Friday, March 28, 2014

Collected 'Spare' Engine(s)

After many months of lurking in the background on Ebay, watching and waiting, finally last Sunday I bid for and won an engine that was in my price range and in the condition I wanted. Problem was though, I wasn't free to pick it up until Friday. That's nearly a week of childish excitement to deal with which peaked on Thursday night, resulting in a lack of sleep!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bought a 'spare' engine

Having tinkered with most of the car, the main thing that has gone untouched is the engine. This is for 2 main reasons. The first is that I know nothing about engines, and the second is that I want to use the car as a daily run-about and if I removed the engine, presumably the only way to use the car would be to fit it with peddles.

So how do I play at being a mechanic and keep the car on the road (without peddling)... Buy a spare engine of course. This way I get to do both. Having spent the last couple of months watching engines on Ebay, I got an idea of the price and condition I was interested in.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Central Locking and Keyless Entry (Part 2)

I found some time on Sunday morning to get out and finish off the fitting of the central locking kit. In the previous post, I managed to do the passenger door, but it took ages as there was much guesswork involved. Hopefully the experience I gained doing that should speed up the fitting of the drivers door.

The tasks before me today are:
  • Fit the drivers side locking mechanism.
  • Find a neat solution for the wires from the door to the car.
  • Find a suitable place to mount the control box.
  • Find a 'permanent live' and a 'common earth' to power the thing.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Central Locking and Keyless Entry (Part 1)

I know! I know! For some, modernising a classic car with fancy new gadgets is just plain wrong. "You bought an old car and you should accept it's limitations" would be the argument. I can see that and it seems a fair argument, but when you are fumbling for your keys, stood in the road and it's raining and dark and you are at risk of being squashed by a passing truck, the argument seems less persuasive. Also, I love a gadget, so I'm modernising.

I went for a kit from a company called A-Series Spares as it was specifically designed to fit the Mini. There are generic kits on the market that would probably do the job, but the fact that this kit was Mini specific was quite tempting.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Knuckle Joint Dust Covers Knackered

Yesterday, I had been working on the front subframe mounts and while I had the front wheels off, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to give the front suspension a bit of a spit and polish. But to my shock and horror, I noticed that the knuckle joint dust covers I fitted last April were looking pretty knackered.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Front subframe mounts

The front 'tear drop' subframe mounts are fine as they were replaced last year as work needed for the first MOT. So I am concentrating on the rear ones that attach the front subframe to the car floor.

These ones.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bleeding the rear brakes and MOT

With the weather picking up, it was time to get the Mini out from hiding and back on the road. But before that could happen, there were a few things that needed attending to.

The main thing was the MOT. I knew that after all the work that had been completed recently there couldn't be that much to worry about. But there were 2 small jobs that needed taking care of to ensure a pass. The first was simply to attach the metal battery strap back over the battery. That was easy enough, even in the dark and cold!