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My boot wiper arm had dropped a bit so today I decided to refit it in the right position and the washer wasnt squirting so though the pipe was blocked again.
I opened the boot to put some tools down and thought the carpet was wet ! sure enough there was about 50mm of water in the battery tray again ffs.
So I stripped off all the trim to have another look and found its getting under the lower boot chrome trim and coming through the white clips that hold it on. They look like they have a little seal under them but I can get the buggers out as they are tight against the screen ?!
so I have ordered a new boot trim incase the rubber seal as hardened off with age and letting water past it.
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I was bored the other day so decided to clean the wheel arches.
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Just shows up the skanky underside. It all needs painting, something I will get around to but thinking of adding some Hardrace arms as the standard arm bushes are probably past their best.
Also fancy a wheel change but not sure what. Really like OZ but very expensive so may just go 1.2's and MPS 4 tyres.
 

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My boot wiper arm had dropped a bit so today I decided to refit it in the right position and the washer wasnt squirting so though the pipe was blocked again.
I opened the boot to put some tools down and thought the carpet was wet ! sure enough there was about 50mm of water in the battery tray again ffs.
So I stripped off all the trim to have another look and found its getting under the lower boot chrome trim and coming through the white clips that hold it on. They look like they have a little seal under them but I can get the buggers out as they are tight against the screen ?!
so I have ordered a new boot trim incase the rubber seal as hardened off with age and letting water past it.
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Seal the gap by the boot handle.


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Thanks for the tip but theres no leak from there its coming in via the trim clips for the chrome strip.
 

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My boot wiper arm had dropped a bit so today I decided to refit it in the right position and the washer wasnt squirting so though the pipe was blocked again.
I opened the boot to put some tools down and thought the carpet was wet ! sure enough there was about 50mm of water in the battery tray again ffs.
So I stripped off all the trim to have another look and found its getting under the lower boot chrome trim and coming through the white clips that hold it on. They look like they have a little seal under them but I can get the buggers out as they are tight against the screen ?!
so I have ordered a new boot trim incase the rubber seal as hardened off with age and letting water past it.
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Had exactly the same problem here mate.....all the clips from the middle of the trim all the way to the drivers side were either lose or broken allowing water to ingress into the tailgate. They also have these crappy little rubber gaskets which either stop working or disappear entirely if the clip to the bodywork snaps.....most of mine were missing....a terrible design for sure. I originally thought it was my tailgate handle gasket but it was this all along.

They were only loose or broken where they attach to the car, not the parts that clip to the trim so I came up with an alternative fix as I knew replacing the clips with the glass in situ would be nigh on impossible and even if I did the crap seals on them would only go in time so wanted something more "permanent"

I used Geocel Joiners Mate Mitre spray activated glue to reattach them in the correct places....then ensured I put enough product on to seal around the edges. That way thoroughly attached to the car and wouldn't let any water by when they get wet. Spray with the activator and the gloop goes solid like super glue and Bob's your uncle....its a bit like easy plastic welding to be honest and arguably easier and better /quicker to work with than clear silicone. Just have to be careful not to activate any product on paintwork where it would be seen once the trim is put back as it can be a bit of a bugger to remove.

Some months on and lots of heavy rain all sorted. If the others start letting by at some stage I'll do them too.....nice to know as well waters no longer getting in and rotting my tailgate inside outwards.
 

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.....by the way once I did this the trim went on tighter to the screen than it ever did before and I dont think let's by much if at all now.

I was lucky that the leak was only filling my boot seal up...it didn't make it into the actual boot itself thankfully but I dont think it was far off happening.

Bone dry now tho.....better than new I'd say...one of the more pleasing fixes I've done on it (y)
 

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I have fitted the new trim now and the old seal had hardened quite a lot compared to the new one. Also smeared clear sealant under the clips to keep any water out and passed the watering can test !
Also decided to take the belt line tape off and looks much better now.
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Always nicer with chrome ;O)
 

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So not used this much as like most people but used it for my weekly shop and noticed a little puddle at the front of the car and my clutch slave cylinder was leaking :rolleyes: so I ordered a Febi one.
I changed it over easy enough but could not get much on the pedal and was low on fluid so let it over night with the lid off the master cylinder and pedal wedged down.
A quick google on bleeding tips later I ordered a Gunsons easy bleed and some fluid.
Went off to collect them the next day and when I got back got the tools back out ready to bleed it and forgotten I’d left the pedal wedged so took it off and amazingly the clutch worked ok 😁
So packed everything away and left it admiring my good work.
Came to use it today and pedal went straight to the floor 😖 so tools back out and bled it with the Easybleed and still wasn’t great so just forced the lever back in a few times and released the bleed nipple and hey presto a nice clutch pedal.
Sure I’ve seen this written on someone’s signature “fucking Mini’s”
 

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Recently had the same problem but I just compressed the new one with a piece of wood and 2 long wood screws and then bled it that way got a pedal pretty quick. Glad you got it sorted and always handy having the bleed kit. I ordered a Febi one and it took about 8 days to come.

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I have come to the end of the Mini journey and this will be going up for sale soon as I need a 4 door car as 3 adults in this is getting tiresome.
I have taken the Ohlins off, Scangauge 2 and craven speed mount and JCW carbon knob off to sell separately but will try the car as is before stripping all other goodies off.
Think around £3750 is a reasonable price considering all the stuff thats on it and all the work CoB did.
 

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A bit of an update as not much happened with this apart from 3 sisters back in august.
Mot is due next week and it’s had an intermittent airbag fault which my eBay reader said was the drivers airbag so after lots of pissing about I took it to the garage that’s doing the mot to read the codes and turns out it’s the BST which is the battery safety terminal.
I made the cables off as they had previously been under water due to a boot leak 🙄 but was still causing problems so I fitted a resistor for now until I can get a replacement.
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Next problem was a low oil pressure light 😖 it was onwhen starting from cold but went off after a few seconds and a quick google search suggested a faulty pressure switch.
I got one from ECP which was still in the BMW bag so a result there. I fitted it which only took an hour and has now gone out so 🤞that’s that sorted.
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I am doing the Oulton park track day on 18th December if it goes ahead so need some tyres and some brake pads which will probably be Mintex M1144 as the are good from cold and good for sprinting.
 

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good news ;O)

in contrast, I took my classic yesterday too, and they failed it, only perished rack gaiters after 24 years and a couple of front subframe rear lower mounts, but actually there isn't anything wrong with them, a) they come with rubber not boned at two edges, b) the turn plates in the test bay were seized, tyres creaking as they rocked the steering so obviously a rubber mounted frame would flex some, anyway I'll sort that with them in a few days,

if I keep it another 15 years it won't need MOT's 😂
 
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Hi shiftspark, love the car!!

I’m looking to copy your alcantara trim (sorry) on the IP supports. Is it something you bought as a piece of pre-stitched trim, or did you start completely from scratch?

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