Fame at last !!

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  1. Just picked up my copy of Mini Magazine (October) and there it is, a 6 page feature on my MK1 Cooper S. The result of a photoshoot on a rare sunny day back in July. Thanks to Andy for a great job done. 🙂

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    I was just gonna say that, pre resto piccy's !! 😯 Maybe they've been listening to the readers (for a change !) :P. Great article, beautiful motor ! 😎

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    Still haven't found a copy of Mini Mag butfor those who've not read it MPB here's some homework :P………how long had it been in that barn ?!! How did you find it ?!! What did it need doing, who did the doing and how long did it take ?

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    Dont you just love before pics, here is my 59, last on the road in 76.. 😎

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    There was a similar dash panel on ebay about 2weeks ago! I did keep my eye on it but it went for a little more than I was prepared to pay. A neat way of fitting a rev counter I thought. Love the '59 car too – what a great project:).

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    [b]Glen Ponder wrote: [/b] “Still haven't found a copy of Mini Mag butfor those who've not read it MPB here's some homework :P………how long had it been in that barn ?!! How did you find it ?!! What did it need doing, who did the doing and how long did it take ?

    I've actually owned the car for 30 years and it was in my barn. I ran it for 5 or 6 years after buying it in 1978. Since then I have held on to it, moving with us from house to house,with intention of doing the restoration myself. However, time constraints didn't allow it so I got local chap, John Baker, to do it for me and a fantastic job he did as well. It was a complete nut and bolt resto with many body parts being replaced. The engine and boxwas in excellent condition considering it hadn't been run for about 23 years. It was stripped and cleaned and now runs as sweet as a nut.:D

    Resto took about 8 months but John usually hascouple of jobs on the go at one time Anyway after many years gently rotting away whats a few months:)

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    [b]wcutler wrote: [/b] “was the instrument panel a custom one or what? never seen one like that”
    The instrument panel was in the car when I bought it and the general concensus is that it is a 'Speedwell' one.

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    Off the road since the mid 80's then, that makes me feel alot better as I've owned my project for four years now and not touched it ! :(Did you lubricate and turn the engine over regularly ?

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    Glen Ponder wrote:
    “ Did you lubricate and turn the engine over regularly ?”

    Glen is looking for tips because He is thinking of putting Meg in storage for 23 years.

    :D:D

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    I'm guilty of not actually doing anything to it. When it came off the road in about '84' it had no real value but I just kept it, promising to 'do it up one day'. Then the children arrived (3 of them) no time to do anything. They've now grown up so dad's got time to play!!:D

    I think putting oil down the bores and turning over every 6 months would be a good idea. I was very luckI think apparently even the water/antifreeze mix was still clean when drained !

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