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2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life

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The car was placed on a SORN in December 2016, this is the final part of getting it back on the road, after driving a countryman during that time I forgot how much I enjoyed driving my R53.

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Not an actual update on my car, I have actually been driving it occasionally, with big smiles related to the handing and noise.

 

Added this family convertible to the fleet last month, cheap and rough and have been spending time to sort it out mechanically and visually. It's much better than when we collected it 4 weeks ago, I have even spray painted the boot lid and got rid of the rust around the rear light cluster. It's amazing how people look after cars (or don't) I had to remove the whole interior to clean it correctly to get rid of the dog odour.

 

I have a made commitment to myself that I will not do what I have done on my Cooper S (which is now 17 years old). Although my 5 year daughter has asked is she can have it when she is old enough (oh no)

 

 

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I see this being another epic build/resto 😉😁

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I’m sure this will be a new car once you’ve finished with it @RT2002MCS Looks pretty good from the pics so I dread what it looked like before 😄

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10 hours ago, Mr Watton said:

I’m sure this will be a new car once you’ve finished with it @RT2002MCS Looks pretty good from the pics so I dread what it looked like before 😄

 

It will of course be much better, but I am really trying to hold myself back, although having done so much on my S everything seems much simpler, I changed my first upper engine mount today as all the hydraulic fluid had leaked out (45 minutes in total) what a difference it has made, no vibrations or noise, great way to spend your holidays.

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Some small updates only.

 

My attempt at carbon skinning the a pillars unfortunately delaminated after a couple of years service, so had a pair carbon dipped.

 

Added some chrome wheel bolts to tidy up the four corners.

 

Picked up a reasonably priced second hand Mocal Oil Cooler, already mounted in a front crash bar, doing what I do with these things, wire wheeled the crash bar, painted the oil cooler and brackets, re-secured with stainless M6 bolts and nuts, replaced the seals on the adapter (as advised), then it's on to installation.

 

In other news the family cabriolet is being rather frustrating, lost complete power to the whole car (50 amp ignition fuse being blown) The AA advised it was the battery, replaced that all OK for a while, then failed again, so it wasn't the battery, finally diagnosed (not by me) as a GPS tracker that had been installed that was potentially shorting out and blowing the ignition fuse, this has been removed, then the little Red devil decided to give me a very sloppy gear lever and access to only 3rd & 4th gear (interesting drive home through traffic lights). That fault I could diagnose and the gear cable is completely knackered with a detached rubber boot on the ball joint, new parts ordered and waiting delivery, another learning for me, you tube research has started.

 

After a wash "Still looking good for a 17 year old"

 

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Started the strip down to replace the gear cables on the cabriolet when they eventually arrive, with the offending damaged bush.

 

 

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Everything is now back together on the cabriolet and another experience created within the knowledge bank, all the previous owners filth cleaned from the top of the gearbox with some rusty brackets painted.

 

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