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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:29 pm

i have been wanting a mini forever, and was keen on one of the variants (panel van, estate, pick-up) i had often seen these i had never even considered the "sedan" version. however...

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first day i saw the car.

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first day i took it to work!

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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:33 pm

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first weekend i had it i ran a rubber coupling

and noticed one of these...
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so, first weekend owing a mini!
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...exactly what was expected!
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:38 pm

got a new grille just in time for Angela's Picnic
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:42 pm

She definitely looks a lot better with the proper grille on. Keep the updates coming.
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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:02 pm

hope it goes well, just keep enjoying it :-)
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:27 pm

constant problems with the exhaust flange required one of these!

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and this....
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so...
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:32 pm

new needles and numerous other new parts and couldnt get them working properly...

so splashed for a manifold and fitted an 1 1/2 SU

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no idea why anyone would paint an engine this color!!! Sad
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:43 pm

at this point should introduce you to the donor car. At some point this was a 1979 GTS, but is very rusted.

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motor is out already and at the engineering shop, first thing needed is the spacer drums from the back and the 8.5 inch disc brakes which i traded for....

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7.5 inch ones (really want to keep my 10inch wheels)

came with....
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:42 pm

It's a pity about that GTS being so rusted. I'd love a set of those original arches they came with.
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:21 pm

those arches were on also on the australian clubman GT and they still make them! the even make a set that fit a bull nose! but they like 250 australian dollars a set!
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:28 pm

some other shots....

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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:33 pm

brakes ran out of adjustment at the back, handbrake was completely useless!

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new shoes!!

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before and after, spacer drums from the the donor car

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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:42 pm

front is next...

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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:50 pm

and how she looks at the moment!

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:27 am

Did that donor car have the arches on?

I'm also going to have to do the brake conversion on my car at some stage. It looks quite neat on yours. Just my opinion, but I'm glad you got rid of those white trailduster wheels and given the car a more clean and classic look with the bikini trims!
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:17 am

they were there but were broken and the previous owner attempted to blend them into the body with fibre glass or something....

totally hated the trailer wheels! wrong pcd and they were too far offset, was causing problems with the wheel bearings.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:01 am

Pity about those arches . . .

Now you just need to add in the trim for the arches and she's sorted (my opinion obviously). Smile 
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Post  David2010 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:10 am


I am pleased to see that you have gone for the authentic black finish on your Lockheed brake calipers.
Overall a really good job.
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:27 am

trying to keep her looking classic.

i have the chrome trims for the sides but the paint job is a bit rough on theat "seam" there so unable to fit them.
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Post  SAMK3 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:17 pm

Hey Devon,
My message back to you is stuck in my outbox again. Can you email me to make arrangements for this weekend in Cape Town? Thanks so much!
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Post  devon_AUSTIN-MK3 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:41 pm

i have sent a reply. i removed the reflectors and brackets.. came off no problem?
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Post  SAMK3 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:45 pm

Thanks! I replied today, though the message sits in the outbox... Hopefully it gets to you soon enough.
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