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Old 30-11-2018, 09:08 PM   #1
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Sorry but another broken mini cooper s thread

Hi there my name is Scott, I have always wanted a mini cooper s R53 but never really had a chance to get one before now. I have had a countryman cooper s before and just recently sold my 2017 black edition civic type r to make way for my family sized X3. With that being said I missed having something to play about with. I was going to buy a 2004/5 R53 that was near mint and then along came the one I actually bought. Me being me I never leave anything alone so when a project mini with seized engine came along I decided that this was the perfect little project for m to play with and get it to standard I wanted.

Anyway onto the car

2004 Mini Cooper S in Black

109000mies on the clock with full service history up to 2015, after this it appears not to have been looked after as much and has been run dry.

Also has been completely covered in aftermarket stick on chrome.

Here's the photos from the company I bought it off.



















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Old 30-11-2018, 09:16 PM   #2
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As you can see it is a bit rough around the edges and needs a lot of work but at £350 I couldn't say no and fancied the challenge of turning this wee car back to its former glory.



Plan is to get it as clean as possible and do a couple of little modifications to it, completely dechrome it and have some fun with it.



So as usual nothing ever runs smooth for me when the car was being delivered to the house the winch on the truck blew up and dragged the front of the car into the back of the winch.



This led to free recovery and the guy making a claim against the newly installed winch so watch this space but will also now need a new bumper.


When I bought the car it was advertised as not running. I quickly found the reason why, there was no oil in the car and after testing a few things found the engine to be locked solid. So I have bought a replacement engine from a 67000 mile car and am currently awaiting delivery of that.


This will allow me to do a few things before putting it back in the car I plan to do the following

17% pulley.
Supercharger service.
Timing chain and tensioners replacement.
Replace all potential leaky gaskets.
New clutch.
Replace anything that needs replaced while its in bits.

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Old 30-11-2018, 09:27 PM   #3
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First thing I thought that I would tackle was the interior. Whoever had it had left it in a bit of a state, lots of long brown hair, bits of food remnants, lots of muck and bits of wrappers etc. It also had some of the strangest stains imaginable all over the seats, however under all that it appeared to be in decent enough condition barring a rip in the carpet.











As you can see it was all fairly dirty and has cleaned up well. I will take some pictures tomorrow of it all back in the car with a new set of mats fitted. I have also removed most of the aftermarket chrome stick on bits on the exterior.



The other bit that was annoying about it was the dashboard, which I have had to replace. Again pics of new dash tomorrow also.

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Old 30-11-2018, 09:45 PM   #4
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Do like these, looks like this is going to get interesting! Now subscribed.
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Old 30-11-2018, 09:49 PM   #5
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Looks like an interesting project.i especially like the interior improvements taking shape.
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That looks like a proper little project to have some great fun with. Looking forward to the updates / photos
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Love threads like this, looking forward to the updates
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love these types of threads. Good work so far
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Old 30-11-2018, 11:58 PM   #9
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These minis are popular

I think I’m going to get a cooper s as a next project. Will need to be a vert though for the wife.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:24 AM   #10
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Best of luck with this project. I hope it all goes to plan for you.
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