7-21 August 2016: new jack and Shaker square

Mini's on the square, 21 August 2016
Mini’s on the square, 21 August 2016

On the 7th, I worked in the garage and sent pictures of the same to carguygarage.com – they were published!

Mini in front of art wall...
Mini in front of art wall…
north west
north west corner

Tuesday Aug 9 saw the arrival of our new jack.

quick jack unpacked
quick jack unpacked
jack power supply
jack power supply
all set up
all set up

On the 20th, Allen came over, and we bled and used the jacks.

mini on the quick jack
mini on the quick jack

I adjusted the brakes and other details on the car, and on Sunday, I planned to set off for British cars at Shaker Square.

Saturday, Allen and I had test driven Mini, and noted grinding when shifting into 1st or reverse.
I decided I could drive to Shaker on Sunday, and did so.  When I arrived I told Ken Davies about the problem, and asked about a remedy.  He looked at the clutch adjustment., and we observed zero freeplay.  (dah!)  As he was wrenching (I bring tools), I looked in the the drivers side and saw on the floorboard a clevis pin…
The clevis pins that hold the brake and clutch links to the brake and clutch cylinder pistons on a Mini are among the least accessible components in automotive history.  Somehow Ken was able to insert it, and using a temporary key which I improvised from a steno notepad binding, and using a leatherman plier, we patched it.
clovis ken...
clovis ken…
Checked the adjustment, all fine, as was the trip home.
At Ursuline, Ken had asked me if I might have a Austin bonnet badge.  I located same this week, and told him so on the phone.  He asked me what I wanted for it.  “Nothing – I wasn’t going to use it.”
I gave it to him today as soon as I arrived.
What goes around, comes around, and that’s why we car people stick together…
On the Square!
On the Square!


The trip home with the repairs went well!

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