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Old 06-22-2011, 06:24 PM
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it does look almost black in the picture
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:26 PM
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so i think we are looking for a 998cc 4speed. this seems to be the most economical engine choice.

i like the idea of a different final drive gear for freeway driving.. but we could always do this ourselves.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:43 PM
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yes, you can always swap the final drive out, and if you want interstate speeds you will need to. they usually only cost about 80-120 bux anyway.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:29 PM
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how fast can the 998c go without the different final drive? I'm used to driving a 1986 toyota van now. it doesn't really go more than 65.
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My classic is a 998 with a single carb, original final drive, and everything.. It scoots. I can easily cruise at 3800rpm in 4th and just putz along at about 90mph.
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does anyone know of a good shop near Oakland CA to do an inspection and suspension work?
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http://www.minimania.com/web/id/9274/Cars4Sale_Detail.cfm
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:03 AM
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don't need a race car.

we found another one that looks promising though!
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"pick number 3 my lord!" i'm a fan of black one tho seriously
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You should buy mine.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:21 PM
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where are you located?
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need details!
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I'm located in Orlando, FL.

Rather that retyping it all, I'm just gonna cut/paste from a previous response about the car. Since I wrote this, I've pretty much un-for-saled the car, but of course if the right person came around, I'd possibly sell it.

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Yes, the car is still for sale. I made a "for sale" sign for it a couple years ago, but usually it sits in the pocket in the back seat area. The only place I've even mentioned it possibly being for sale is on Sunshine Minis. I really wouldn't mind if I never got rid of it, as it's a blast to drive around. So many questions and interest from complete strangers. I love getting the remeniscent stories for those who owned one back when they were younger. There's definitely something magical about these cars. Honestly the only reason I'm even considering getting rid of it is that we now have two kids and the car really doesn't get driven around as often as I'd like. I think I've put on maybe 500 miles since my daughter was born two and a half years ago! That and we could really use the money for family stuff.

The car itself is an 82 Mini City with a 998 engine and manual tranny. It has just over 33,000 original miles on the clock. It was originally owned by an older lady who used it for grocery shopping and the like. It was always garage kept by her, and has been garage kept by me since I purchased it back in ... I think 2007. My brain gets a bit foggy with dates. When the previous owner died, she left it to her nephew who really had no interest in the car. I purchased it from him and had it shipped here to the States.

When it got here, I had a local British motorcar specialist (Imagination Engineering) go over it with a finetooth comb. We only found a few minor issues. The A-panels, which are infamous for rust, had a poor prior repair where Bondo had just been smeared over the rust spots. This has since been repaired appropriately. There is some surface rust inside the engine bay where it looks like either the master or slave cylinder had leaked in the bay and caused the paint to peel back. I left this for now, as I originally planned to take out the motor and put in something a little beefier (1380), and it would be easier to clean that up with an empty engine bay. That part of the project was put on hold with the arrival of our second child. A few minor cosmetic issues (door dings and the like) existed as well, but structurally and mechanically the car was in amazing shape for a car of its age. No rust issues in any of the common spots other than the A-panels that I mentioned above. It still has original sills and body panels...all still solid. Hugely different than the other Mini I imported at the same time, which was a complete nightmare both mechanically and rustwise.

When I received the car, it was completely original inside and out. The Mini Citys are very generic, even for a car like the Mini. http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...Yellow%20Mini/ <---Check these to see some older photos. I wanted to give the car a facelift and considered having it look more like the newer Sportspack Minis of the 90s, but it seemed that just about every other Mini from the 70s and 80s was going that way, so instead I decided to go with a look more like those of the 60s with a moustache grille, handlebars on the bumpers, and a few other accents including a white roof and white steel wheels. I still have all the original exterior pieces that were on the car if you'd like them.

That was about the time that our daughter arrived, and I've been focused on "family" projects since then, so not much has changed since that time. The only miles I've put on the car since then have been to crank it up and drive it around town when the weather is nice. I never take it out if rain is a possibility. It's been to a couple car shows here in Winter Garden, and it picked up the "Merchant's Choice" award out of about 300 cars at one of the shows. Here are some links to photos from those shows...
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I don't currently have any other photos of the spots you asked about, and right now our garage door is covered with wet paint (house facelift going on). But as soon as I can get back into the garage, I'll pull it out and get some more shots for you. The interior is all stock, not perfect by any means, but in good shape for a car its age. I did have another guy take the car to Dion (DJ Minis) over in Wesley Chapel to have it inspected, and Dion gave it a clean bill of health. Feel free to contact Dion to get his feedback. While the prospective buyer had the car, he added a cigarette lighter (What the heck! Not your car yet, so don't mess with it!) to charge his GPS. He's still telling me he's going to buy the car when his "settlement" comes through. Not holding my breath, lol. The underside still has the weatherproofing seal stuff that the dealership put on the car. It is still in good shape, so I didn't have that stripped and replaced.

Right now the car continues to be in great shape. It hasn't required any huge overhauls, but rather just taking care of minor wear-and-tear things as they come up. New tires, new battery, etc. The main thing that I'm dealing with right now is that the car has all original rubber parts... hoses, seals, etc. I'm replacing them as needed. Just recently I replaced fuel hoses and clamps. With fresh fuel, the car runs like a champ. Cranks up the first time. Gets between 35-40 mpg. It's functional and reliable as it is, or a clean slate for someone looking to make changes.

I'm asking $8000 for it. Let me know if you're interested in coming to take a look at the car. We're located in Winter Garden (west Orlando area). I'm always looking for a reason to get it out of the garage.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:19 AM
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sooo I think we found one!

getting it next weekend hopefully
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