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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:34 pm 
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Found out why my battery has slowly discharged for the last 20 years!
It had a 45mA parasitic current drain. After disconnecting the 2 white wires from the ignition switch they had 0.71V on them.
The culprit was the 16ACR alternator, it was discharging its 0.71V through the charge light, and into the coil with ign switch off.
Now running another NOS 16ACR I bought 15 years ago. :)


I checked mine because it drains the battery as well, but its not leaking at the alternator... any other areas to check?

Check your Gemini starter's solenoid battery terminal resistance to ground with battery cable off. I had one with enough copper dust in it to keep the starter spinning slowly with engine stopped.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:48 pm 
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Overhauled and reassembled a VH44JA Model 2 for my current resto project.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:49 am 
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Looks like a nice Spitfire lurking in the back 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:36 am 
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Very observant of you M, didn't even notice the Spitfire lurking. I know you like your British sports cars.
The booster is for my next Mini, bought November 2017. Rebuilt motor and gearbox last year, just getting all of the other mechanicals ready as it's too hot to do any bodywork atm.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:16 pm 
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Took it for it's first run on the road (yesterday), needed to get it weighed for the engineers certificate.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:23 pm 
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Took it for it's first run on the road (yesterday), needed to get it weighed for the engineers certificate.

Does that mean it got an engine conversion? Or turbo / supercharger?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:12 pm 
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Took it for it's first run on the road (yesterday), needed to get it weighed for the engineers certificate.

Does that mean it got an engine conversion? Or turbo / supercharger?


1275,disk brakes and Suzuki Swift GTi seats. I thought I only needed the certificate for the seat swap, but because it has the bigger motor (more than 20% increase in capacity) and the brake change (even though it’s all Mini parts), they have to be certified as well.

I know some people have gotten a 1275 swap passed without a certificate, but at least this way I know I’m fully legal.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:21 pm 
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I'd have thought just the seats but the rules need interpretation and sometimes depends on how familiar the engineer is with your make and the options available.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:29 am 
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As you say, depends on how you read the rules. No van ever came with a 1275 or discs, and could be considered a different vehicle “series” to the sedan depending on how you determine the model

One person from the RMS told me the 850 is a different series to the Cooper S, so I couldn’t swap in a 1275 and discs without engineering..

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:47 am 
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The engineer I'm using is quite familiar with Mini's, so I trust his judgement/reasoning.

And you could be right Timmy201, given that the van didn't come with those options it could be even more of a reason to have it done.

Either way I know it will be fully legal.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:39 pm 
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Trip from Narellan to Syd CBD, then to home later.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:44 am 
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I guess you could argue that no Mini came with a Morris 1100S motor but countless people in NSW have had this passed, for both full or historic rego.
Including mine. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:17 pm 
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Yep. 1100s just dropped into the Deluxe this arvo. Incredibly tight fit!!!! Need to sort out everything else now because didn’t hook up anything whilst it was being lowered in.

Might have the mini going after 20 years off the road!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:26 am 
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Yep. 1100s just dropped into the Deluxe this arvo. Incredibly tight fit!!!! Need to sort out everything else now because didn’t hook up anything whilst it was being lowered in.

Might have the mini going after 20 years off the road!!!


Welcome Bugs! you may have to take the weight of the engine once more depending on the type of driveshafts you have...after 20 years its a small price to pay :D

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:51 am 
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Thanks 9YaTaH. All the nuts connecting the hub are loose so I’m thinking I could push the drive shafts in from here.

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