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Old 20-06-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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The general view is that the Japanese like their Minis the retro the better but I just stumbled across this beastie

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/user...8/profile.aspx

A Mini with a 1.3 K3-VET Daihatsu YRV Turbo engine











Power curve of the K3-VET against the K3-VE YRV engine and the K3-VE2 Sirion Engine

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Old 20-06-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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Wow that makes my engine bay look spacious and it looks like this one has an extended front. Neat but full of engine. What HP and torque is that in English?
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Old 20-06-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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what a stunning build
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Old 20-06-2014, 06:10 PM   #4
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About 138bhp and 130 lb/ft

The bulkhead mod would be interesting as Daihatsus have flat bulkheads so there must be some serious mods behind the engine !
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Old 20-06-2014, 06:12 PM   #5
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And yes, it an auto !
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Although most of the pictures don't show it looks like a 50 - 60mm scuttle extension?
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Old 20-06-2014, 06:29 PM   #7
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its the japenese markld lol
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Old 20-06-2014, 06:29 PM   #8
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Although most of the pictures don't show it looks like a 50 - 60mm scuttle extension?
Good spot, I hadn't noticed that
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Old 20-06-2014, 07:08 PM   #9
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It looks beautifully constructed but I am using every trick in the book at the moment to try and keep my Vaux conversion under a standard length so am I very interested in any 'tricks' to hide them
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Old 20-06-2014, 08:11 PM   #10
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It looks beautifully constructed but I am using every trick in the book at the moment to try and keep my Vaux conversion under a standard length so am I very interested in any 'tricks' to hide them

Easy! Use a standard length clubman front!
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Old 21-06-2014, 06:54 PM   #11
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That's cheating

It's plan 'B' but the extra room a Clubman front gives is just unbelievable having mocked one up in a moment of despair. I actually don't mind a Clubman front but still trying to keep it round nose and standard length.

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