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Old 15-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Howdy,

I've been planning this for a while and lurking until now but today I finally started working on my Mini VTEC build. Based on a 1990 Mini Thirty in black that has seen better days but looks to be structurally sound.


I've a B16A2 sat in a friends garage and I'm planning on using Watsons frames along with a DTA ECU. Today I started stipping out the interior so the project is now officially under way!

Wish me luck.

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Old 15-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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All I can say is its well worth it, keep the weight down and ull have a seriously quick motor, good luck bud
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Old 15-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim, I'm just looking forward to having a reliable and nippy engine to be honest. I've always wanted to do the Italian Job too so the VTEC should make light work of it.
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Old 15-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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nice,, keep the half lether seets safe mr mouse likes them to eat,all be it for me to say but try not to go ripping it all to bits,i would do one job at a time and finnish it,good luck,shaun
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Old 15-01-2012, 06:54 PM   #5
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Aye, I'm setting myself one job at a time to do so it doesn't seem too overwhelming. One thing I'm not sure of is the seats, tempted to keep them but not sure if I'll slip off them in the corners.

Do most people upgrade to buckets or will the standards do the trick?
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Old 15-01-2012, 07:30 PM   #6
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they used to make good money as a set with door cards, that may help with your build funds,shame tho,ive got sum carobie[cant spell it] seat covers in my mk1 ,thay have lumps built in to keep you in the seat,not sure if u can still get them,best of both worlds originalaty and put them on and your held for raceing,
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Old 15-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #7
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Hmm, thanks for the tip as I hadn't thought about covers. I'll have a look around.
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Old 22-01-2012, 04:06 PM   #8
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Finished removing the fluffy parts of the interior today, just the padded dashboad and heater to remove.

Despite it not having a head unit I've found no less than four speakers and a 10 CD changer, no wiring between them though. Odd but not as odd as the massive hole cut into the parcel shelf. I'm also pretty sure the rear seats should be held in place by more than two screws!





A friend is coming over to have a look at the rust in the week, hopefully nothing too surprising will be found.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:26 PM   #9
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A bit of a delay but the verdict is that the body work required is minimal, the worst appears to be a slight buckle where someone jacked up in the wrong place and a bit in the floorpan.

Apparently I've got a bloody good example of a well looked after car, I can't help but feel there is something lurking beneath I've not discovered yet though! Still, time to crack on.
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its a boutey,,
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:16 AM   #11
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I have also done a VTEC Mini 30.. but Cherry Red one, and a D-series... looking forward to your updates.

http://www.16vminiclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7466
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:02 AM   #12
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Non Vtec black mini 30 here =)
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:16 AM   #13
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Thanks guys, I'll be sure to give your diaries a read.
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That hole in the rear parcel shelf is very odd, maybe its for a passenger in the boot so they can stick there head out?

Have you got the watsons vtec builder dvd? very helpful if your not 100% comfy with what to do

Good to see another vtec
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:31 PM   #15
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The hole seems to have been cut so that a 10 cd multichanger could be bolted to the parcel shelf, they may a right hash of it!

I do indeed have the Watson builders DVD, given to me by the man himself when I visited Watsons last year. I wasn't sure about how an extended front would look and Geoff let me go around and have a look at an example they had in at the time. Friendly fellow and very helpful with any questions.
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