Post by TurboDieselWeasel on Dec 18, 2012 15:22:02 GMT
Aaaaand yet another set of wheels ;D
ATS 5x10" - when I bought my car nearly 9 years ago, it had a set of those on it. But they had a severe run-out so I had to bin them... Damn! I wish I had not sold the nuts 8 years ago ;D Knew that was a misstake ;D
Post by TurboDieselWeasel on Dec 18, 2012 16:49:01 GMT
Tiny cars need tiny wheels - simple forumla ;D I'm a die-hard 10" fan, though I once had a set of 7.5x12" banded steels But I traded them for engine parts... Those ATS were once VERY common in germany, but they've gotten increasingly rare and expensive. These cost me 36€ incl. p&p - who could've resisted!? ;D
Now all I need is three more of these:
(That's a photo montage)
Cosmic Ribster, 5x10". If anyone got some - I have money I can trade in
Just discovered this and read the whole thing with much enjoyment. I've had Minis with 848, 1098, and 1275 engines and thought the 1098 was a better engine than the 1275. My ex wife had a 998 which went very well too.
Post by TurboDieselWeasel on Oct 23, 2016 10:21:32 GMT
After many years - I think I'm getting back into this. Now that the Turbodiesel Coupé has a new home, I have a space to bring this car back from it's current residence. When I built the workbench, I also cleared out the basement. And found a lot of engine blocks...
Most are 998s, 3 are 1275s. One of them needs a re-bore, one has a lump missing where the thread for the oil pressure relive spring cap used to be - and one span a bearing. So they all need major work done to make them work. I earn more money now, but if I spend more money - I'm just as poor as I was before. With less time at my hands
Not feeling the urge to do a full rebuild, I went and bought another 1275 short block. Of a 63HP SPI.
This should be the base for a fun engine, I'm basically going to copy the old 1275 engine. Which was quite nice to drive. and maybe it'll get some little improvements, like a slightly ported head. But I'm not going into a full-on "build". Just the same old recipe, with some extra spices I liked that engine, it was reasonably fast, economical and fun to drive everywhere.
And I'm also going to finally build that A+ close-ratio gearbox that's been in pieces for - I don't know - 8 years? 10 years? I don't even know where the parts are...
So yeah, I'm realy looking forward to have this as a weekend fun car, and maybe It'll take me to work occasinally. Can't wait to drive this thing again!!
Post by TurboDieselWeasel on Oct 24, 2016 18:32:50 GMT
Yeah, it's funny. I think the majority of people on RR recognize me as a Mercedes Nerd-Freak or something like that. The truth is; I'm actually a die-hard Mini geek. And I've been into Minis for much longer than I am now with Mercs.
I bought my first Mini in 2002, a - supposedly - '76 1000.
This turned out to be bent due to a major accident in it's past. Plus mutltiple bodge repairs, a faked ID and 80% of the parts missing - way too much to takle for someone who had not a single clue about Minis - or cars in general. And so in 2003 - I bought this car - and with it I startet an internship with the seller, who happened to be the local go-to Mini guy. We took the engine & gearbox apart, welded in new sills, put it all together again. I didn't even have a driver's license back then. I eventually brought it home, did some other stuff to it (like the center speedo, a new interior etc.).
And it was in - I think - very early 2005, that I had TÜV on the car... And this is a picture of me returning from the very first time I drove my very first proper car
And then I drove it almost everyday until I took it off the road in 2011 when I started my new job. And needed a car that is a bit more - relaxing on the Autobahn every day. So I got into Mercs, really. I've always had different cars for winter, in 2010 I briefly owned a wreck of a 250TD W124, but still had'nt relocated the Mini.
And now I'm at a point where I have a desire to get away from Mercs, if only for a bit. I need a little variety. And something that's FUN to drive. A fun car where it doesn't matter if it's broken or not. Something to enjoy and relax. I need my Mini back!!
Post by TurboDieselWeasel on Nov 19, 2016 16:22:40 GMT
Good lord, an update...
First I welded up this little contraption to mount the engine on the engine stand. Nearly twisted my arm when I tried to drill a 14mm hole by hand with a single speed drill, when the drill suddenly got stuck...
Started to unbolt the main bearings - glad I did.
On the last pic you can see, if you look close, that the crank journal has a sort of rusty recess in it. Water must have gotten in the engine whilst it was stored, there were rust stains on both crank journals & bearings. And a creamy water-oil solution.
Hmmmmm. Not looking good. Though I have a very good A+ crankshaft, just no block with good bores.
Anyway, I can male use of the block - I think I can cobble together a complete engine with the parts I got.
^I'm enjoying this a lot! It's about dam time I get back into the Mini game!
Post by TurboDieselWeasel on Nov 20, 2016 15:52:39 GMT
Small ends are also so-so...
However, oil pressure relief valve, lifters and oil pump are not worn beyond the usual.
Another option would be this +.20 block, it's a hybrid block, A+ crank & A big end bearings. Which is interesting. Block is ribbed, like an A+ block. Originally it also had 1257GT rods which I replaced with A+ rods. The bores have a little rust scoring, though. I've honed it, but they'r too deep to remove by honing.
They'r said to be very good, however mine has some little problem:
The thread for the oil pressure relieve valve is missing. Someone's had a go at repairing it obviously, but the fabricated part is missing. So I'd have to remanufacture it and hope it's tight. I've got a lathe, but I'm not realy in the mood to do this.
Anyway, I've got two more 1300 cranks, all are good to very good. I think I make use of the block that's sat on the engine stand and e-use the crank that was in the old 1300 engine. I'll go through all the parts and then place an order in the UK, before they shut down the borders
That's all for now, it'll take a while for the next update, most probably.