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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If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone from Mini refer to 'go-kart-like handling,' I'd be retired, living on a beautiful piece of coastline somewhere in the Caribbean. Perhaps even on the shores of Puerto Rico, where Mini chose to launch its latest Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks. As with so many frequently used phrases, though, there is indeed some truth to the cliché - while the Mini Cooper has never actually handled quite like a go kart, it has always had a certain directness in its movements, reacting to steering inputs with an immediacy and fervor unlike most any other automobile meant primarily for the street.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:01:00 EST
Combine those unique driving dynamics with a sense of fun that permeates the entire brand from pre-sales marketing to the actual sales process itself and you end up with a marketplace success. As an ex-Mini owner myself (a 2009 Cooper S Convertible), I can attest to the kinship felt between fellow Mini drivers who share in the knowledge that they are having more fun than the poor appliance-driving masses sharing the highways and byways of these United States. It's no surprise that the style-conscious US continues to be the marque's single largest market year after year.
This enviable brand perception hasn't been attained without its own fair share of flaws, however. Though the quirky design and massively customizable bits and pieces that have made up the Mini brand's interior philosophy since it was reborn in 2001 have proven somewhat endearing, the Cooper Hardtop's ergonomics have always been an unmitigated disaster. Plus, this is a very small car, with a rear seat that's practically uninhabitable by adult-size occupants. While that adjective seemingly goes hand-in-hand with the brand's name, the modern Cooper has never been as ingeniously packaged as its 1959 forbearer, which offered up as much interior space as possible through innovative engineering and minimalist design. Further, parent company BMW has positioned Mini as a premium brand, so the Cooper's diminutive size has never equated to low prices. And for being such a small car, the Cooper historically hasn't been well-known for its fuel efficiency.
Over the last year, we've had the chance to drive two of the most exciting hatchbacks in the BMW family - the BMW M135i and the Mini Paceman John Cooper Works - but Autocar has managed to get the two corporate cousins together for a head-to-head comparison. Just like our initial impressions of the Paceman JCW, Autocar has little to complain about this new 215-horsepower hatchback... until it begins to factor in the faster, better-mannered and similarly priced M135i.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:13:00 EST
Despite laying down an extra 100 hp and delivering a 0-60 time that is almost two seconds quicker, the M135i carries the same price tag of 29,535 pounds in the UK; US pricing for the Paceman starts at $36,200, while it still isn't even clear if the US will be getting the M135i. Even more surprising is the fact that the Paceman falls short of the M135i in regards to rear seat and cargo volume, and just barely squeaks out a win in the fuel economy department. Scroll down to watch the BMW versus Mini hot hatch battle.
Road & Track recently staged its first annual Performance Car of the Year test, pitting 13 new and updated performance cars against each other on track, then graduating the top six to a road test before picking a winner. Additionally, the magazine staff picked the best automobiles of the year in eight categories.
But first, let's cover the PCotY segment. Here's the list of cars brought to the comparison test: Audi R8 V10 Plus; BMW 435i; BMW M6 Competition Package; Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51; Ferrari F12 Berlinetta; Ford Fiesta ST; Jaguar F-Type V8 S; Jaguar XFR-S; Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model Wagon; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series; Mini John Cooper Works GP; Nissan GT-R Track Edition; and Porsche Cayman S.
To find out the results of the comparison, head over to Road & Track's website or check the press release below, where you'll also find the magazine's top-rated vehicles in eight categories. Want more? Head over to the 2013 PCotY hub. But before you do that, take a stab at guessing the winner of PCotY (we'll give you one hint: it isn't a Porsche).