Q I’ve got a 1996 Mini Tartan imported from Japan, which I plan on keeping totally standard apart from a few bits of chrome. After being in my mate’s Mini in the summer, I’ve noticed how much better the opening rear windows are compared to the fixed ones I have on my car. They also look a lot nicer. How easy is it to swap from the fixed type to the opening type, and what parts will I need? Roland from most of the Mini parts suppliers), you’ll need just a few tools. Removing the existing window panes and seals can be tricky, but a bit perseverance will prevail. Before fitting the new opening window seal, it’s best to take a look behind the trim piece covering the C-pillar internally. Some times the holes are drilled in the support flitch plate, sometimes not. If they are here, the only holes you will have to drill are the ones fort he front hinges. If not drilled, then obviously you will need to do this. Fit the new seal, and position the replacement window/frame assembly in place. Take time to get it squared up in the aperture – an assistant may be useful here – and mark A Aside from the obvious window and frame assemblies, the correct quarter light seals and some self-tapping screws (available the holes required for the hinge screws. Then remove window/frame assembly and the drill holes, before refitting it all with the screws. Now arrange the hinge plate against the C-pillar trim panel and carefully drill through the trim panel and the flitch panel – don’t go too hard or you pop through the C-pllar! Then, fix the hinges to the panel with more self-tapping screws and you’re done.
perseverance. Removing existing windows requires