Logbook rebuild. I cant believe it

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  1. Gobsmacked is putting it mildly. :shock:My work takes me round body repair shops in Lancashire and Cumbria and I,ve just been priviliged to see Paddy Hopkirk's 1963 Monte Carlo cooper,407ARX, in better-than-new condition,:cool: ready to be filmed for TV's Top Gear soon. Stand back all you purists,this is a logbook rebuild and I dont think there is any of the original car left in there.:dude: I saw the scrap mini 850 shell arrive there on the back of a trailer some time ago. It is a no expense spared project and was sand blasted, new floor right through etc and if you saw it close up as I have, you would think that they found a brand new Morris Cooper that had been stored in a museum and polished every day and added all the period rally parts. I've seen them build this car up and every detail is correct, even down to the blackened Cooper ashtray on the dash. If I ever manage to get my old Cooper 997 logbook back, the house and wife will have to go. :?Steve.

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    Lets hope we get to see it on Top Gear after recent events , that said Hamster seems to be on the mend .

    Looking forward to seeing the end result 🙂

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    Hi Steve,

    'I hope we see something of the car down under. Last Sunday, the programme showing the water born vehicles showed, so I don't know how far behind we are in NZ. We wish Hammy the Hampster well too, what is the latest news over there on his condition? The report in yesterday's paper didn't really say much and it stopped short of saying how complete his recovery would be.

    Al

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    Hello Al, according to the news,Hampster is recovering and has been moved to a general ward,people have been making donations to the air ambulance service that attended Hampster and raised over £150,000.Top gear was due to return on the 8th oct, but has been suspended untilHamster has recoverd.
    ps.watch out for the caravan episode:):):).
    all the best
    John

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    Hi John,

    Thanks for the update, I heard pretty much what you have said on the radio on the way to work this morning. It sounds possible he will make a full recovery and that would be neat. Thanks again.

    Al

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    I have just returned from Minis to Monte 2006 and 407 ARX took part. For all you purists out there I have one question.
    What is original?
    The Mini Cooper Register is all about preserving the Mini Cooper name. The John Coooper Garage is now closed; I have heard that some HSCC racing cars are replicas????? (Albeit to original spec)
    Come on you Anoraks, stop being jealous or envious.
    If the original 'poster' had been on Minis to Monte and seen the reaction to 407 ARX and heard it blast up teh Mont Ventoux, I think you r opinion would have been different.
    ps I'd love to see an original works car from any manufacturer, in my opinion there is no such thing.
    pps Surely our overall aim is to preserve history and educate the younger generation in exactly how successful the Mini Cooper was in the 1960's.

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    [b]hanlminiman wrote: [/b] “I have just returned from Minis to Monte 2006 and 407 ARX took part. For all you purists out there I have one question.
    What is original?
    The Mini Cooper Register is all about preserving the Mini Cooper name. The John Coooper Garage is now closed; I have heard that some HSCC racing cars are replicas????? (Albeit to original spec)
    Come on you Anoraks, stop being jealous or envious.
    If the original 'poster' had been on Minis to Monte and seen the reaction to 407 ARX and heard it blast up teh Mont Ventoux, I think you r opinion would have been different.
    ps I'd love to see an original works car from any manufacturer, in my opinion there is no such thing.
    pps Surely our overall aim is to preserve history and educate the younger generation in exactly how successful the Mini Cooper was in the 1960's.

    Just in case I have been misunderstood here, I myself am neither purist nor anorak, and in my humble opinion the best way of obtaining a genuine MK1 Cooper is to have one built up by a specialist, such as the ones in charge of 407ARX, as the attention to detail is probably better than that that which they received at manufacture in the 60's. Unfortunately, my own finances don,t allow me to do the same myself and my own 1964 850 basket case is going to my friendly local classic restorer and minifan to start its metamorphosis into 1963 997 Cooper, using the correct logbook, many repro parts and stuff sourced from the usual places. Its for my own enjoyment only and will not be up for sale as long as I can still drive. :shock:brum brum screeeeeech. Steve.

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    Steve
    Thank you for your response. The written word may be misunderstood, maybe i did but after experiencing Brian's joy on the event I suspect you will have a similar experience. For the sake of the register will you please document and photograph all stages of your restoration for a magazine article. Forget money, we are here to preserve the Mini Cooper name.
    Keep in touch.

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    407ARX back in dock today. I had to ask them what the damage was as she still looked pristine to me. Apparently one of the doors had sagged a bit and scratched the casing due to them swinging on it to get out. :)Oh dear. they should see the state of my old shed :shock:Steve.

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    [b]618AOG wrote: [/b] “it went to Japan in 1988 (Via a Mr Kuwahara) [b]so someone over there has a more significant Mini that they think………
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    That makes a change, it's usually the other way round ! 😛

    It's easy to form opinions based on heresay. Of course it's widely known that this car was built from very little of the Abingdon car, if anything, but who's to know what the owner told Top Gear. The TV programme obviously needed a story and would have said it was THE car no matter what. I say live and let live though would prefer it if these cars were reffered to as replicas.

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    The thing is, this car is going to passed off as an original and it's about as much of a works rally car as next door's Vectra. It's rather like that clown with one of the 'FMO' cars from 1963 which is just the works number plate attatched to 1071S and the chassis number is somewhat different to what it should be.

    Someone managed to rescue a 'VC' number plate for a Works Triumph Vitesse rally car and attatched it to a superb replica – and openly admitted that it was a number plate job.

    I used to have 618AOG, a light blue 850 Mini works car. because it had never been put on the DVLC central computer (it was last on the road in 1969-70) there was no way of getting the number back in 1985 when I bought it from a Mini specialist in Reading for 30 quid – it was a bare shell hand painted green and I bought it to reshell a side swiped 1974 Mini 1000 and of course nothing fitted. So I bought a 1960 Mini Minor for bits and used the logbook off that. I replaced the wings and front panel and painted it it in 2 pack VW Mars red with a white roof. It had Cooper 998 discs with an S servo, Cosmic alloys and Austin Cooper badges with a Benelite grille. Man that car looked the b*ll&cks. I sold it to a classic car dealer in 1987 and it went to Japan in 1988 (Via a Mr Kuwahara) so someone over there has a more significant Mini that they think………

    No doubt someone will claim to have 'found' the original in a barn in Sunny Devon – but not whilst I have the original chassis plate!

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