Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Weatherproofing Part 1 - Door Seals

<This post is part of the 'Weatherproofing The Car' project>

I have been getting a bit fed up with the fact that every time it rains or I wash the car, water finds its way inside. Looking into this problem on the various forums, it seems to be quite a common problem.  Mini's can have a tendency to imitate a tea bag.

For the majority of the time, the car is covered over with a waterproof 4 ply car cover specifically for the mini. So from that point of view it is not a problem,  but I cannot always guarantee that it will be covered up and coupled with the fact that cars should not leak. I decided to try and fix the problem.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Carb Overhaul

After last weeks breakdown, I decided to overhaul the carburettor. I have absolutely no prior experience of taking carbs apart. Well, what could possibly go wrong. As it turns out, nothing. Carburettors are pretty simple beasts really.

Monday, June 17, 2013


Well we had enjoyed a nice family trip to the park which covered most of the afternoon when calamity struck! We all piled in the car and got about 50 yards and the engine died a death! No worries I though, just needs a little more choke. But it died again, and again. And to make matters worse, it was spewing petrol all over the road!! Oh dear I thought, something aint right!!

Looking a bit sad. Note the size of the petrol stain in the layby in the foreground!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A journey into the passenger door!

More exciting stuff but now inside the passenger door, as the weather was not as bad as the forecast, I was able to get out at the weekend and work on the passenger door. Given the decent condition of the drivers door, I was hopeful that the passenger side would be in similarly good condition.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

A journey into the drivers door!

I started to notice small flakes of rust appearing in the space between the sill and the plastic trim that runs along the sill. I would brush them away, but they would just keep appearing. I knew that they were coming from the drain holes at the base of the door and I was a little worried that the inner of the door was rotten. Well it was a sunny weekend and I decided it was time to be brave and have a look before the rust erupted through the door and ruined it.

Friday, June 7, 2013

K&N fitted and fuel leak fixed

Recently a friend kindly gave me a new K&N air filter so the obvious thing to do is to swap it for the standard 'frying pan' air filter to make the engine bay look a bit 'cooler'.