CHRIS  - 1988 AUSTIN MINI CITY E

CHRIS - 1988 AUSTIN MINI CITY E

My name is Chris, and I own a 1988 Austin Mini City E. The car was bought unseen off ebay as a rust free rolling shell in 2010, and luckily it was mostly as solid as the add stated. At this point I was young and didn’t know much about building cars, so with the help of my Dad I then spent 3 years building it in my garage, undertaking every task myself, from bodywork, to wiring, to mechanics. 

After the build I then daily drove it for a year, which took it’s toll, especially as I had filled all the seams and bonded the arches in with filler. Inevitably cracks started appearing all over the place, and there were various other things that I wanted to do, such as tubbing the arches and tidying the engine bay. So I stripped the car back to a bare shell and started all over again, completely repeating the process but with more knowledge this time round.  After another 3 year rebuild, the car was back on the road by the end of summer 2017, and I’ve been enjoying it as a weekend car ever since. I try to make it to as many shows as I can all over the country, and it never sees a trailer. 

I have a lot of big plans for this car, and I'm working on a few big changes over the winter already, but it’s all dependent on time and money, so for now I will keep them a secret!

For anyone who wan't to follow along on Instagram, hit me up at Chris_RD92

Now to go into a little more detail regarding what I've actually done to this big hunk of tin, here is the full spec list in all it's glory

 Specs List:

- Fully restored from a bare shell (twice!), including rust repair, welding, and tubbed arches.

- Full respray in 2k gloss black, with the underside fully stone-chipped and waxoiled for good measure.

- Complete wire tuck and smoothed bay (new bulkhead panel welded in), including hidden wiper motor and fuse box.

- Custom washer bottle made from a Coca Cola drinking straw tin.

- Custom Batman dipstick

- It's also worth mentioning that a lot of the stickers I created myself on Photoshop and sent off to be made.

Engine/Performance:

- 1275 Metro engine fully rebuilt by KAD (Kent Auto Developments) with KAD 100 camshaft, and lightened flywheel. Every ancillary was perfectly refurbished before fitting.

- HIF44 Carb with custom paint and stickers to imitate a Lego head.

- Fletcher alloy radiator with hand painted lettering.

- Maniflow 3-1 downpipe with straight through pipe to RC40 center exit backbox,

- Purple silicone hoses bespoke made to order.

Exterior/Tyres/Alloys:

- The front wheels are 13x7 Force Racing Turbo TF billet 3 piece split rims, with polished lips and anodized centers.

- The rear wheels are rare vented Austin Healey Sprite steelies, which have been banded to 7j and powder-coated black, They are finished off with MG Midget stainless steel trim rings, and original 1959 Austin Healey Sprite hubcaps. I have never seen another set, let alone on a Mini.

- McClean Bros wide arches with the lips painstakingly removed and reprofiled.

- MK1 Golf front splitter adapted to fit with custom brackets.

- ABS Motorsport rear lip spoiler.

- Jap style external oil cooler, made from a Nissan 240sx differential cooler, with braided hoses.

- The grille is a steel 'weld-in' type usually found on Mini variants (pickup/estate/van), but I have adapted it to fit with screw on grille buttons for ease of access.

- Spax adjustable shock absorbers.

- Hi-Lo adjustable suspension all round.

- Full underglow LED neon

- Full LED rear light/indicator conversion

- Lucas P700 headlights

- Tinted rear lights/side repeaters/indicators.

- Subtle window tint on all rear windows.

- Custom sunstrip.

Interior/Seats/Trim:

- Full Safety Devices roll cage from 1981.

- Corbeau Classic bucket seats

- One-off Kingfab steering wheel in midnight purple.

- Full JBL speaker setup, including 6" woofers in the dash, 6x9's in the rear parcel shelf, and an 1800w sub custom mounted into the rear seat.

- Sony head unit.

- Homemade dash and parcel shelf, made from 70's pub coasters all carefully cut and collaged together. before being given 2 coats of PVA, and 4 coats of varnish.

- Homemade center console wrapped in leatherette with real alloy diamondplate.

- Full WiredByWilson LED toggle switch kit.


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