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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:50 pm 
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one of our customers is doing a charity rally in a mini to Mongolia

needless to say, we have been ripping the piss for months, offering all sorts of advice and incentives (£20 minispares voucher if he can mention minispares in his ISIS capture video ect)

its all been good fun and he is setting off tomorrow, so came to work today to get some bits and bobs...


and...…


yep.....

broke down before it got out the car park...…. :lol:

so, boys and girls, todays lesson in mini ownership is....

don't mix and match the inners and outers of potjoints - loads of armchair experts will tell you its not a problem, but if you do and the inner is slighty to big for the outer, the whole thing jams solid and hooks its self out the gearbox

fortunately we have the worst tool kit in the world that strangely enough contains just the right amount of battered tools to fix customers cars....

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oh, and he hasn't yet noticed I've tie strapped a broom handle to the roof rack.... :lol:

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this is the only mini thats doing it, you can follow progress on the facebooks and internet (and the minispares security tapes, if it doesn't leave the carpark!! :lol: ) and fair play to the lad who is doing it - its a proper trip!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:36 pm 
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I know Julian (organiser) well and he's a proper nutter. I was going to do the mongol rally in a Suzuki LJ jeep with no roof or doors. Got the visas and everything, met the mrs and decided not to go. 11 years on, we're a happy family.

I did the Plymouth Dakar in a 3L capri (3.0S) in 04. That was an amazing tool in the desert. We were tearing around sideways like the Dukes of Hazzard

He is mad for taking a mini. It will be a nightmare. They are not strong enough to go off roading with "like that".

If I was doing it (which I am toying with) in the future. I'd take an SJ.

Everyone who were going to take "mad stuff" ended up with the obligatory peugoets. The capri turned out great, apart from it used a biblical amount of fuel. 2cvs and Trabants were good, because they floated over sand. A mini will not. Matey should consider bodging together some "double wheels" for when they are required. The performance of a mini on corrugated tracks will literally be the worst imaginable thing with little wheels.

There is a bit of desert driving IIRC. You need to either be light, or have a lot of power and wide tyres.

A Peugoet 205 might do it OK. Biggest wheels possible. BMW mini would be OK.

I would possibly think about chopping the bodywork away a bit and fitting bigger wheels and tyres. The whole thing will need a skid underneath and the biggest diameter/width tyres which can be bodged on. Big tow point for when it needs to be dragged by a 4x4.

Hats off to him for giving it a go, but having done something similar, they will really make life difficult for themselves.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:26 pm 
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A mini had a go a few years ago, the radius arm sheared through in Russia, don't think they completed the journey in time scale. Bumped into a lad a few years ago that had just done it and chosen wheels was a Fiat Panda 4x4 cheap (then) light and reliable, told me there was an old guy doing it on a Monkey bike !!! nutter


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The Mini continued on through Russia. Went to Japan. Then to Vancouver, Canada, and finely to Seattle. What was left was a disaster, but with a lot of help we put the car back on the road for the owner and it is still in use today.
No, that event is not for a Mini. Breaking down at Mini Spares was a blessing!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:45 am 
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I saw him driving through Knaresborough yesterday.

He must be mad :)

But that's not a bad thing!!

Someone has to ask Rich, why did you tie strap a broom handle to his roof rack?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:55 am 
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mk1 wrote:

Someone has to ask Rich, why did you tie strap a broom handle to his roof rack?


ahhh, well

we did use it to poke the potjoint back onto the output shaft then hammer it back into place using the minispares hammer (as customer had a pathetic little hammer that was useless)

this was the first attempt at fixing it, before we realised that the potjoint was actually jammed solid.........

the normal potjoint issue of the joint been too big to go through the hole in the subframe and the huge sumpguard that was fitted didnt really help much either

it was a bit like building a ship in a bottle, hence the broom handle.................

im sure it will have many uses in the comming weeks...


trapping yaks, writing SOS in the sand with it, things like that :lol:

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Great adventure and for a good cause. How Ace!

I trust their 'glitch' is now out of the way and smoother sailing ahead.


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Haha, brilliant! Will follow them on FaceBook and Instagram.


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Spider wrote:
Great adventure and for a good cause. How Ace!

I trust their 'glitch' is now out of the way and smoother sailing ahead.


i think there are going to be many more glitches....

it was an adventure enough just coming the 20 miles from Harrogate to York..... :lol:

ive got a feeling in the coming weeks that we will be delivering DHL parcels to places like

'yak headers yurt, the great steppes, mongolia'

:lol:

the lad is remarkably laid back about any possible mechanical issues!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:53 am 
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Rich

It must be like looking in a 20 year old mirror when that lad turns up at your shop.

Brave boys indeed, but at least the car has been heat tested.


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