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Old 06-01-2018, 03:26 PM   #11
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Back in the early 70s Barry i worked for a BMC agent and did many bodyshell swaps inc minis, maxis, MGs, Allegros, Marinas. With an apprentice to help we stripped a mini and transferred all the parts into a new shell, started at 8-30am and had it running before clocking off time at 5-30pm. If you do have a go i wish you all the best and enjoy it.
If I were to do this Brian, ideally I require a donor vehicle sitting next to my shell (it wouldn't need to be an estate). One major problem would be the wiring loom, which has been stripped from the car, although there is a replacement "somewhere" in the car.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:32 PM   #12
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The wiring loom should not be a problems Barry. They were very basic back then.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:49 PM   #13
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The mini estate in my garage will take the front radiator, and the bulkhead cross member was cut away and a purpose built box section was seam welded in place, especially for the Turbo engine. The near side inner wing is solid sheet - no vents - although I do have a genuine vented inner panel.
For that amount of work there are many better engine conversions that could be done to a mini. Plenty of modern, lightweight, small, efficient, as or more powerful and more reliable engines that could be fitted. I don't see the obsession with A+ turbos.
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Barry, with all the hard work (welding) already done, I would go for a rebuild - but keep it original. If you do it that way it will be tax exempt and, from May, MOT exempt as well (new regulations for 40 year old cars). If you change the engine for the turbo it may be classed as a ‘substantial change’ in the eyes of the DVLA and require an annual MOT.

Here’s one I prepared earlier and didn’t keep original.

20180107_103120 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr
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If, and it really is a BIG if, it were to happen, the turbo engine would not be fitted. I have read many articles on that conversion, and the biggest problem appears to be heat. The original engine is a 998cc, which would probably benefit from a Stage 1 upgrade, but the easiest option would be to fit a 1275cc. I saw one (mini clubman estate) locally only the other day, which someone of my age had converted to 1275 and rebuilt. It looked good. As I say it's a big IF!
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Look what i found Barry, IMG_4767.JPG
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I had a very hairy ride in a rally converted Mini Cooper years ago. One of the guys I worked with in the GPO drove a rally car for the CSMA. It was absolutely amazing.
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