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First drive with the Mini SPI

First drive with the Mini SPI After many episodes talking about the problem with the gears and the starter of this little bastard, we get to the end. The engine starts, this is true but… Will the gears engage properly? Have we solved the problem with the Verto clutch at last? We will [...]

By | 2017-06-05T19:14:41+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Proyecto Mini 1275cc, Transmission|0 Comments

Mini SPI, cannot engage any gear. What is the root cause?

Mini SPI, cannot engage any gear. What is the root cause? In previous episodes we showed you we could not engage properly any gear while the engine was running. In seems the clutch is not doing its job. We have already seen how to disassemble the Verto type clutch and even how to [...]

By | 2017-04-20T18:56:31+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Proyecto Mini 1275cc, Transmission|0 Comments

Mini SPI, how to make a special tool to block the engine

Mini SPI, how to make a special tool to block the engine What happens if you want to disassemble the clutch? How do you block the engine so it cannot turn to loosen or to tighten the crankshaft bolt? The workshop manual of this Mini says you must use an special tool; the [...]

By | 2017-04-20T18:48:15+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Proyecto Mini 1275cc, Transmission|0 Comments

Mini SPI, how to disassemble the clutch (Verto type)

Mini SPI, how to disassemble the clutch (Verto type) The gears do not engage? Even not a single one? Damn it, f*cking Mini! We will need to disassemble the clutch even though it is completely new. Flywheel, clutch disc, bearing, even the part to center it and the crankshaft bolt… Everything is new! [...]

By | 2017-04-20T18:39:18+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Proyecto Mini 1275cc, Transmission|0 Comments

Mini SPI, Why cannot engage gears? Problems with the Verto clutch

Mini SPI, Why cannot engage gears? Problems with the Verto clutch We already got the SPI 1275cc engine running (Hallelujah, damn it!). And now that the engine is running, what do we want to do? Right, we DO want to go for a ride. But before that, we should make sure it we [...]

By | 2017-03-17T20:39:44+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Proyecto Mini 1275cc, Transmission|0 Comments

Replacing Lotus Seven rear axle ball bearings – Assembly

Replacing Lotus Seven rear axle ball bearings – Assembly Bearings up in the soup, we have bearings even in the soup! We finally got to the end of the replacement process of all the Lotus Seven VM77 bearings, both front (disassembly and assembly) and rear (dismantling), and in this post we finally got to install [...]

By | 2016-10-26T20:55:19+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|Lotus Seven VM77, Transmission, VideoBlog|0 Comments

Replacing Lotus Seven rear axle ball bearings – Disassembly

Replacing Lotus Seven rear axle ball bearings - Disassembly Come on lady, we pushed the boat out! Today we are going to replace the Lotus Seven VM77 rear axle ball bearings, the bearings located on the tip of transmissions. This is a non-stop. What is the reason for that? Noise. We think they are making noise when driving. [...]

By | 2016-10-26T20:55:20+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Lotus Seven VM77, Transmission, VideoBlog|0 Comments

Drive shafts and suspension

Drive shafts and front suspension Once we have removed the front brakes of the Mini (click here) we can begin with the drive shafts and suspension. The main goal will be disassemble the shock absorber and stub axle, and after that we could remove the drive shafts. To collapse the damper [...]