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4 hours ago, Matty said:

Yeah I saw that and wondered if it was that you was going to mention! I really like it but £6k does feel like an awful lot for a fairly regular Mini - even if it's 70s and thus tax+MOT exempt.

I'd say if it was like £4k to 4.5k, I'd be after it. But if it was that, I'd probably say I wish it was £2.5k to 3k 🤣

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4 hours ago, Matty said:

When you find them, get em stuck in here !

Easier than expected, as in they weren't where I thought they'd be so didn't waste an hour bungling round in the loft to no avail.  First two are from the day it arrived (I don't think I've been as excited about anything from that day to this) and the other two from a few days later once it was washed but before its collection of mechanical woes had taken the wind out of my sails. Don't buy them without driving them first, kids... Hard to believe that was nineteen years ago but there we are. 

 

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12 hours ago, Amishtat said:

Don't have any pictures of my P6 and that isn't a Minx (and doesn't belong in this thread..) 

Oops sorry - even with beer goggles on I shouldn't have got a Farina mixed up with a P6! Am not very well up on Rootes stuff, so will bow to your greater knowledge.

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30 minutes ago, Mr Pastry said:

Yes.  You will probably also need a different master cylinder if swapping drum to disc.  

It already has the conversion. However I've bought a set of wheels to fit an a40 and discovered that I have bent studs on one of my front hubs. Are the studs 3/8 UNF? This little bugger is fighting me bit by bit 😄

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9 minutes ago, Matty said:

It already has the conversion. However I've bought a set of wheels to fit an a40 and discovered that I have bent studs on one of my front hubs. Are the studs 3/8 UNF? This little bugger is fighting me bit by bit 😄

Yes 3/8 UNF.  They should knock out quite easily.

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I think this fits the theme of the thread, as it is a good mix of BMC, BMH and BL bits.  I don't take many photos of my projects, as it wastes so much time when working.   This was my 1500 Midget, which I converted to chrome bumpers and fitted with a  Spitfire overdrive gearbox. 

Loosing the weight of the rubber bumpers and lowering it a bit improved the handling and feel of the car to something like original Spridget standards, and though it took a while it wasn't that difficult.   The overdrive gearbox  is a much easier and cheaper conversion than the Ford type 9 which everyone "recommends"  - it virtually goes straight in with minimal alterations,  and you have a 6 speed gearbox.    Boring technical details on request if anyone is interested.

All of which made it a much nicer car, only sold because I found I was too tall to drive it comfortably. 

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I've basically been sold the premise that an spridget is an A40 sports so tell me everything you know!! I'm most interested in how I can firm up the front end. I know I can fill the Armstrong dampers with diferant weights of oil, bit that ultimately that can lead to shearing mounts. I've got my eye on Frontlines telescopic conversion.  What d'ya reckon?

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1 minute ago, Matty said:

I've basically been sold the premise that an spridget is an A40 sports so tell me everything you know!! I'm most interested in how I can firm up the front end. I know I can fill the Armstrong dampers with diferant weights of oil, bit that ultimately that can lead to shearing mounts. I've got my eye on Frontlines telescopic conversion.  What d'ya reckon?

I started my motoring career with an A35 then moved on to Spridgets - actually I found the A35 to be generally a much better sports car!

The Armstrong dampers are fine if working properly.  It is possible to get uprated ones, or even to adjust the valves if you must.  It is worth taking them off, draining them, flushing with meths to get all the crap out, then refilling with new fluid.  Try that first.  If you can't get the proper stuff it is basically SAE 20 mineral oil.  I would not use anything heavier than SAE 30 as the hydraulic pressures can get very high with thicker fluid, and the dampers will then get very stiff, hence possible damage.  They are not meant to stop the suspension moving at all!

I do not like the Frontline conversion because of the way it loads the wishbone, and I think the money can be better spent elsewhere, at least for a road car.  For example you could experiment with anti-roll bars.  I was quite happy with the front Armstrongs on the 1500 and I can't see how telescopics would have improved it.  

 

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1 hour ago, Matty said:

I've basically been sold the premise that an spridget is an A40 sports so tell me everything you know!! I'm most interested in how I can firm up the front end. I know I can fill the Armstrong dampers with diferant weights of oil, bit that ultimately that can lead to shearing mounts. I've got my eye on Frontlines telescopic conversion.  What d'ya reckon?

I don't know about Midgets/A40 but I know on the BGT the design of the Armstrong dampers is pretty compact. So most of conversion kits has to extend further up as they are longer rather than wider. Personally I quite like the neatness of the Armstrong damper design. 

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2 hours ago, Matty said:

I like it but I do prefer the pre-68. Not that I can really afford either! Plus that sort of money would get a pretty nice Porsche Cayman...

I could post Minis in here all day but trying to limit it so I don't end up making this into SiCs Mini Spamming thread. 🤣

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Some interesting points. As @Mr Pastry says, it's the roll that's bugging me. So tying the two corners in to limit the roll makes alot of sense. That and a little less commence from the dampers could work wonders

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12 minutes ago, SiC said:

I had my eye on this. Started a few days ago and still had 3 days left with no bids starting at £3.5k. Unfortunately it has ended early, so I guess someone has gone in and bought it. 😔

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Tbh it probably was for the best given a cheap Rolls is likely to attempt to bankrupt me!

That's a massive leap from dolly's, minors and minis. You genuinely interested in one?

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13 minutes ago, Matty said:

That's a massive leap from dolly's, minors and minis. You genuinely interested in one?

I reckon they'd be great fun for wafting around in and a lovely machine. At 10-15mpg and expensive parts, it's not something that could be use too much mind! 

I hoped it would go for around 4k...

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22 minutes ago, SiC said:

I reckon they'd be great fun for wafting around in and a lovely machine. At 10-15mpg and expensive parts, it's not something that could be use too much mind! 

I hoped it would go for around 4k...

Fit as fuck mind, I can see the appeal

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17 minutes ago, Yoss said:

Saw this today. 

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Often you see Rovers upgraded* with MG wheels. Not often you see it the other way round. Going for the added comfort maybe. 

Always wanted a face-lift ZS with the KV6 in it. Such a sharp looking car but has to be a saloon. Can't get on with how the hatch looks, especially when the saloon exists.

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14 minutes ago, Garythesnail said:

Mine at 120k miles, cat C write off a few years ago. One owner. Needs attacking with a sparkly stick. Perhaps a mistake to not re-fit the big spoiler (silly as it is).

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Like I said. What a sharp looking car. Needs the spoiler though. Silly big spoilers are for winners

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When I see how much minis are going for now I could cry. Sold a clubman estate for £50 25 years ago. [mind you I only paid £50 for it.] £150 to get it through an MoT then ran it for a year. What would it be worth now?

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