Post by Wayne Miller on Sept 13, 2018 12:48:18 GMT
I'm 47 at the moment and have started on my 50 before I'm 50 list, there were 3 things from my teens that I never did.........
Build a fast Lambretta GP TS1 - Check
Build a Fast Vespa 50 Special - Check (Build Thread on Here)
Build a Fast Classic Mini - See below.........
Its gonna take some time but I still have 2 years 3 months to go
I looked around and googled Clasic Minis for quite some time before deciding which build I wanted to take on. I could have opted for a rear motorbike engine build or I could have replaced the front subframe and slotted in a modern motor. I decided that I would choose to keep the Mini A+ block and see how fast I could make one of those go whilst also trying to keep it as reliable as possible. I decided that I would keep the mini block and add a BMW K series twin cam head and then add a turbo on top for good measure. I'm not the first to do this in fact there are a number of kits available on the market to do so.
So on with the build........
I managed to source a mini block from good old eBay.
I removed all of the other engine studs apart from these three as these are the only three studs from the original block that can be used. As Im dry decking the block and head all of the other visible holes will be filled and then 7 more stud holes will be drilled and tapped. All 10 will then be replaced with longer, stronger ARP bolts
I also managed to source a full K1100 engine including throttle body's I'll use these later on in the build.
The first thing to do was to remove the head, keep any parts that I needed and then sell on the other parts
The head looks a little bit messy here but that's nothing that cant be sorted out. All of the oil ways and water ways will be ally welded and sealed and then new oil and water ways will be added externally.
This is how the BMW K Series Bike head sits on top of the mini engine
Front of engine and inlet side
Rear of Engine and Exhaust side. The rusty exhaust bolts will be removed and new ARP studs added
Updates coming soon. Hope you enjoy the build