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Yeah, so the message I'd been waiting for turned up:

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A few more anxious days followed but eventually this reappeared:

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I R EXCITED. Straight back to the footwell:

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And plugged back in:

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Negative lead back on the RENNER-SUPPLIED battery:

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And....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We got windows

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We got turn signals

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We got power roof.  This is going well!

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Quick test run.  We also got a symbol I've never seen before, so that's another free* fix (OK, there was a spend of over £200 to get the damn indicators etc working again)

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And it even seems as if the blower is back to proper strength.  I wonder if the state of the old battery had latterly caused this to be limited.

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Anyway, I'm tentatively declaring this FIXT.  And that brings us pretty much up to date.  So Bini Mandela gets a reprieve from an unceremonious torching for the time being. 
 

Next disaster?  PRACE BETS NOW!!

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  • mk2_craig changed the title to Bini Mandela: Car still described as pile of sh*te

Start stop usually appears when the battery hasn’t enough oomph to restart in traffic.  I do the Autoshite long term definitive fix of turning it off and never using it.

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On 4/27/2021 at 6:55 AM, hairnet said:

bad man - do you hate them too?

 

I actually love them.  I have had three of them, two fault riddled and the one good one written off by a dopey twat nearly killing me in the process.

The fault fixing bit was actually fine as TADTS and as a result the forums are full of decent advice and recommendations on how to fix.  

Would I have one tomorrow with a misbehaving CVT gearbox, a mismatched interior, and body damage?  Of course I would.  If I was living in the UK that is.

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I'm not sure if was these or the earlier mini floppy tops but there was an option you could specify, which told you how long you'd driven with the roof down.

Other than ironing a crease in your jeans there's nothing as cool* as a gauge to show everyone how much fun you've been having.

Here it is

Obligatory... MINI Openmeter. Huh?

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7 hours ago, cort16 said:

there was an option you could specify, which told you how long you'd driven with the roof down

Obligatory... MINI Openmeter. Huh?

Ah yes.  The OPEN-O-METER!!!!  Sakes man.  

The merest thought of retrofitting one of those conjures up chilling visions of yet another electrical freak-out episode, in which the horn is sounded whenever the wipers are operated and the boot flies open each time the brake pedal is touched.

Mrs_Craig: "Ooooh.  Are there any on eBay?"

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7 hours ago, cort16 said:

I'm not sure if was these or the earlier mini floppy tops but there was an option you could specify, which told you how long you'd driven with the roof down.

Other than ironing a crease in your jeans there's nothing as cool* as a gauge to show everyone how much fun you've been having.

Here it is

Obligatory... MINI Openmeter. Huh?

It has been driven for over an hour with the roof down but only covered 3km? Who was driving it?

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On 4/28/2021 at 8:40 AM, cort16 said:

I'm not sure if was these or the earlier mini floppy tops but there was an option you could specify, which told you how long you'd driven with the roof down.

Other than ironing a crease in your jeans there's nothing as cool* as a gauge to show everyone how much fun you've been having.

Here it is

Obligatory... MINI Openmeter. Huh?

Is this a real thing? It sounds a lot like one of those April Fool ads that BMW used to do...some of them were quite plausible. 

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10 hours ago, AnthonyG said:

Is this a real thing? It sounds a lot like one of those April Fool ads

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I gotta say, that’s one hell of a gimmick. Presumably intended to divert attention away from the rest of the car’s shortcomings! It’s right up there with curry hooks, briefcases in the dashboard and integrated shopping trolleys in the boot. 

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11 hours ago, mk2_craig said:

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I gotta say, that’s one hell of a gimmick. Presumably intended to divert attention away from the rest of the car’s shortcomings! It’s right up there with curry hooks, briefcases in the dashboard and integrated shopping trolleys in the boot. 

Their must have been a fair dose of the columbian marking powder on the go on  what ever brain storming retreat they were on when whey came up with this.

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  • 2 months later...

So, having done the roof repair, renewed the brakes, replaced the timing chain and resolved all the battery-related shenanigans, you'd expect this thing to have been 100% reliable, right?

Actually yes.  I even felt brave enough to take it out in hours of darkness, which revealed it has that customisable "mood lighting" (customisable in five steps from blue to red via purple at least).

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Not really getting the full effect in these photos but anyway.  The car is gradually clocking up the miles without major issue.

Time then to start sorting out some of the more minor niggles.  For some reason it was missing the COOPER S letters from the bootlid:

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Note the adhesive from one of the letters serving as a reference point for reinstating them.  My wife found these on eBay for a few quid:

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Unfortunately the seller made a half-arsed job of applying some fresh double sided sticky foam.

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Ripped all that lot off and had another go:

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To be fair that's not a whole load better, but it'll do.  Lined up the letters by eye:

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Ran it around like that for a few days, then finished the job when it stopped raining:

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Much better, little by little this thing is starting to look a bit less shite.

Next job was to tackle the rear indicator bulbs.  Now with no annual vehicle testing, there's no MoT to tell you that they're flashing the wrong colour.  

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Doesn't look too bad here, but in reality these were practically white.  Dug out a box of bulbs I'd bought a while back (I think these were £2.99 posted for 10 or something, so should be TOP QUALITY):

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Whipped out the driver side:

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Yeah, that's seen better days.  What about the other one?

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More or less the same script.  I bet these are original to the car.

Getting at these was pretty damn tricky - if I positioned myself where I could see the bulbholders, I couldn't reach them, and if I positioned myself where I could reach the bulbholders, I couldn't see them.  The whole endeavour being conducted while kneeling on top of the folded-forward rear seat backrests with my arm tucked under the inner sides of the raised soft-top and hand pushed through a tiny access panel in the tops of the boot trim.  This resulted in unintentionally removing sidelamp bulbs about three times before successfully extracting the orange ones, fortunately I somehow managed to get them all back in without dropping any into some inaccessible part of the bodyshell.  End result:

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You'll have to believe me when I say that this was in fact a decent improvement, even though it looks only marginally less yellow than the "before" picture.

There are plenty of other small tasks to cross off the list, but we're approaching the point now where I think a trip to the bodyshop can be justified, to sort out at least some evidence of the previous owner's years of neglect.  Pondering whether to repair and colour-code the existing arches and valances, rather than replace the damaged ones - but this doesn't seem to be a common thing to do, and anxious that it might look a bit strange.  Thoughts, anyone?

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9 minutes ago, mk2_craig said:

Pondering whether to repair and colour-code the existing arches and valances, rather than replace the damaged ones - but this doesn't seem to be a common thing to do, and anxious that it might look a bit strange.  Thoughts, anyone?

You don't see many colour coded Coopers, but I think they look smart. 

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My JCW has colour-coded arches... I really don't like them!!! 

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I wish mine had black arches and a black roof. Someone paid extra for all this when it was new! 

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