1991 Cooper Mainstream Project

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mini_surfari
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Re: 1991 Cooper Mainstream Project

Post by mini_surfari »

Thanks for the comments, progress is a little slow, but going in the right direction. The main issue is not 'over restoring' the car, it is supposed to be a nice tidy Mini, that you would happily drive in any weather.

So we collected the engine parts back from Slark, they're currently boxed up awaiting assembly until all the dirty body work is done though.

Mean while ....

New heritage valance and closing panels, so its actually the right shape.

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Crusty tabs replaced

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Battery box look a little thing one end, so repaired that

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All the obsolete holes were welded up in the wings/ bulkhead

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And we blew in the floor repairs, before putting sound deadening down.

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And also managed to pick up the proper minilites with the bolt holes inline with the spokes!

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coopersean
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Re: 1991 Cooper Mainstream Project

Post by coopersean »

Great project, and really enjoying the progress so far!

One quick question - is your car a very early mainstream, as most were fitted with the later style of wheel with the bolt holes inbetween the spokes, unlike the the RSP, 30 and Racing Flames?
mini_surfari
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Re: 1991 Cooper Mainstream Project

Post by mini_surfari »

coopersean wrote: Sun Jan 15, 2023 6:41 pm Great project, and really enjoying the progress so far!

One quick question - is your car a very early mainstream, as most were fitted with the later style of wheel with the bolt holes inbetween the spokes, unlike the the RSP, 30 and Racing Flames?
Thanks Sean, I'm unsure of the build date, but registered in June 91. So I'd guess it was built not long before.

An early photo of the car shows it with these type wheels that's why we've gone for them, as do all the brochures, I can only assume it was a 'use what's on the shelf?'. It also had white bonnet stripes, and too aux lamps. So believe it had the Italian Job pack from factory (should've also had the plastic boot tray). This is all just from reading online mind :lol:

Chances of finding some Rover Aux lamps seems slim though.

Cheers, Oli
alexm
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Location: Surrey

Re: 1991 Cooper Mainstream Project

Post by alexm »

Really glad I ventured into the 'Other interesting vehicles of projects' section of the forum. Watching this with interest.

My 2nd mini was a BRG mainstream Cooper. Loved it.
Grant 111
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Location: Wiltshire

Re: 1991 Cooper Mainstream Project

Post by Grant 111 »

Nice work as always oli!
Glad to see this one being saved My mum had one as a daily driver.
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