Wakey Wakey (1 reply)
After sitting under a cover for at least 5 years, may be more, our Mini 25 will turn is wheels once again. with the Cooper 500 off to pastures new we don't have a Mini on the road at the moment which will not do.
As an incentive to get on with it, we have an entry for the Wirral to Llandudno run on the 8th of January so its time to give it a good check over.
First thing of note was the drive shaft boots that were well past their best, I managed to source some parallel entry tie wraps on flea bay to secure the new boots, these are much better than the normal tie wraps and a bit easier than the original metal ones.
With the hubs off, the bearings, ball joints and track rod ends are in good condition so just a re-grease and they went back on. The disc dust shields however looked tatty so they got a coat of paint. The calipers have stainless pistons and the fluid is silicon and I'm glad to say they moved freely.
Yesterday was the turn of the rear brakes and again it was a pleasant surprise to find that the pistons moved freely and even the handbrake quadrants turned, testament to the use of copperslip when the car was re-built over 20 years ago. As with most mid 80's Minis, particularly those in silver, the Mini 25's dissolved as you watched them and after a number of attempts to stem the brown tide, a new shell was bought and the car re-built using all new or reconditioned bits. The underside of the floor was painted with Hammerite smooth and it is still in very good condition with just a few patches needing sanding and re-painting, not bad as the car has never been garaged since the rebuild. As a matter of course, all the fuel hoses are being replaced with ethanol safe pipes, I changed the pipes on the Frogeye recently and the inside of the hoses had gone all soft and gooey.