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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:59 pm 
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Oh no it's a Gen-X/baby boomer/millennial discussion now,did I whisper 'entitlement' ... (runs for cover).


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:18 am 
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I’m afraid I was quite late to the mini party, although my earliest memory of a mini was a good one.
My grandad bought a Mini Cooper in the late 1970s, JBU111D came out of a local garage for £25 and was blue with a broad silver reflective stripe down the side and BRM alloys. I remember so much of this car, even as a six year old!
It was in my dads garden while my grandad went away and my dad took me to the fish shop in it, I remember the noise, the smell of the interior and being thrown into the seat cushion ( I was in the back) as my dad floored it and told me to not tell grandad we’d been out in it!!!
According to my dad it was Taurus tuned, my grandad had the head swapped for a normal one as it was too edgy for him.
He also filled the front floors with concrete where they were rotten!
He sold the car and bought an imp.
Last time I saw JBU111D it was on Owl Lane in Ossett, painted white and de-seamed. This would have been in about 1989/1990.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:36 am 
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Vintage to Classic wrote:
Last time I saw JBU111D it was on Owl Lane in Ossett, painted white and de-seamed. This would have been in about 1989/1990.


Now green, on Sorn and MOT expired 10 December 2015 according to DVLA
48,034 miles
MOT test number 6756 0524 4319
Test location unavailable until further notice
Expiry date 10 December 2015
Advisory notice item(s)

Nearside Front Suspension arm ball joint dust cover deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.4.G.2)
Offside Front Suspension arm ball joint dust cover deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.4.G.2)
Offside Front constant velocity joint gaiter damaged, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.5.C.1a)
Offside Front Steering rack gaiter deteriorated (2.2.D.2d)
All tyres are cracking.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:06 am 
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Simple way to tell the owners age is to ask them what a Gallon of Petrol cost back in their day or the price of a Mars Bar?

I seem to remember you would get a Couple of Gallons of Petrol costing 10 Bob ( thats 50p in todays money.)
Mars Bars were 6d by the time i had a Car .. "all prices in the good old money" and the Mars Bar was much bigger in size than todays Mars Bar.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:02 am 
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This also gives an indication of how many forum users are active. 201 votes so far, but there is most likely another 200 that hover in the background just read the forum and get the same enjoyment from it. It’s a great resource so let’s see more of the background readers getting involved.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:23 am 
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I'm at the ideal age (50) where my folks had Minis as new/late model cars in the late sixties and early seventies, when Minis were everywhere and my folks were active in the local motor club (Yeovil Car Club) and Minis were used in sprints, hillclimbs and so on. Nobody gave a shit about counting bootboard bristles and concours and they would no doubt look at current values of cars and parts with incredulity. My old Man certainly would.
Going to scrapyards in the late seventies and early eighties when 1960's Minis were just worthless old junk, building my first Cooper from a really nice rust free 850 shell that I had oven painted at the VW dealer where I worked. The bits were taken from a couple of scrap 998 Coopers in scrapyards in the Newbury area. The logbook from one (1967 E red Morris) cost me a fiver from an employee at Passeys scrapyard and was used to get the finished article on the road. :shock: :lol:

Nobody gave a toss. It was a smart wee thing and I enjoyed driving the bollocks off it. Car shows? Concours? Eh?

I bought MOT failed Minis for 50 quid, John Bashford welded them up for 50 quid, a weekend fixing brakes and doing aerosol and filler tarting up, in the paper for £350, sold. Did two a month on average. All my mates had Minis, and a race was guaranteed when you met one on the road and you had a young sort with you.

I moved on to Escorts, then other, bigger and much faster things but I caught the era where Minis were cheap to buy, build, modify and have a laugh in. Brilliant times. The awful Mini 'scene' that was so cringeworthy and 'fun' in the late 1990's onwards came after I'd finished with it all.

All this 50 grand plus Cooper S stuff is lost on me I'm afraid. You can buy something very serious for that.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:31 am 
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Nevsmini wrote:
This also gives an indication of how many forum users are active. 201 votes so far, but there is most likely another 200 that hover in the background just read the forum and get the same enjoyment from it. It’s a great resource so let’s see more of the background readers getting involved.

I agree about some of the background readers being involved, It would also be nice to see a few of there cars. It may give me some enthusiasm to make time to get on with some of mine!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:59 pm 
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I am just 70 , In fact the other day 13 April, past my test November 1965, bought my first car following spring in 1966, a 1961 mini ( registration 1941 ET) (Austin seven ) ,kept that until January 1968 ,traded it for a new MK 2 mini , that lasted 6 days after hitting a lamp post ,the cops weren't satisfied I smashed my car they also did for driving without due care and attention ( had some dealings with them previous :lol: :lol: :lol: ) , then bought a Austin1100 , had that for 12 months ,Then came the excitement I bought a new mini Jem shell ,bought a right off mini from the breakers within 3 months I was KING of road :D :D :D :D
To be continued.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:16 pm 
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Another 70year old born December 1947, I think one of the worst bits of turning 70 is having to apply to renew my driving
licence HaHa, I remember the last gallon of petrol I served with a hand operated Petrol pump @ 1shilling&sixpence old money,
back in those days before very accurate metering and record keeping it was always possible to scim couple of gallons ;)
started working in a Coachworks (Bodyshop) in new money,2wks after leaving school at 15, bought my first mini in 1966! a
1963 Super de Luxe 850cc looked like a Cooper! next mini that I owned was a 1275GT after a dable in the Ford camp! Mk1
Mexico, was a part sponsor/builder, spanner man of a successful Autocross/Rallycross mini in the 70s, after a break of40+
years, since I retired have restored a couple of minis in the last 3yrs! 1 featured on here in the our cars section, although not
Mk1 or a CooperS :lol: other claims to fame have driven a mates 1959 Mk1 it had a 5speed Coletti box (still owned by his son)
although minus the Gearbox I believe, helped on and built a few competition cars over the yrs, once resprayed a ex BritishVita
mini for a guy in Glasgow first time I had seen an eight porter with TJ injection, used to MOT a couple of ex McCrea Prodrive
Subarus, amazing pieces of work. I agree with Nevsmini this is a great resourceI would be nice to see more people posting
their comments/projects, on another well known forum my current project has over 27000 views with 277 replies in little over
a year. I have today had the Contessa out for a drive, watching one of my other interests R/C circuit racing particularly 1/8i.c

The Count :lol: :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:46 pm 
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Another 70 year old here. Was an apprentice at Carlisle and in mid '65 came back after summer holidays and told my friend Eric (from Goldington Road, Bedford) and also a Mini fan, that my brother had a new Mini with a Cooper and an S badge on the back. 10 bars of Blue Riband cost 2/6d and a slab of Ginger cake at the baker shop in English Street was 3d. Eric didn't believe it....., someone I knew actually oened a 1275 Cooper S. Tweed grey with white roof and white mud flaps that made it look like a little mouse storming down the road. I got an OEwhite 850 and then worked abroad. Came back and bought a very late Mk2S when I thought production was about to cease. Kept it for 5 + years and still hankered for another. MGBGT's and a V8's followed (now resident in Tasmania) plus a runabout Cooper MSM130F for a year or so plus the usual; Norton Commandos. Settled down and came to work in Abingdon where one of the blokes, Chris Mays, had an island blue Mk2 that he really looked after - but wouldn't sell me. Wife pregnant and asked me to give up motor cycling so big Commando went into deep storage (in my pit....., so not tooooo deep!) Time to start a restoration project. A Lotus Cortina came to mind until Chris told me that someone he knew had a Cooper S- I saw it, the rose tinted specs fell over my eyes and I took it.

SKD220G had found a home. Had it ever since. Just the story of the restoration and the fantastic people I met along the way would be worthy of another book


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