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Name: Mike Cle­ments Car: 1984 Ja­panese Mini Lo­ca­tion: Bri­tish Co­lum­bia

Hello from Canada. I’ve owned three Mi­nis in my life so far – a ‘62 Coun­try­man, a ‘70s Cooper S, and now an ’84 Ja­panese ex­port. It was fac­tory ordered as a left-hand drive and con­tains all the Ja­panese-spec parts and fea­tures. The car was brought to Canada in 1997 and I even­tu­ally bought it in 2012 with seized brakes and clutch, and faulty electrics. I got the car me­chan­i­cally sound so I could get it reg­is­tered, then the first win­ter I tore it down and re­moved all the rust. My son and I re­painted the shell and I re­assem­bled it with new parts. Later on the brakes, sus­pen­sion and steer­ing were all re­placed and I’ve since in­stalled a Mini Sport Stage 1 tun­ing kit. I’m a mem­ber of the Van­cou­ver Mini Club and have en­joyed at­tend­ing the shows and ral­lies to talk, al­ways learn­ing more about my car’s his­tory.

Mike’s Mini is a Ja­panese im­port.

The Mini has had a full re­spray.

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