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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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Hi guys, I know that this forum is for new generation minis but I was wondering if anyone can help me out. I am currently 17 and very interested in getting a classic mini next year, I have roughly around 7 thousand saved up and was wondering how much it would cost me to get a classic mini into good shape? I was thinking about putting the new ford ecoboost engine in it (1.0 litre turbo version) but also to completely rewire it with modern wiring so that it could be an everyday car instead of just a weekend car. Also I would extremely appreciate it if you could give me some advice about what usually goes wrong with classic minis. Any advice would be deeply appreciated, thanks.
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What about just buying the best mid 90s Rover Mini Cooper you can find, they're still new enough to be used on a daily basis without the modifications you are thinking of especially if you buy well. Massive parts availability too.

Only problem I see fitting a later engine in a mini is apart from the major fabrication and engineering of making it fit and work reliably is that once you've built it you probably won't be able to afford the insurance at your age for what is in effect has become a highly modified car.

I'm no classic mini expert but rotten and collapsed sub frames sprint to mind. Running wise based on driving my sister 10+ year old Minis in the early 90s is driving through rain and the distributor getting wet causing the engine to faulter. Other than that they're pretty robust and easy to maintain at the roadside.

Personally I don't think the engines in these older mini cause any major headaches, it's rust that's the bigger issue.
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if youre 17 and start changing engines . turbo, I think youre going to be using your 7 grand just to insure the thing, insurers dont like novices with modified and tuned up cars you know. I would check with them what they will allow you to have and how much roughly it would cost before you start, its no good doing it all then you cant afford the insurance to drive it is it?
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