Fresh ar­rivals

Two Mi­nis join the fleet, and the Mighty is al­most ready.

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What a dif­fer­ence a month makes, as I have not one but two new ar­rivals in my sta­ble. First up is the ex- Rug­gles Side­walk you may have read about al­ready. He hopes that I’ll have a change of heart and re­turn it to the road, but what he fails to re­alise is that I don’t have a heart, and will prob­a­bly be throw­ing a rollcage at it and tak­ing it Mighty Mini rac­ing. The plan is to build a spare car for my­self, or should the de­mand be there, maybe even one to hire out.

Next up is a gen­uine gar­den find. I re­ceived a call from a lady who was mov­ing house and needed a Mini mov­ing that had spent the last 10 years lan­guish­ing in her back gar­den. She was go­ing to call the scrap man be­fore find­ing my num­ber, and as I couldn’t let it get crushed I agreed to buy it. I went to col­lect it a few days later, and what greeted me was a re­mark­ably orig­i­nal Mk3 Mini 1000 with low mileage! OK, so it left most of its floor­pan on the grass where it had stood and it’s al­most cer­tainly full of spi­ders and var­i­ous other wildlife, but I reckon there’s a car un­der­neath it all some­where.

De­spite all this, I’ve still found some time to do some work on the Mighty. I’ve re­painted the shell, and my en­gine has come back from JW En­gines with a fully re­freshed cylin­der head to solve the valve bind­ing prob­lems I was hav­ing at Cad­well last year, as well as a re­built diff to fix the mas­sive oil leak that de­vel­oped af­ter Don­ing­ton. The whole unit is now safely back in the car too, along with a full com­pli­ment of CV joints. These are a known weak point on Mightys, so it’s al­ways worth start­ing a sea­son on fresh ones. All that’s left to do is to re­fit ev­ery­thing else that had been re­moved for the re­spray, but you will have to wait un­til the next is­sue to see the fi­nal re­sult. That’s un­less you hap­pen to be at Sil­ver­stone on March 25-26, where my team­mate Greg and I will be go­ing for the big re­veal!

Saved from the crusher: Ryan has yet to de­cide the fate of this Mk3.

Well, at least it’s low mileage!

The Mighty’s re­freshed en­gine and ‘box is back in place.

Flintstone-spec floors.

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