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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:42 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:40 pm 
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Then I must be a genius. :shock:
Been working on the steering colum and U joints.
Got it all set up and didn't like it. So I'm doing it over.
john :) :)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:42 pm 
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First try at the steering column.
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Modified steering wheel mount.
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Modified steering wheel mount on column.
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New steering wheel nut.
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Modified steering wheel mount installed with new nut.
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Steering wheel adapter.
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This is the latest u-joint arrangement. Compere to the top photo.
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Home made steering wheel.
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Updated mounts.
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The heater goes here someplace.
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Column mounted.
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Column mounted.
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First try at the hood hinge, closed.
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First try at the hood hinge, open.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:10 am 
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Worked on the opening front.
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Closes OK.
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Built a frame to mount the front end.
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Honda trunk hinges and gas shocks work good.
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Also got a Wilwood master cylinder.
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I don't like the way it sits when it,s bolted in. I think I'll modify it so I can rotate it.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:13 am 
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Here's what it looks like done.

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Worked on the front some more.
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I like this. :D
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Almost done.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:42 pm 
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Working on the brakes. Getting there.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:21 am 
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I love watching this thread!! Wish I had your skills/patience.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:53 am 
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bmg_customz wrote:
I love watching this thread!! Wish I had your skills/patience.

Thank you. :D Learning the skills develops the patience.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:02 am 
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Hi all,
I was getting ready to start putting the hard brake lines and realized I needed to put in the heater first.

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I had to remove the internal blower, so I got this 4" bilge blower and made it fit.
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Then I put a PVC 90 on to go through the bulkhead.
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This shows where I cut down the heater to fit.
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This shows the heater in place.The body stiffener goes through the back of the heater, so I cut it down to fit.

My heater core was crap, so I had one built. EXSPENSIVE :shock:

john :D :D slowly but shurley. I with I could spell! :evil:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:19 am 
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Getting the heater sorted out.
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Right hand demister covers the fresh air vent. That's OK, I'm not using it.
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Left hand demister modified to clear the fresh air vent.
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Shop vac hose works grate and is free! :D
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Here is the heater in place with the heater core in place.
Now back to brake lines.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:02 pm 
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I modified the brake pedal box. I added a tab on the end to tie it to the dash.
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And I put a stud on to support the steering.
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The short bar goes to the pedal box, and the long one goes to the fire wall.
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Somehow I broke my turn signal switch. I need to get another one, but I don't remember what year it came off. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
It was a Sprint or a Metro. :huh:
Edit, it was a sprint. I can't remember if it was a Mk.1 or Mk2. :huh:
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:52 pm 
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Any more progress? Did ya find a new switch?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:08 pm 
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Didn't find a switch. Don't need it rite now, but if anyone has one PM me about it.
Let's see... I removed everything off the bulkhead/firewall, cleaned it up and put another coat of master series on it, inside and out.
Then I put the peddle box, steering column, heater, and other stuff back on for the last time (I hope) until it's ready to paint.
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Most of it back in.
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Put in an access panel for the brake and clutch clevis pin.
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Saw this idea on a Mini forum, don't remember where. But thank you whoever you are.
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Another view.
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Here you can see the bolt that holds the peddle box.
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here is the under side. You can see where the peddle box and steering collum bolt together.
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The screw driver holds the brake and clutch peddle in place.
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LOOK! I got one brake line done. WOO HOO!
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:40 am 
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Got the brake hard lines in last night. It takes a long time to bend and flare those things. =)
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I tried to put the lines out of the way of any components I will put in later.
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All I have left is to mount the proportioning valve, and rebuild the master cylinder, and get the calipers set up, and flush, and check for leaks. I'm tired. :shock: :drunk:
Slowly but someday I'll get done.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:58 pm 
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Got the brake access panel made and installed.
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Also made a plate to go under the master cylinders.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:02 am 
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so this car will be about 250k when your done with it in time and materials?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:39 am 
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so this car will be about 250k when your done with it in time and materials?


Aha grasshopper, the journey is as important as the goal. :mrgreen:
john :D :D

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johnsn wrote:
2-Stix wrote:
so this car will be about 250k when your done with it in time and materials?


Aha grasshopper, the journey is as important as the goal. :mrgreen:
john :D :D


I agree, besides the labour doesn't really count....


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 2:34 pm 
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Thanks Ertman.
Assembled my hub, disk, spacer assembly for the left side.
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The color is red.
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Lost three studs for the other side. Spent the weekend cleaning the garage looking for them. :huh:
Didn't find them. :evil: So I ordered three from http://www.heritagegarage.com/. :D
Got them yesterday, will be done today or tomorrow.
Also, I'm putting the engine-trans back in. I need to modify the front mounts to fit.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 9:02 pm 
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what about the cx 500 engine ???
thought this project was to be battery powered
with a metro tranny ??
just a little confused :huh:
keep up the great work


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what about the cx 500 engine ???
thought this project was to be battery powered
with a metro tranny ??
just a little confused :huh:
keep up the great work


My fault. :oops:
I want to get it running with the CX500, then work on makeing it battery powered.
It's been over two years allready, I've got to get it on the road to keep my enthusiasm up.
john :D :D

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:13 pm 
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why not mount the cx motor for propulsion
and the metro tranny to keep the driveshafts alligned
(run it in netural for now )
wouldn't that save some extra work in the long run
besides folks here want to see it on the road too
are you going to register it as a motorcycle or car ?


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hillbilly 993 wrote:
why not mount the cx motor for propulsion
and the metro tranny to keep the driveshafts alligned
(run it in neutral for now )
wouldn't that save some extra work in the long run
besides folks here want to see it on the road too
are you going to register it as a motorcycle or car ?

Hi hillbilly,
At the moment I have axle stubs with the CV joints cut off. So no tranny.
I have a subframe I'm building up to hold the swift tranny, but I need to make the motor adapter first.
And I want to get it running first to get it all to fit.

I've been buried in home projects lately. So nothing on the mini. :(
john :( :(

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:34 am 
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:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
Went to put the wheels on the front.
They don't fit! :thwack:
I have modified Honda disk bakes, and they fit my modified mini wheels.
But not not my brand new shinny aluminum wheels. :x
I'm going to machine the inside of the aluminum wheels as much as I can. Then we'll see if they fit.
Wish me luck.
john :( :(

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:42 am 
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Here's my setup to machine the wheels.
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Made a fixture to hold the wheels in the 3-jaw chuck. Then I machined the jig flat and concentric.
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The casting is not parallel to the mounting flange. So I made these buttons to press into the bolt holes, then machined them parallel on the mill.
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Bolted it on the jig. And cut about 0.050" off the inside of the wheel.
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Then while it was still in the lathe, I used a angle sander to smooth out the ridges.
I then took it home and sanded the caliper and brackets down more so they would fit in the wheels.
Photos later.
john :D :D

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