Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - JAKE DENNIS

Jake‘s Mini started out as a 1996 Sprite, but it’s changed rather a lot since it was built. He says: ‘It was rot­ten so had to be to­tally re­stored, then I added 12in Minilite wheels, be­spoke in­te­rior trim and a Momo steer­ing wheel.

‘When the orig­i­nal 1275cc in­jected en­gine blew up I swapped it for a 1340cc unit with 1.75in HIF44 carb, Piper­cross fil­ter, sports cat­alytic con­verter and an LCB man­i­fold. It stops bet­ter thanks to drilled and grooved discs with Kevlar pads, while there’s Gaz ad­justable sus­pen­sion and a higher-ra­tio diff (3.44:1). I just wish I’d fit­ted a light­ened fly­wheel so the en­gine was more free-revving; and if I were do­ing it again, the re­built gear­box would have been spec­i­fied with straight-cut gears.’

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