Last time we saw Roy we did some work on his Austin A35 prior to driving to Portugal. This time we had his very neat rally inspired classic Mini. We had the car on the rolling road a week ago but this time it came in for a new water pump, bypass hose, bottom radiator hose, alternator, temp gauge and temp sender.
We have a beautifully restored mk1 Austin Mini on the rollers this morning. From the outside the car appears to be a standard 850cc model other than the wider rubber but on the inside the car is fitted with a 1330cc engine, twin SU carbs and Cooper S disc brakes. The engine has only recently been built so we are getting the carbs balanced and giving it a base setup for running in.
A lovely little Island Blue Mk1 Mini on the rollers for Mini World Magazine. This car is totally original with it’s 850cc engine and magic wand gearbox which is rarely seen these days as most mini’s get modified at some point in their lives. This will be part of a feature on a new electronic distributor.
Ian Goodwright is not only our master painter but also fulfils the role of in-house Mini anorak. His knowledge of classic mini’s is extensive and his ability to restore even the most rotten example to a very high standard is remarkable. Ian’s 1963 Mk1 Morris Cooper was restored to the highest possible standard. Finished in Smoke Grey with white roof, Ian carried out all of the restoration work himself to achieve what should be considered one of the finest Mk1 Mini Cooper’s in the world.