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Mid engined VW 20V Turbo Mini

Post by arniewallace » Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:59 pm

I have a 1980 Mini and was always wanting a Mini with a rwd setup. So here it goes. Take a Mini with a bit of work required and Frankenstein it into a VW Golf GTi powered 1.8 20v Turbo Rwd.

Rust Repairs:
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Make up a cage to hold the engine, suspension and strengthen the car, and then cut the boot floor and most of the rear out.
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Fit the engine and make mounts for it and the suspension.
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Hope everyone approves.



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Re: Mid engined VW 20V Turbo Mini

Post by colinf1 » Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:59 pm

Looks great, nice fabrication skills!

Are you going for a sleeper look?

How many hours are you into the project?

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Re: Mid engined VW 20V Turbo Mini

Post by woody » Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:36 pm

Nice work ,will you keep the rear track near standard Mini ?
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Re: Mid engined VW 20V Turbo Mini

Post by arniewallace » Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:01 pm

colinf1 wrote:
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:59 pm
Looks great, nice fabrication skills!

Are you going for a sleeper look?

How many hours are you into the project?
Thanks, going for a standard looking sportpack look. Haven't kept a tab on the hours as it would probably scare me!!

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Post by arniewallace » Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:02 pm

woody wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:36 pm
Nice work ,will you keep the rear track near standard Mini ?
Yup standard rear track under sportspack arches.

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Post by arniewallace » Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:17 pm

Setting up the rear track width.
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Fitting the front.
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Testing the clearance for the ride height.
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Engine fitout, driveshafts, cooling system etc.
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Doors repaired and reskinned.
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Swaged holes as everyone loves them lol.
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Thanks for looking.

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Re: Mid engined VW 20V Turbo Mini

Post by Billy » Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:03 am

Fantastic project. You obviously didn't wake up one morning and decide to take up such a serious challenge. Have you done other mod builds like this before?

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Re: Mid engined VW 20V Turbo Mini

Post by arniewallace » Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:11 pm

Billy wrote:
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:03 am
Fantastic project. You obviously didn't wake up one morning and decide to take up such a serious challenge. Have you done other mod builds like this before?
Was looking something a bit different from a Z-car build, still would love to own one though. Had the Mini shell for a few years and the Golf popped up at the right money so the decision was made.

I also own and have built a 1990 Bedford Rascal with a Suzuki TLr 1000cc V-Twin engine fitted, its a hoot to drive and is really loud so doesn't get used as much as it should. The Mini should be faily quiet, well I hope.

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