Sunday, July 16, 2017

mini love - part 18

The problem with high performance tires is I cannot get them locally. I have to order and have the tires shipped, then find a local installer to mount the tires onto the rims for a steep fee. Of all the big box tire shops, I would only want to use Costco. However Costco will only mount the tires that they sell.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

mini love - part 17

The Mini killed two tires at the recent track day. Like a bad parent, I immediately went shopping for a replacement set to reward bad behavior.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

mini at the track - part 3

I have planned to write more about the track day with the Mini a few days ago. I however hit the publish button inadvertently. I have been very much looking forward to taking the Mini out onto the track with the list of recent modifications to prove out the pudding so to speak. As we would have it that day turned out to be a hot and sunny day for end of June. I was hoping for a cooler day. I should have brought my sun brolly.

Monday, July 3, 2017

mini at the track - part 2

misery is a small engine

The title is meant to be a lampoon of my other posts Happiness is another Small Engine. There is nothing more than I hate than the sound of lawnmowers in the neighborhood. Fortunately in my small neighborhood there are very few grass lawns. I only have a tiny stripe of circa 5 feet by 20 feet which I am undecided as what to replace it with. I bought this pre-owned Honda mower circa 30 years ago out of necessity. It has served me well and I only used it when the grass got so high that the neighbors can complain to the city and cite me. To me grass lawns has always been the most counter-productive elements of home.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

gt4 front plate bracket

I was ready to install the front license plate using the Porsche's factory mounting bracket. It does not look right to me so I investigated.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

made in germany, fixed in usa

In case you wonder, my blog posts have been very photo intensive. I do this for reasons, especially things involves repair and service. I tend to take a lot of photos for future reference. So often that I find that I struggle how to disassemble something, especially products that are made of plastic, only to realize later that I have done this years ago but just cannot remember how it is done without causing irreparable damage.

Friday, June 9, 2017

mini love - part 15

I have notice the antenna mast on the Mini has developed an aerodynamic set. That is near the base there is a slight bend due to wind loading at high speed. It is not bad at all and has no negative effect on radio reception. Only now when the boot hatch is open the rear spoiler now barely come in contact with the antenna mast. When new there was just may be 15 mm clearance.

Friday, June 2, 2017

mini love - part 13

The hydraulic engine mount on the Mini sprung a leak. I happened to notice the brown liquid while checking the engine bay. I would find out the average life is 40,000 miles. Mine failed right at 42,250 miles.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

mini love - part 12

I am usually quite in tune with my vehicles. I can usually notice something change and get to the bottom of it before it develop into a crisis and leaving me stranded on the road.

Monday, May 29, 2017

mini love - part 11

It appears that I finally have all the parts to begin the gauge installation in earnests.

Friday, May 26, 2017

mini love - part 10

Just follow the rabbit hole, and you may not know how deep it goes especially when you are having a lot of fun.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

mini love - part 9

I had tried to be methodical in keeping track of the fasteners during the modification of the Mini. Still in the end I dropped one bolt into the a crevice and ended up having 4 extra bolts. Fortunately I know they are not bolts for anything critical. I have been going through the copious photos that I took in the process hoping to find where they belong.

Friday, May 19, 2017

mini love - part 8

Nothing is easy when it comes to making modifications to or maintaining the Mini. Everything is tightly packaged. I thought installing a boost gauge and a oil pressure gauge would be a walk in the park.

Monday, May 15, 2017

mini love - part 7

I am still high from how well the entire (my stage I) modification project for the Mini turned out. As I set out to accomplish - invest a few thousand dollars to make the Mini more fun. That was my mission statement. At the time I have only a vague idea of what the project includes. My idea of a few thousands dollars was may be $6000 rough figure that I put into the back of the head.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

mini love - part 6

With the engine out, all the modifications that I planned for the engine/drivetrain should be relative easy to install, and so I thought.

mini love - part 5

Many of this series of post are photo intensive. I taken a lot of photos for future reference.