Mini - Italian Job
This one has been two years in the making. When I bought the car, I had
ideas of using it as a run-around on wet days, the Westfield is not ideal for this!
Anyway, the car needed a bit of work doing on it and I started having all sorts of ideas.
The results are on these pages. In the meantime, I bought a 'proper' car as a run around,
people just can't understand why I need four cars!
I wish I'd taken more pictures of the car when I first got it. I
bought it for £450... and for that I was done! The shell was sound, although it looked
horrendous. A solid Mk 2 mini is unusual these days, the Mk2 was produced from '68 to '71,
this is a '68 S. The engine, well it worked and the car was MOT'ed when I got it though I
don't know how it passed! It went straight off for welding and painting basically to
confirm the shell was solid before I spent money doing it up. Once back, just about
everything has been reconditioned or replaced. It lost the hydrolastic suspension and it
got a new unleaded engine...
||It started life as a red car, so the black roof was a logical
step forward. From there came the arches, Wood and Picket fibre glass seemed to suit, and
it had to be the 6x10 classic wheels.
|Well, everybody has the MiniLites so I decided to be different and settle
on Revolutions. A little hard to get hold of but they I think they go rather well with the
red and black.
||The view from the front. The classic black and silver number plate and the
Austin Cooper S badge. I rather like the Mk2 grille, though it is actually the same as the
I'm still not sure about overriders. A Mk2 should have them and it did
originally, I'm just not sure I like them!
|The view from the back. The RC40 exhaust doesn't look quite original!
sticker in the window is a pony club... no idea what pony club but the guy who sprayed the
car 'preserved' it thinking it was mine!
||Under the bonnet, things suddenly don't look standard! We have a Mk3 servo
and an A+ 1275 very late unleaded engine. An HIF 44 carb on an MG Metro inlet manifold and
LCB tubular exhaust. The dynamo was replaced with a fine modern alternator and the
radiator with one of Mini Spares finest. The broken wiper motor went to, replaced with a 2
speed late model.
||The inside, absolutely standard dials and switch gear, a matching Lucas
special for the two speed wipers.Totally out of sync with the dash, the Corbeau Forza
seats with Willams harnesses! The steering wheel is actually from my first car, a 1984
So what's the point? I don't know, but it gave me something to do building
it! I only bought it because it was tax exempt and that sort of appealed to me. It is
great fun getting a tax disk for it!!!
I intend to take it to Italy this year for the Italian Job http://www.wordserf.co.uk/italianjob/,
which should be fun... 3000 miles in a mini. Should prove if I put it together right!
After that, who knows?