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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Happy April, everyone. And we all know what this first day of the month means: April Fools' Day. Today is a national holiday for pranksters with the Internet acting as a serious enabler, and it's always fun to see what kind of vivid imaginations exist out there in the automotive world. The abundance of fake news gets a little old as the day rolls on, but we did manage to get in a few chuckles thanks to a handful of major automakers and automotive news outlets that got into the pranking spirit this year
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:00:00 EST
Some of our favorites this year includes Subaru showing what happens when you combine a bunch of rumors, a Corvette some may have already thought was a joke or Honda providing some in-car innovation circa the late 1980s. Honestly, we're still waiting for official confirmation from Mitsubishi that the recently introduced 2014 Mirage is an elaborate April Fools' joke using a failed design intended for the 1995 Geo Metro. We dug up as much "official" OEM foolishness we could find, as well as some of our other favorites, and posted them all below.
Mini again plucks a London landmark as the appellation for a special edition, the Mini Clubman Bond Street joining the Mayfair and Camden, and Bayswater and Baker Street editions of the recent past. You'll recognize the formula of primary color and polished contrasting color, in this case its Midnight Black Metallic for the main event and Cool Champagne for the highlights like the roof, mirror caps and trim rings on the 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside it's Carbon Black leather set off by surfaces in Deep Champagne and the Chrome Line package.
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It will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March before going into production for a limited run that same month. Four engines will be offered, with on-the-road prices ranging from 20,275 pounds ($31,961 US) in the UK for the 122-horsepower gas engine to 24,045 pounds ($37,918 US) for the 143-horsepower SD diesel version. A press release below will tell you all you wish to know.
One of the big challenges as an automotive journalist is reviewing cars that you have a personal connection to. I have a strong passion for Minis. My first new car was a 2004 Cooper S, and I still own a 2006 model. It's this affinity that's left me with a general disdain of the 2007 to 2013 model relative to my first-gen.
The last-generation cars, with their turbocharged engines, softer suspensions, duller steering and homelier looks are, in my mind, inferior to their 2002 to 2006 predecessors. As a car reviewer, though, I couldn't in good conscience argue the same point. The R56, as the last-gen cars were known internally and by enthusiasts, was a better-balanced vehicle that retained the lion's share of the abilities and character of the first-generation, R53 Cooper S, but they were better thought out, better designed, more livable, and felt like more complete products.
Before the third-generation of the reborn Mini Cooper S landed in my driveway, I couldn't help but wonder whether the model would continue its slide towards mass appeal, or if it would re-embrace the enthusiast realm with a stronger driver-focused mission. As I found out during my week with the car, it was a bit of both.