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  • thanks for the list general lots of interesting specs (my car originally could do 0-60 in only 27 seconds ill have to improve on that )
    but it has no details of the kerb weights of the cars from the late 90's and they are most likely to be the heaviest. weight matters because of the engineering requirements that i have are that the original tare/kerb weight of the car multiplied by (2.5 for turbo and 3 for n/a) gives the largest engine capacity in cc that i am allowed to fit. that list said that the heaviest variety is 737kg so that means that i could fit a 1842.5cc turbo engine or a 2211cc n/a engine. so i need to find the heaviest variety that is the closest to 800kg (i know its a long shot) my engineer will be happy as long as its close to the mark. but if i cant get it there then i still have a few options
    *get a n/a sr20 and give it some trumpets on the quad throttle bodies and enjoy the sweet sound
    *get a ca18 turbo engine and make an adapter to fit the awd box
    *get a honda crv box and fit a f20c
    these options are in the order of preference as i can get a n/a sr20 for a few hundred dollars where to change over to a Honda setup would he heading towards $10,000 ish (that is a estimation equal to my budget)
    there might be a few other options but i would rather just stick with what i have if im allowed
    *heads back to the shed*

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    • If that's the case, perhaps a B18C4 with a turbo. The amount of boost those engines can take, and the power they give is very appealing to me. - The CRV gearbox fits on as standard, and your cc for turbo applications is still under the limit @ 1797cc

      I think you'll struggle with an F20C, it's physically very large for a 1997cc engine, and MUCH heavier than the K20A engines. - It's also VERY expensive in any part of the world.

      Personally, for weight of things, the SR20DE is a bit of a pig for it's output. I'm sure you could tune it for more but as standard the K20A has more HP, more torque and it revs higher (Same bore and stroke from memory).
      Past; 1992 Rover Mini Spite 1275, 1996 Vauxhall Corsa C20XE.
      Present; 1994 Suzuki Swift GTI, 1996 Vauxhall Corsa C20XE.
      I only bow under braking.

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      • i would actually be going sr20ve to make it a little more rev friendly. its also just to take the easy way as i have the setup already apart from the head and the high comp pistons but its all up to the engineer in the end. so engine changes at the moment are only a what if thing.
        on another note its my 30th birthday today most notable gifts where gift vouchers for the local auto shop a torque wrench and a ticket to go drive a rally car, but it was a bit depressing thinking that i got the mini when i was 14 and its still in bits nothing a bit of fabrication cant fix i guess...
        *heads back to the shed*

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        • Hope you had a good birthday mate just read this whole build and I'm gobsmaked lol epic fab skills. Any more progress

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          • i have been working on the shed more than the car i sorted out a lot of stuff that did not need to be in the way but there is more that needs doing. i have acquired a new set of lights for the shed (at the best price of "Thanks Dad") i just need to find some money to get the electriton to come and wire them in for me but until then i have started on the air system photos to come when i have finished it. i still have to make a steel roof truss then when its all finished i might line the roof to stop condensation during winter dripping black stuff on everything and hope to stop the heat during summer.
            *heads back to the shed*

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            • WOW this is a serious build. Just read the whole thing and WOW. It would be good to see the thing finished...
              well i guess i better have a go at this thing again i have been finishing up my shed and getting it sorted with lots of lights and power points both regular and 3 phase 😆 now i have to make the decision of if i should gut the shell and start again with a chromoly tube chassis and rollcage intergrated to the shell or continue with the heavy setup that i currently have? Keeping in mind that i have already cut out the back half and only half built the front so far. Oh i also have to put in a new floorpan in the front for engineering and there is only about 10 days work in the chassis at the moment.

              Anyway feel free to chime in with constructive suggestions about the construction and ill be working on the chassis by the end of the month either way


              "I'm not dead yet" *monty python
              *heads back to the shed*

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              • ok so i have been building up my shed to a usable area but i have also been working on the mini... kinda
                remember the rear suspension jig?
                it was a long time ago so here is a refresher


                well i dragged it into the house and started measuring it up and dialing it into sketchup and ended up with


                then i put the frame back in the shed and dragged the mini inside... no not really the wife would of killed me i did a lot of measurments and came up with a design that fits inside the shell and picks up all the necessary suspension points.




                there are still a lot of tubes missing from this design but it allows me to calculate the main frame and order the steel now if i go with chromoly then it will be around $2500 and i have to get someone to do the bending for me or i could go mild steel and get it done for $800 i can do the bending myself but it will be twice the weight.
                any thoughts?
                *heads back to the shed*

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                • if you got the money go for it .. but seen so many projects stumble because people gone to big in there build... but this looks like a long term build regardless
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                  • I dont really have the money for it at the moment but i like to do things right the first time. so please don't take note of the fact that this will be the second chassis built for this car and it has never seen the road. As for being a long term build April marks 20 years that i have been tinkering with this car so i would like to have it running in 6 months for that milestone.
                    So in order to get it running i already have most all the parts i just need the steel so I'm thinking i might get it in 2 lots to keep the price managable. But that means that ill have to do two trips to pick it up (600km round trip) and i wont be able to to do any final welding any of it until i have the second lot installed.
                    *heads back to the shed*

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                    • Well this is the most ridiculous build I have ever seen

                      And I absolutely love.)

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                      • Did this ever get finished? Great read and amazing work

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                        • Originally posted by thelegg View Post
                          Did this ever get finished? Great read and amazing work
                          Not yet... it is warm and dry in my shed with a cover over it just waiting but I am now in a position where i can start to finish off some of my old projects so there is a glint of hope... somewhat like a spec of glitter on the floor, its hard to find but it is there.

                          but i have been building something small and very English (it looks a lot like a lotus 7)

                          on the mini front though I am taking some old advice
                          Originally posted by Kaison View Post
                          If that's the case, perhaps a B18C4 with a turbo. The amount of boost those engines can take, and the power they give is very appealing to me. - The CRV gearbox fits on as standard, and your cc for turbo applications is still under the limit @ 1797cc

                          I think you'll struggle with an F20C, it's physically very large for a 1997cc engine, and MUCH heavier than the K20A engines. - It's also VERY expensive in any part of the world.

                          Personally, for weight of things, the SR20DE is a bit of a pig for it's output. I'm sure you could tune it for more but as standard the K20A has more HP, more torque and it revs higher (Same bore and stroke from memory).
                          so now I am looking for a b18 engine for the mini
                          if i find one the sr20 and all its good bits will go into a xtrail and the mini will get built i am still planning on the chromolly tube chassis.

                          but for now I am not putting any goals down not even what year i am going to start it again as that has never worked. don't worry though as soon as i start working on it again ill post it up here.
                          *heads back to the shed*

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                          • Just read the entire thread, fantastic work and skills, although you can't quite match my build for length of time I purchased my Mini in December 1989, started restoring her in January 1990, in November of that year I installed a 1995cc Fiat twin cam engine in the rear, after 92 very little work was done, but she's still in my garage and I may soon have time to recommence work, and possibly a change of engine

                            I'm going to start a build thread on here soon and post all my pictures.

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                            • Originally posted by Ronski View Post
                              Just read the entire thread, fantastic work and skills, although you can't quite match my build for length of time I purchased my Mini in December 1989, started restoring her in January 1990, in November of that year I installed a 1995cc Fiat twin cam engine in the rear, after 92 very little work was done, but she's still in my garage and I may soon have time to recommence work, and possibly a change of engine



                              I'm going to start a build thread on here soon and post all my pictures.


                              Sorry to hi jack......


                              Please do!!


                              Also I’ve read this build right the way thru and love it [emoji1360]

                              Dave


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                              • Originally posted by Ronski View Post
                                Just read the entire thread, fantastic work and skills, although you can't quite match my build for length of time I purchased my Mini in December 1989, started restoring her in January 1990, in November of that year I installed a 1995cc Fiat twin cam engine in the rear, after 92 very little work was done, but she's still in my garage and I may soon have time to recommence work, and possibly a change of engine

                                I'm going to start a build thread on here soon and post all my pictures.
                                i got my mini in about 96 i think so your only a little further ahead on project longevity. it sometimes annoys me that i have never driven my first car but then i think about it that it will be absolutely mental when i get it going (as long as petrol is still available at that time)

                                i am still trying to get my ducks in a row to get the mini build going again but i severely broke my knee 18 months ago so now i am getting things back on track i just need a good bender and about 30 meters of chromolly to get me started
                                *heads back to the shed*

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