Friday, August 31, 2018

Winding Down For Now!

Well guys and girls, it's been a blast working on my Mini over the years and even more so being able to share my experiences with you, but for the time being at least, I'm going to have wind the blogging down until such time that I am able to pick it up once more.

I've found it increasingly difficult to find the time and energy over the past year or so to do the blog justice and I feel I'd rather take a break from it rather than roll out some forced, less than my best drivel. I don't mind ramblings, but I do so hate drivel and I assume you do also. Plus a lot of the jobs that have come up recently, I've covered already in the blog and I don't see a vast amount of value in just rewriting old articles. That would be second hand drivel which would be worse than basic drivel!!

Fear not though, all is not lost, there are some long term plans afoot, as I have my mind in building a garage and hopefully a workshop where I can work in better conditions than a very small shed and the roadside. That said, there is still a great deal that can be achieved if the weather is willing. Only this week I was out on the roadside working on my wife's daily driver replacing worn suspensions parts using skills that I have learned over the many happy years of working on the Mini.

So I encourage you not to be put off by a lack of facilities or fancy tools, as you can certainly achieve a great deal with some cheap spanners, a socket set and a bit of dry weather.

Will I ever pick this blog up again, well I really hope so, but I do need to feel that sense of excitement to write articles that I feel are worthy of peoples time. Without that creative spark, it just feels... a bit false. Also there is one major part of my Mini's journey that I have yet to explore and that's the ever deteriorating bodywork. It's my hope that if and when I get the garage built, I hope to learn how to weld and that will be a whole new chapter. Oh yes, imagine that, the 'Have A Go Hooligan' with a welder!!!! I can't wait!!

Until then though, there is always the facebook page, where I'll post Mini related bits and bobs as they crop up. You know, light hearted bantery stuff, bordering on ramblings, but not quite rambly enough in and of itself to warrant a blog post, that sort of thing!

So until next time, thank you so much for reading these ramblings and I wish you all the best with your projects...

Bye for now.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sound Deadening Step 2 - Bulkhead Insulation.

After chatting with a good friend and fellow Mini owner about the EVO Mini Run UK camping weekend in North Wales, somehow before I had chance to think about it, I was online and had the tickets booked. But as the consequences set in, I had the realisation that two adults, two kids and all the required camping equipment had to be somehow stuffed into the smallest car we owned and reliably driven a total round trip of about 400 miles. Gulp!! Best get busy making the Mini the best it can be.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sound Deadening Step 1 - Air Filter Downgrade!

Holy 'tempus fugit' Batman, where did the last year go!! Yeah, time certainly can fly if you let it and it has. Anyway for a variety of reasons (some good, some not so good), it's been a whole since we last spoke. As for progress, well I have to confess, not a vast amount except for two small tasks which were to remount the exhaust as I wasn't quite happy with it and to service the engine back in November 2017. That said, I have driven the Mini quite a lot so it's not all bad.

Well it's time to dig myself out of the rut I've become stuck in and what better way than to go on a Mini run weekend. For one reason or another this seems very daunting, but it's just the antidote I need for getting progress moving along once more. So somehow, thanks to the persuasion of a friend, I found myself booked on the EVO Mini Run UK in the beautiful open countryside of North Wales, but before that can happen, I need to make sure the Mini is up for the job, so time to prep...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Engine Mounts - Remounted!

In the previous post, I spent quite a lot of time faffing about swapping the flywheel to see if it was the source of the annoying vibrations I've been enduring with the new engine. As it turns out it wasn't, so with that ticked off the list of things to check, I'm left pinning all my hope on the new engine mounts being too hash and not absorbing the engine vibrations sufficiently.

But before I can swap them over to my older and softer ones, everything flywheel related and beyond needs to be reassembled again, so let's get stuck in...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Different Flywheel - Still Vibrates!!

In the previous post, I'd gone to the mammoth effort of removing the flywheel to see if could nail down the reason for the unpleasant vibration that was coming through the car ever since the new engine had been fitted.

First on the agenda today then is to measure the nose of the crank for any deviations that could be causing the flywheel to wobble. Even though this is very unlikely to be the case, (unless I'm very unlucky) it's worth checking while I can for peace of mind. Second task is to fit the flywheel from my old engine, fire it up and see what the result is...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Flywheel Removal In Situ

On the go at the moment is the seemingly never ending project to build myself a half decent engine. All seems to be working mechanically, however there is a slight, but very annoying vibration at all parts of the rev range that I want to nail. In this post here, I changed the top engine steady bushes, but didn't solve the issue. So today, I'm looking to remove the flywheel and swap it over with a spare to see what the effect will be.

I've decided to perform this task with the engine in situ as it's preferable to taking the engine out again, but looking at the engine bay, there is still a lot of work ahead as the flywheel is somewhere under this little lot...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Quick Ketchup!!

I know, I know... it's been ages since my previous blog post; but what with a mixture of winter weather limiting any progress, being too busy with work and also being unwell; I've not been able to crack on and get as much done as I would have wanted to. But fear not dear reader, the blog is not dead, at least not yet!!!

So as it's been so long, let's have a quick catch up on the story so far and take it from there...