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Project ERA mini Turbo

(Includes 1275GT, Minivan, Traveller, Countryman, Elf, Hornet, and Moke)
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Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 05 Oct 2017, 22:03

Hi..I have just purchased this ERA turbo thats has been sat in a garage for the last 13 years
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changed 3 wheels so as to move it
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on its way
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first time its been out of the garage since 2004
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a quick rinse before I get it towed to my home
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front seat is a a bit worse for ware
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But I managed to source these parts from a chap that did the leather conversion
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and genuine Mileage as I have known this ERA since it came to Jersey back in the 90s
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the plan is to have the engine totally rebuilt in the UK and get the shell repaired and resprayed
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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 05 Apr 2019, 20:20

sorry for delay in progress due to crap weather and no shed or garage
Sent My engine to the UK for a rebuild as it was sat still for 14 years .
arrived at builders 4.4.18
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inspection
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turbo test fit
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clean, rebore and paint
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new rods and pistons
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start of rebuild
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bespoke manifold
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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 11 Oct 2018, 19:43

more done on resto....
took a wire brush to bulkhead to clean of rust.
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primed
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the worst job so far remove the glue fron sound deadening
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removed glass to assess the damage on scuttle.
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wire brushed
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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 06 Sep 2018, 20:12

a bit more done on ERA removed rear valance
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also removed the front panel
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the front scuttle is next the worst rust on the shell and a tricky job with wings attached
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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 01 May 2018, 21:24

Thanks It will be done to show condition
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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby spoon.450 » 29 Apr 2018, 21:23

Fantastic timewarp car.....I remember drooling over the ERA in 1989. Good luck with the resto....I'm sure you have a great investment :D

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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 29 Apr 2018, 20:04

I managed to remove the engine from the mini
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gave it a quick power wash before I send it to the UK for a full rebuild
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removed the heat shield
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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 17 Apr 2018, 22:24

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Re: Project ERA mini Turbo

Postby mk1leg » 17 Apr 2018, 22:20

removing dashboard this is held in with 3 self tappers
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and 3 loom plug connectors
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the console has 4 selftappers under tunnel carpet
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I gave these a good scrub and they came out well
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the speedo and tacho bezels were rusty as was the backplate so I rubbed then down and primed and apply a satin coat
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and fitted gauges and backplate to dashboard
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Re: Projest ERA mini Turbe

Postby mk1leg » 13 Apr 2018, 19:17

Whilst the sun was out late afternoon I managed to get the ERA interior out and bagged to stop it getting damp or dirty
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and as for garages with post lifts and the damage they cause
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Re: Projest ERA mini Turbe

Postby mk1leg » 02 Apr 2018, 18:21

Managed to get the rear spoiler and arches off whilst dodging the rain drops I would say that these ERAs were hasterly put together they must of used a BRG mini with std arches as they have left the old rivets in over the rear arches and as for soposed 8 body kit support brackets mine only has 4 and very rusty rear valance
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