I was finally able to finish installing the new driveshaft and disc brakes on the passenger side! Yes they are about 98% done, I only have a few little items to tie up before that side of the car is ready to go. Then on to the drivers side, and begin reinstalling the radiator, new hoses, etc. After that jack up the rear end and do the suspension there (should be easy) and we should be ready to roll. It's coming along, and I have some fun items on their way to really take this baby to the next level. Thanks for looking!
Thought I'd share some of the updates on my engine compartment. I'm still working on getting it all buttoned up, but here is a little taste of the before and after. What do you all think?
I have been able to get the interior to about the 90% mark! I think it looks fantastic and I only have a few more items to do before it is totally finished. The mechanicals are next on the list and they are the items that give me headaches! LOL! But let me know what you think of the interior.
I haven't gotten too far since the last update, but this is worth sharing! It is the floor crossmember (before and after) that will really only be seen when the seats get tilted forward to get into the back of the car. It's subtle, but sexy! They are inspirational quotes intermingled with some of the Shaklee products. After all this car is going to be a conversation starter for my business, so why not add some extra touches. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I really like the way it turned out.
It's been a little bit since I updated my progress on the mini. I've currently got almost all of the interior back together. I have not installed the seats yet because I have a few other items to handle before that. Also the dash should be going in this weekend. I'm awaiting one more part to have the final install of the rear lap belts done, and then the interior will be pretty much done. I've also got new driveshafts and front disc brakes ready to install and I just need to find some time to get around to doing it. Once that is done, I should be able to finish putting the engine all back together. I've got some fun business minded advertising ideas for the interior of the car that you will have to see! Gonna be awesome!
This has definitely been a learning process for me, and I am really enjoying the project. I'll update again shortly. Thanks for looking!
Last Saturday I was able to put in a little bit of work and finally fix a few problem areas. First of all I finally was able to remove the old throttle cable. I had it all disconnected but the housing pushes into the firewall and creates a seal. That seal had corroded and would not come out. So after trying everything I could think of it came down to the last resort....drill it out. I was able to drill it out without making the hole in the firewall any bigger so the new cable fits perfect! Wooohooo! Call that a small win in my book.
While I was dealing with that I decided to test fit my new Clutch, and Brake Master Cylinders. I also polished up some of the pipe coming from the master cylinders. I think it looks fantastic. I then moved over to the passenger suspension to finally tighten it all down. Come to find out there was a massive tear in the CV Boot. So I ended my day on that note. I figure now that I need to replace the CV Boot I will be doing the front disc brake swap at the same time. So tightening down the front suspension will be a little bit. But, progress is progress....however slow it is.
I just received my new custom made knob. I had one that looked very similar (just a different shift pattern, & saying) for my R56 MINI Cooper S. This knob is heavy and makes shifting so amazing. At least I have something new to report on the project. This thing seems to be taking a long time to get going. I am really aiming to have it up and running by August. We will see.
Here we have my newly powder coated 10" wheels! Looking forward to getting these bad boys mounted up. The project is moving ahead very very slowly. I just haven't had a lot of down time to put into working on the Mini. Hopefully soon I can spend a few solid hours on it, and get it up and running. What do you think of the color choice? These are going to look very different in different lighting conditions.