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 Post subject: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:18 pm 
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Whats your location?: Donegal
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What Minis have you?: Austin Mini City 998
Location: Donegal
In my young days, 1966 till 1974, had 6 Mini's in a row. I loved Mini's and at the time they were popular and, in today's lingo, they were cool. Years passed by but I didn't loose my love for Minis. Finally in 2005, a local lady named, Maggie, after driving a Mini for 15 years, bought something else and her Mini became redundant. I bought it, drove it until the Tax expired and then began stripping. Found a lot more rust than expected, but then, I believe that is always the case.

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Maggie as I got her.

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Discovering rust

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rust


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rust

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and more rust

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How many Mini bits can you find on the floor?

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Maggie on a spit

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Maggie gets a hot wash

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Boot floor doesn't look good

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Boot floor removed

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Fitting a new boot floor

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Boot floor fitted

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Grinding

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Welding

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Patching

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Left wing fitted

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Right wing fitted

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Front panel fitted and Tommy my engineer looks happy.


In September 2006 while salmon fishing on the local river I slipped down the river bank. My left leg got caught in something and I felt some pain in my left knee. The pain continued and after Christmas I finally went to a doctor. I ended up having surgery to sort out a torn cartilage. It is not possible to work at a Mini without good knees so the project was put on hold. I finally handed the Mini over to professionals (Nigel McHugh of Ardara) to finish the body work. They did a fantastic job.

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Sometime before Christmas 2009 Maggie was brought to my next-door neighbour, Seoirse Gallagher, for spraying, undersealing etc. Everything except the final coat. Again a great job. Maggie spent Christmas and New Year in his workshop.

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With spring (2010) came dry, sunny weather and so I was able to work outside.

Subframes were shot blasted and sprayed.

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Then I began wire-brushing and spraying all the other bits that go on to the subframes.

Maggie was rolled over and had rear subframe fitted with a little difficulty.

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Some holes seem to have moved during the body work but my engineer/mechanic Tommy sorted that one out with ease.

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Then Maggie was taken off the spit after 5 years and placed on beer barrels.

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Not having a jack to lift the subframe was no problem. Positioning it under the engine-bay, Tommy stepped into it and lifted it into place while I screwed in the tower bolts.

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Then began the wrestling match. The tear-drops almost brought tears. No way did they want to line up with their respective screw-holes. We almost had to resort to crowbars and slegehammers. But, we finally won the the battle.

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As we're working outside we decided we need an 'umbrella' for Maggie to protect her during showers. She is well wrapped up every night but during the day while working at her an 'umbrella' is the thing.

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Another day spent at Maggie. Added bits and pieces here and there. 4 wheels back on. How ugly they look, those old wheels.

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But a little problem has to be dealt with. Maggie's 2 front wheels are pointing in different directions. My engineer, Tommy, says it's easily remedied.

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What is this below? I believe it is a Chineese Puzzle!!

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And what is this below?
I know................... it is a lot of trouble!!

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A week or more has passed since my last upload. I've been busy gathering bits 'n pieces, cleaning and spraying. Then today (28th June 2010) my mechanic/engineer, Tommy, arrived and we did a huge day's work.

Below - finishing the copper brake pipes.

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Connecting pipes to Pressure Reducing Valve.

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Engine-bay ready for engine (battery cable seen here at back of engine-bay was clipped around the subframe to starter location.

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Engine lifted from trailer.

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Maggie had to be lowered and engine tied tight to the hoist in order to clear the front panel.

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Maggie gets a 'heart transplant'

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Tommy gets doing all the 'donkey work' while I take photos.

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Everything worked well, thanks to all the planning and preparation.

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Slave cylinder fitted

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Brake servo fitted

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Back to Tom's shed to do little jobs, fix a hole on the exhaust, remove a sheared bolt from the rad, and a few other minor bits. Tom's shed has become no tidier that when 'Maggie' was being stripped there 5 years ago. Where 'Maggie' once stood is now a small aircraft awaiting attention. In another shed is a half-built helicoptor - 'Choppy'

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As the weather has been unsettled during the last week I decided to move 'Maggie' in under the car-port. So Maggie is back on 'all fours' and under shelter. If good weather returns it's easy to move her out where there is more space.

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My biggest job at present is figuring out the loom - what goes where.

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With no glass, access is easier. Here fitting the collar that holds exhaust pipe to the manifold.

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Day after day, hour after hour, fitting, unfitting, refitting. If only I knew what to do and how to do it I would have alot more done. Then I met some setbacks. Having fitted the clutch master and slave cylinders I filled the former with fluid and with Tommie's help began to 'bleed'. But it didn't work. Took off the cylinder, discovered the bit that moves up and down (I don't know the right name, plunger or piston, maybe) had seized during the 5 years it had been lying around idle. Had to resort to one of my suppliers, Mervyn Johnston (a legend in Irish rallying) who supplied me with new rubbers and washers. Then all worked fine.

Also had problems with the manifold. When I came to fit the servo pipe I realised there was no-where to fit it. Again off to Mervyn who gave me a replacement with the hole for the servo pipe. Having fitted that manifold discovered it was too large for the exhaust pipe and the collar which hold the two together. Back to Mervyn who drilled a hole it the first one which is now fitted and working happily.

My other supplier is another legend in autotest driving - Ken Irwen. Both have a vast knowlege of Minis.

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Eventually came to the stage where we felt the engine could be started but try as we may nothing would happen. The problem seemed to be in the firing order. Yes, we tried the standard Mini firing order, checked every book. phoned a friend, tried all sorts of combinations, tried different distributor caps. Finally after 7 hours (over 2 days) Tommy brought a distributor cap from an old Morris Minor engine which he uses to drive a lathe. We put on the leads as they were on the Morris engine. No good. Swapped the two end leads and she 'coughed' as if running on 2 pistons. Swapped the 2 middle leads and she started and runs beautifully. (Note the fan ) We are puzzled.

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It is now the 5th August 2010 and much has happened since my last post, though there's little to photograph. It seems to be always 3 steps forward and 2 steps back and sometimes even, 3 steps back.

When we tried to bleed the brakes the piston in the master cylinder wouldn't work. So it was off to my supplier, Mervyn Johnston who managed to get a 'kit' (rubbers, washers etc.) from somewhere in England and sorted my problem. Mind you I haven't bled the brakes yet.

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Decided to fit the throttle cable only to discover the sleeve was missing. Eventuall ordered and received a new cable.

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Fitted the fuel tank. Loads of problems. Because I had fitted a new boot floor the bracket for holding the strap was missing. Thankfully I had kept that part of the old boot floor and so was able to re-use the bracket. Now because it was a new boot floor it had an elongated hole between the fuel tank and the back seat. It puzzled me until I 'phoned a friend' who told me that it was meant for the later Minis with fuel injection. He advised me to make a plate with two suitable holes (one for the fuel line and one for the breather pipe). As always that took ages. Finall I got the tank fitted, poured in a gallon of petrol, started the engine and everything worked perfectly.

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Next I noticed my radiator leaking. Again it was off to Mervyn who soldered a joint at the bottom. I refitted it and problem solved.

Then I decided to fit the speedo cable only to find out that I should have done so before the engine was fitted. To do it now would'nt be easy. The radiator had to come out, a job, by now, I was getting used to. Only problem, water, water everywhere. Fitted the cable but it took about an hour to stop the pipe joints from leaking.

My big problem at present is all these cables hanging under the dash; where do the go? And would anyone happen to have a spare boss to suit the centre of my steering wheel?

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Tom and I spent a few hours bleeding the brakes. Nothing worked for a long time and then everything began to work. Good brakes now. Then decided to tune the carb. Noticed petrol dripping from the bottom of the carb. removed carb to investigate. Noticed paint pealing off the bulkhead where the petrol had dripped.

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Spent an hour at the carb. Finally discovered a rubber gland (no. 44 in the Hayne's manual) had perished while lying about over the last 5 years. Another run to Mervyn today.

Below: Tom studies the carb. How many Mini bits can you spot lying about?

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A quick run to Mervyn and the carb was sorted. Fitted it and Maggie started up nicely. Then decided to drive around the house. Another set back - no reverse gear. I had 5 forward gears but no reverse. To make a very long story short - we discovered the rod (don't know the reight word for it) connecting the gear shift with the gear box was upside down. So jacked up the car removed rolling pin (with difficulty) and revolved the connecting rod. Yes - it worked. And today for the first time in 5 years I drove Maggie up and down the road. Tomorrow Maggie goes for her final coat of paint.

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Yes, at long last Maggie is 'drivable' (if there's such a word). Tom drove her up and down the road. Now she is ready to go for her final coat of paint.

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After my last post, Maggie was moved to Seoirse's next door for spraying. Weeks have past and nothing has happened until the last few days. At last Maggie has a fresh coat of paint. One more coat and she will be back home. Then begins the job of replacing lights, bumpers, interior etc.

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And at last Maggie has her final coat and is back at my back door.

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Maggie was then transported to Mervyn Johnston to have the engine tuned, wheels aligned, lights focused, roof lining and all glass fitted.

Below: the old and the new

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Spent hours at original seats; cleanig, spraying sub-frame and getting them ready to fit. A few cigarette burns were covered over with a little paint of the same colour tone as the fabric.

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Spent hours at the carpets. By now I know every cleaning agent available and how to use it. 15 years of grime and dust etc. were removed. The 4 plastic panels on which the front seats rest were badly broken and worn. My friend and 'chief engineer' Tom arrived at my house with his pickup. In the back was an empty 5 gallon plastic drum with flat sides. Just what I needed. From it I cut out new panels. A friend who does leather work fixed the panels to the carpet with studs.

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Seats back in place.

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Grille, arches and wheels added.

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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:35 pm 
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What Minis have you?: 1972 Mini
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Holy Crap! That's some work gone into that car....Kudos and fair play to the effort.


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:16 pm 
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Yes oel150 and a lot of money too.


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:47 pm 
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Whats your location?: Ballyhooly, North Cork
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What Minis have you?: 1967 Morris Cooper, 1967 Austin Mini auto, 1968 Wolseley Hornet x2, 1981 Clubman Estate
Location: Ballyhooly North Cork
Well done. Excellent reading.


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:10 pm 
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Excellent work :D


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Really interesting project, a credit to you.. I hope all your hard work has felt like its paid off

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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Old dogs and new tricks come to mind, along with a steep learning curve. Well done. Enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Whats your location?: Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
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thats a manual on how to do it.... . brilliant thread, lovely car! hope to see you next weekend!

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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 4:16 pm 
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Whats your location?: Donegal
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What Minis have you?: Austin Mini City 998
Location: Donegal
Thank you for your kind comments. I must say I have enjoyed this project from start.

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Maggie with more lights and Taxed and Insured and on the road legally (16 Feb. 2011).

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Still lots of little jobs to do such as stopping water coming in through the door.
(visit http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/in ... try2084276 )

Actually I learned a lot from this site http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/in ... pic=125702 and for anyone doing a full restoration it is well worth having it bookmarked, almost as good or maybe better than the Haynes manual.

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14th April 2011 Maggie passed her NCT first time with flying colours. I felt good as it was, to some extent, a stamp of approval of the project.

The one part of Maggie not dealt with till now was the dash. If I could afford it I would go for a wooden dash but for the time being decided to replace the original dash which is made up of silly bits and pieces of card and vinyl. As some of the card shelves had sagged I reinforced them with bits of plastic from the same oil drum as used for the carpet panels.

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Dash finally finished. And as I finished fitting the last piece I declared Maggie fully restored. And I celebrated with a bottle of wine (I had no whiskey). That was on the 28th April 2011.

Though Maggie is fully restored doesn't mean that I am finished working at Maggie. I hope to continue making improvements but at present I am enjoying driving her whenever I can.

I have 2 white bonnet strips to fit
I'm looking for a radio and speakers to add
Hope to pick up chome door handles and boot handle
some day a wooden dash and console
etc. etc.

Next I hope to post of the problems and set-backs I met along the way and a few of things that went wrong since I began driving her. (4/5/2011)


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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some job fair play for sticking it out .its a credit to all who worked on her .


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Well done enjoyed reading post and looking at all the photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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At Malin having joined the run in Rathcormac. Really enjoyed it and met lovely people. A huge thanks to all who helped me - Laurna, Goretti, Joe (Dougal).
Looking forward to next year's run.

I would like to share with you photos of my past Minis
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My first ever mini (KIM 636) seen here being checked by the local police!

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Next Mini and my first new Mini (KIH 535)

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RIH 14

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PIH 280


Minis making fools of themselves
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Wow well done on Maggie. She looks absolutely brilliant!!! Was an excellent read and great the way you kept pictures of all the different stages!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Thanks benfox1515 for your kind comment. I would like to add that unlike many other mini enthusiasts, I had no previous experience of this sort of work. I hardly ever had a spanner in my hands, had never used a grinder, didn't know there were different standards of nuts & bolts etc, etc. I was a teacher who terrorised little children until I retired 7 years ago. But I was always up to a challenge. I built my own home, everything except the plastering; made some of my own furniture; built my own boat (an 18 foot clinker built punt) etc. I have always been a dedicated D.I.Y. and so restoring 'Maggie' was one of the greatest hobies ever. I've been a photograper all my life and been involved with computers for nearly 30 years beginning with the Sinclair ZX, then BBC, followed by Acorn and finally PC. So all these skills came together here. Slán.


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The Official Launch of 'Maggie'. I had two bunny girls booked to do the unveiling but they scampered. All those who helped me with the project plus some friends gathered for a bar-b-que last Saturday evening. I had a continuous slide show of the project on a TV and we ate and drank.
Photo shows Michael (chief adviser), Tommy (chief engineer), Seoirse (responsible for paint work), me (with the holy water) and Fr. John doing the blessing.


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Àbsolutely stunning mini.

Loved reading your project..had to go back and reread it.

Also thanks for the link to help the restoration.

I'm very similar to you in a way...first restoration project without a clue!ha

In fact I only came on this to see if I could find a decent picture of what needed to be put back in before the engine is refitted.

Thank you so much and all the best with your fantastic looking mini. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:54 pm 
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Thank you Scoobasteve7 for your nice words.
There were many times when I had to run into the house, access websites to find out what goes where. I think I've mentioned a few sites in my thread. Between that and the Hynes manul and 'phone a friend' .
I must say I am really enjoying driving my MINI and I use her all the time I am motoring alone.

I made it to the camping weekend in Lough Cé on the Sat. but being unfamiliar to camping made the mistake of leaving my tent unzipped. While I was enjoying the crack at the marquee there was a heavy shower and when I crawled into my tent at 2.00 am there was a quarter inch of water all round. I tried to make myself comfortable but hadn't enough 'bodylotion' on board (only 3 cans of Bud) and couldn't sleep. At 5.30am I said a couple of bad words, crawled out, bundled all into Maggie and drove home. I scared the life out of my wife when I opened the door at 7.00. Next year hope to be better prepared.

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At the beginning of last November I put Maggie 'away for the winter.' I made a nice 'bed' for her in my shed (cardboard, carpets and anything else to stop moisture from coming at her from below), then I drained petrol, removed battery and wrapped her in several layers of blankets and tarpulins etc. Today, 5 the March, I took her out. Everything was fine except the steering wheel was covered in grey fur.
I installed the battery, filled her with fresh petrol and away we went. How lovely it was to be backth Maggie and how I missed her these last 4 months.

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Whats your location?: Between an A series and a G13B
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Good to see your back out on the road Vincie and getting your Mini ready for MTM.

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 Post subject: Re: Maggie's Mighty Mini
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Whats your location?: Clonmel, Tipperary.
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Modifications: Blue, White roof and bonnet stripes. Original cooper wheels,
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Wow maggie looks great! I enjoyed that read.. car looks great, bonnet stripes really finished her off. :-) I wish you many years of happy driving!


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Thank you Deminiman for your comments. This year I completed the Malin to Mizen run and enjoyed it very much. Here's Maggie at Mizen Image
My next big dream which I hope to realise next spring is to drive to Monte Carlo, taking in some of the famous stages of the Monte Carlo Rally e.g. Col de Tourini. I might get a few more interested people to join me :|


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