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Post  69jmo on Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:16 pm

surprising what you find on roofslooking good after a wash
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Post  Red Riley on Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:13 pm

You found it on a roof? Tell the rest of the story, please!

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Post  69jmo on Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:43 pm

If you look to the right of the car there is an office. That is where I found this poor old girl covered in dust. She was put up there about 14 years ago after the wings/inner wings and A panels were replaced. The customer had vanished for about 6 yrs and when he reappeared he didn't want the car any more so instructed the garage to get rid. So it just sat there until I bought it. Getting it down was fun.
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Post  Johnnypoopoopants on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:18 pm

I love a story with a good ending! Very Happy

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Post  Nick on Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:35 pm

Quality! Like it!!

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Post  69jmo on Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:21 pm

I could do with a bit of help though. The log book says maroon but I need to know the exact colour so I can respray her. I'm going with old English for the roof. Also can anyone tell me if I have to cut the arches to fit group 2 arches on because I want to fit some but I'm not going to start chopping her up. If I do have to then I will just go with standard arches and chrome covers over the top. No engine at the moment but I have an 850 with 60,000 genuine miles as a first engine. Then it will get the 1275 from my Morris 1300 while I do the body on that. And I can save up for a good fast road 1380/1400 on 40dcoe possibly.
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Post  Red Riley on Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:11 am

So it's a Hornet then? Assuming since Elfs were never Maroon. If so, then it should have either a Snowberry or Togo White roof, not OEW. Besides, OEW is so Ordinary. Razz

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Post  69jmo on Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:37 am

No it's an elf. And that just underlines the point that I need some help sourcing the right colours.
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Post  Red Riley on Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:11 am

Oh, well alright then. It should look like this.

Damask Red and Whitehall Beige. My roof was wrongly painted OEW when I first got the car, and it just never looked right with the Damask Red. Whitehall Beige is the proper roof color. I've seen one chart that had an alternate red, called Peony Red, but it also has Whitehall Beige for the roof. I've never seen a Peony Red car that I know of, so not sure what it looks like.

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Post  69jmo on Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:26 am

That's the aim, although I don't want it to look just like that because then it would be a copy. Was thinking 12" wheels and group2 arches. But you're one is a beauty.
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Post  psychobob on Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:38 pm

mine is maroon b, but i have no idea what black the roof is. i do know it needs a respray though!
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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:32 am

69jmo wrote:surprising what you find on roofslooking good after a wash

very cool - good luck with it!!
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Post  69jmo on Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:51 pm

Can anyone tell me if I can fit 13" cooper s wheels straight on??? Trying to upload new pics but not having a lot of luck.....
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Post  Red Riley on Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:33 am

69jmo wrote:Can anyone tell me if I can fit 13" cooper s wheels straight on??? Trying to upload new pics but not having a lot of luck.....
Short answer - No.
You have to do a good deal of fettling to make them work. Plus you would be giving up a good deal of the suspension and ride quality by the need to go to shorter sidewalls and increased bump steer. From experience, 10 inch tires are a much better combination all round.

Read this: http://www.minimania.com/article/1185/WHEELS___TYRES_-_Bigger_Wheel_Fitment_Consideration

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Post  David2010 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:17 pm

I could not agree more with Red Riley ( Good morning Brian ).
The 10" wheel is the chosen diameter by virtually all of the Irish Mini racing and rallying fraternity.
And that goes for the now mostly retired brigade (present company to be excluded) and the current young bloods.
The introduction of the 12" and later 13" wheels did nothing for the handling of the car. Improved ride comfort ? - maybe ?
Minis were designed for the 10" wheel - its as simple as that.
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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:00 pm

they always ride better on 10s than on 12 or 13s in my humble opinion Very Happy 
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Post  Red Riley on Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:04 pm

I really like the look of my 13 inch Superlights and 175/50-13 Yokohamas. If I was building a car to put in a glass box I would do the same again. If I was building a new car to drive, I would go with 10 inchers.

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Re: 1969 the year i was born

Post  69jmo on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:49 pm

cyclops Let me just help you with those images cyclops 












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Post  69jmo on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:53 pm

Still trying to upload pics sorry. I did manage to get one on as my new avatar.
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Post  Red Riley on Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:43 pm

I got those sorted for you. Have you read the image posting help? http://elf-hornet.4forum.biz/t1152-posting-photos-on-the-forum

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Post  69jmo on Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:07 am

Thanks for that and yes I have read it. It just didn't play ball.....
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