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Holliston, Massachusetts
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About My Three Minis

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Filed under: 1964 Austin Mini (My 3 Minis)

The 1964 Green and white van is my company car and daily driver. Right hand drive,850 cc, 45 mpg. Its a tin can on wheels but a joy to drive.

The bronze Mini saloon is a 1966, set up for racing.
Deseamed body, nosed and decked (no identifying badges), SportPac arches all around, 13” Ultralights with Bridgestone 175 13/50R tires, painted 2001 Prowler Orange Metallic (spectacular paint job & color - many folks have asked me for the paint code, including a Ferrari owner). New rubber trim. Full roll cage (half installed), 5 point seat belt (driver’s side), new headliner, black carpets, Sheep skin seat covers (front), Burr Walnut dash with Magnolia face gauges; Clarion CD with Boston speakers. Approximately 4,000 miles since restoration (speedo not connected).

BLST 4 speed transmission with straight cut gears, 3.1 final drive. Engine is 110 hp (+-),1400cc, built by John Long Racing, stage 3 Longman head, 649 Kent cam, S rods, electronic ignition, lightweight flywheel and backing plate. This Mini is faster on an autocross than a new Cooper S, and a great highway cruiser. Over $10,000 in the engine and bodywork alone.

The Psycho Silver Mini van is also a 1964 that I imported from Wales as just a shell. It took my over 4 years to complete this beast. Details include:

Mechanical:
427 hp, 350 ci Chevy tied to tubular steel chassis and roll cage.
Porsche G5050 5 speed transaxle, inverted and converted to side shift
Fiero coil over performance struts and disc brakes in the rear; Metro 8.4"
4-pot calipers in the front
Custom 13" Minilites up front, 15" 5-bolt Minilites on the rear with street-legal drag slicks.
Custom 10 gallon fuel cell up front behind Audi 5000 radiator and Vintage Air condenser.
Master brake and clutch cylinders relocated and pedals cut/reshaped for improved drivability

Body:
Front Bumper moved back to the body and welded to the body.
All steel ground effects with air dam to improve cooling
Tri-Star headlights frenched. LED parking lights frenched.
All body lap seams cut, butt welded and smoothed.
Roof gutter removed and reshaped over the doors
Hood corners rounded and hood hinged from the front with remote power opener
Wiper holes filled. One wiper relocated over the window
Exterior door hinges removed and doors converted to suicide (front opening)
Sliding glass windows removed. Power windows and power door latches installed (including remote operator)
2" x 4" frame rails from front wheel wells to rear suspension.
Scratch built all steel dash to cover Vintage Air heating and air conditioning unit, including Dakota Digital instrumentation, center console, A/C vents, misc switches and lights.
Scratch built firewall with window, insulated for sound. Lower half removable for access to front of motor.
Fiero seats, cut down 6" and re upholstered.
Flaming River tilt steering column with 13" X-Force steering wheel, matching shift knob and emergency brake handle.
Custom steel rocker panels/ground effects and wheel arches.
Side scoop to bring cold air into engine compartment.
Rolled rear pan with ventilated center section
Complete 304 stainless steel exhaust system
Wheelie bars
Rear doors modified to internal hinges, Chevy "Suburban" style windows, license plate cutout, power opener.
Frenched LED tail lights and third brake light.
DuPont Hot Hues 3 stage pearl paint.

Photos and build details can be seen at: www.hotrodmini.com
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