For Sale – 1977 Mini

1977 Mini For Sale I almost advertised this as a ‘rolling shell’ but it’s more than that really, when compared to most other ‘rolling shell’ projects which are usually just that. This is not too far off a complete working car except for a few obvious important components missing, not least the engine and gearbox! […]

Previous Minis – The Turbo

At the time of owning my Cooper RSP the whole Max Power thing with big sound systems, Playstations and body kits was the fashion for car modifying. I was never a fan of the silly body kits, certainly not on a Mini! But I wasn’t immune from the Max Power effect so did the whole […]

S1 Elise – Corner Weight Adjustment

After completing the suspension refresh the Elise needed a full wheel alignment. I set the toe and camber all round and got the ride height about where I wanted it then drove the Elise a bit before going round and checking/adjusting any alignment settings plus double checking various nuts and bolts. So as I was […]

Forester STI – Fitting Rear Door Speakers

I’d already fitted some new, larger door speakers in the front doors as shown here. One of the rears had a bit of a rattle and they were likely to be in the same poor condition that I found the fronts in so may as well change them too. Off with a door card to […]

Previous Minis – Rover Mini Cooper RSP

I’d loved owning my first Mini, modifying it, breaking it, fixing it, driving it like I stole it and there was just no other car I really wanted. But my first Mini was all I could afford at the time and it was cheap for a reason, many reasons actually. I wanted something better and […]

S1 Elise – Fitting the Front Splitter Straight

After the suspension refresh I did a full wheel alignment and eventually got to doing the corner weights (more on that another time). When going round the car, checking the ride height I also kept an eye on how the bodywork sat in relation to the floor particularly as the front was now a bit […]

Previous Minis – My First Mini

As a child all my time went on building Lego Technic models and the odd model car plus riding, falling off and fixing bikes. So my interest in cars and building them isn’t a great surprise. In my teenage years though I sort of lost interest in those things and wasn’t particularly into cars. So […]

Forester STI – Rota Grid Drift Wheels

The wheels that were on the Forester when I bought it are proper GC-010E Prodrive/Bridgestone branded forged items made in the Rays factory in Japan. They’re quite a desirable wheel, look good and are about as light as a set of 18’s are going to get so they drive very well. Me being me though, […]

S1 Elise – Lambda Sensor Replacement

When I fitted the new exhaust manifold and downpipe setup I couldn’t refit the lambda sensor that was in the exhaust I removed as it had been butchered by a previous mechanic/owner (see here). So I had a look through the spares I have from various donor/previously owned Rovers and Minis and found one to […]

S1 Elise – Engine Oil and Filter Change

As spring was on it’s way and the Elise would soon be allowed out of the garage again it was time to get some fresh oil in the engine and a new oil filter on. Oil, filter and sump plug washers. I had already removed the filter for better access when replacing the exhaust manifold […]