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Old Jun 6th, 2014, 03:47 AM
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1970 Mini cooper S mk2 restoration

hi all,

sorry if this has been asked before (i'm sure it has but couldn't find it)

I'm looking at restoring an Australian built 1970 cooper s mk2 original to mint condition.

I just have a few questions hopefully can be answered

1. the hydrolastic system has warn down and needs rebuilding. would the car be worth more in the end keeping it originally and putting in working displacer units/refresh everything (also would someone be picky about having hydrolastic fluid or can I put in antifreeze like people have suggested) and keep it completely original. or should I put in a dry system with minor upgrades.

2. how important is end detail, ie. should I track down original rims or keep the maglites are that on it.

it will be a full nut and bolt restore with no essential details missed.

if there is anything else I should know about the process I am all ears, I have always built and modified cars but never restored something so special.

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You cant find anything because youre on the wrong forum really as this is for the new MINI and not your Classic mini, although a few members on here do happen to own both types.

You will be better off joining the Mini owners club for your car and their classic mini forums I think?

My brother in law has just restoring a Mk1 Cooper and he has converted the hydrolastic suspension to coil sprung with hi lo, they do them now to replace the rubber cushion type, says its as good as if not better than the original rubber type.
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Hi buddy, head over to theminiforum.co.uk as that one is aimed at the classic minis and is packed full of information
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Or even better head here.....the Mk1 Forum is also good for Mk2 and Cooper Mini's:
mk1-forum.net ? Index page

If I was you I would stick with Hydrolastic for originalty and far superior ride to any other Mini......most of the Monte Carlo rally winning Mini's were on Hydrolastic.

Modifications like alloy wheels are fine but should be 'in period' to the age of the car and its era.
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