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Joost van Dien
Posted on: July 15th, 2011, 08:08:42 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hi all,

Some of you maybe know me for some time.. but I finally got my first Mini Marcos on road registration! Today I will get the registration papers, then go to get my number plates made. Have to do a MOT but the car was already checked before I went to the registration so that will not be a hard one! The car is not in the best condition, it is drivable and in good working order. From what I know the car is never fully restored. It is sprayed a few times, had an engine swap and had some work done over the years but not a full restoration so I like that. The car also has a factory rear spoiler fitted which I only saw ones on Tim's green mk4.. That was later fitted between '82 and '87.

When I got the car, the carpet was smelling badly, the seats were in a sorry state, dashboard was dramatic, fuel tank leaking (fiberglassed in...), window rubbers were cracked, no brakes and brake lines on the front, fuel pump was retarded, no gear linkage, no radiator and hoses.. the list goes on and on.. so there was some work to be done!

And thanks to Richard, I have contact with the second owner from new. He had the car from '78 till '82 and sended me some nice old pictures of the car.







Pictures of the collection







Pictures of the currect state






@ the dutch DVLA




New set of wheels and tacho, Maybe the are going under the marcos..





Regards, Joost
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Rodger Howard
Posted on: July 15th, 2011, 09:44:31 Quote Report to Moderator
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are the speedwell wheels and tacho being installed? What was it with the flares that were made back in the good old days? Boy were they ugly!
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Joost van Dien
Posted on: July 15th, 2011, 11:04:04 Quote Report to Moderator
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Maybe I install them. But it is harder to find a set of wheels than a complete marcos so I don't know it at the moment.. Tacho will be installed. Those flares are indeed horrible.. They were already disapeared from the car when I bought it.
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Denis
Posted on: July 15th, 2011, 20:38:54 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hey Joost,

Was it RHD and now LHD?
When was its changed?

Cheers,
Denis
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dalla
Posted on: July 16th, 2011, 07:13:31 Quote Report to Moderator
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Wow that is some transformation. Nice work

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Dennis Overgaard Nielsen
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Joost van Dien
Posted on: July 16th, 2011, 16:09:33 Quote Report to Moderator
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@ Denis, The car was originally RHD and is between '87 and '90 converted to LHD. The car is in the Netherlands from '87 and didn't drive till a few weeks ago.

@ Dalla, thanks! It is nicer on the photo than when you see it for real . It drives that is the most importent think for now!
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dalla
Posted on: July 16th, 2011, 18:27:13 Quote Report to Moderator
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That is the plan for "mine" aswell i think. When i get it home, i will assemble it and drive it for a year or so before i get it painted and up to 100%. I have been thinking about converting 7012 to LHD too. Does anyone know how hard that will be?

BR
Dennis

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Dennis Overgaard Nielsen
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Bent Larsen
Posted on: July 16th, 2011, 21:59:23 Quote Report to Moderator
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Jep
Det er ikke svært, du skal bruge en tandstang og en pedalboks fra en "normal" mini - så er det bare at flytte tingene, det har jeg også gjort på min  
Sorry folks  

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Lee Matthews
Posted on: July 17th, 2011, 16:38:03 Quote Report to Moderator
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Nice work Joost looks very good like factory rear spoiler cool
car.

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dalla
Posted on: July 17th, 2011, 19:57:13 Quote Report to Moderator
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Cheers Bent. I figured it was the simple.

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Joost van Dien
Posted on: July 19th, 2011, 06:33:49 Quote Report to Moderator
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@ dalla, As bent says. I have not done it myself yet ( I was still fluid or just born when they converted this car). You have to make a hole for the steering column, use the existing brackets to hold it under the dash (if possible). You will need to buy a LHD teering rack! Then you chanche the pedal box and most of the time the holes in the bulkhead are already open. Replace the head clutch and brake cilinder, there will be some pipework to be made. Thats about it in words  . And have fun with the painting, it always looks quite a good job till you begin sanding the car... Good luck!

@ Lee, Thanks!
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