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  1. Is it appropriate to mention my latest purchase? Here are the details, 1965 Austin Mini 850 standard (supplied 17/01/66),matching numbers,25,000 miles by 1 lady owner, Bermuda Blue and much superficial surface rust from damp storage. However, what a little gem inside and it runs brilliantly.I have some photos if someonewould like to put them up and if it's permissable on a Mini Cooper site.

    My plan is to totally repaint the outside but to keep as much original paint as I can everywhere else. Brake fluid has cleaned some paint off the bulkhead but most other areas need light penciling.

    Regards

    Al

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    Sounds like my sort of car 😉

    I'd be happy to host the pics if you send them to me.

    forster (you know what goes here) globalnet.co.uk

    Mark F.

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    Hi guys,

    The car is a typical NZ assembled (from UK CKD components) basic speccar. The upholstery is correct for here and I am not sure where it would have been sourced from. To aid NZ content, some items were made here and I know seat frames were amongst those things. Whether the seat covers were sewnhere and whether from locally made vinyl, I don't know. Maybe BMC sent their leftover old style vinyl for us colonials to use up !!!!

    I One thing that isn't correct is the bootlid has been replaced as the result of a bump and it is an Australian one with a smaller number plate pressing. The sun visors are padded and pivot towards the doors, the front hoodliner is held with the side sunvisor clips, no screws and cup-washers as usual. The body seam covers are securedwith three spaced pop-rivets and the lower chrome/plastic side moulding is pop riveted to the flange. The serial number plate is screwed to the grill cross-member and there are no holes in the radiator shroud. The seats have round knobs on the adjusting levers. The above area few of the little things I have noticed that possibly differ from UK produced cars.

    Regards

    Al

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    M.

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    It was the bootlid that made me think it might be an Aussie.

    If the seat frames were locally made I would have thought the covers and associated bits such as foam etc would have been as well.

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    I just noticed that the offside door strap looks like it's made of the same material as the carpet. Seems a funny thing to do, or has it been replaced like on the driver side?

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    Hi,

    The LH checkstrap is made of fleck vinyl and is original

    The RH one is made of seatbelt webbing.

    Or is this just the middle of the orig. one??

    I notice that newton commercial reinforce the middle of their straps with what looks like seatbelt.

    Cheers ,James

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    [b]ka2s4 wrote: [/b] “Hi,

    The LH checkstrap is made of fleck vinyl and is original

    The RH one is made of seatbelt webbing.

    Or is this just the middle of the orig. one??

    I notice that newton commercial reinforce the middle of their straps with what looks like seatbelt.

    Cheers ,James

    Hi James

    The right strap has been replaced with a piece of webbing but Andrew, a regular here, has affered me a correct flecked strap to replace it.

    Regards

    Al

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    Hi Al ,

    I dug out some fleck the other night,was hoping Berryl could make some for us,as I need 2 for my OEW car.:D

    I have researched sun visors,Mk1s had 3 different types

    Up till late sep 64-centrally mounted type (my cooper)

    Up till dec 65-swivel type (your 850)

    After this fixed at both ends (my green car)

    James 😎

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