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by ctwomey
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stage one kit
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Re: Stage one kit

I think getting the existing engine running correctly would be a good starting point. Checking the air filter, spark plugs, ignition timing, fuel mixture, engine timing, compression etc. low cost stuff first. Once you have a sound basis to start with then look at what would be considered the stage 1...
by ctwomey
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

While in lockdown and waiting for the block and cylinder head to come back from the machine shop, thought I would start on the gear box. Stripped it down completely and have it soaking in a water based heavy duty cleaner to remove all the oil and grease, then going to send the aluminium parts off to...
by ctwomey
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

I'm fascinated by the use of molasses. How does that work? It starts fermenting and consumes the iron oxide but doesn't touch the iron itself. Any metal has to be grease and paint free, but if there is paint it's not too bad because the chances are it was protecting the original metal. Needs to be ...
by ctwomey
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

You might want to consider hardened valve seats to make the head unleaded. I presume you are uprating the cam Correct, planning on using a SW5-07 cam as it seems to be a great all rounder. Going to spend the minimum on the head for now as it is an early CAM4810 and not the later one with exhaust va...
by ctwomey
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

After almost 3 weeks in the molasses bath, the engine block and cylinder head have come up rust free. A quick clean with the power hose and a spray of WD40 to prevent flash rusting I have now brought them down to High Precision in Tullow. Minimum skim of the block deck to verify flatness. New cam be...
by ctwomey
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Given that the weather has been rather cold, instead of doing some body work I decided to start rebuilding the engine. IMG_1367.jpg Crank looks really good with no marks on the journals. I will get it verified in a machine shop. The seized pistons have come out of the block too and I have started to...
by ctwomey
Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

1981 Mini City 1000

Hi all, Just thought I would kick off this thread on my new Mini. I bought the car in October of this year. It's an original Dublin car, matching numbers etc. so hoping to keep it as original as possible. Body work is in exceptional condition for a 39 year old car. Still will require some welding. F...
by ctwomey
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Introductions
Replies: 5
Views: 2919

Re: Introductions

Thanks everyone. I will create a new Topic under Projects soon enough and will start posting a few pictures.
by ctwomey
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Introductions
Replies: 5
Views: 2919

Introductions

Hi all, Just thought I would introduce myself. Life long mini fan. Owned a number of minis as a teenager and twenty something year old including a '77 850 and an '86 Chelsea. I also owned a MG Metro many moons ago too and did a number of modifications to the engine. Recently bought an '81 Dublin reg...