On the 18th, Brad came over, and we looked into our oil leak.
We determined that the primary cause was the (open) crankcase vent, and obtained a PCV value and tubing. As a location, we chose an open area on the cross member, near the master cylinders and vent. After looking for a catch can, I found an unused soap dispenser.
In place (sans tubing and bracket)
(We term this ” found object engineering” )
On Memorial Day, Allen came over. We adjusted the rear brakes.
And set the ride height a bit higher (Hi-LO adjustable suspension struts).
This AM, I finished detailing and packing the car.
Fellow Lorain County Member Ron Summers arrived, and we set off. Mini drove and ran better than ever.
If there had been an issue with Mini, Rhoda makes the event: both ready.
This was actually the first time I had taken Mini out for a highway cruise since we upgraded the suspension, replaced the transmission, and redid parts of the engine. (I know its been a while, but things happen).
The car drove and felt better better than ever. The Cooper S box is good except for first (rather high for an 850), but we live with that.
The performance on ramps, etc is good, although I am still cautious there (but still ahead of the SUV set!).
Cruising on 4-5 lane I-480 in Cleveland in traffic is interesting: the bigger they are the faster they go, so I try to minimize intimidation.
Cruised at 4000-4200 in fourth in 60 zones (64-67), and saw 4400 (70) on downhills.
I also discovered that I should drive at no less than 2600-2800: with this cam, things smooth out there..
Thanks to the Winners Circle for leaving out a new set of sparking plugs on Saturday after hours!
We arrived, registered, and enjoyed the varied sights, cars, and people.
We had a nice drive back, and enjoyed lunch with Ron Summers and Sharon at Beardens – a local establishment.
For more pictures, see our Lorain County British Car Club page on Facebook.
Tonight, I go to bed feeling a great sense of satisfaction!