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The V8Mini story in brief...  Oct '97 - Mar'05.

Doris arrived in October 1997, as a slightly scruffy 1275GT with a badly fitted MG Metro engine, and over the next  couple of years the usual things occurred. Bill Richards 1380, ST3 head, straight cut drops, x-pin diff, SD 6 point cage, steel backed buckets, harnesses etc... Then things got a bit more radical, having seen Viku's V8 Mini in late 2000, I thought 'I could do that', then added, 'But it won't look as shiny!'.  As I had an inkling that it may be a bit of a drawn out project, I started a diary to record the trials and tribulations of the conversion. A few notable months are below.

Jan01, V8 engine arrives (fun testing that in the garden). Mar01, got a Princess gearbox. Aug01, got married. Jan01, registered the v8mini domain, Feb02, V8 running in car. May02, Doris moves. Jun02, first road test. Aug02, invited on Thunder Races coz a researcher found v8mini.co.uk. Jan03, first MOT with V8. May - Aug03 , lots of car shows !!! 

Since June 2002 Doris has been on and off the road as the development  continued (or as things broke/fell off) but if you want the full story you really will have to browse through the diary :-)

6 page magazine feature Practical Performance Car Aug 04 page 30-36 - see Scrap Book

Having proved the low cost FWD V8Mini concept, a decision was made in to concentrate on development  of the Pievan, so in March 2005 Doris was exchanged for a suitable pile of cash, and now belongs to a mystery buyer...

For the continuing story of Doris under new ownership take a look at http://www.v8mini.co.uk/doris. (Damn, that may give his identity away !)

The changing look of Doris- Sept 1998, May 2000, June 2000, May 2003.

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A few show pics we took.

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Show pics taken by magazines !

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Rover V8, Austin Princess gearbox, Mini Subframe.

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Fitting it all in.

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Hiding it.

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Keeping it cool.

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Exhausting it.

15_zorstfront.jpg (25748 bytes) 01_pipe.jpg (53761 bytes) 03_under.jpg (47584 bytes) 04_rear.jpg (49805 bytes)

Fueling it.

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NOTE AVI files compressed with the DivX codec, free from www.divx.com

Diy fuel injection by MEGASQUIRT www.msefi.com

For General V8 info try http://www.v-8.org.uk/forum/

For sensible Spag stuff visit www.spagweb.com or for madtech mayhem try www.magicspanner.co.uk

Looking for more Mini info ? Then try the Internet Mini Encyclopaedia www.ime.org.uk

 

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This page last modified 27/05/2011.