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    Shane Hudson

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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:53 am

    Hey everyone,

    I recently purchased my mini (currently unnamed) for £350, needless to say... it needs a lot of work!

    As I am around a fair few forums, I cannot keep them all up to date as to the progress of my mini, so I have started a website which can be found at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

    I shall probably be asking for a lot of advice! If any body has any ideas, let me know.

    Thanks,

    Shane
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    Retro_1985

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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:33 pm

    Looks like you have got a nice little project there, cant wait to see it on the road Smile
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:34 pm

    Nor can I!! Need to find a job first though haha
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:36 pm

    yeah you need cash flow... i had mine off the road for 9 months until i raised the cash for the new engine and brakes Razz
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:42 pm

    I think (touch wood) that I have enough for the mini... but then there is driving lessons and insurance which is extortionate as the previous owner put a 1275 GT in the mini, which would be fine if it were standard but it is not!

    One quote they gave me was £3500 but I got them down to £2400 by asking for 5000 miles limit, though I think that is just a little bit less than I will be needing which is annoying.

    That is with Adrian Flux, hopefully Footman James will be better!
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:48 pm

    Im with Adrian Flux, mine is only £360 a year full comp, with them knowing about all the mods [1340cc engine, 7.5" cooper brakes, etc] have you tried Lancaster Insurance? they were pretty cheap for classic insurance Smile
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:50 pm

    Nope not even heard of them! Will give them a try.

    I think the main reason is that I am so young (17) and as soon as they hear "bigger engine" they think "boy racer"... which is very wrong!
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:00 pm

    yeah, most companies dont like to hear about mods Mad and age is always a big issue, it cost me £1200 for my first year on my 1989 rover Metro clubman 1.0L ... it was insane the car only cost me £360 lol
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:19 pm

    Yep! This is (I wanted older but ah well) a 1981, got for £350. They wanted to add an extra 0!!!
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:25 pm

    As long as they put the 0 at the front with a . then it would have only cost you £0.350 affraid I bought my 1974 morris mini 1000 for £500 off Ebay as a non runner, only cost me £300 to get her through the MOT Smile
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:28 pm

    Niicceee! This is a runner (well, took half an hour to get it started first time in 2 years) and not much rust, but it just needs redoing. So currently (over weekends) in the process of cleaning and mending the backend, painted the subframe on Monday so that looks good! Got a set of poly bushes today which will be a very nice replacement to the rubbers that are currently on it.

    I don't suppose you (or anyone else) know if it is possible to have bucket seats with harnesses (in car when bought) with rear seats? It is unlikely, but very nice if possible haha
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:35 pm

    Shane Hudson wrote:I don't suppose you (or anyone else) know if it is possible to have bucket seats with harnesses (in car when bought) with rear seats? It is unlikely, but very nice if possible haha

    well i have bucket seats in my mini with 4 point harnesses, i kinda have back seats but to get to them you have to climb through the middle of the car to get to them and be very skinny Smile but i have had people in them and a couple of occasions, can have a look at the weekend Razz
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:44 pm

    Ah that is very good news! Currently the harness connects to the rear seat (well, the metal that goes underneath it) so I do not think it is possible to sit (unless of course you have no legs!) in them, but if it can connect to somewhere else, like the floor.. then excellent!
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:46 pm

    I connected mine to the rear seatbelt mounts at the top (just need slightly longer bolts), so it is possible to sit in the back if you are flexible enought to squeeze through Smile
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    Post  HeatherMaude on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:39 pm

    Insurance is always though toughie with cars. Mine tried to charge me £500 when I moved house so I told them where they could shove it. haha.

    By personal experience, I wouldn't use Footman James. My boyfriend is with them and has had nothing but trouble with them.
    My insurance is with Hastings and I pay £600 a year without any no claims bonus.
    Also, have you tried adding a parent on as a second driver? that's what i've done and it made it sooooo much cheaper.
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    Post  Shane Hudson on Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:28 pm

    Thanks Heather, the quotes I have done so far include no named drivers. But the final quote definitely will! If I could get it down to £600 I would be laughing, but so very unlikely!
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    Post  HeatherMaude on Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:18 pm

    Yeah I know it sucks. Being a young male driver, insurance will always be expensive.
    I don't know if you've considered only having 3rd party cover. I know it doesn't cover you as much but it's much cheaper.

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    Post  Shane Hudson on Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:31 pm

    HeatherMaude wrote:Yeah I know it sucks. Being a young male driver, insurance will always be expensive.
    I don't know if you've considered only having 3rd party cover. I know it doesn't cover you as much but it's much cheaper.


    That WAS TPTF Razz I daren't ask for fully comp!
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    Post  Retro_1985 on Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:36 pm

    Shane Hudson wrote:That WAS TPTF Razz I daren't ask for fully comp!

    affraid lol! affraid

    You proberly have already tried this, but what about putting down a parent as the main driver and you as a named second driver, you might not earn any NCB but it should be cheap enough plus get a year or two driving experiance, so when you come to insure for yourself it should be cheaper Smile

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