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Old 11-11-2017, 04:36 PM
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Default 1985 mini cooper

I put my 37 chevy truck build on hold more then a year ago because I had left hip surgery, and its been on hold longer then I wanted

I built a 72 ford f250 for some local guy to get some extra money to stick into the 37, and then I ended up using it to go to Hawaii for 2 weeks

and then one of my neighbors called the HOA on my mini, saying it wasn't being drove and looked like a broke down car in my driveway

the clutch on the mini was to stiff for my hips to handle, and so I had to move the mini into the garage, 2 car garage with two cars that don't drive
the mini and the 37

so last june I won a 1995 Honda del sol, for witch I call a Honda del slow
anyways
I got the car at auction for $275

and drove the car for 2 months to make sure everything was good

and the only reason as to why I got it was because I wanted to turn my mini into a automatic

my mini had a d16z6 with a close ratio 5 speed lsd manual gearbox,
itb's, pnp head, bigger valves in the head, bigger cam, bored 1/2mm, arp bolts for everything, it was making 175hp
not a lot of power but its also in a 1500lb car

mini by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr
heres how my car looked before I took it apart
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:39 PM
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donor car
cluster said it had 202k miles on it

Untitled by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

d16z6 auto by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

d16z6 automatic

valve cover off by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr
under the valve cover, no way this motor had 202k miles

so I got one of those online vin decoders and it said the dealer replaced the engine at 180k miles

22k miles on this motor, sweet deal for me, I got lucky

I ended up replacing the water pump and timing belt anyways
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:40 PM
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itb mini by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

pulling the hot rod motor out

mini apart by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:42 PM
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253241_10150203810671684_2663240_n by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

history on the car

this is how I got the car back in March 2009

mini uk 2 by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:44 PM
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mini uk by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

the biggest problem I had back then was the car was not sealed, every time it rained, water would get inside

47252_427637581683_8079928_n by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

the car started life out as a 998 automatic
and then went to a 1275 automatic
and then a d16z6 manual
and then d16z6 automatic
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:47 PM
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10628796_10152901818581684_3057559597750512358_o by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr


google maps picture of my car on jack stands

I replaced or beat on every panel on this car to get it to have clean metal
this car had more rust and body filler on cardboard then you can think of, kind of crazy to think about it

210475_10150180547421684_3397706_o by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

ones all the metal work was done, I started to put sound mat in it
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:48 PM
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251601_10150206434961684_2195424_n by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr
I got those fiberglass doors on sale

it was awesome until I started to daily drive and the fiberglass doors suck
for round sounds and whatnot
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:50 PM
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59811_435754431683_2978626_n by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

built this hood for another mini, but used my car to test fit
have to do side jobs to get extra money to buy parts


553241_10150737499471684_1604064689_n by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

I ended up building a roll cage for the car because my wife said its not safe for the kids to be in the mini
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:51 PM
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rear suspension by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

rear suspension I put under the car

mini paint by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

I painted the shell sept 13, my 1st paint job
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:53 PM
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mini primer by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

189220_10151189779036684_713274740_n by joaquinn lopez, on Flickr

part of the prep for paint time frame
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