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1981 Mini City 1000

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1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:37 pm

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. First goal is to get the body shell 100% first before looking at the mechanics.

So far I have stripped it down to the bare shell. Only a few rubber grummets, rear brake line and fuel line to remove. Most recently removed that dreaded bitumen sound deadening off the floor and rear seat panel, messy stuff and filled a bucket with the stuff. Soft mallet and flat head screw driver worked well.

Some of the existing panels will need a bit of panel beating. Panels that will require replacing include, battery box, drivers door outer sill, possibly door and boot outer skins, front end is quite battered too as it got a knock before and was poorly repaired, nothing serious though.

Struggling to identify the red colour code so if anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated. I think it is BLVC287 Carnelean Red (CDE).

This isn't a short term project. Going to take my time.
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by woody » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:07 pm

That body looks fairly solid alright. Good to see another one saved. Good luck with build.
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ctwomey
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:16 pm

Given that the weather has been rather cold, instead of doing some body work I decided to start rebuilding the engine.
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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 strip the block including water and oil plugs to remove all the grime.
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Removed 95% grime using an engine degreaser. Who knew it was yellow :D
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Head and Block are now soaking in a bath of argi-grade molasses to remove all internal rust from the water jackets.
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I will remove both the Head and Block this weekend and power wash before putting back in the molasses for another week.

One thing of note I have discovered is that the 99H/791P engine is an A Block while the 99H/791PZ is the A+ Block. Other items are shared e.g. pistons (6cc - Low CRs) are the same. Not too sure that Guess Works picks up the subtle change as it just comes up as an A Block.

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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by DaveC » Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:38 pm

Very good, keep us updated on progress!

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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by Billy » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:25 am

Always enjoy reading a good restoration thread. Keep it up.

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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by Jknight » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:01 am

It's amazing to see the differences with Irish registered cars and their UK counterparts for rust. Looking forward to seeing the project, I'm currently starting my own one.

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