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1.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: January 24th, 2022, 14:02:29
The winter mag arrived the other day.  Excited to see the SC fuel injection gets a mention!  But looking on page 28 is the advert for the club cooling fan.
So, as mentioned, remembering I've got another fan in the garage I dug it out to see if that would be suitable for use as a second fan to supplement the one currently fitted.  Measuring it, it's a 9" fan (the same size as the club Spal unit).  Unfortunately this is too large to fit in the space available and for the Cinquecento fan that I'm using.
If it had simply overhung the edges of the radiator I'd have tried using it, but it's too large to correctly fit in the space and lay on the radiator surface.  The existing fan fitted is 7" diameter, so two of these looks to be the way ahead for me.
2.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: January 17th, 2022, 10:32:37
Does anyone recognise what type of electrical connector this is?

A bit of a long shot, but this is the male end connector as fitted to the radiator fan.  If possible I'll like to retain the female (loom) end, so would like to get hold of another (male) end to use on any replacement fan/fans.
As an aside, I woke up this weekend thinking 'I've got another fan in the garage'.  Weird!  But I did - unfortunately it's too big to fit (I think I might have bought this many years ago to fit onto my MPI mini).  But I'm trying to progress things - the throttle and speedo cables are on order, hopefully back with me in a week or so.
So hopefully a Happy New Year for me as well as you all .

ETA Sods law - think I've found it.
https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/multipin-wiring-connectors-2-way-pack-of-5
Does that look right?
3.   Mini Jem Windscreens Posted by: Roger Garland
Date Posted: January 2nd, 2022, 17:52:39
Hi Mini Jem owners

I recently collected two Mini Jem (heated) windscreens.  One of these has already been reserved, but the other one is currently available.

It will need to be collected from within the UK (I live in Worcestershire)

Interested?  If so, please get in touch

cheers, Roger Garland - Club Secretary
4.   Mini Marcos Windscreens Posted by: Roger Garland
Date Posted: January 2nd, 2022, 17:42:18
Hi everyone,  

Good news for owners of Mini Marcos Mk 1 cars - we now have a small supply of windscreens in stock.
If you need one, please get in touch - will need to be collected, from within the UK.  The cost is £220

Also - we have just one UNHEATED windscreen to fit Mini Marcos Mk 3/4/5/6 cars.  The cost is just £170.

Heated windscreens for Mini Marcos Mk 3/4/5/6 cars are available at £220

Roger - Club Secretary
5.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: December 24th, 2021, 15:53:01
So with no sign of the fuel leak reoccurring at the fuel tank, I took the opportunity this morning to refit the underbody panel:

I could describe this as a carbon fibre rear diffuser panel, but more accurately it's a (carbon fibre) panel I made up to try and keep the dirt off the underside and the fuel pump/filter assembly.

I'm not sure I'll be doing much in the garage this next week, and can't think of what else to check or change regarding the fuel mixture.  So that only leaves the throttle cable, speedo cable and cooling fans left that I can attack anyway and I don't have any parts to be able to do that.

In which case I wish you all a very happy Christmas.  And here's to hopefully seeing you on the road in 2022!
6.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: December 20th, 2021, 14:07:02
So with the new plugs fitted the car started reasonably easily - it still needed a prod of the throttle but sounded better and idled by itself more quickly.  (I've posted a short video of this first start up on facebook - unfortunately I don't know how to do it on here)
Once idling, standing at the exhaust the car smelt a little rich but got better as the car warmed.  I allowed the car to thoroughly warm through (until the fan kicked in), to ensure the lambda was being used.  Pulling a plug once they were cold showed this:

Looks to me to be running rich still, do you think?
It's a pain in the backside not being able to take the car on the road and put a bit of load onto the engine.

I've had another look at sorting the fuel leak (at the injector hose end), so will see if that's been successful.  And the drivers door lower hinge had become a little loose so have tightened that up (I'm now thinking both doors could do with a strip/rebuild at some point so I know what's going on.  At least that way I would know any problems were of my own making )

ETA - Do you think I should have a go at running the replacement lambda sensor again?
7.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: December 18th, 2021, 13:59:12
Small update - I got back in contact with RS Tuning yesterday, who took 10 minutes out of their day to chat with me.
They confirmed to me, the lambda sensor reading doesn't get 'read' until 255 seconds have passed.  Therefore there is no reason based around the replacement lambda, why the car shouldn't have run.
But they've suggested replacing the plugs as the first step.  Plugs collected today, so I'll let you know what (if any) difference these make.

But another shout out for RS Tuning, and Paul Murray who I spoke to.  They didn't need to give me any time from their busy day - the car ran well when it left them after all (right up until I swapped the lambda really), but by doing so have confirmed to me that they seem a genuine company.
8.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Neil KilBane
Date Posted: December 15th, 2021, 13:45:45
The old style handles are a much neater fitment.
9.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: December 15th, 2021, 11:55:50
After looking at the drivers door and finding the same set up, I released the forward retaining screw on the passenger side.  This allowed enough movement to realise that the rear most retaining screw wasn't inside the door, but outside, above the retaining latch (brass coloured screw in this photo):

No wonder I couldn't feel anything when fiddling around inside the door!
Removing the screw showed that the thread on it was good, therefore the thread in the handle is the problem.  For now I've bodged a cut down wood screw, to allow the handle to be safely used to open and close the door.  But I realise this handle needs to be changed.
The hardest part was repositioning the latch which needed to be loosened to remove the existing screw.  When the doors were built up, washers were used as packing.  These of course, fell out.  Getting these back in, in the correct location, in the correct quantities was a nightmare - I've managed to scratch the paint (gelcoat?) on the B-pillar/door jamb with the door latch.  Bugger!
But we got there in the end, with the door latching correctly (two stages) and I suspect now with better clearance than before.
I started the car up again - still coughing and spluttering, but with it warmed a bit and idling, think I've managed to identify which connection is leaking fuel.  I now need to let the exhaust manifold get cold and look to address that.
Slowly making progress.
10.   Reply to Right - join Part A to Part B etc, etc, etc Posted by: Graham Bichard
Date Posted: December 14th, 2021, 11:24:59
Took off the inner door trim this morning to look at the passenger side exterior door handle which is now loose.
From what I can see within the door, and consulting the Minispares 'Classic Mini Parts Manual' blue book, I can't determine what holds the door handle firmly in place (I didn't build the doors up - they were already in place when I bought the shell.
The forward end of the handle has a screw fixing (this end of the handle is secure on the door):

Its the other end of the door handle that is loose i.e. the part nearest the rear of the car which has the handle button.  What holds this in place?


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