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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:03 pm 
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Hi all.
So a few months ago I bought my first mini. A 1967 fully restored mini that I had been admiring a few years. Both myself and my wife are loving it.

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Today I picked up my second mini and my first project. Couldn't be happier (and nervous as I now see just how much work is ahead).

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So I thought it was about time I became a participant rather than just a reader. I have throughly enjoyed reading the posts over the last few months and they have been an invaluable resource to a noob (and I hope they will continue to be in the coming years).

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:01 am 
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Looks like a relatively original car from pictures, shouldn't have too many faults. ( there......now I've put the car restorer's curse on you) :-) :-) :-)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:25 am 
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Welcome, it's a pretty nice looking base for a resto! Do you have any plans?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:56 pm 
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Well done Dallas , can't wait to see it in the flesh 8) ,remember that you have the "Shed of Invention"
on your side :wink: :D .


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:58 pm 
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timmy201 wrote:
Welcome, it's a pretty nice looking base for a resto! Do you have any plans?


I was hoping that with a spit and polish [FACE WITH STUCK-OUT TONGUE AND WINKING EYE] that I could drive it around dirty for a while but since I have got it home and had a closer look that's not an option.

Early next year I'm hoping to start a full restoration. Keep the 850 look and features but upgrade the suspension, disk brakes and also do a little to the engine (as it doesn't have the original one).

Hoping that it will be on the road and "finished" in 2020.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:17 am 
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DallasC wrote:
Hoping that it will be on the road and "finished" in 2020.


Get off the keyboard and start now (lots to do)! :lol: From the number plates you seem to be NSW based...

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:19 am 
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Hi everyone, Bill G here in Ithaca, NY, USA. About two years ago I acquired a genuine 1969* Morris Cooper S from MiniGuy. In doing some research, I learned tha the car was purchased new in Casino, AU on Xmas eve 1969. The owner ran into a tree some 18 months later and smashed the body. The car sat in storage for the next 20 years while the owner became a well-known Mini collector. In 1997 he found a Cooper S shell and restored the car as a tribute to the first Mini he ever owned. The body is stamped showing it to be one of the final 112 Cooper S shells produced in 1971. He painted it Daffodil Yellow per the original (of which only 17 reportedly colored; along with 17 in pink). The engine was bored out to 1330 from the original 1275, and it has a 4-spd synchro. The car shows at 95 points and is an absolute blast. A Mini enthusiast from AU on holiday took photos at a show in upstate NT on Saturday, Oct. 7th. Cheers!
Bill G.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:37 am 
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greenerwg wrote:
Hi everyone, Bill G here in Ithaca, NY, USA. About two years ago I acquired a genuine 1969* Morris Cooper S from MiniGuy. In doing some research, I learned tha the car was purchased new in Casino, AU on Xmas eve 1969. The owner ran into a tree some 18 months later and smashed the body. The car sat in storage for the next 20 years while the owner became a well-known Mini collector. In 1997 he found a Cooper S shell and restored the car as a tribute to the first Mini he ever owned. The body is stamped showing it to be one of the final 112 Cooper S shells produced in 1971. He painted it Daffodil Yellow per the original (of which only 17 reportedly colored; along with 17 in pink). The engine was bored out to 1330 from the original 1275, and it has a 4-spd synchro. The car shows at 95 points and is an absolute blast. A Mini enthusiast from AU on holiday took photos at a show in upstate NT on Saturday, Oct. 7th. Cheers!
Bill G.
Hi Bill. Thanks for the update. The info in the mini magic magazine didn't explain the reshell as well as you. They mentioned it being a replica and that the doors were different to the original crashed car.

Being a genuine 1971 S shell with 1969 bits the car should be classed as a 1971 S and regoed using the 1971 chassis number and ADR plate.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:50 am 
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It's titled as a 1969. Fuzzy here.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:25 am 
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greenerwg wrote:
It's titled as a 1969. Fuzzy here.

Good to see the Aussie cars being shown off. Is there a Mini car club in your area or do you show the car with a classic car club?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:34 am 
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Unfortunately neither. I drive and show as time and opportunity permit.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:57 am 
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greenerwg wrote:
Hi everyone, Bill G here in Ithaca, NY, USA. About two years ago I acquired a genuine 1969* Morris Cooper S from MiniGuy. In doing some research, I learned tha the car was purchased new in Casino, AU on Xmas eve 1969. The owner ran into a tree some 18 months later and smashed the body. The car sat in storage for the next 20 years while the owner became a well-known Mini collector. In 1997 he found a Cooper S shell and restored the car as a tribute to the first Mini he ever owned. The body is stamped showing it to be one of the final 112 Cooper S shells produced in 1971. He painted it Daffodil Yellow per the original (of which only 17 reportedly colored; along with 17 in pink). The engine was bored out to 1330 from the original 1275, and it has a 4-spd synchro. The car shows at 95 points and is an absolute blast. A Mini enthusiast from AU on holiday took photos at a show in upstate NT on Saturday, Oct. 7th. Cheers!
Bill G.


Nice looking machine Bill...Enjoy :D

If the car (as pictured) didn't have a loaded trunk...then schedule a hydrolastic system pump up :idea:

[PS if the car looks low at the back due to the incline or the camera angle...forget what I just said!!! :lol: ]

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:03 am 
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Hey 1360 cc
The car was lowered a bit on restoration. I actually did get a tool for pumping the hydrolastic suspension and did pump mit up this summer to recommended pressure.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:29 pm 
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The technique is usually to pump up slightly overpressure drive it around for a while then a couple of days later drop it to the right ride height and/or pressure :D

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:44 pm 
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I'm finally here...looking for a good place to start my research on buying my first mini. You can call me Sarge for short :)

I'm 40, live in Newcastle and am dreaming of a nice mini van, hopefully blue to use as potentially a daily driver. But before I make the jump, I wanted to learn about the cars, see how easy (or hard) they are to maintain (i'm no mechanic) and if a mini will make sense in my life.

My eyes and ears are open. Point me in the right direction :)


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