Overly Modified Cars on Sale

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  1. Thought it would be nice to have a thread on cars that have been altered too much for the purists…

    Here is a first one (Ebay Germany but a 1071S from the UK)

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.de/Austin-Mini-Cooper-S-1071-RENNWAGEN_W0QQitemZ250134193163QQihZ015QQcategoryZ29750QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.de/Austin-Mini-Cooper-S-1071-RENNWAGEN_W0QQitemZ250134193163QQihZ015QQcategoryZ29750QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    Shame…

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    Sure is a shame – why do that to a genuine car 😯

    Great idea for a thread title – can I include a pick-up I've spotted on eBay 😛

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    Here is another one…

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Wolseley-Hornet-Track-Car_W0QQitemZ220124459566QQihZ012QQcategoryZ100933QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Wolseley-Hornet-Track-Car_W0QQitemZ220124459566QQihZ012QQcategoryZ100933QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

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    OK, here's my contribution.

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280128203484&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280128203484&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018[/url]

    Homemade dashboard so bad it's not even pictured:P

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    How about this

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Modified-Mini-Stunning-Car-Must-See_W0QQitemZ190125786557QQihZ009QQcategoryZ38708QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Modified-Mini-Stunning-Car-Must-See_W0QQitemZ190125786557QQihZ009QQcategoryZ38708QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    Just how silly do those wheels look in those arches…?:D

    Check out the tasteful door cards……:D

    And I wonder what would be underneath the blanket covering the back seat…? I dread to think…..:?

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    [b]Andrew1967 wrote: [/b] “OK, here's my contribution.

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280128203484&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280128203484&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018[/url]

    Homemade dashboard so bad it's not even pictured:P

    Do you think we can award 'dashboard of the week' just on suspicion…?:D

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    Oh sod it, I was saving this one for later but here goes!

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=190126113127&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=009]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=190126113127&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=009[/url]

    Funny how these cars are all headturners !!!

    Reckon there's some renegade brocade pants under the rear seat cover of your contribution, Norton:D

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    [b]Norton wrote: [/b] “[b]Andrew1967 wrote: [/b] “OK, here's my contribution.

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280128203484&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280128203484&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=018[/url]

    Homemade dashboard so bad it's not even pictured:P

    Do you think we can award 'dashboard of the week' just on suspicion…?:D

    Yep!!

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    [color=#00ae5f] “[color=#00ae5f][b][i]WONT HAVE THE TIME TO DRIVE IT DUE TO THE ARRIVAL OF MY SON[/i][/b][/color]”
    [/color][font='trebuchet ms'][color=black]People who do that to a Mini shouldn't be allowed to have children :shock:[/color][/font]

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    [b]Mk 3 S Meister wrote: [/b] “[color=#00ae5f] “[color=#00ae5f][b][i]WONT HAVE THE TIME TO DRIVE IT DUE TO THE ARRIVAL OF MY SON[/i][/b][/color]”
    [/color][font='trebuchet ms'][color=black]People who do that to a Mini shouldn't be allowed to have children :shock:[/color][/font]

    [b][i][color=#00ae5f]THE CAR IS WELL RECONISED AT ALL THE BIG SHOWS [/color][/i][/b]

    I don't find this difficult to believe somehow 😀

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    [b]Andrew1967 wrote: [/b] “Oh sod it, I was saving this one for later but here goes!

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=190126113127&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=009]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=190126113127&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=009[/url]

    Funny how these cars are all headturners !!!

    Reckon there's some renegade brocade pants under the rear seat cover of your contribution, Norton:D

    Truly dreadful… I'd also like to nominate the vendor of this car for 'worst speller of the week'

    9 months work, hundreds spent no doubt…. must be upsetting to realise that setting fire to the money would have been a better investment, and you could have spent the time doing something worthwhile!

    At least he's realised its a pile of poo, hence the £1 starting price and no reserve. I suspect his Mrs can't take the embarrassment of it being parked outside the house anymore!:D

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    What is it about pick ups that seem to bring the worst out in people:?

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1979-LEYLAND-CARS-RED-WHITE_W0QQitemZ330138267355QQihZ014QQcategoryZ43123QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1979-LEYLAND-CARS-RED-WHITE_W0QQitemZ330138267355QQihZ014QQcategoryZ43123QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

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    Oh god…… another head turner

    *** Warning… you may find this mini offensive – click the link at your perril!***

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fantastic-Magical-Mini-MOT-TAX-NO-RESERVE-FAB_W0QQitemZ230146145696QQihZ013QQcategoryZ38708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fantastic-Magical-Mini-MOT-TAX-NO-RESERVE-FAB_W0QQitemZ230146145696QQihZ013QQcategoryZ38708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    I'm not sure it quite wins 'dashboard of the week'

    But it must be a contender for 'centre console of the year':D

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    [b]Norton wrote: [/b] “Oh god…… another head turner

    *** Warning… you may find this mini offensive – click the link at your perril!***

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fantastic-Magical-Mini-MOT-TAX-NO-RESERVE-FAB_W0QQitemZ230146145696QQihZ013QQcategoryZ38708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fantastic-Magical-Mini-MOT-TAX-NO-RESERVE-FAB_W0QQitemZ230146145696QQihZ013QQcategoryZ38708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    I'm not sure it quite wins 'dashboard of the week'

    But it must be a contender for 'centre console of the year':D

    Anything with that awful checker plate wins 😀

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    [b]Mini4Ever wrote: [/b] “Adding a 'Y' to the registration number of that one says it all…”
    Ironic that it has an F as the beginning as well:D

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    [b]Andrew1967 wrote: [/b] “[b]Mini4Ever wrote: [/b] “Adding a 'Y' to the registration number of that one says it all…”
    Ironic that it has an F as the beginning as well:D

    It certainly is FUGLY isn't it?:D

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    New contender for 'dash of the week'and the new competition ' door card of the week' :D:D

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Austin-Mini-HL-1000-1981_W0QQitemZ170125206908QQihZ007QQcategoryZ100916QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Austin-Mini-HL-1000-1981_W0QQitemZ170125206908QQihZ007QQcategoryZ100916QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    Also, what the hell is the picture, top right 😕

    Stop press – here's another contender

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1980-Autin-mini_W0QQitemZ120134082273QQihZ002QQcategoryZ38708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1980-Autin-mini_W0QQitemZ120134082273QQihZ002QQcategoryZ38708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

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    It's not just a mini thing. :X

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1967-MORRIS-MINOR-1000-YELLOW-FLAMES-TRAVELLER-HOT-ROD_W0QQitemZ250135163226QQihZ015QQcategoryZ31361QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1967-MORRIS-MINOR-1000-YELLOW-FLAMES-TRAVELLER-HOT-ROD_W0QQitemZ250135163226QQihZ015QQcategoryZ31361QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

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    Getting back to coopers for a sec,

    Here are some pics of my 970S in about 1979

    The shell is original,but the clubbie front is f/glass
    and the mk2 tail lights have been added to complete the effect!:D

    James.

    Can't find them just now,will post them later

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    what the hell is a 'flame kit'

    but we are begining to sound like the biggest load of 'tyre kickers' in the world and we dont even need to get off our backsides!!!

    lets face it the time they spend doing their cars up like a xmas panto is time they are not doughnutting around the local Tesco's

    mmmmm i sound like my dad — and that is a worry

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    [b]fyp741c wrote: [/b] “what the hell is a 'flame kit'

    but we are begining to sound like the biggest load of 'tyre kickers' in the world and we dont even need to get off our backsides!!!

    lets face it the time they spend doing their cars up like a xmas panto is time they are not doughnutting around the local Tesco's

    mmmmm i sound like my dad — and that is a worry

    True, but it is quite amusing isn't it 😀

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    My son spotted that one too – worst thing is that he seriously thinks we should buy it:shock:.

    He thinks it would be much 'better' than our completely standard one…..

    I suppose that what we should console ourselves with is the thought that these modified/customised cars were seldom good original examples in the first place and many of them would have been in the scrapyard years ago if it were not for the attention of the 'customisers'! Also, as someone has already said, it is a generation thing and most of us (myself included) did 'orrible things to our cars when we were young. It goes with the territory and is just part of expressing oneself as an individual. We should probably be thankful that at leastSOME youngsters are interested in cars – many are not.

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    I've no idea what a flame kit is either but do you think he has plans for the poor unsuspecting Morris Traveller in the background next:shock:?

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    [b]minorparts wrote: [/b] “I suppose that what we should console ourselves with is the thought that these modified/customised cars were seldom good original examples in the first place and many of them would have been in the scrapyard years ago if it were not for the attention of the 'customisers'! Also, as someone has already said, it is a generation thing and most of us (myself included) did 'orrible things to our cars when we were young. It goes with the territory and is just part of expressing oneself as an individual. We should probably be thankful that at leastSOME youngsters are interested in cars – many are not.

    I guess you are right there. They helped saving the legend. But one may wonder what is left of that legend then. And the fact that those cars were probably very bad does not mean that there is no bodging anymore under all the body kits andextraordinary paint schemes. They probably just help with hiding the 'bad repairs'. It does explain why some have used body kits that make a Mini look like a snow shovel…

    Nevertheless,it is kind of the current meaning of the word 'tuning'. A 'go faster' kit nowadays consists of 1) a lowered suspension such that you can't take any bump in the road higher than 1cm, 2) (huge) spoilers or extreme body kits that have no effect whatsoever under 150mph, 3) some useless (and illegal) neon flashersto lighten up the road below the car,4) a new paint job or lots of stickers, and most importantly5) a veryloud ICE system such that you can't hear a thing anymore if you were within a 10 meter radiousfrom it for just 1 second. Probably I forgot something in that list. Engine upgrading or improving the suspension (instead of killingthe idea of having suspension at all) and maybe some rally lookalike extra lights as what 'tuning' meant in the old days seems to come at the very last place nowadays…

    I was a youngster too some day (not sure whether I still am) but I never wanted to change anything on my Mini's as they were already just right.A Mini is a head turner by itself just because it is different from the majority of the streamlined boxes that drive around today (something which cannot be saidfor the BMW Mini – sorry). The sound also helps in that of course as modern cars are so quite that you can't even hear them comming why you think it is safe to cross the road as a pedestrian. Moreover, the modern more properly 'tuned' cars may have a lot more bhps than a Mini owner can only dream of but their engines just sound like a tweaked bird or something.

    Well, that's of my chest…

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    [b]fyp741c wrote: [/b] “what the hell is a 'flame kit'

    I hope I'm wrong but the only thing I can think it is something that makes flames come out of the exhaust, a bit like Troy Corser's YamahaR1does on the overrun. On a big bike that's fine but incredibly sad on a Mini:XChrist, I do sound like my Dad 😀

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    Think your correct. Here's one from the dreaded Ebay:

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Exhaust-flame-thrower-kit-fits-virtually-all-vehicles_W0QQitemZ120134130180QQihZ002QQcategoryZ38786QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Exhaust-flame-thrower-kit-fits-virtually-all-vehicles_W0QQitemZ120134130180QQihZ002QQcategoryZ38786QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

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    I'm sure that with the benefit of hindsight we wouldn't do such things again but we all did awful things to our Minis in the 1970s when we were younger. The fibreglass front end is a good example but at the time it got rid of all the rusty steel panels, made the car lighter AND gave great access to the engine which of course you had to fiddle with every weekend! All the car magazines at the time were full of articles showing you how to cut the front off your Mini and fit one and it was seen as a great idea……at the time! And if you give it that modern 'Clubman' look at the same time – why not. Many of us also fitted the modern looking Mk2 lights as well – if we could get some – these were VERY sought after and then we painted all the brocade interior with black Humbrol vinyl paint again to look more like a modern Mk2 (sob).

    I was guilty of all that stuff yet now I'm a reformed character trying my best to restore myMk1 'S'to a fairly original spec.;)Old Minis were just cheap old cars then – like old Fiestas, Corsas etc are now. Even a secondhand Cooperor fairly worn Cooper S was not worth much and was a great way into motor sport. That (and the rust) is why these cars have survived in small numbers today. in fact, more logbooks survived than cars which is why we have the current 'dubious cars' situation….

    Perhaps we shouldn't criticise the young too much for doing what we did. At least they're doing something and learning about cars I personally enjoy looking at some of the custom Minis at shows – many are crap but some are beautifully and skillfully done – and reckon that the same people when they're older will perhaps be restoring cars (BMW MINIs, Focus STs perhaps?) back to factory spec.:D

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    [b]minorparts wrote: [/b] “Perhaps we shouldn't criticise the young too much for doing what we did. At least they're doing something and learning about cars I personally enjoy looking at some of the custom Minis at shows – many are crap but some are beautifully and skillfully done – and reckon that the same people when they're older will perhaps be restoring cars (BMW MINIs, Focus STs perhaps?) back to factory spec.:D”
    It is not to criticise the young. I also enjoy especially their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I guess it is just a matter of taste and fashion of the time.

    With respect to the last remark. I am not yet sure whether the current cars will easily become 'real classics'. The main reason for that is the increased difficulty to work on these cars as a hobbyist due to their ellectronically controlled gadgets and the fading support of dealers. Being into classic cars from only about halfway the 1990's (which is probably insufficient to draw any decent conclusions), I experienced that people stayed restoring cars of the 1960's and early 1970's for a very long time. Only in the last two or three years I start seeing restored cars from the late 1970's and early 1980's on shows (mostly the Golf I GTI type of cars). It seems to me as if time is progressing much faster than the pace with which cars with later built dates are being appeciated to be 'classic' enough. But I guess you might be right that some of the young customisers may shift to 'undoing' their efforts when they get older! Who knows…

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    [b]ka2s4 wrote: [/b] “Here's the seccond photo (first one is in my post above)”
    Hi James,

    Your car [u]was[/u] definately worthy of a mention in this thread according to the pictures. One question remains though…….would it have been a contender for 'dashboard of the week' ??:D:D

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    Interesting…

    One could use that to keep cars following you at a normal distance behind your car. I am not sure what the English term is for the phenomenon but here certain people have the tendency to drive really very close behind you on the motorways (not just during trafic jams but at the maximum allowed speed or preferably even faster). I do recall the use of a second brake switch on the dash to help scaring people who are doing this but maybe the flame kit works better 😀

  31. Was challenged as to where this car should be posted – initially thought Andrew's 'Dash of the week' thread, but that is probably one of the better aspects of this one.

    Generally a fair example of how a car can be less than the sum of its parts. The wheels, Tasman alloys (similar to Dunlops) appear ruined by the bright colour choice and the 'Ben Hur Chariot' center caps. The late LS Clubman buckets are nice, but spoiled by the choice of seat cover…. It could be a late (1978) Mini S, but hard to tell. Steering wheel is from a Moke Californian.

    [url]www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280837950041[/url]

  32. This ones very tasteful, and has been looking for a new owner for quite a while!

    [url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unique-1981-Mini-City-Deseamed-Dehandled-Bodykit-Hornet-Front-Brava-Lights-/200721631852?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item2ebbf10a6c[/url]

    And here's one for those that might like something for track days!

    [url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-Mini-V8-Roadster-/150770002019?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item231a97a863[/url]

  33. fyp741 wrote: “what the hell is a 'flame kit'

    but we are begining to sound like the biggest load of 'tyre kickers' in the world and we dont even need to get off our backsides!!!

    lets face it the time they spend doing their cars up like a xmas panto is time they are not doughnutting around the local Tesco's

    mmmmm i sound like my dad — and that is a worry”

    Two flame kit options. 😀

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VKq8922eDI[/url]

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YiU-nwZeZU&feature=related[/url]

  34. surfblue6 wrote: “This ones very tasteful, and has been looking for a new owner for quite a while!

    [url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unique-1981-Mini-City-Deseamed-Dehandled-Bodykit-Hornet-Front-Brava-Lights-/200721631852?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item2ebbf10a6c[/url]”

    I think that one has a build thread over on the other mini forum heh

    Chris

  35. surfblue6 wrote: “This ones very tasteful, and has been looking for a new owner for quite a while!

    [URL]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unique-1981-Mini-City-Deseamed-Dehandled-Bodykit-Hornet-Front-Brava-Lights-/200721631852?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item2ebbf10a6c[/URL]

    Seems like it need to search a little longer, to find a new owner.

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