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    Default 1991 Austin Mini

    Hi all !

    It's been a long time since I wanted to create a thread here, so, here it is !

    Cyril, 23 yo, France, that all you have to know from me

    For the car, it's my first car, my parents offered it to me when I graduated from High School back in 2011. It has been my daily driver for 3 years, I did 55000km in it when I decided to buy a more recent daily and keep it as a week end pleasure

    The engine is the 1000cc and my plan is to replace it by a 1300cc with some upgrades

    The modification :
    Exterior :
    -Gold supelight rims 5x12
    -"Obus" Mirrors
    -Rear light from mk3 Mini
    -New grill
    -Fastening clip for the grill
    -Wheel arch group 2 huddersfield
    -Green hood and roof
    -White indicators
    -Stainless steel petrocal cap

    Intérieur :
    -Black carpet
    -Leather door panel
    -Alloy interior door handle set
    -Cobra Classic RS Seats
    -Leather for rear seats
    -Stainless steel interior mirror
    -Steering wheel leather and polished
    -Gear level knob leather
    -Accelerator pedal "Paddy Hopkirk"

    Motor :
    -Stage 1
    -Electric Igniter

    Chassis :
    -Tyres Yokohama A539
    -Hi-Lo kit
    -Front camber kit (-1.5°)
    -Adjustables tie bar rods
    -Rear camber kit (0°)
    -EBC black brake pads
    -Damper lowered height

    And I think that is all !

    Now the photo :

    Origin :





    With the first mods :



    In it's garage





    Old vs new seats



    And now :























    I'll post some photos of all the evolution if you're interested in. Thanks for everybody who have read it all

    Edit, the olds pictures aren't working anymore, so here are some to have the 1st post interesting :

    Without any modification :

    P1010202 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    And now :

    P1210721 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    P1210523 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    P1210533 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    280483509535P1210735FA2 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    20160409_182802 by Cyril, sur Flickr
    Last edited by DouD; 03-21-2020 at 03:36 PM.

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    Lovely, needs to be on 10" wheels though

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    I wanna drive this thing so much. Looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
    Tastefull mods too, I really like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by whyisthernousernames? View Post
    Lovely, needs to be on 10" wheels though
    Thanks, for the 10" wheels, I don't know, some time I want it, some time not, so no for the moment

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehowski View Post
    I wanna drive this thing so much. Looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
    Tastefull mods too, I really like this
    Thanks you

    Yeah it's a lot of fun in small roads, the only problem is the lack of power, but the chassis is perfect for a fast road use

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    Another old shoot :





















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    Long time without news, I can't drive it very often since I don't live at my parent's house anymore an the car is in the garage

    But I have some photos anyway



















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    Look so great, love it man, keep it like that <3

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    Hello !

    Thank you DawsonLiri

    Since the beginning, I wanted an old speedometer like this :



    So for christmas, I ordered all the things I needed to do the modification.

    Here was my original speedometer :



    And here after two days of works with my father :



    Another part I ordered is a part to lower my steering column.

    The original one is on the right, with two parts, and right is the new one I'll receive.



    And how it'll look like :



    Bye !

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    That's a great looking Mini. Surprised that we don't see many of these in the States even though 90% of them can be legally imported now.

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    Nice car, you are right, vintage speedometer in central position get a good look and matches perfectly the seat

    Ca me tente de plus en plus une mini

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehowski View Post
    still want an old mini
    Me either, so bad price are sky high right now

    Appart for that, looks so great the old dash, I agree with you. What will you do for the rev counter?

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    Thanks guys

    Quote Originally Posted by BozoBubble View Post
    That's a great looking Mini. Surprised that we don't see many of these in the States even though 90% of them can be legally imported now.
    Thanks, I think a Mini would look so small on US roads

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam D View Post
    Nice car, you are right, vintage speedometer in central position get a good look and matches perfectly the seat

    Ca me tente de plus en plus une mini
    Merci

    Si tu peu en prendre une, craques, c'est une valeur sure et un plaisir ŕ conduire

    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Me either, so bad price are sky high right now

    Appart for that, looks so great the old dash, I agree with you. What will you do for the rev counter?
    I think I will do the same as the inspiration picture, put the rev counter behind the wheel I think

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    I never knew these were 90's cars! Weirdly enough I always assumed they were 70's cars that people kept really clean due to their styling. I love these little things and those wheels look right at home IMO.


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    Doud,
    Beautiful car, awesome work on the mods and upgrades. Its so clean, love the car. I'd daily the heck out of it.

    I used to see them more often in Boston, they were quite popular at the classic car shows.
    Since we have moved to NC, I have seen one in 9 years.

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    Hi guys, long time without updates.

    First, I edited the 1st post because all the pictures were gone, I put some with Flickr, hope these one will stay.

    The last time the Mini had been checked, the controller found some important rust so I decided to replace the floor.

    Here is the rust I found :

    IMG_20181101_144805 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    IMG_20181101_144759 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    So I decided to cut everything :

    IMG_20200229_145647 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    And here is one side nearly ready to be welded :

    IMG_20191130_173307 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    And this picture is from the speedometer I'm putting in, everything is now working and plugged, I just need to finish the floor to have fun with it !

    80464420170226172651 by Cyril, sur Flickr
    Last edited by DouD; 03-21-2020 at 03:44 PM.

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    Nice work so far, glad to see you still have this. Sucks about the rust but seems you have it all sorted.
    Insta Mintyhinrichs

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    Hi guys, some news on the Mini, first, I finished to cut the driver side and put it in place :

    1 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    Then, the last piece I needed to do was for the hole I had in the corner of each side :

    2 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    Cardboard template :

    3 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    Driver side is done :

    4 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    The passenger' side hole :

    5 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    Cardboard template too :

    6 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    The finished part :

    7 by Cyril, sur Flickr

    And a view with both of the floor panel in place. The copper color is some special paint to put before welding, I need to put it on every parts

    8 by Cyril, sur Flickr

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