touched up others
and put on the final grille trim
A big Thank You to all who have helped, and continue to help, including Brad Babcock, Ed Mayer, Chuck Linick, my son Allen Pervo, and Graham Reid, at Heritage motors.
In the mid 1970’s I was given a SpeedWell cylinder head, which I decided to use.
I went over to Chuck Linick’s, and let him test drive. He experienced the same problems I was having, and concluded:
o sometimes we hit first when trying to go to third, and that is the clash.
o sometimes it won’t go into third, and that is cured by wiggling shifter
o problem is in shifter
Is drive able for now: we will determine what we have, and what we need.
BTW, we like the handling, with the upgrades.
I cruised to Avon Ballroom for a photo op, and back home.
brakes – pull to left, left front hot
gears – high, but better cruising
Nice: quiet, tight, with suspension upgrades, and better cornering
motor – sounds good
instant start up
looks: under bonnet!
Later, Brad came over, and we resolved the oil leak. We stopped over at Mayers, and then made a road trip to Mitchel’s in River.
I painted Mini’s fuel tank and the surrounding area inside the boot.
Pete Haburt came over and we (mostly he) were able to reconnect the turn signals by using new female connectors.
We then tackled the rear light issue, and after a few checks, reused the patch wire that Allen and I had installed years ago, to solve the problem.
This time we ran it in flexible conduit into the engine compartment, and thru to the dash. We then redid the light sw, and reinstalled the tank.
Took a test drive over to Mayer’s.
Ed Mayer and I bled the clutch – the pedal improved, and we took it for a test drive.
Grinding gone, but there was a low clatter when we coasted down, with a vibration in the gear lever, and Ed felt the clutch was not entirely engaged.
We reduced the lever arm standard length, and set the gap to 0.060 – problem solved.
We were able to remove the fuel tank, and addressed the lack of rear marker lights.
I went to winners circle to get some electrical bits.
Scope creep: repainted tank and brackets, and chased threads.
One key to success is a time out for libation and moral support, say @ SB81 – Michelle likes the Mini too!
On Monday, I determined that the fuel pump was bad, and got a new one from the Winners Circle. Needed fittings.
On Tuesday, I got fittings (from our attic stash), and removed the old pump.
I got some fuel hose from NAPA, fabricated a braket, installed the new pump, and it worked!
Started the car, it ran rough, and died. Wires on pump?
Got cleaned up, had a dance lesson, and ate at Rush Inn.
I mounted the wheels, installed the grille surround and grille, and (re) painted some front suspension components.
Ed Mayer stopped over, we jacked it to the ground, and then started – ran well.
Motor sounded good.
Gears – reverse works, first works, and backed into driveway.
Clutch comes right in!
Left it running to get warm.
checked carbs – seems lean – exhaust free of smoke!
shut off. added SU oil to carbs.
would not restart – no fuel – pump not pumping.
Will work on this in the AM.
I am not yet sure about the shifter – we will go back to original if we don’t like it.
Ed Mayer and Nate came over, and we attached the new choke and throttle cables.
We started it up!
There was a noise when I engaged the clutch, so we shut it off.
Check – no freeplay – set to 0.060, and started – noise went away! connected tack, and set idle.
New choke set up works well!
The original noise we heard when we started? It is gone as well – timing chain.