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Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

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62 Cooper S
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Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby 62 Cooper S » 05 Sep 2017, 02:44

Has anyone ever seen a set of aluminum doors, hood, and trunk lid for a MK1 Mini? I have some, I've had them for over 30 years. I've never put them on a car. I always wondered what they came on, maybe a factory rally car? I do know that they are not home made, they are very high quality, and as you would suspect, very light.



62 Cooper S
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby 62 Cooper S » 18 Oct 2017, 01:47

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62 Cooper S
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby 62 Cooper S » 18 Oct 2017, 01:44

I have pictures. The hood (bonnet), decklid (boot), are all aluminum, The doors are mostly aluminum, the window frame and some of the door jam are steel.
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62 Cooper S
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby 62 Cooper S » 09 Sep 2017, 01:59

I'll need to find time this weekend to put a magnet to them and see if the inner structure is steel. I know the hood (bonnet) is a single skin with no inner structure, but the doors and decklid (boot) have inner structures.

Peter Laidler
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby Peter Laidler » 08 Sep 2017, 13:43

Before I come in with something else about alloy panels, did we ever get to the bottom of 62CooperS's panels. Full or partial alloy

worksminis
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby worksminis » 07 Sep 2017, 15:42

MAB says his list was dated 1968. Alloy panels were on later lists (but removed in 71(?) as I mentioned earlier).
I'm actually surprised how much was on that 68 list. A lot of stuff was initially available if you asked but only appeared on ST lists later.
The "Mitchell Mounting" is an example, as is the definitive "works exhaust".
Some of the wording on that list (I can almost guess the author from the style) is typical of all the manufacturers of the time, Ford included. "Arduous" rally conditions were actually experienced by large numbers of amateurs every weekend - but those at the top often seemed to think such experience was unique to the factory team and a few select International private entrants. On loose surfaced events, the works entries were running on roads that were far less cut up than for later numbers and it was only the ability of the professionals to push that much harder in a car that was not their own that made their components suffer more "arduous" conditions. An unknown amateur "trying" hard on a typical LCAMC Restricted "mud plugging" event, possibly passing not a million miles from Abingdon, would need every strengthened works bit just as much as the works team. They never really understood that and I'm sure were surprised at how many ST parts sold and believed an element was to amateurs who didn't really need them but liked buying "works" parts.

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GrahamWRobinson
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby GrahamWRobinson » 07 Sep 2017, 12:34

 
The original question on here was about aluminium doors, hood (bonnet) and trunk lid (boot) with MAB posting details about BMC Special Tuning Data AKD-5096.

What's strange is that although the list of parts available from BMC Special Tuning at the time was quite extensive I can't see any mention of the aluminium parts mentioned above. I wonder why they were omitted as clearly they had them made?

Graham

davidscothorn
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby davidscothorn » 06 Sep 2017, 20:39

Isn't it crazy?
Can't you a buy decent solid wall thick block 1275 GT engine for around £1000+? Just not original 'S',
Albeit the smaller engined casting numbers are different. So what?
The 1071 and 970's can all be machined from them. So why such a difference in price?

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Floormanager
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby Floormanager » 06 Sep 2017, 20:24

Yup, it was up for over £10K initially. No takers at £9999, now £7995. I like the test rig!

Rolandino
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby Rolandino » 06 Sep 2017, 16:47

Has anyone seen this on Ebay ??? 1071 complete engine....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMC-Classic-M ... 1438.l2649

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MAB
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Re: Aluminum doors, hood (bonnet), and trunk lid (boot)

Postby MAB » 06 Sep 2017, 06:30

62 Cooper S wrote:Excuse my ignorance, but what is "ST parts"? Is that a brand? I'll have to look at them and see if the inner frame on the doors is steel.
Dean


ST = 'Special Tuning' as in BMC/BL Special Tuning parts which could be ordered from your local BL Dealership.

BMC Special Tuning Data AKD-5096.
"This is a complete pdf copy of a 1968 version of the much loved & copied Special tuning data sheets offered at minimal cost by BMC & BL throughout the mid to late 60's & 1970"
http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.u ... D-5096.pdf


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