Introducing another South African MK3

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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  boris710 on Tue May 19, 2015 5:35 pm

Smile
I have absolutely no problems at all with 'questions' ...........





.......... the 'answers' however are another matter ................... Embarassed Rolling Eyes No confused scratch

lol!
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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  Red Riley on Tue May 19, 2015 10:51 pm

Nice! Glad she/he made the journey safely! We'll need to see you at some Mini events now. Now you need to name him/her if you haven't yet.

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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  humph on Thu May 21, 2015 3:20 pm

Stunning job on the restoration, and an awfully big adventure for a little car. I'm not sure I could have entrusted mine to some sailors for that long without having a breakdown.

Good luck and enjoy.

Beautiful family by the way, all round lucky guy.

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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  SAMK3 on Fri May 22, 2015 8:45 pm

Thanks! Been lucky. Smile
I've had to trust a lot of people along the way. We had the car trailered from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. When we missed the boat because of slow export clearance paperwork, we had to store the car at an airport parking lot (private property, business). They were excited to see the car and said they had it parked indoors instead of outside where the lawnmower kicks pebbles. Then we moved the car to East London for the next boat docking. While waiting to be loaded on the boat, the car began spilling fuel. Luckily the local customs agent had his father in law pick up the car and bring it to his home where he changed a perished fuel hose. Seems these Mk3s are somewhat beloved in South Africa and everyone involved have been very kind. I had to relax and trust a number of people from many many miles away.
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Two car shows, two trophies!

Post  SAMK3 on Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:44 pm

It has been really fun driving the Mk3 around NYC. I displayed the car at a street fair and won a third place people's choice trophy. Then this past weekend I drove out the NJ for a Triumph club event and won first place in the Mini category. Met some great people and had a number of conversations about the car. So far, driving RHD has been no issue. The car keeps up with traffic fairly well, just stay in the slow lane on the highway and avoid potholes. The car gets so much attention, especially in Manhattan. Even taxi drivers were taking photos of the Mini. Cheers,
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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  boris710 on Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:59 pm

Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

Excellent pics Mark. sunny
The car looks amazing !  bounce
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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:30 pm

Congrats on the first place Smile That fourth picture, the one with the car parked in front of the graffiti, is really cool!
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Great weekend at the beach and an all Brits car show.

Post  SAMK3 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:15 am

Had a nice weekend at the Jersey Shore with my family and some friends. It was a smooth 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Brooklyn. While the Mini ran really well, cruising at 50-55 mph, it wasn't enough to keep up with the 65 mph speed limit. Luckily my friend followed with his blinkers on. Seriously, this was my first experience driving a car and not passing a single other car Smile
Even a fire truck flew past me. But seriously, I was smiling for every mile. Even better, I won second place in the Mini category (a Morris Minor won the first place trophy). Met a bunch of nice people and got to sit behind the wheel of my all time favorite car, a Ford GT40.

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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:11 pm

Looks to be going really well Mark, glad you're enjoying it!
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More photos

Post  SAMK3 on Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:09 pm

No new work on the car. But we've moved out of Brooklyn to find room for a growing family. Now the Mini gets a proper garage. Amazingly, the car lived almost a year without a single drop of oil on the floor, which I thought peculiar when I left the Brooklyn garage for the last time. Then, after driving to its new home the Mini puked a small puddle on its new home.

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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  boris710 on Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:36 pm

Hahaha!

A 'Mini' that doesnt drop any oil is a 'Mini' with no oil in it !!! Rolling Eyes affraid

Usual suspects would be diff oil seals or rod oil seal or crank case oil seal ???

Happy skipping ! Very Happy
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Re: Introducing another South African MK3

Post  cheleker on Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:40 pm

Just marking its territory.

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New dash pad, tray liner and cards... and Yay!

Post  SAMK3 on Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:18 pm

Well, I figured it out after a lot of fiddling and shimming with washers to get the switch plate to sit flush with the repro pad. I had to carefully sand away a lot of excess foam from under the pad so the vinyl can wrap around the front facing edge of the lower dash rail and allow the clips to squeeze in place. And then the trick of getting the moulding to fully snap over the clips (I'm waiting for a friend with a little more muscle to help with a few stubborn clips. But the result is sooo nice, simple and clean, I'm not even sure I want to put my fancy Smiths tach and its wrinkle finished pod back in. Next up is to get some gray door bins and figuring out how to ship two bumpers from South Africa to the USA. Cheers.


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