There’s work to do.

Brian made a few notes about work that would need doing:

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Headlamps have water damage (but they’re British Pre-Focus units anyway, so will have to go)

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Something suspicious is happening around the front wings.

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Not sure why the roof has rusted just in the middle- maybe the previous owner was short and couldn’t reach that spot when waxing the car?

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Look at that gorgeous engine bay!

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The drop-down number plate in action.

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Moustache and whiskers are still there, but there’s obviously some rust there.

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With a switch panel this complex I’m not sure the Dymo labels are necessary.

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It still has the original service book! Well, *an* original service book from a Mini.

He’s home!

There’s a Mini in our workshop! The drive home was uneventful, though Brian did discover that the brakes pull to the side a tiny bit.

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We also purchased the seller’s entire hoard of Mini parts, including a few somewhat rare bits, and some things that probably don’t come from a Mini.

Meet Rupert

Last night we talked about restoring a car together, sometime. It might be a fun project! What sort of car would we like? Hypothetically speaking, of course. Let’s have a look at Trade Me- just to see what’s out there.

Today we’re off to Silverdale, cash in pocket, to look at a Mini. Funny how that happens.

Meet Rupert: he’s a 1963 Mini Super Deluxe, though someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to collect as many Cooper bits as they can. And I think he might become ours.

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He looks to be in fairly good condition underneath the faded paint and well loved interior. All the right bits are there- “it should be a fairly easy restoration”, I said at the time. (Here’s a tip: if anyone ever says that to you, just slap them until they come to their senses.)

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The interior looks original and fairly complete, and the floors haven’t been replaced.

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Original swing down number plate holder….

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Cooper ventilated wheels, overriders, stainless sill trims, piano hinge rear windows- all the good stuff! A (far too brief) test drive and he was ours. Deposit paid, we’d be back in a couple of days to pick him up.