also work as Heritage Manager for the FBHVC) and feel very strongly that they are the right place for discussion and technical reference.  I know people put a lot of valuable time and effort into these things - every job I do now is voluntary, and ... read

Website maintenance

8 months ago
By mgb
Some parts of the website, including the forum will not be available between 9:00am and 10:00am on Thursday 4th October to allow maintenance work to be carried out. read

A big hello from a new member

8 months ago
Hello allI have just become the proud owner of my very 1st classic mini, a 1998 Mini Cooper. Unfortunately it came with only 1 set of keys + key fob. Getting another set of keys cut was no problem but does anyone know of an auto electrician who can help with providing & programming a new key fob in Hampshire or Berkshire area? Many thanksTracey read

diff ratio

8 months ago
Hi all what would be the highest ratio I could use when fitting a 649 cam I know 4.1 would be  the norm but I don't want a high revving engine on long journey's on the other hand I don't want to be slipping the clutch when starting off either. read

Mini Marcos

8 months ago
Okay, so IVA is booked for mid October (having been postponed twice already), I get my arm out of a cast on Tuesday (long story - suffice to say I've now sold my mini) and I need help with a problem on the MM. The car won't rev past 3000rpm (and looks/smells to be running rich).  It didn't rev out past 2200-ish initially.  I took it to my local garage who plugged in to a diagnostic tool (not Rover/MEMS specific).  This showed a temperature sender problem which was changed to no avail.  I then had Green & White collect the car ... read

For sale: Mini 1275GT Project NOW SOLD

8 months ago
1275GT project car that has been off the road for 12+ years. 1978 'T' reg. Leyland white with brown velour interior. Very much an original 1275 GT that has not been messed about with over the years. The engine starts and sounds good. No history, needs welding on all the floors, but has a lot of original parts, panels and engine. Commission number, VIN and FE numbers are present and in the right places. Viewing welcome in Bristol.   Contact David: dangerf55(at)yahoo.co.uk read

Another Newbie!

8 months ago
Hi Helen, Welcome to the forum and to Mini ownership. Your car looks lovely and how lucky for you to have had it delivered by Andy! Enjoy driving your Mini....that's the important thing! Lorraine read

Wanted - One Cooper S Fresh Air Reducer

8 months ago
Hi. Did you get it already. Have one kit. Let me know if interested. Thnaks fjdm.jose@gmail.com read

Another Newbie!

8 months ago
Hi folks I'm brand new to this group and to ownership of a 1992 Mini Cooper K138CAC; delivered today by Andy Ace Harrison of Acespeed Historic Motorsport.  I always given my cars names and this little chap is Pooh - well at least it is a (semi) polite reference to his Reg No. My late husband Mike rallied Minis in his younger days and I've bought this car partly to honour him and mainly to have fun.  MY VW Caddy is great as a business vehicle, but I fancied something more fun to drive.  Mind you, I will be getting back to ... read

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

8 months 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...

8 months 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
8 months 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.

8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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

9 months 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