View Full Version : My future 1976?

10-13-2004, 09:16 PM
I just thought I'd create a new thread, and see if I get some more interest /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/angel.gif

Passenger's side (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/2851/passengerside.jpg)
Driver's side (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/3752/driverside.jpg)
Fender damage (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/5561/fender2.jpg)
Front seats (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/6843/frontseat.jpg)
Back seat (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/9146/backseat.jpg)
Dash (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/9826/dash.jpg)
Door (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/6164/door3.jpg)
Sunroof (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/7825/roof.jpg)
Rear (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/1889/rear1.jpg)
Trunk lid damage (https://img59.exs.cx/img59/8375/trunklid.jpg)

That's her...

The trunk lid needs to be replaced, the floors need to be replaced, and I need to find a cylinder head since there's not one on the car /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif

The owner wants $400(CND)

I don't know much about Minis... So is the price good? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/canpatriot.GIF

I'm going to check it out in the next few days, and I'm wondering if there's any secret "Mini Rust" spots to look out for? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif


10-15-2004, 07:40 AM
This looks like a decent car for the price....if the sills aren't badly rusted.
Look under the doors and poke as hard as you can (with an awl, if no one is looking).
The cylinder head isn't too difficult to find, but you'd want to look at the cylinder bores to be sure that they aren't rusted or damaged.

10-15-2004, 02:14 PM
$400 is a good price for any Mini - even as a parts car $400 can't go wrong. I'd pick it up and then assess if you want to restore that one or get another and use that one for parts.

If I had a little extra cash I'd get this one - https://www.zrauto.ca/modules/mod_carDetails.cfm?numCarDetailID=66

10-15-2004, 06:54 PM
That car is gonna need a total restoration. A complete engine rebuild, a new interior, probably a new rear subframe & suspension, and lotsa body work and panel replacement. This car is going to need almost everything repaired or replaced.

It's going to be expen$ive and take a looooooong time. This is your basic long term project car.

If you really think that you're up to it, offer the guy $300 CDN ($1.98 US /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif )

Sorry to rain on your parade, but been there, done that.

10-16-2004, 09:49 PM
The body color looks like Pagent Blue to me. That would make it a 79, 80 or 81.

Do you want a project or do you wnat one to drive? This one is definately a project.

10-17-2004, 12:51 PM
That car is gonna need a total restoration.

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You can't be serious? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cryin.gif

I've seen cars that need total restos... And this car looks nothing like them.

The engine will have to be rebuilt, but I'd do that this Winter. The panels look fine, except for that fender... I can still get it on the road with a fender looking like that /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Suspension will need some work. But I can do that this Winter also. And it's going to need a carpet set.

I'd buy this Mini to put on the road next Spring.

Do you want a project or do you wnat one to drive? This one is definately a project.

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I want a project for the Winter, and one to drive by Spring /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif


10-17-2004, 01:15 PM
Darcy, if that car were available to me, I'd have it sitting in my garage right now. At that price, buy it. If you decide later that it's more work than you want to undertake, you have an excellent parts car for a future project.
The engine rebuild is nothing, and cylinder heads are a dime a dozen. What engine is in it now?
Floor pans are no great hassle to replace, and panel replacement is a piece of cake.
I don't know about the suspension, but I still wouldn't hesitate to own it.

10-17-2004, 04:50 PM
Here's a engine shot (https://img78.exs.cx/img78/7854/Miniengine.jpg) he sent me a few minutes ago

What engine is in it now?

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I haven't asked him yet... And I don't think he's 100% sure what it could be /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif

10-17-2004, 05:09 PM
Hmmm. hard to tell definitively, but it looks like a 1275. Definitely not a small bore block. Have him give you the numbers from the engine tag, located on the right front corner of the block, and you'll know for sure.

10-17-2004, 05:15 PM
It's very common here in Canada for owners of the 1970's Minis to drop in the 1275 engine in place of the original 998, so it wouldn't surprise me.

10-17-2004, 05:21 PM
James, I based my comment on the shape of the head gasket around the bores. It's definitely not a 998. Could it be a (gulp) 997 or a 1071?

10-18-2004, 09:09 AM
Here's a fellow Canadian that went through a similar looking car.. Adam's restoration (https://www.vancouverminiclub.ca/adamsprogress.html)

It's up to you whether you want to put this much effort into your car.