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Mini Rebuild

 

Step 30 - Pedals and Steering

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009:

 

Here are the last few steps of mounting the pedals, followed by my attempt to make a custom steering column and mount it securely in the car.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

The triangulating braces are now on the pedal support cage and it appears to be plenty rigid. Time for some mounting bolt holes.

 

So here you can see the standard positioning of the Mini's steering wheel. Very bus-like. I'm not the only one to notice this. A very popular mod for years has been a drop-down bracket which allows the steering wheel to be slightly more vertical than stock. I had an additional complication in that my seat ended up positioned further rearward and at a different angle than stock. No way around it - I would need to fabricate something custom.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

The steering has taken up quite a bit of my time. I went through several re-thinks and redesigns to arrive at the current design. I won't detail how I arrived here but instead I'll just say that I finally decided that I did want a very specific placement of the steering wheel, very rigid mounting, and still use the stock turn-signal indicator. Here I am cutting up two stock steering columns that came with my car. Glad I didn't scrap them!

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

With my new steering column welded together, it was time to head back to Techshop to machine some custom parts. This is the main support clamp.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

Almost done.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

This is the steel steering column housing.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

Either end of the housing holds 2 ball bearings which support the steering column itself and provide smooth rotation.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

The finished pieces. The tube at the top is the main support brace for the column along with the aluminum clamp I made. Below that is the steering column inside the steel column housing. The bearings in either end are contained by two aluminum caps, the top one having an extended neck to allow mounting of the stock turn-signal stalk. At bottom is the u-joints and intermediate splined section.

 

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And finally I have it all mounted. The steering wheel ended up exactly where I wanted it. Everything is very solid and yet removeable. I used heavy duty tube clamps from ATR (Mini owners too as it turned out!) and they work perfectly It looks a bit strange compared to stock but there are a few things I'll be doing to improve the appearance down the road.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

Here you can also see the pedals finally mounted into position.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

As I said before, Mini have their clutch and brake pedal further to the right, straddling the steering column. I was just barely able to fit mine to the left of the column and still re-angle the column to the left to get the steering wheel centered with the driver.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 30

More close fits. I still have the option to use remote reservoirs but as it turns out, these just barely squeeze into place around the support brace.

 

Now on to re-fitting the dash board...

 

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