26 August: The birthday of the Mini!

here we are
here we are

On 26 August 1959, I was getting ready to enter my senior of high school, and across the pond in GB, BMC introduced two new cars: the Morris Mini Minor, and the Austin Seven 850.

The name Mini stuck, as did the front drive transverse engine package, which has become the most imitated design ever.

Today, Brad and I worked on Mini, and tried gluing the valve cover gasket on both sides.

can you see it?
can you see it?

16-23 August 2015: Prep for and success at Shaker Square

Mini and I: 23 Aug 2015 (Thanks Stacy)
Mini and I: 23 Aug 2015
(Thanks Stacy)

On Saturday I did some prep for Mini to travel to Shaker for the 24th Brits at Shaker Square.  (Shaker Square is an 80+ year old urban shopping area on a park like campus in the city of Cleveland.)

Sharon (in the VW Tiguan) and I in Mini left about 0925 EDT, and things went well until we ran into a traffic jam where I-90 merges onto the InterBelt.  Traffic eventually broke loose, and as we approached our destination, the coolant gauge ran off the dial.   Stopped.  Upon opening the bonnet, the source of the problem was apparent: a loose radiator cap. (A couple in a Healey stopped to help.)  I let it cool, and added our spare coolant.  The temp came down, and we went over to the Square and registered. (Whew!)

Set
Set
from the goodie bag...
from the goodie bag…

The competition was tough, including an 1960 Austin, restored to original by Ken Davies. (Our car is period correct, but has some custom upgrades, which improve performance, safety, drive ability, appearance, and usability.)

May 1960 Austin 850
May 1960 Austin 850

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some of our competition
some of our competition
more
more

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There are many classic British cars on display.

Rolls belonged to Dean Martin
Rolls belonged to Dean Martin, and a modern Lotus.

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Healey Silverstone
Healey Silverstone
AH 3000
AH 3000
light moment on a TR
light moment on a TR

And saving the best for last:

Patty has that sleek, modern look.
Patty has that sleek, modern look.

When I arrived, I had checked the coolant level, and it was at the top.  (I set the heater on, to increase cooling…) We had lunch at Fire – where the owner/chef came over to talk to us.

Car started right up, and as we kept getting stopped for l o n g red lights, I kept a nervous eye on the temp gauge.  We headed down N. Morewood to Fairmont, to find no West bound traffic allowed.  So back to the square.  When I saw the temp drop back down, I knew there was no cooling issue.  We headed down MLK Blvd, but found it closed, so we detoured around unfamiliar territory, but found our way back onto the Shoreway at E.72.

After we came onto the Shoreway, the trip home went well – cooling worked.

We packed and headed South to celebrate our son in laws birthday at Lindsay’s in German Village.  On the way, Stacey –  some of these pictures are his – texted me that Mini won a place. This year we took first at Solon, Ursuline, and Ft. Meigs, and a prize at Shaker, which justifies all of those years of hard work…

9-13 August 2015: bits and pieces

Speedwell inside
Speedwell inside

On Wednesday 12 August, Brad came over, and we/he fixed the broken choke cable.

On Thursday, Allen came over, and we

Attached the Speedwell badge to the grille – above

Mounted the new pedal pads on the accelerator and clutch.

pedal pads
pedal pads

And added some of the new dash plaques to the cluster on the petrol tank.

plaques
plaques

 

We checked a few fluids, and took her for a test drive, which went well, and the new choke also works well.

August 3-6 2015: living well…

Our Yogi Katie Brown in Rhoda today, with our 1960 in the background...
Our Yogi Katie Brown in Rhoda today, with our 1960 in the background…

Today we had a visitor from England – Mark Best, Courtesy of Stacey Harley – who came to visit us and Mini.

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His tall frame (6’5″) fit well!  (6’7″ tallest in Mini).

His character is at least as large as his frame!
His character is at least as large as his frame!

Back across the pond, he is a member of Somerset Classics

He liked her, especially for a mini of that vintage: even in Great Britain, a 1960 is rare.