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Mini SPI, unstable idling #2. What is the oxygen sensor and how does it work?

Mini SPI. Ralentí inestable #2. ¿Qué es y cómo mide la sonda lambda? Second episode about the diagnosis of the unstable idling problem on this f*cking Mini SPI. This time we will check the oxygen sensor. This beloved (just kidding) sensor is our suspect number 1 after the checks from previous episode. But [...]

By | 2017-06-05T19:49:59+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI, unstable idling #1. Accelerator cable and diagnosis

Mini SPI, unstable idling #1. Accelerator cable and diagnosis We have rebuilt completely the 1275 cc engine, it has a brand new wiring harness, new coolant, fuel and vacuum hoses. We made it with love. But this damn Mini is still not happy. He is moaning in the form of unstable idle. Another [...]

By | 2017-06-05T19:32:52+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI, how to replace the crankshaft seal

Mini SPI, how to replace the crankshaft seal Oh my God! Why have we disassembled the clutch? My friend, this bloody Mini SPI has got some hidden tricks, and we are going to tell you all in the following episodes… Now we'll show you a little piece: how to replace the crankshaft seal. [...]

By | 2017-03-17T20:31:56+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI, why the Mini does not start? Checkings and solution

Mini SPI, why the Mini does not start? Checkings and solution Here we go, here we go! Everything is ready to turn the key and start the engine of this little machine after two years of hard work! A completely rebuilt engine, brand new (and modified) wiring harness, hundreds of problems solved to [...]

By | 2017-03-17T20:00:54+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI – Why is there a coolant leak through the head gasket?

Mini SPI - Why is there a coolant leak through the head gasket? In this new episode of the restoration of the Mini 1275cc SPI we will answers the (damn) question: Why is there a coolant leak through the head gasket? In the previous episode we summarized all the steps we did until [...]

By | 2017-03-27T21:17:37+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI – Coolant leak through the head gasket

Mini SPI – Coolant leak through the head gasket Everything is ready to start the engine of the Mini 1275cc SPI after two long years of hard work! Rebuilt engine, with dozens of new parts, restorated body, new wiring harness and thousands of hours of work to reach this point. The last step? [...]

By | 2017-03-28T20:45:41+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI, 1275cc engine assembly. Part 3: The cleaning

Mini, 1275cc engine assembly. Part 3: The cleaning Third chapter of the series "Mini, 1275cc engine assembly", and we continue to dirty our hands, as we like. But this time we are going to clean a little, but not to us (we already smell bad), not even the Mini, but to its engine. [...]

By | 2017-03-16T15:40:42+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI, 1275cc engine assembly. Part 2: Old vs new pistons

Mini, 1275cc engine assembly. Part 2: Old vs new pistons As you recall, the engine block of the Mini, our dearest 1275cc, demanded much care in form of a machining and a polishing of the pistons, for example.  Consequence of this? We had to buy some overmeasured new pistons, and it turns out [...]

By | 2017-03-16T15:41:47+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Mini SPI 1275cc engine assembly. Part 1: grinding

Mini 1275cc engine assembly. Part 1: grinding The heart of the Mini was touched, really touched. Scratched cylinders, a bent butt, valves made sh*t.. Rod and crankshaft marked bearings, pistons and segments worthed to be dumped, coolant mixed with oil, and a long etc… Facing this scene, what have we done? The same [...]

By | 2017-03-16T15:42:09+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Engine, Proyecto Mini 1275cc|0 Comments

Engine temperatures of VM77

Engine temperatures of VM77 VM77 engine temperatures, a topic that we have talked about so many times. We have been visited by good (and wise) friends who have tried the car and they have proposed some improvements (see these two chapters of our Videoblogs, here and here), and from the beginning we have received lots [...]

By | 2016-10-26T20:55:22+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Engine, Lotus Seven VM77, VideoBlog|0 Comments