The Real Deal...

Was at the gym the other night and came out to find one of these parked nearby...  just wanted it so badly!  Among all the amourphous blob hatchbacks and saloons, it stood out like shining gem - just looked like a 'real' competition car.  Wonder if it was 1380, of a 1430!?   For Saturday afternoon, a million times better than a new JCW, I reckon...  (and for about 1/4 of the cost)

The others that still make me

1 year 21 weeks ago

The others that still make me cry with pleasant memories are the Ford Anglia and the Hilman IMP which were in their own way more of a hoot to drive than the mini, because unlike the little mini these guys were so unpredictable on, or even close to the limit. Must check if all the grease has finally got out of my finger nails !!

Do you guys ever see the IMP around.. always loved that little bugger in full race trim for Brands Hatch

what's life without imagination

Haven't seen an Imp for

1 year 21 weeks ago

Haven't seen an Imp for Donkeys years- wasn't it 'Speedwell' that tweaked them up?

I got on the journey of a thousand clicks the other night on the Mini - apparently Avonbar are no more and most of the Mini stuff is now done by Minisport - the shocker was just how cheap bits are for Minis - LCB Manifold -£50(!)  Full Fast Road Engine in kit form ~£1600.  If your wanting something to tinker with in a garage, it's a cheap way to go!

Coincidently I am currently

1 year 22 weeks ago

Coincidently I am currently in the market for a old,tattered mini as a project for something to do on the cold winter nights. I also remember going out in a 1430 when I was young and it went like stink. I considered putting a VTEC engine in it (I was going to start a thread on experiences of this when i finally found one) but it seems it really is a big and expensive job so I'll be sticking with a bored out 1275.

I love the way they drive and how they used to make me feel. I hope when I do get one that it isn't going to be a case of best memeries left in the past...

 

Wanos wrote: Coincidently I

1 year 21 weeks ago

Wanos wrote:

Coincidently I am currently in the market for a old,tattered mini as a project for something to do on the cold winter nights. 

Great idea, and it will be cheaper than an RS1800 - Venician Red or otherwise!  (an RS Owners Club joke...!)

As I recall from many years of soaking up Tuning BLs A-Series by Vizard, the 1380 was the way to go in terms of BHP / £ - bigger capacities didn't rev (comparativley) as well.

Do Avonbar still make engines and bits?  I remember that an Iskandarian Valve Train was the the ultimate!

As an excersize in packaging

1 year 22 weeks ago

As an excersize in packaging it was, and still is to this day, a winner. Road holding was nothing short of hillarious, parking a doddle, BUT the downsides went with the industry at that time. Shoddy workmanship, trim hardly ever attached, God awful suspension (bone breaker), and interior trim (mainly roof lining) that needed lots of bostik to keep in place. Add to that a tendency for oil leaks, blown head gaskets and water onto the plugs in the rain bringing you to a sudden and annoying stop and stranding in the middle of nowhere. A gear change which felt like a peice of string and brakes which faded faster than a holiday suntan, BUT it was still a glorious bundle of fun and it was such a joy to behold.

what's life without imagination

Also the noise in the cabin

1 year 22 weeks ago

Also the noise in the cabin was extremely high by today's standards.  Very raised voices to hold a conversation at 60mph.  

PhilM4000 wrote: Also the

1 year 22 weeks ago

PhilM4000 wrote:

Also the noise in the cabin was extremely high by today's standards.  Very raised voices to hold a conversation at 60mph.  

Yes, yes... I know... I know... but it was good.  In a way.  The compromise, kind of made it feel special.

I remember many many years ago being in a very modified one - uncomfortable as heck, noisy, wouldn't pull under 2000rpm, but sweet geezus, did it go from then to 7k and... corners!? - it was like they didn't exist!   Likely the memory is better than the reality... just couldn't help fancying one... 

Friends of mine, two

1 year 22 weeks ago

Friends of mine, two sisters, own one each and are in the Mini owners clubs and do all the classic car meets in the summer. Great little things and I completely get why you'd want one. Personally though I'd sooner have an MG Midget if I was going for a small cheap old classic. Probably nowhere near as good to drive fast though.

dont knock the Midget. If you

1 year 22 weeks ago

dont knock the Midget. If you ever get a chance to drive one, go for it! Wonderful direct unassisted steering, so light and pointy, driftable too. Not fast by todays standards, but a 1275 is quick enough. And then there are those K series conversions too! 

Never liked BMC/BLMC

1 year 22 weeks ago

Never liked BMC/BLMC products.

Porbably stems from being scared sh*tless aged 17 in a Mini that had a footwell that flexed at any speed over 40 and a Minor that turned sharp left when the brakes were applied at any speed over 50!

Give me a fast Ford any day!

Well, indeed, I would say

1 year 22 weeks ago

Well, indeed, I would say no...

I learnt to drive in a Mini. 

1 year 22 weeks ago

I learnt to drive in a Mini.  I have no misty-eyed fondness for it, as good as the Cooper looks.

If I knew what I was getting into, I wouldn't have done it...and I would have been wrong.

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