1973 Mini Innocenti 1300 Export

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1973 Mini Innocenti 1300 Export

Postby Minidave » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:29 pm

Latest addition to the fleet!

My partner Dan in Tulsa found this car about 5 miles from his house where it had languished in a garage for over 11 years. Prior to that it was exported to England where the steering and controls were moved to the right. Dan brought the car up to me to get it running, brakes and suspension sorted etc. The car is in even better shape than expected, straight as can be, original paint, no replaced panels etc. It's very dirty of course, but it seems to be all there.

The 1300 Export were the Italian versions of the Cooper S, with the S engine, S brakes, oil cooler and of course all the Innocenti features like the full dash of instruments and an uprated interior. This one was exported to England in 1980, that's when the steering and controls were moved over to the right side of the car.

This car has a couple of period accessories like the Abarth steering wheel and Cromadora wheels with Abarth caps.

I'm excited to see it today, the first thing we did was put a battery in it to see if the engine was stuck. It cranked over, so I pulled the plugs and cranked up oil pressure - it came up easily and held 50 lbs pressure just on the starter.

Tomorrow I'll clean up the carbs and see if it will start - can't wait to see if it will go!

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Re: 1973 Mini Innocenti 1300 Export

Postby ragtopday Johnna » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:48 am

So excited to watch the progress of this Mini!
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Re: 1973 Mini Innocenti 1300 Export

Postby Minidave » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:56 pm

Where'd my pics go?

Edit: and they're back, must be on my end....
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Re: 1973 Mini Innocenti 1300 Export

Postby Minidave » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:30 pm

Well, I got the front subframe out and removed the engine and set it in my engine stand. Got it all plumbed and wired up but haven't gotten it to run yet...no fire, still have to chase that down. However I ran compression and it's pretty good - 150, 150, 140, 145 and that's before doing anything to it, including valve adjustment.

More as it happens.....
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Re: 1973 Mini Innocenti 1300 Export

Postby MiniManiac » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:00 pm

This is awesome :D
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