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Mini Rebuild

 

Step 74 - Exhaust and stuff

 

I re-installed the front subframe after fully welding in the motor mounts in their new, lower location. I dropped the engine back in and put the bonnet back on just to make absolutely certain that there is still clearance. There still is!

 

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

There is little room for the thermostat and coolant lines but with enough cuts and test fittings I was able to get it installed. Yes, I will install hose clamps during the final install a few years from now.

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

I previously had my exhaust system modified to work with the MinieXvo kit. Those changes meant it wouldn't work with the new engine. That meant ordering a new muffler and midpipe. The consolation to spending more money was knowing that I would be able to simply bolt the new exhaust right up. <<<Cue the laughter>>>

 

Of course it didn't bolt right up. It hung too low, touched the righthand side of the tunnel - where the fuel lines run. It wanted to pass right where the shifter box sits (more on that in a second), and the muffler tip rests against the rear valence. Par for the course. Nothing to do but work through it. I started by welding on these hangers. I left them longer than absolutely necessary to help compensate for any deficiencies in my welding. They seem solid enough at the moment though.

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

And speaking of the shifter, yes that is the Mini rod change shifter box mounted under the floor. I'll have to enlarge the hole a bit but it will work. I installed the shift lever, sat in the car and ran thru the gears. With my car's rearward seating location, the lever is a bit of a reach in first and third. I have a solution in mind for that. More later.

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

Here you can see the exhaust wedged between the shift box and the fuel lines. I will be adjusting the shift box over a bit. There is just enough gap between the fuel lines and the exhuast that I think it will work as-is.

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

 

Mini Rebuild Step 74

Here you can see the air filter installed directly onto the end of the intake plenum. I finally settled on mounting the fuel pressure regulator directly to the end of the fuel rail. Once the engine comes back out this week, I will finish making the fuel lines. With a few other items completed, I should be able to focus on the electrics. That should then allow a test-start of the engine. I can hardly wait.

 

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