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Mini Rebuild

 

Step 6 - Taking inventory

 

Saturday, July 12th & Sunday, July 13th, 2008:

 

I had most of the weekend to work on the Mini. The focus was on taking inventory of all the many boxes of parts that came with the car. Sadly, almost nothing will work for my project. I won't be using the original engine, transmission, shifter mechanism, radiator, brakes, suspension pieces or wheels so all that can go. Much of the remaining parts are for the later Mk2 models and won't work for me either. I'm looking forward to clearing most of it out my garage, leaving me more work space.

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And that leads me to the other objective for the weekend - getting the garage better organized. A new 3-drawer cabinet, some hook hangers, and a little re-organization and I've got a lot more usable space.

 

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One interesting discovery I came across is a replacement for the standard rear subframe. The original suspension was a clever bit of packaging but to get the best possible handling it seems switching to coilovers is the way to go. Now that the standard rubber 'spring' and actuator are no longer used, there's no need for the bulk of the subframe. The answer then is an abbreviated subframe that simply holds the radius arms. The only catch is that the shock mount are of the chassis needs reinforcment to handle the forces now being sent through it and not the original subframe.

 

 

The Mk1's came with just a single, centrally-located gauge pod containing a speedometer with integrated odometer, fuel meter, and a few warning lights. An upgrade available replaced the single gauge pod with a 3-gauge pod. I think I'll run a 3-gauger mounted in the center and then mount the R1's dash directly behind the steering wheel as high as it can go. Although the modern instrument cluster will look a bit out of place, it'll have some company as the steering wheel, seats, and rollcage I'll be installing are all non-standard too.

 

 

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Not a great shot but you can see the utter simplicity of the Mk1 interior here (the steering-column mounted tach is an aftermarket add-on)

 

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The 3-gauge setup.

 

 

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Here's the set that came with my car. In need of some reconditioning but usable.

 

 

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The R1's miniature dash. In includes a shift light, tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, trip meters, oil pressure warning light, coolant temperature, turn-signal indicator, and high-beam indicator.

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I finally had time to look the R1 motor over. Until I run a compression test I won't know for certain what condition its in but no obvious damage on the outside. I did take a moment to remove the AIS system, similar to Honda's PAIR valve system. It injects fresh air into the exhaust gas, helping to heat it even further than normal. This causes excessive heat and throws off exhaust gas readings necessary to fine-tune the fuel injection mapping.

 

Below are just a few random parts that came with the car. Check back soon for a long list of items I'll have up for sale.

 

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