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Happiness is Mini Shaped

 
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Sukidoku
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:48 am    Post subject: Happiness is Mini Shaped Reply with quote

With the P6 gone, I am reliant on the Metro Development Hack. It's a fine winter car, the heater is good and the only downside is watching it rust.



In the last year I'd rebuilt the calipers, given it new discs and pads, and fitted new tyres. But those were absolute necessities - to make it slightly more pleasant I decided to fix a bunch of stuff which has been broken for... a while.



The shitty bitsa exhaust that refused to ever seal at the manifold was replaced in its entirety. Just in time too, since there was a crack three quarters around the downpipe where it joined the centre section.



Then the (still original) rubber cones were replaced. This is something I should have done years ago - it's transformed the car. To finish, anything which looked a bit ropey was pre-emptively replaced. Core plugs, steering rack gaiters, bump stops. The rubber olives in the oil filter feed pipe needed replacing too.

...and is the result of all this work a reliable and delightful daily driver? Kinda, it's now pissing oil from one of the driveshaft seals and the steering wheel vibrates because the column bushes need replacing.

But once they're done I'm sure that's the end of it.


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Lord Sward
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely. Good build quality on those Rios too.
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marinast
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you won the lottery Peter? Iím sure that car is worth a million pounds.
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Seamaster
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who resprayed that front wing? DAVID BLUNKETT?
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Sukidoku
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seamaster wrote:
Who resprayed that front wing? DAVID BLUNKETT?


He'd have done a better job. Some guy reversed into it and gave me a couple hundred quid to stop talking about insurance. I spent somewhat less than that on a tub of Isopon and a Halfords rattle can. The whole front end needs replacing now.

marinast wrote:
Have you won the lottery Peter? Iím sure that car is worth a million pounds.


I don't like having a car that's appreciating! It's weird.

Lord Sward wrote:
Lovely. Good build quality on those Rios too.


They'd had enough practice by 93. Although the late ones are shocking.
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Ottertronic
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sukidoku wrote:
They'd had enough practice by 93. Although the late ones are shocking.


Why so bad? I thought the very last lot were meant to have been built with extra care* as Rover's then-current overlords knew they'd be going into collections and such.
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Barry
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ottertronic wrote:
Sukidoku wrote:
They'd had enough practice by 93. Although the late ones are shocking.


Why so bad? I thought the very last lot were meant to have been built with extra care* as Rover's then-current overlords knew they'd be going into collections and such.

No rust proofing for a start
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chucky
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd think after all those years there'd be nothing left to de-content off them. So they just forget all about the rustproofing. Wankers.
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Shergar
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter your photography composition skills are excellent.
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Lord Sward
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ottertronic wrote:
Sukidoku wrote:
They'd had enough practice by 93. Although the late ones are shocking.


Why so bad? I thought the very last lot were meant to have been built with extra care* as Rover's then-current overlords knew they'd be going into collections and such.


Apparently under B**, the steel was sourced in italy for pressing and it was atrocious in quality. And no fucker was left after voluntary redundancies who could weld them properly.
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marinast
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other areas of the car were terrible as well, a former Allegro Club chairman bought one new near the end and would often recount the issues he had with it from unpainted internal areas of the body shell to repeatidly failed gearbox synchromesh/jumping out of gear problems and a persistent oil leak from the transmission to gear linkage seal that BL had known about since the 1960s...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh, heritage Very Happy
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Sukidoku
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shergar wrote:
Peter your photography composition skills are excellent.


Thanks!
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Mr Average
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doff my cap Peter, keeping this fine example of CLASS on the road.
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Sukidoku
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally repaired this. By which I mean I removed the driveshaft, spent two days failing to get the pot joint off the gearbox, re-assembled it and took it to a garage where a competent person fixed it.

Now the pool of oil underneath it is a quarter of the size. I think the last major leak is coming from the gearshift linkage.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TADTS, though the fix is quite simple however Peter.
Also, have you fitted a magnetic sump plug? They are a must given what they can pick up.
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Lord Sward
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought they were standard?
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marinast
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they were on late 90s cars. Itís worth Peter checking anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My '85 MG Metro had one. I think.
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Giles
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it really just me, Throbber and Peter running proper CLASS as dailies now?

For shame. WDIAGW for Macdroitwich?

THE HERITAGE IS SAFE* IN OUR HANDS.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Towerzz - F

Sward - Disco 2

Otter - actually using his Fagender Heritage
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Barry
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not everyone has to fix their shite daily and post about it Giles
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GordonBennett wrote:
Towerzz - F

Sward - Disco 2

Otter - actually using his Fagender Heritage


Yep. Gets used all the time. And I've got the ELECTROJAG arriving in a few weeks.
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JJ
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't someone on here see a very late Mini in a dealership that had just been built with no paint on the inside of the bootlid, just primer? I seem to remember this from one of the 46644 incarnations of this shithole.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles wrote:
Is it really just me, Throbber and Peter running proper CLASS as dailies now?

For shame. WDIAGW for Macdroitwich?

THE HERITAGE IS SAFE* IN OUR HANDS.

Those days are over. What's left that is modern enough to use is either far too expensive, impractical, or just plain shite.
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Sukidoku
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My sister bought an Auris Hybrid yesterday and I was moderately tempted to take her old A Class to use as a daily. But for the price of insuring and taxing that, I could buy two new wings for the Mini and get them painted. What price class?

marinast wrote:
TADTS, though the fix is quite simple however Peter.
Also, have you fitted a magnetic sump plug? They are a must given what they can pick up.


It has the magnetic plug. I must change the oil ASAP, I have no idea what the garage topped it up with after the seal change, and knowing garages it was probably 0w16 or something.
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