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Mini Rebuild

 

Step 9 - R1 Engine, Steering Rack

 

Saturday, July 19th, 2008:

 

Only made a little progress over the weekend. Let's start with a few pictures from last Thursday at the sand blasters. Transporting the Mini on a 10' pallet proved to be even more convenient for them than for me.

Mini Rebuild Step 9

 

Mini Rebuild Step 9

 

Mini Rebuild Step 9
The next job was finishing up my AIS removal from last week. The block-off plugs arrived from Graves.
Mini Rebuild Step 9

Removing the old tubes just required some penetrating oil and a lot of twisting back and forth with channel locks.

Mini Rebuild Step 9

 

Mini Rebuild Step 9

I actually used a drift to tap the plugs in until flush. I just couldn't hold everything and snap a picture at the same time.

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With that done, I took a look at the four steering racks that came with the car. One is an oddball, probably for an old MG or Triumph. I've noticed a few strange parts mixed in with the others, so not too surprising. Of the remaining three, the first two are the normal 2.7 turns, but the last rack was 2.2 turns. You can guess which one I chose.

Mini Rebuild Step 9
Is there nothing Brake Cleaner and a toothbrush can't accomplish?

 

Mini Rebuild Step 9

 

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