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Old 05-19-2011, 11:55 PM
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What is ToucanLife?

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(more detailed stories, tales, and photos appear on the website)

ToucanLife is the story of a 2003 Tookie Cooper S. Born just a tame young bird, ToucanLife is the story as this once young bird ages, passing through the phases of life.

ToucanLife is more than just about a car, it is also about a car and it's friends. The experiences, fun, and times spend making the Toucan fly; this post is for everyone here on motoring|underground to be a part of the ToucanLife family and hopefully enjoy and be involved in the times we spend in the life and times of a topical bird.

Baby Toucan in a park;

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Teenage Toucan at the beach with friends;

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Teenage Toucan exploring the rolling countryside;

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One day over the cold winters of Canada, Tooks was resting at home under several feet of snow and had an ah-ha moment. It told me it wanted to fly faster than ever before, and no-longer fly on the streets, it wanted to fly on the tracks.

Then begun the Toucan's next life transformation, a time attack car.

First the strippings came;

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Then came stable seating for the pilot;

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Later the the Toucan flew away for a month, it's location was unknown;

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One late night in May it flew home with a shiny new cage, birds like cages right?;

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With all the excitement of the new bird cage, Tookie was dying to go for a late night backroad flight;

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New steering arrangements were in order; the proper feel is the most important, right?

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John Cooper Works wheel vs. the 330mm OMP Targa;
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Finding a Mini specific Hub was rather difficult for a reasonable price; an e46 BMW MOMO hub was used and a 6mm spacer crafted to make it fit like a glove on the Mini;

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More to come
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:37 AM
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Love how it looks on those holies!
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:51 AM
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Thanks!

We are currently working some magic with holies to make them somewhat more intimidating looking

Little details adding up are what makes or breaks a clean image; and the yellow markers on the OMP wheel were that little detail that was adding up.

After a trip to the local upholstery shop a charming old lady replaced the yellow marker stripe with an identical match to the harnesses. All that is left now is replacing the OMP font with black!

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Old 05-21-2011, 01:30 AM
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Well, I talked to the Toucan and it thought we should give you guys a better update than just the wheel;

How about this?

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Old 05-21-2011, 01:36 AM
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good stuff
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:34 PM
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Temporary 15x9 footworks for the Toucan are ready to slip on, just waiting for some socks;

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Old 05-26-2011, 04:46 PM
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:04 AM
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Threw the socks on the Toucan today, they are a pretty snug fit;

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Great build, great photos.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:47 PM
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Very cool!

Since you're using an E46 hub with the 6mm spacer, would you think that's all that would be needed to swap an OEM E46 wheel onto an R53? I've been wanting to try it but haven't had the car or wheel in the same place at the same time. Also, any more shots or details on the specs of the spacer? Looks simple, but looks can be deceiving with machining. Thanks, and keep up the good work on the car!
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:13 AM
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Looks Arch pop'n good
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:32 AM
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:15 PM
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Thanks for the kind words boys

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Very cool!

Since you're using an E46 hub with the 6mm spacer, would you think that's all that would be needed to swap an OEM E46 wheel onto an R53? I've been wanting to try it but haven't had the car or wheel in the same place at the same time. Also, any more shots or details on the specs of the spacer? Looks simple, but looks can be deceiving with machining. Thanks, and keep up the good work on the car!
Interesting idea; I believe it would work, however I am not sure if the turn signal functioning would operate properly, right now mine do not automatically cancel. As for the spacer, we measured the diameter of the hub spline from tooth to tooth and then machined it a touch larger and chamfered the edges. The outer diameter there is a lot of room, I believe ours was about 4mm wide. You could most likely get away with a 5-5.5mm height on the spacer to minimize spacing the wheel out too far.

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Old 06-11-2011, 11:32 PM
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Ahoy boys;

Sorry for the delay in updates, but the guy behind this computer has been out of the country for a bit. But were back in action again

Heres some spy footage of the Toucan spreading it's wings for a Saturday stroll.

Finally got the proper spacers machined; 12mm rear (1mm clearance to trailing arm) and 18mm front (2mm clearance to suspension).

Only one issue; the radiator fan appears to have stopped working...time to break out the multimeter

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Progress is going to ramp up quickly now
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