Saving A DEAD Classic Mini Cooper I found on the Internet

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Rich tries to breathe new life into this Classic Mini-cooper
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  • MisterFixIt1952
    MisterFixIt195216 minuta më parë

    First car I ever owned, 1958 Mini. Payed $400 for it. Got hit head-on by a 196? Rambler Station Wagon. I survived, the Mini didn't.

    TRICKSTA30 minuta më parë

    28:55 first thing you should do is get tags so you don't get it impounded.

  • Tom Martin
    Tom Martin31 minutë më parë

    I learned to drive in one of these back in the early 80s. I remember saying to the teacher, why do I need to move this stick so much - had no idea about gearing! I also almost bought one from a shady car dealer. Who could have imagined my $500 investment could now be worth $20-50k (just looked up prices for Australian used minis for sale)

  • Oldstuff Man
    Oldstuff ManOrë më parë

    1:38 Wait. You're black?

  • Torero Tigreen
    Torero Tigreen2 orë më parë

    Hey fix my car!!! 🤣

  • C.S.Rodney
    C.S.Rodney6 orë më parë

    restore it and give it a modernize interior upholstery/paint job

  • Bryce Dorey
    Bryce Dorey6 orë më parë

    Supercharge it

  • Craig Kennedy
    Craig Kennedy7 orë më parë

    I LOL'd when the fuel spilt...!

  • MCMR
    MCMR8 orë më parë

    Nice. Those plates are Cork plates but not 69 Irish vintage type rather the more recent import variety & as it's a left hooker I'd guess it probably started life in France given the condition too. Health to enjoy!

  • RacerX531
    RacerX53110 orë më parë

    all cars ever made have traction control. It is called your right foot.

  • Al Johnson
    Al Johnson12 orë më parë

    I think you should go electric. I have a few friends that have done other conversions. One put a ls1 in a mini. Lots of work but it made it in and absolutely no traction but a fun project.

  • Barry W
    Barry W14 orë më parë

    It's not a 1969 body, it's a Mk 3 with the larger tail lights and back window. Engine is a post 1980's with the Verto clutch. It does have Mk1 doors though

  • Im bored of you too
    Im bored of you too17 orë më parë

    Dude Shellac doesnt come from petrol its a secretion made by a tree bug. Trust me I’m an expert.

  • Glen Hope
    Glen Hope18 orë më parë

    I think this will be a great resto buil chapter

  • Robert Speirs
    Robert Speirs19 orë më parë

    Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis CBE FRS RDI was a British automotive designer, widely noted for the development of the groundbreaking Mini he would be PROUD that this little mini is still here.

  • Howard Bowen
    Howard Bowen20 orë më parë

    Its a good video. Can I suggest that when you drive it , once up to temperature please please shut the manual choke off. Also you'll find it easier to start if you use the choke..pull the left hand knob towards you. Finally its a mini 1000. Not sure thats a Cooper mate. They are from memory 1250cc? Austin made a 1275 version that was much quicker. I don't think the carb is oem standard . Usually minis had su carbs, but the weber is a better design. I don't know a huge amount about minis despite owning one 30years ago. Mine was a 850cc one I think. Still a fun car.

  • bloodyhell
    bloodyhellDitë më parë

    Fix the door and trim, give it a good paint job and then sell it for double. Then get a Reliant Regal.

  • Broo_sh
    Broo_shDitë më parë

    and you did drive your choke on

  • Matthew Ridgeway
    Matthew RidgewayDitë më parë

    Keep it! Total resto the only way.

  • Broo_sh
    Broo_shDitë më parë

    cars what i have got if there is been something shit in tank i clean it and take lines out on pump no matters its that electric or old style pump and clean carpurator and used air pressure to take all out in lines and its good to take out all sparksplugs and spin engine to see if there somes out something or use prope

    ANDREW CAMPBELLDitë më parë

    a mini cooper would do 100mph, fatter tyres, suspension work and and some engine and carburetor tweaking.

  • Martin Boulianne
    Martin BoulianneDitë më parë

    One of my 2 dream cars!!

  • Paul Ashbrook
    Paul AshbrookDitë më parë

    Great car, and yes it is compulsory to drive it with a huge grin on your face. Minor technical point - the mechanical fuel pump is driven by the camshaft, not the crankshaft.

  • Pear78
    Pear78Ditë më parë

    mini's in europe go for 2000 ish for a decent driving one from the eighties or nineties.. crazy. I can help ship some :P

  • Error Sk
    Error SkDitë më parë

    29:18 In variable positions. xD

  • Error Sk
    Error SkDitë më parë


  • francis x
    francis xDitë më parë

    gas engines will always start. they were so simple then

  • bluecardholder
    bluecardholderDitë më parë

    Keep it as petrol driven! Everyone of a certain vintage in the UK has driven an original mini, they're like go-karts - immense fun. But yes they don't have the safety features of a modern car and they do rot - but as a play thing wow.

  • stephen kroll
    stephen krollDitë më parë

    did you hire your assistant based on looks?

  • Sina Mashayekh
    Sina MashayekhDitë më parë

    even tho that's pretty cheap but an Iranian worker or whatever has to work for 10 years to be able to buy that. that's how fucked up Iran's economy is.

  • Peterfixit
    PeterfixitDitë më parë

    turbo kit...

  • Paul Steele
    Paul SteeleDitë më parë

    Welcome to the Brotherhood of the Mini, as you work on it and as it gets better to drive you will ask yourself "What was Issigonas thinking?" remembering that this was designed as" Mums shopping car" the legend was that the door pockets would hold five bottles of gin each side In the end it won three Monte Carlo rallies outright and was stopped from winning any more the the French changed the rules. You will find that it does become a distraction on working on other cars as it needs a lot of love to keep it going properly. However, the crazy thing is that considering what the car originally cost, the survivors of the three million made are rising in value all the time. Anyway, Good Luck.

  • Rory Jackson
    Rory JacksonDitë më parë

    Great to see you bought a car from Cork Ireland where I live enjoy

  • Al Mac
    Al MacDitë më parë

    Check the bottom hose on the radiator. Hard to get to, so not changed as often as it should be and subject to perishing. PS - you don't drive a Mini, you put it on.

  • ¡Si Señor!
    ¡Si Señor!Ditë më parë

    Go electric OBVIOUSLY

  • DrAmit Gajeelee
    DrAmit Gajeelee2 ditë më parë

    👍😊😊my mother used to drive own a mini just like that during my age 1 to 5 years old.Thumbs up dude.F xxx Tesla F E musk!Subscribed

  • Nagara Automotive
    Nagara Automotive2 ditë më parë

    Hi Rich, glad you found a good UK source for parts. Best of luck with the project. We love old Minis here in the UK and I've driven quite a few over the years. When they are properly sorted you can see 100mph so keep your spirits up. Best wishes, Nick

  • michael F.H
    michael F.H2 ditë më parë

    All Mini 's are not Coopers. (A Cooper would be at least 3x the price you paid) Its an ordinary Mini 1000 with an incorrect carburettor from Ireland but why it is LHD is a mystery. Please push the choke in its only used for cold starts. I did enjoy your video.

  • Giggidygiggidy12
    Giggidygiggidy122 ditë më parë

    So will you be converting this to a Tesla powered Mini

  • smcfadden1992
    smcfadden19922 ditë më parë

    would love to see a prius tesla swap just troll the streets

  • vimsi
    vimsi2 ditë më parë

    5:05 LOL the girl rips off that door :D :D

  • markymark21105
    markymark211052 ditë më parë

    leave it as is thats how it was meant to be

  • Simon Als Nielsen
    Simon Als Nielsen2 ditë më parë

    You should totally go electric, both because it would just be cool, but also because it would piss off a lot of car enthusiasts :-P

  • Antonio Ric
    Antonio Ric2 ditë më parë

    The clown comment had me rotflmao

  • Stephen Morrish
    Stephen Morrish2 ditë më parë

    The secret to driving a mini... The accelerator pedal is an on off switch. Foot to the floor or not at all. You drive it like you stole it. Have fun, I know you will.

  • carl williams
    carl williams2 ditë më parë

    Tune it and you will get 100mph

  • Paprotka 3
    Paprotka 32 ditë më parë

    Why is this man recording children pushing a mini around a driveway?

  • Simon suv
    Simon suv2 ditë më parë

    I own a classic mini and they are just like a go-cart

  • King Maximus
    King Maximus2 ditë më parë

    its not a mini cooper

  • Will M
    Will M2 ditë më parë

    Small car Big problems definitely describes mini ownership perfectly

  • Santino Rider
    Santino Rider2 ditë më parë

    I owed a 1973 mini when we started work. Only 1000cc, under-powered, but still a lot of fun. Your on isn't a mini cooper. Just a standard but with a weber carb. The original factory had a simple SU carb.

  • Zed Beevor
    Zed Beevor3 ditë më parë

    Petroleum for f*** Sake.

  • bigwheelsturning
    bigwheelsturning3 ditë më parë

    Am I the only one who noticed that the speedometer doesn't work? Had a mini and wish I had it back. Is that a 1275?

  • kyle mimms
    kyle mimms3 ditë më parë

    LMAOO That’s the only reason why I want to build a rock crawler

  • James souder
    James souder3 ditë më parë

    mod the old girl , give her some more ponies , tho old cooper s cars where fun little cars that kicked some ass

  • Gat 2mad
    Gat 2mad3 ditë më parë

    I owned and learned to drive in a 68 cooper S ( over 35 years ago ) and that what you have there is not a cooper, Where is the servo??

  • Dr Viderius
    Dr Viderius3 ditë më parë

    Keep it original

  • Peter Durnien
    Peter Durnien3 ditë më parë

    I had one of these in teal blue 1000cc, paid £550 for it 6 months old. I loved and hated it. The back was good for a horizontal girlfriend. The door furniture was plastic and often broke and if you did not keep an eye on the top engine mount you could break the exhaust. Enough oil leaked to stop the front sub frame from rusting, not so for the rear sub frame though. I rebuilt the engine eventually and reconditioned the gear box (selectors were worn out). I winced a bit when I saw you start the fuel system degunking from the wrong end. If it's in the tank it's in every other part of the fuel system. All parts needed cleaning or replacing, so carb, filter, pump, lines and tank. Another recurring problem was the front wheel bearing and steering joints. Still got fond memories of loosing my virginity with Janet on the back seat.

  • Matt Reed
    Matt Reed3 ditë më parë

    Its not a real mini without the a series engine and the original suspension and 10 inch wheels. But 13 inch mini lites and discs on the later minis was a godsend.

  • Matt Reed
    Matt Reed3 ditë më parë

    You can spot a cooper from 100 yards, they have twin tanks.

  • Matt Reed
    Matt Reed3 ditë më parë

    No they didn't have cassette tapes in 1969!

  • Matt Reed

    Matt Reed

    3 ditë më parë

    Su carb BTW not a weber or dellorto

  • Matt Reed

    Matt Reed

    3 ditë më parë

    I had 7 of these minis from the age of 18 to 20 they are great cars and the most fun you can have on the road for little money. Dont forget to put a clothes peg on the choke for more power 😉

    DAVID WATKINSON3 ditë më parë

    Please keep the car as original as possible 🙏🏻 Not many Minis left now-even in the U.K.

  • Karl III
    Karl III3 ditë më parë


  • Curious Crandall
    Curious Crandall3 ditë më parë

    Oh, yes. Push the Choke in!

  • Richard W
    Richard W3 ditë më parë

    Aww man, when you get tired of that mini, I have a good home for it... Baddest lil midget car ever... Be the stuff on Awd......

  • Azrul Hanafi
    Azrul Hanafi3 ditë më parë

    5:05 rip

  • da ne
    da ne3 ditë më parë

    My first car was mini 1000 baught it off a coworker $450. Had a hard time getting tires it for, sold it for a little more then I paid for it. It was not insulated for the Yukon. Surprising enough room for adults in it EY. Funny enough they use to ice race these cars the mini cooper s 1200 cc studded tires.

  • da ne

    da ne

    3 ditë më parë

    I would said Im going to dissemble it and sell it for twice as much just as parts.

  • da ne

    da ne

    3 ditë më parë

    Color is rarely an issue it's generally attitude, Karen's and Darren's come many shapes sizes an colors. I like watermelon and chicken too.

  • David Gutierrez-Aguirre
    David Gutierrez-Aguirre3 ditë më parë

    " how could you not drive this thing and laugh??" - me dying, watching the mailboxes go over the roof of the vehicle

  • John
    John3 ditë më parë

    Rich, middle-aged, white male who blocked you in with his Benz is a disgusting human being.

  • mark perry
    mark perry3 ditë më parë

    A mini from Cork Ireland in 1969, the 25th registered Car in 1969 ended up with Rich, that's madness!

  • BrownieLove Mike
    BrownieLove Mike3 ditë më parë

    I would like to see the interior reimagined to a modern look and feel with basic modern electronics and improved slide rail sitting. I would like to see a good paint job and the engine well running and improvised without kitting it out with crazy mechanical fittings.

  • Giggidygiggidy12
    Giggidygiggidy123 ditë më parë

    Lica: so he can just eat his chicken or do whatever it is that he does😂🤣😂

  • John Lair
    John Lair3 ditë më parë

    Keep it as is. Its worth to much.

  • Ryan Washington
    Ryan Washington3 ditë më parë

    LS swap if you're feeling brave

  • Richard Atkinson
    Richard Atkinson3 ditë më parë

    That's not a Cooper! Not all Minis are Coopers! That's like calling all Mustangs Shelbys

  • Blue Roads
    Blue Roads3 ditë më parë

    Great job considering you never worked on a carbureted car before. It idled and ran nicely, so it sounds like you got the carb and timing adjusted properly. I really enjoyed watching you bring it back to life. Great little car.

  • grafvonstauffenburg
    grafvonstauffenburg4 ditë më parë

    Sell it unless you have a couple of thousand more to invest in it.....!

  • grafvonstauffenburg
    grafvonstauffenburg4 ditë më parë

    It still has carburetor & timing problems, but your restoration efforts have been worthwhile!

  • BMC1100
    BMC11004 ditë më parë

    Wait till you discover the Hydrolastic suspension.

  • jonc67uk
    jonc67uk4 ditë më parë

    Have fun with it but be careful lol. My friend broke her pelvis in a fairly low speed frontal impact & they had to cut her out of one a good few years ago. You are the crumple zone 😁

  • Sean T
    Sean T4 ditë më parë

    Would have been nice to see the engine oil condition when you did the oil change. Also, IMO tuning some seafoam should only help. Great channel!

  • Juil
    Juil4 ditë më parë

    Amazing. Super fun build. I think this would work nicely as a hybrid.

  • john kindon
    john kindon4 ditë më parë

    stick a honda civic engine in it and a custom subframe they are made in the states or just do a super tune on the old engine stage four-cylinder head bigger camshaft higher lift better pistons and con rod you can even put a turbo on the old engine or a supercharger from a BMW mini big bore exhaust used to do many in my younger days when I was learning my craft you can even put a cambelt on instead of the old timing chain makes it more tuneable there are just so many parts for them so you could go the honda way or build the original me myself I would rebuild the original and quadruple the power easy here in the UK we can buy a fuel pump for as little as 13 pounds if you shop around parts are still dirt cheap you can buy just about anybody panel you want even a complete shell if you want one but are not original some panels you can get original-like wings but they are four times the price I owned three when I was young 17 to 22 years old super them all up had a load of fun with them and sold them for six times as much some even more its a great little car for messing about with and so many parts to choose from over her there are so many racing clubs with just minis still they are as popular as ever plus some are making there's electric and drag racing them as they are so quick but are only two seaters now as the back is full of batterys so have fun rich from a retired fully qualified mechanic in light and heavy vehicles and PSV: (busses and coaches) I did the lot my last job was working for the royal automobile club for fifteen years RAC for short had a great time there would still be there if it wasn't for an accident which left me disabled but hey that's life I got a full pension of them as they are a great company to work for well they were when I was there so good to look rich it will be interesting to see what you decide I will be watching with bated breath all the best from john from Rugby UK.

  • --
    --4 ditë më parë

    My first car. I loved it - drives like a go kart.

  • Fred
    Fred4 ditë më parë

    Budd y of mine had one of these back in 1972. Drove everywhere in it. People would argue over who was getting shotgun in it. To this day he still regrets selling it. You finally purchased a truly fun car. Don't change it just drive it. You will be hard pressed to find another. You already know this. Think of this mini as one of your kids. Would you take it to the doctor for modifications? Or, be happy with the way it is?

  • karnisov
    karnisov4 ditë më parë

    I think the Classic Mini should be kept as original as possible, and electric conversion might be a little inappropriate, but that is my opinion.

  • DANLi
    DANLi4 ditë më parë

    5:04 LMAO at the door falling off the car and taking the kid with it hahaha

  • thecocopopscroc
    thecocopopscroc4 ditë më parë

    Nice taste! Old school mini you could make it a homade hybrid or it would make a great traxk car

  • Tony W
    Tony W4 ditë më parë

    26:22 Still haven't learned the lesson about driving unregistered cars on public roads.

  • Green Drn
    Green Drn4 ditë më parë

    keep it !!!!

  • Lenny_Daf
    Lenny_Daf4 ditë më parë

    Yo, that's an Irish licence plate.

  • Daniel Davidson
    Daniel Davidson4 ditë më parë

    Do an electric conversion!!

  • owen davis
    owen davis4 ditë më parë

    i got to 14 minutes into the video , that guy in a money prick ...All the gear but no idea ,give it 4 weeks in it be rotting under the tree`s for the rest of it`s life and he buy some thing else to fulfil empty life , what a sad end to a classic car

  • Grant Muir
    Grant Muir4 ditë më parë

    You have to love an original Mini. I had one in 1989.

  • Archer A
    Archer A4 ditë më parë

    I thought it was cheap. Makes sense if it's already had an engine swap

  • Ste Jer
    Ste Jer4 ditë më parë

    The casual shot of the door falling off and the girl falling out made me laugh out loud and subscribe.

  • Stoney3K
    Stoney3K4 ditë më parë

    So basically it would have been cheaper to just fly to Europe, pick up a car there, import it, and fly back, but hey, pandemic.

  • MrPottato
    MrPottato4 ditë më parë

    That`s a webber carby of a ford cortina 2 litre the original mini carby has a slide with oil in it.

  • Vince spencer
    Vince spencer4 ditë më parë

    If only we could of kept all our old cars as I remember back in the 80s when we bought these for £50 to £100.. I had a few back in the day and 69 is a good year as it’s the last year with the external door hinges. I wrote one off into an Armco once and didn’t remember much of what happened as I fell asleep at the wheel but the little 850 I was driving had the nudge bar option so I’m guessing that saved me as the engine was pushed into the bulkhead so must of absorbed it a little, either that or I was just lucky. But I wonder how long it will be before the 2001/2006 R50/53 start fetching good money as I’ve bought 5 in total now and these are really great value as my cheapest was a 2001 Liquid Yellow Cooper for £350 with 90000 on the clock and it is an absolute gem and have had it a couple of years and use it as a winter hack. More recently I bought a late 2006 R50 Mini Seven special edition for £495 with 77000 miles on the clock in Astro Black for my elderly father and it really looks the business with the chrome pack and the piano black dashboard that once I cleaned it up I didn’t want to hand him the keys lol. Everyone in my family who’s now been in my R50 has now gone out and bought one so my drive is looking like a Mini dealership circa 2005 lol

  • melikab
    melikab5 ditë më parë

    Dump a GSXR 1300cc motor in it!!!

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