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  • And this is where it all started...... lockdown photo album sort out! This would be around 1999/2000. The blue clubby in the foreground is the one dad did the Watson v-tec conversion on and ended up in MiniWorld and the first Mini Power dvd. Kieran had this in for some work a while back, anyone seen it resurface yet?
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    • That's a great photo.

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      • Quite a lot of faffing about on this, happy with it now. It was an auto mini. Kept the plate that held the auto shifter in the exhaust tunnel and turned upside down which pushes it to passenger side away from exhaust and raises it into the car. ZR shifter lifted up into the car with rubber bobbins to minimise vibration coming into the cabin and smaller ones accept small bolts that go down through the original gearstick gaiter and retaining ring. Extended lower section to make quick shift and lower the linkage sufficiently into the tunnel to clear the floor. Looks like good gap to the exhaust. No steady bar, relying on engine not moving much. End result: looks standard inside car except for the gearstick slopes back a little and no alteration to tunnel. Thanks Will for the inspiration on this one!

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          Couple of fuel tank questions.

          1. Has anyone tried using the mg zr pump assembly in a mini injection tank? I like the look of it as it has an integral swirl pot. And it is double filtered. It’s a walbro pump and checking the code it is vvc spec. Would need modifying to sit towards the middle of the tank and also extended pick up to reach bottom of tank. I think the stud pattern looks the same to match the mini tank?

          2. Is it worth trying to clean out the inside of a rusty sludgy tank? Bought an spi tank a while back which has been sat in my shed. Having removed the pump it looks worse inside than I’d hoped!

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            zr pump and swirl pot does fit. The stud pattern means it only fits one way and that leaves the pipes pointing the wrong way but easily fixed. Pickup needs extending about 30mm to reach the bottom, and sender needs bending slightly, but it will work. Trying to work out the difference between the injection and pre-injection sender fuel gauge sender unit. Fitting seems to be the same, but the injection one is nearly twice the price.

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            • I used the non injection sender in Phoenix. It's simply bent differently to clear the pump in the tank. Rest is identical.

              I also bent the float up to get it to read correctly on the Rover gauge. Not sure what gauge you are using so you may not need to do that. It was very accurate once fitted like that.

              Andrew.
              If tha does owt fo nowt, olas do it fo this 'en.

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              • Thanks Andrew I’ll give that a go.

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                  • Feels like plenty of strength left in it. 5pk698 belt if anyone considering the same
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                    • I like how you made the shifter look like it belongs there.. Rubber boot on it, old leyland shifterknob and it looks mint

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                      • Cheers. Should look subtle inside.

                        Last part of alternator fit up hopefully.
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                        • What kind of alternator did you use?

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                          • Standard MG ZR which was the donor car I had.

                            Mods have been to swap to earlier type alternator bracket (original was mounted higher up), slimmed down the mount to get the alternator closer to the block, shorter belt, home made tensioner.

                            Clubman front so I have a bit more room than yours!

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                            • Yeah I like the clubman front due to the extra space, but already replaced the panels couple of years ago so it’s a waste to just dump these now.

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