Time for ac­tion

With some workspace cleared, Keith can start on his 'bar­gain' buy.

Mini Magazine - - Our Minis -

Time to work on the Mi­nis in my col­lec­tion has been in pre­ciously short sup­ply in re­cent months. An over­flow­ing or­der book at Calver ST, a new web­site un­der con­struc­tion and is­sues with the day-to-day cars has kept me more than slightly en­ter­tained.

Karin's Clio has re­quired a chunk of work to get it through the MoT test this time around, amount­ing to half the price we paid for the car orig­i­nally. One rev­e­la­tion did oc­cur though; fit­ting a new en­gine mount­ing has stopped the 'hunt­ing' feel­ing of the en­gine at idle! The down­side was more hints from Karin about hav­ing a Mini as her daily driver. This means tack­ling the last lemon I bought – the £1000 'just needs an MoT test' pur­chase.

Rewind­ing back to when I first un­loaded it from the trailer, a mis­fire led me to look un­der the bon­net. That's when I saw the cooling fan was on back­wards, and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed no ther­mo­stat in the head. Typ­i­cally folks re­move ther­mostats to stop over­heat­ing, but this is not a good plan. It'll be over­heat­ing for a rea­son, so the cause needs sourc­ing and sort­ing. That was con­cern­ing, be­cause the usual out­come once all else is checked or changed is a cracked cylin­der head.

While mov­ing this Mini about, I also no­ticed a long brake pedal, typ­i­cal of rear brakes need­ing ad­just­ment. So I whipped the wheels off to find the ad­justers ab­so­lutely seized solid both sides. That means I'm now into a com­plete strip down of both rear hubs. So much for 'just needs an MoT test'.

Get­ting stuff done on cars has proved a prob­lem due to a se­vere short­age of space, what with the garage at home filled with the GT racer, Clubby Es­tate, and Ol' Red, and the work­shop full of mo­tor­bikes and a mas­sive col­lec­tion of car mod­els and toys – the lat­ter to ac­com­pany an en­gine and 'box build for a cus­tomer in In­done­sia. These have all now gone and I've sold one of the bikes, so af­ter a bit of a re­ar­range, I now have space to get the lemon in­side.

The Clubby Es­tate is wait­ing pa­tiently for me to sort its new power plant out and re­build the hubs. I've started by strip­ping the hub and drive­shaft as­sem­blies from Ol' Red, as I think I am go­ing to need to use at least the in­ner CV (pot) joints, and prob­a­bly the outer CV joints, so I may as well use the whole as­sem­blies to save mess­ing about. If need be I can use the hub as­sem­blies off Ol' Red as I know they were fine. The quick­est so­lu­tion is just to swap the en­tire hub and drive­shaft as­sem­blies over, but I want to know what the hub build con­di­tion on the Es­tate is. Hav­ing done that, if fea­si­ble a re­build will make them good as new. Then all I need to do is com­plete the en­gine build (still haven't done the head!), dyno it and in­stall it.

Poor old New­bie has been sat there for a LONG time...

Ol' Red's hubs and brakes are rusty, but the CVs and bear­ings are good.

I still can't de­cide what do about New­bie's dodgy cooling sys­tem.

Chis­elled CV nut on the Clubby Es­tate is just the tip of the ice­berg.

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