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    Is there an echo in here?

    I'll drive my car as much as I can over the winter, but I don't suppose it'll get a whole lot of exercise. I'll probably just keep cleaning it up, refurbing some of those parts I rushed last summer, playing with the 123 distributor, and looking for more of that North Dakota dust in the nooks and crannies. I'd also like to build or buy a locking box for the bed.

    What kinds of winter projects do you guys have in mind for your Minis?


    "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." -- George Harrison

  • #2
    Probably helping Dan fix his sump plug.
    The more I know about Minis, the more I know I don't know about Minis.


    • #3
      Im working on some other peoples winter projects....but if I have some down time, I will be welding a new frount end on my '60 Morris van ...oh ya, and finding out what happen to 2nd gear in my A+ 1275.
      "remember, in this country, they drive on the wrong side of the road"
      ‘64 Austin Countryman-???
      '60's Austin mini truck - the chicken truck
      '60 Morris Van - Marvan
      '55 Chevy wagon- the heavy Chevy


      • #4
        Got a list of things to do this winter thanks to some help from Chuck:

        -replacing front subframe bushings
        -replacing one rear wheel bearing and repacking the other
        -flushing my clutch fluid
        -installing adjustable camber lower control arms and poly bushings
        -replacing tie rod gaitors which are falling apart
        -replacing a bad engine mount
        -fixing an exhaust leak
        -replacing bad engine stabilizer bushings
        -misc small projects
        British eyes... only


        • #5
          cleaning all the interior of my 2 innos:
          took all seats interior trim off
          rearwheel interior
          headrest etc.
          By doing this I discovered on the 2 rearside trimmings on the back a
          stamped: April 1974,
          This Inno is a 1974, but never really pinpoint to the month built,
          even in this case it shows when the trim was made not the car.,
          But there other spots, where i can find the month of car built
          Subframe( but it had to come off)
          Swivel hub
          and i think the windshield motot, have to look.

          Question: putting back the interior trim for the 2 new rear wheel covers.
          how do you do it lay there or glue it on??


          • #6
            I've got to figure out why my turn signals AND my horn have failed me, not to mention my rear back-up light.

            So, mostly electrical work.

            As for the rear wheel well upholstery question:

            I put the material in place first, and carefully trimmed the excess away, especially where most of it was concealed by the seat cushion(s).

            This stuff is rarely a perfect fit, and I didn't intend to use any foam backing, so I liberally applied Gorilla Glue in a zig-zag pattern and hand-stretched the material taut against the wheel well until it dried enough to hold itself in place.

            Gorilla Glue expands well, and the few air pockets I had (especially along the seam) were soon taken care of when the glue dried completely.
            Always British Racing Green


            • #7
              Patti has told me that I have been watching too much TV lately and maybe I should think about going out to the shop and start another mini project.... She doesn't realize it will be cheaper for me to stay in and watch TV instead!