mini rebuild - MINI Cooper Forum

First Generation MINI Cooper MINI Cooper from 2001 - 2006

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
MINI2 Newbie
Join Date: Apr 2014
Local Time: 06:22 AM
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United-Kingdom mini rebuild

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.

pullen664 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 02:59 PM
MINI2 Regular
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Derbyshire
Local Time: 05:22 AM
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom
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.

Big_Nige is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 06:20 PM
MINI2 Privilege Member
MINI2 Master
Join Date: Mar 2012
Local Time: 06:22 AM
Posts: 3,829
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)

United Kingdom Male
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?
The Nun is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the MINI Cooper Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mini HQ - Terrible ethics for the customer. jobforacowgirl Dealership Feedback 11 May 22nd, 2014 05:36 AM
Brands Hatch Mini Festival 22/23 June 2013 mab01uk Mini Events 20 Jun 23rd, 2013 10:03 PM
Brooklands Mini Day Sunday, March 24, 2013 mab01uk Mini Events 11 Apr 5th, 2013 06:11 PM
Service Schedules adham General Discussion 1 Oct 1st, 2012 05:46 PM
Mini Australia service chilld Dealership Feedback 4 Sep 4th, 2012 05:29 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome