Thread drift continues .......................
I bought a Mini 848cc in 1991 when I had a job up in Glasgow. I needed a project for the evenings and every other weekend. The other every other weekend, I would drive a hire car back home to Cornwall.
The Mini underwent a transformation under the bonnet.
I bought an Allegro A+ engine and gearbox from a scrappy up in Bearsden, and stripped it down. Had it bored out to 1400cc with Powermax 74mm pistons, the crank and conrods balanced, and mate turned down the thickness of the flywheel to lighten it.
I rebuilt the gearbox and fitted a higher diff and a competition clutch and uprated trust bearing.
Fitter a Piper high-lift camshaft, an inch and quarter SU carb and LCB manifold to a straight-through centre exhaust, and had the head ported and big valves fitted.
Rated at 100bhp and after running in, it went like a rocket. I went along the M8 towards Edinburgh and back with a stopwatch checking the distance posts with a notepad and then calculated the error in the speedo. I couldn't have given a toss about the odometer! I etched the speedo with white paint to show the 30mph point and the 60 and 70mph points too. I timed the car - and etched the speedo at 100mph and it went faster than that too.
I fitted ventilated drums at the front and secondhand alloys all round with big wide tyres with the 10" wheels.
It may have gone fast, but it didn't stop so well!
Mick F. Cornwall