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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:36 pm 
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New sliding window 'retro' conversion kits seen in November issue of Mini magazine:-

"CONVERT YOUR MK3 MINI WINDOW TO THE ORIGINAL SLIDING STLYE with our bespoke new product Classic Mini Conversion Panels and are a UK company, based in Norfolk. We have designed and manufactured a product for customers to be able to get the old-style look of the mk1 Mini sliding windows into their mk3 onwards models. Just to let you know we will be releasing the external hinges soon for the full mk1 look!"
https://en-gb.facebook.com/classicminiconversionpanels/

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Full kit:-
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253915463544

Conversion panels only kit:-
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253911367562


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:46 pm 
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That’s mad.... :)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:56 pm 
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Unless I'm missing something, have they neglected the drain tubes to get the water collected out the bottom of the door?

Can't see them in either the 'full' or panel kit.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:01 am 
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Mind-boggling that somebody would engineer an aftermarket kit to replicate the worst Mk1 feature, in my humble opinion.

Sliding windows are the car’s Achilles heel (that and overheating), at least in hot climates like mine.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:47 am 
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:roll: Always grumble about a "new" item, I think it's a great conversion.
We do have the Mini Mk1 tail light and grill conversion, now the sliding windows
as well. How many days are you driving your Mini in the rain these days :?:

For me the sliding windows are more fun and have the BETTER looks aswell,
the windup windows in older Mk3 Mini's do have there problems also.
I think this will be an nice conversion on my 1973 Mk3 Mini so maybe I go
for an set to convert my windows but not before I know more about it.

;) Kees.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:10 am 
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I like sliding windows, I always have & TBH if I was 17 again & this kit was available I would probably have fitted it to my first MK3.

However, as has already been stated, there doesn't seem to be any provision for drain tubes so the recipient dorr will almost certainly fill with water & rot out in an accelerated time.

Nowadays, I'm happy to have wind up windows on MK3 on cars & sliding ones on MK1 & 2.

I am sure there is a (small) market for a kit like this though.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:39 am 
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Highnumbers wrote:
Mind-boggling that somebody would engineer an aftermarket kit to replicate the worst Mk1 feature, in my humble opinion.

Sliding windows are the car’s Achilles heel (that and overheating), at least in hot climates like mine.


Highnumbers, you nailed it for me. Why on earth would you want to revert back to Mk1/2 windows? The Mk3 windows are full opening windows and much more refined. The earlier sliding windows really only open half way regardless of what way you position them :roll: :roll: :roll:

Early Landrovers had these sliding windows as well :)

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Fag ash go’s out of a mk3 window better than a 1 or 2 :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:30 am 
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This is not exactly new... :)
i have this conversion on my mk3 track car for a few years now,
it was bought in UK, maybe Plastics for Performance company ?
By the time i've bought the windows only as i had most of the other parts.

69.9£ for the metal channels to support the chrome runners seems a bit.. i've used an ordinary L shaped metal piece.
I did it for the look and weight saving , as Mark pointed there is no provision for water drain hoses, and it is hard to set it up so the windows slide properly .
You need to hand bend the inner door lip to be used as base for the L shaped runner and it is not so easy to make it 100% level across the door.

I do like it, i would not do it on a road car.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:00 pm 
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The Japanese are very good at producing convincing retro-styled Mini's with all the details like sliding windows and on which only Mini 'anoraks' can spot the subtle differences (except under the bonnet). If you look carefully below it is not a Mk1/2 Mini, the doors have been converted to take sliding windows/external hinges and the bottom corners of the later internal hinge doors and A panels have been rounded off to look like Mk1/2....even the roof gutters have been retro'ed.

Japanese Retro conversion on a 1998 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3i with air con (Japan never got the MPI front rad).........SU carb, 10" wheels/discs, centre speedo dash, toggle switches, Mk1 indicator/column, wing mirrors, external hinges, door check straps, rounded door corner at "A" panel base, early style full front valance and sliding windows!
http://www3.wind.ne.jp/miniya/zaiko/coo ... 9443-2.htm

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