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#1
Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Maintenance Free Ball Join...
Last post by 94touring - November 27, 2022, 05:03:05 PM
I save old shims and pull out the baggy for when it's time to do a new set. It is a process but I've just come to accept it.  Make sure you lap your joints if you're still doing it the old school way so they don't slacken up shortly after they see some use. 
#2
Daves Garage / Re: Clancy's Moke Restoration
Last post by MiniDave - November 26, 2022, 07:54:25 PM
I am desperately trying to get out of the repair business! Clancy is the only one I'm working on anymore, and he does a lot of favors for me so it's a fair exchange.

Running the engine in the engine stand for Dave Long a couple weeks ago was supposed to be just him borrowing the stand but turned out to be me doing most of the work as usual. Oh well. It's done and gone too.

Once I get this last engine built and delivered I'm out of the Mini engine/trans business, except for my own, if at all possible.

Got the dash opened up and the old speedo out, there were no bulbs in any of the sockets, so I'll have to try and find some. You need the ign light to excite the alternator and get it to make power, plus it would probably be nice if the other lights worked too. I also saw that the fuel gauge was not hooked up properly, no wonder it doesn't work.

I'll get all that sorted tomorrow if I can find some bulbs. I'm also going to see if I can find a "universal" shift boot since the one I ordered from Spares doesn't even come close - once again I figure it's because this is an AA remote gearbox converted to be a magic wand and that may have moved the shifter hole - no idea but if I can find one I'll get it patched in.

Updated pic. I had to move the coil but fortunately I had ONE of the longer head studs used to mount the bracket so I had a good way to hang the coil. That may not be the final resting place as I may come up with a different location before I'm thru. It will be fun to see if I can get all this misc BS to work properly!
#3
Daves Garage / Re: Clancy's Moke Restoration
Last post by 94touring - November 26, 2022, 07:28:38 PM
If you had a couple more "Clancy's" you'd be working full time on minis!
#4
Daves Garage / Re: Clancy's Moke Restoration
Last post by MiniDave - November 26, 2022, 05:33:31 PM
Clancy's Moke is back in the shop for a bunch of small stuff:

1) install an alternator - the genny was working but just doesn't keep up at the slow speeds he trundles around in the pits or on a parade. I've got it bolted in and the belt tensioned, and I've made up a wiring harness. Now I need to drop the dash and make sure there's a wire to the ign light as that's what energizes the alternator. I'll also have to relocate the coil as it was attached to the genny.

2) install a new speedo - the impetus for this is less the speedo as we think it has an AA gearbox, so the ratio will be wrong and the speedo will be slow - but also to get his fuel gauge working.

3) install the column surround - this won't work with the steering wheel he has now, so unless he has another wheel or wants to buy one of mine, I can't do this. (he's decided to go steering wheel shopping, so for now we'll shelve this.

4) change oil and filter.

5) bolt down the loose electric fan in the wheel well.....probably need to make a bracket for this.

6) raise the left front corner a bit more to level out the car.

7) general tune up, valve adj, points, plugs, carb clean and tune

#5
Parts for sale/wanted / Re: One Last Engine to Build
Last post by MiniDave - November 26, 2022, 08:54:25 AM
Yep, I figured that out after the first one did it.....thanks.
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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: One Last Engine to Build
Last post by 94touring - November 26, 2022, 08:09:21 AM
Dave, I just discovered if you upload an attachment and also hit insert that it will post twice.  All that's needed is upload and wait for it to turn green before you post.
#7
Restorations / Re: 1978 Pickup, giving her so...
Last post by 94touring - November 25, 2022, 05:04:53 PM
Played around with some test fitments.

#8
Restorations / Re: 1978 Pickup, giving her so...
Last post by 94touring - November 25, 2022, 09:44:18 AM
I wish it was 100!  Turned expensive really quick.  I had to work almost the whole month to recover these panels and whatever my bus transaxle may end up costing.  Hurts to think about.
#9
The Lounge / Re: Mini Traveller and Country...
Last post by MiniDave - November 25, 2022, 09:23:21 AM
Are they based in the US? The only one I joined was with my Clubman Estate, and they did all sorts of meet ups and drive, but they are based in the UK so all I saw of it were the pics.
#10
Restorations / Re: 1978 Pickup, giving her so...
Last post by MiniDave - November 25, 2022, 09:19:37 AM
You got all that sheet metal shipped for $100????

What a project.....it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle.   :grin:

I wouldn't know where to begin......
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