An impending deadline gets the project back up to speed again.
Without any specific deadlines to meet on the grey Mini and a selection of halffinished awkward jobs staring back at me, I’d run out of enthusiasm. At which point both my housemates handed in their notices, I was faced with being turfed-out with an incomplete car in the garage and boom, that’s a deadline if ever I needed one! So it’s been all hands to the deck once again.
The jobs have been quite bitty, starting off by connecting up the fuel line from the modified Filter King pressure regulator to the new carbs. The neatest way I could see to do that was to buy a 12G292 fuel pipe from Mini Spares, an original fitment part to ‘60s Coopers, which splits the fuel line to feed both float chambers. Torques UK came to the rescue again with a length of stainless braided 6mm rubber hose, as I’d tried Teflon-lined hose and found it doesn’t clamp down sufficiently with hose clips. That was topped-off with a set of aluminium hose finishers and the fuel system ticked-off the list.
Next up was to finish the engine bay wiring, so the horn is now hidden discreetly below the catch tank on the inner wing, keeping it minimalist to match the ‘tucked’ loom. Then came a new charge lead from the MED starter to the lightweight race alternator, as the first attempt was about 2mm too short, frustratingly. It’s all looking pretty tidy now, with barely any wiring visible, and anything that can’t practically be hidden has been shrink-wrapped in black. I think you need to strike a balance between making an engine bay look neat and keeping it feasible to work on by the roadside, which is inevitable part of Mini ownership, surely.
It was also about time to finish off the oil catch tank install, which had been abandoned so long ago I’d forgotten the problems! Having fixed the tank in place, I’d since done a fair amount of reading up on breather systems and realised it could really do with a breather on top to work effectively. So instead of two inputs on top, one should be an output of sorts. OK, no problem, until I went to fit a small K&N filter on top and found the bonnet wouldn’t shut. Chinese eBay was the last resort, but led me to a flush-mounted brass gauze filter intended for industrial compressors. For £1.50 posted it fits the bill perfectly, not to mention the weird 3/8 BSP thread. Time will tell if it works.
Now I’ve just got to finish the breather system with a modified rocker cover, finish off the ECU wiring, a few interior bits and get it running again. Best get on with it then…
This compact K&N breather filter looked ideal for the oil catch tank installation... ...however, unless mounted sideways, it fouled the bonnet.
...and a small offcut of carbonfibre holds it securely in place.
The K&N would sill come in handy for the timing case vent, however...
A flush-mounted brass filter seems to do the job much better.