I have every invoice from any work that has been done to the car since it was driven off the lot in England in 1984. I purchased Trogdor when he had 93000 original miles, and I gutted him and redid everything. New carpet from Europe, new seats, I changed the panels of the interior to wood (the previous owner had put some ugly aluminum paneling in there)
I painted the car with Nason paint (part of the DuPont Family), however I did have a few runs in the paint. The driver's door could use a repaint someday. I tried repainting it and failed a second time, so gave up!
After the cosmetics, I did extensive research, and after a lot of study I did an engine swap to the Suzuki G-10 engine, (out of a 1993 Geo Metro). It's an amazing 3 cylinder engine that weighs about half the weight of the original engine, (maybe it weighs like 50 pounds!) and so it actually has more power than the original engine, but also has INSANE gas mileage - I haven't measured it, but they say its around 70mpg.
This is one of three Minis in the world with the G-10 engine swap.
After the engine, I pretty much changed everything in the car. The only part I didn't change was the back half of the exhaust pipe. The car is basically new - and it's sweet. And I didn't go cheap on any of the parts. I've only put the best into this little fella.
Planning on making the car pass smog tests in California, I also included the catalytic converter and charcoal box in the upgrades I did to the engine. So you have a modern fuel injection engine with emissions control in a 1983 classic car.
After much thought, I decided to leave the steering wheel on the right hand side. I could have very easily changed it, but the car is so small it makes little difference which side you sit on, as far as traffic goes, and it certainly makes a lot of people admire the car as they see you get in to the wrong side and drive away.
I've had many a crowd huddle around the car and take pictures. It's amazing how many people love the car!
It is also one of the few Minis in the US that has an original soft top. Call it what you may, convertible or sun roof, but it is cloth, it goes the extent of the roof, and it is electric.
Here is an extensive (yet not complete) list of all the parts I changed on the car:
- Paint, carpet, walnut interior.
- New Bride racing seats. (They have gotten a little dirty)
- New Original Mayfair decals
- Fog lights
- New door and window seals
- Sony XDP-PK1000 iPhone stereo system with subwoofer (valued at $1000) - you plug your phone in and it becomes the radio. Or you can use an iPod too.
- 8 (eight) Polk Audio speakers. This is how it went: I went to the car audio place, asked the guy which were his best speakers. He suggested Polk. So I said: "Give me eight of them. I want this little car to be like sitting inside a speaker!!"
- Door pockets to fit two of the speakers
- new chrome bumpers
- new blue (soft, or "street") coil suspension
- Suzuki to Mini Conversion Subframe
- G-10 Suzuki 3 cyl. Fuel injection engine
- inner and outer CV boots etc.
- I had new drive shafts made by the most recommended drive shaft company in the Tampa area
- new dolphin gauge set - I figured that a new car merited new gauges! The only problem is that I haven't gotten the gas gauge to work right yet.
- water heater valve so that the interior heating will still work with the G-10 swap
- new gear shift knob with the original Mayfair logo for this car
- stainless clutch line
- electric radiator fan
- new clutch master cylinder and new slave cylinder
- new front brake lines (rear is fine)
- all new hardware for front suspension - tie rod ends, push rod ends, bla bla bla..
- short shift shifter (G-10 one was too long for my liking)
- EFI 500HP electric fuel pump
- new gear shifter mount
- radiator overflow tank
- new horn
- new alternator
- catalytic converter
- a different grille - I didn't like the homemade one that was on the car when I bought it
- wiper motor. The previous owner had disconnected the wiper system.
- I also purchased a washer fluid tank but haven't found where to mount it in the engine compartment (little room!) but I will include it with the car for whoever purchases Trogdor.
- I also bought a second fuel pump which I will also give the winner if he or she wants it. (It's a little quieter than the one on the car right now.)
- high performance red spark plug wires
- radiator hoses
- all hoses are new - air, gas, coolant..
- all new sensors for the engine
- new wood steering wheel with the Mayfair logo (Actually it's the Austin logo they were using in 1983 for the Mayfair). I also have the original steering wheel in another auction but if the car sells first I'll give you the original steering wheel too.
- Airaid air filter and air intake kit
- sump guard, to protect the engine as it sits pretty low.
- new side mirrors
- new Euro headlights. Just to give it a newer front feel
- I had the alignment adjusted to be sure the suspension etc is ok
- new battery
- new Koni shock absorbers with lifetime warrantee. The guy I bought them from asked me why I didn't want the cheapest and I responded: "You don't understand!"
- I used stainless steel most of the time when replacing bolts. I must have spent well over $400 on bolts and nuts alone.
These are the things I can think of. I replaced so much more!!! It got to a point where I had purchased absolutely everything that I could find available that was compatible with this car.
With the car I will also include a magazine that it was featured in, in a former life when it was painted white with flowers, and all of the receipts for work done on the car since it was new (except a few that I forgot to save), and also some other literature of interest, like original owner's manual, etc.
For those who have not had a Mini before, do a google search on Mini parts. You'll find that they are all available, to the smallest bolt. And for the engine parts like spark plugs or whatever, just go to the parts store and ask for parts from a 1993 Geo Metro. Not that you'll need parts - there's nothing wrong with this car.
Phew! Long listing! Most of the photos were taken before I put the Euro lights and new side mirrors on, a couple weeks ago. One photo has the Euro lights and mirrors on it.
Feel free to make an offer, however no low-ball offers please. Truth is I'm not THAT interested in selling Trogdor. It's a nice car, I don't need to sell him, and I'm not sure why I am making this listing to be honest!
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Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:59:00 EST
The light commercial vehicle market has exploded in recent years. With a too-large full-size van no longer the only option for small businesses looking for an enclosed cargo carrier, options like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit Connect and now this, the Mini Clubvan, are now available to suit every size need.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:59:00 EST
Unveiled at last year's Geneva Motor Show, the Clubvan will soon be on sale here in the US and we finally have details about what that transaction will cost you. Motoring File reports that the Clubvan's price will be $25,985, which includes the so-called "chicken tax" and a $700 destination and handling charge.
Other questions that were answered include whether or not the Clubvan can be ordered as a Cooper S or even John Cooper Works model, and the answer is no (why do need to deliver cakes that fast anyway?). Also, Mini has confirmed you can't take the shortcut of creating your own Clubvan by purchasing a standard Clubman and removing the rear seats. The factory Clubvan features steel side panels instead of vinyl coverings over the rear windows, as well as a fully flat load floor and a safety cage protecting front seat occupants.
The next-generation Mini lineup could see some big changes, according to a report from Australian site CarSales. Starting with the debut of the third-generation Mini Hardtop at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, we could see a regular string of Minis on the stages of the world. But the bodystyles we see might not be what we've grown used to.
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:57:00 EST
A four-door sedan could eventually arrive, while the polarizing Mini Coupe and Roadster are likely to be replaced by a dedicated sports car with unique sheetmetal and uprated engines. While the rest of the line is switching to three-cylinder, turbocharged engines, the new sports car, which will be available in both soft- and hardtop variants, will use some version of BMW's 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The Aussie site also claims that the interior treatment could take inspiration from the Mini Vision concept car, while showing off the know-how BMW gained when working carbon fiber into the i3. The new model(s) would likely arrive in late 2015 or early 2016.
According to CarSales, we'll see the three-door Hardtop at the 2013 LA Show, along with a five-door hatch that is different from the Clubman at the 2014 Paris show. The Clubman, meanwhile, will arrive in Geneva in 2015, while the Convertible is slated for later that same year. The current Countryman and Paceman are expected to be around for some time, before being joined by an MPV. Eventually, the larger Minis will share their architecture with the BMW X1.
Not too long ago, the idea of doing a backflip seemed almost impossible on two wheels let alone four, but now the stunt is routinely performed using everything from dirtbikes to monster trucks. Now Mini is getting into the game by attempting to perform a backflip with French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit behind the wheel of a highly modified Countryman, which it claims is the first-ever attempt at doing so with a car.
Another unique element of the jump that Mini is claiming is in regards to the ramp. Past automotive backflips, including Rhys Millen's 2009 jump to ring in the New Year, have used special ramps that help rotate the car, but the ramp Chicherit uses is "unassisted" and the backflip is attempted using only "a gas pedal and a prayer" according to a Mini spokesman for the event.
The video posted below is only a teaser showing the car launch up into the air, but while we have to wait until February 10 to see the final result, it sounds like the landing was a success. According to the Chicherit's Facebook page, practice for the stunt took 18 months of work with "lots of crashes."