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Old 27-12-2011, 09:43 PM   #16
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would it be possible to mod the sump and sit the engine lower if needed?
whats your plans for the engine? you staying NA or planning on running boost?
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Old 27-12-2011, 10:22 PM   #17
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I have seen on the forum some sump mods not sure yet if iam going down that road. I will wait to see what it looks like when fitted,(i tend to deal with the problems when i make them if you know what i mean) i am going to run 14's 45s and have hi's/lo's plus springs and be fully adjustable suspension (so some movement there hopefully?).
As for the engine i am keeping it std for now with efi it was a track car before i got it(chipped??? by other owner) i have only run it up and down the local roads so i am not going to run before I can walk ! to be honest all this fuel injection / electronic stuff is new to me i will learn it as and when. Am i showing my age??
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Old 27-12-2011, 11:07 PM   #18
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Hi,

Keep it simple, other wise you will be like me!
My project has started as A-series over 10 years ago. But with G13B engine, it was in 2004.... so 7 years.
I like Minus Mini but you will find it difficult to without a sump mod. Also, if you can, try to get mk1 Gti box as you can use an under gearbox mount as subframe stiffener. Then again, you have built this much already so... Oh well good luck!
You may want to check the engine mount angle as sump will be sticking out even more.

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Old 28-12-2011, 06:22 PM   #19
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Hi
I am getting a bit confused. do you have to do a sump mod for a std roundnose conversion ?
If you dont then i will not have to do one on mine, reason being the minus takes a std mini subframe so everything from the bottom of the frame down / hubs /driveshafts ...and so on fit the same as a normal round nose .
The difference is height to bonnet i am fitting my swift engine in the same (height) as other conversions on here. I reckon there is just room to fit under my bonnet line if you look at a std conversion on here you have quite a gap from the top of your motors before you hit the bonnet. Mine will almost be at bonnet height.(hopefully??)
Does that make sense.
One more thing i seem to remember when last working on it i looked at the sump line and its at the same height from the ground as the gearbox? Does that cause problems? I know it has a taper to the sump plug is that the bit thats causing the issues?
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Old 28-12-2011, 06:55 PM   #20
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Sorry, no need to mod the sump usually, I just thought if you were going to struggle with the height and have to put a bulge in the bonnet, you could have modded the sump and lowered the engine instead if you didn't fancy a bonnet bulge.
I didn't realise it sits at the same level as the gearbox though, I'm using a Vauxhall box.
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Old 28-12-2011, 07:57 PM   #21
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Hi,

What I have done is bit different to many of us here...
If you have your engine is flat, then your oil sump will be sticking out more. If you fit like std Gti @ 15 degrees, an inlet will be sticking out. Oil sump is tapered as the way engine is supposed to mount.. 15 degrees inclined. If you fit 0 degrees, oil sump will be sticking out. Hence I modified mine.

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Old 28-12-2011, 10:02 PM   #22
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Thanks all makes sense now. Next job is to make engine mounts (paper ones a bit thin !) so I will then get a better idea of fit . Where there is a will there is a way!
Hopefully ?
Will post pics so you can see if it works.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:46 PM   #23
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Just a quick update i have posted more pictures of work in progress on subframe and engine mounts. Still work needed to do to finish of frame including rear engine mount and suspension support turret brackets also lower arm mounts, but getting there.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...20sub%20frame/
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Old 29-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #24
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Updated photos finished welding subframe just needs finishing off tidying up welds and then painting (added date updates to photos)
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...20sub%20frame/
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Old 19-02-2012, 07:06 PM   #25
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Quick update finished of subframe including etch primer joints then tiger sealed then red oxide primer then top coat, also just started the flip front (cut off front end). Again links to both with dates below.
Little by little comeing along slowly...

Flip front...

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/.../Flip%20Front/

Subframe....

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...20sub%20frame/
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Old 19-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #26
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best of luck with the build i am currently doing a nissan micra conversion into a minus check my build thread
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Old 19-02-2012, 09:52 PM   #27
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Good luck with yours i have posted in your build thread
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:09 AM   #28
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Wow, you got skills. Body work is amasing. Your subframe looks good, like if car left factory with it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:42 AM   #29
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looks good so far mate. Me and my brother did a removable front end on his old minus. We took the front off from the back of the A panel. obviously you have to do it some where near the front of where the A panel would be to achieve a hinged flip front.
Keep it up.

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Old 14-03-2012, 09:31 PM   #30
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Thanks guys for the comments nice to know your interested hope the photo updates maybe of use to other wannabe builders and others that may be interested in this build.
For the latest updates see links

Alternator

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...ki/Alternator/

Suspension Sub Frame Rebuild

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...ame%20rebuild/

The alternator brackets i have used are the original swift mountings except the top mount which obviously i have had to make.
No I'm not going to run the alternator belt like this (glued cable ties ) its just a way of gauging what length of alternator belt i need.
Nice to be bolting on some new shiny bits that I've been collecting over the past year rather then having to make everything
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