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 Post subject: Not Another 73 Sprint!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:32 pm 
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Some of you may have seen this advertised recently on the forum, yet another Mimosa 73 Sprint. The 2nd owner bought it when it was 2 years old ran it for 7 years then put it into storage when he went to work abroad. So it has been in storage since 1982.
I viewed it a couple of weeks ago & did a deal with the owner, yesterday myself & a couple of the Southern members went to pick it up, we swapped the front wheels & pumped up the rear tyres, with good foresight the owner had not applied the handbrake all those years ago & it rolled out of the garage quite easily.
It has some very minor accident damage to the front offside wing and has suffered some corrosion, the worse being the nearside front jacking point & sill.
Now safely tucked away in a garage in Andover, once VA485 is finished, I will crack on with this one.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2024 4:44 pm 
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Well saved Tony! Plenty to keep yourself and us entertained for sometime to come.
Good luck with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2024 5:08 pm 
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A few more photos of a great day out despite the weather and the awful traffic, another early one saved.




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2024 6:57 pm 
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That is excellent news Tony.

I conversed with the owner myself, offering to view and hoping to secure its future as I was fearful it would fall into the 'wrong hands', especially when he cancelled saying he'd accepted an offer so rapidly!

We'd been hoping it might be the star of the Club stand unwashed and 'as found' at the NEC Restoration Show later this month...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 8:40 am 
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Cheers Alun, same as you I just wanted to get it safe.

Happy for it to go up to the NEC, the rain has washed some of the dust off, but still untouched. I could even put the flat tyres back on it.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:10 am 
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I did caution the PO that the pattern of dust on the bonnet and garage floor could have been asbestos dust from a corrugated asbestos cement roof...I've seen it many times!

It would have to arrive at the NEC on the Thursday and be collected on the Sunday evening; would you be able to facilitate that?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 10:26 am 
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Originally sold from Ewell Road Cheam,

Only just up the road from me.

Think is an office block/flats now.

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1980 Dolomite Sprint with a touch of BLTS
Balanced Lightened and Tweaked 13B Rotary and SuperCharged.
Back in my possession 22 September 2019.
Rebuilding the Sprint time taken so far, 111Hrs@15/12/2020
212Hrs @31/12/2021
352 @ 28/11/2022
455Hrs @ 20/10/2023
530. @ 09/07/2024
This is time taken at the Sprint not necessary time worked.

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Project 13B Sprint now back on..
No Pistons No Cams how’s it gonna run?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 11:16 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 1:44 pm 
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Quite fitting really.


Believe they changed franchises a few times ended up in Ewell village selling Subaru’s.

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2009 Mini Clubman Cooper S Daily Driver.
1980 Dolomite Sprint with a touch of BLTS
Balanced Lightened and Tweaked 13B Rotary and SuperCharged.
Back in my possession 22 September 2019.
Rebuilding the Sprint time taken so far, 111Hrs@15/12/2020
212Hrs @31/12/2021
352 @ 28/11/2022
455Hrs @ 20/10/2023
530. @ 09/07/2024
This is time taken at the Sprint not necessary time worked.

Member TDC no 0471

Project 13B Sprint now back on..
No Pistons No Cams how’s it gonna run?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 7:46 pm 
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What a fabulous find, and great it's gone to a good home.

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Built 26/6/1980 (one of the last built), Auto, Porcelain White - Genuine Mileage 52,820 (warranted).

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Supplied by Lavender Hill Garage Ltd, Enfield, London, by garage owner Jimmy Metcalfe on 30th September 1980 to Geoffery Robinson, Enfield.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:30 am 
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Ziebart...free of charge... :shock: why would anyone not take that as an option???


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 10:12 am 
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Well done Tony. I had sent the details of this one to a local chap, who was after a Sprint, but he had found a pristine one about a month ago.

This takes me back to when I was a serial restorer.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 1:14 pm 
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Cheers Mart, the engine, gearbox and axle will be coming your way if you are still offering that service?
Not had a proper look yet but I think the engine might be seized. For some reason the carbs are off and in the boot, the PO couldn't remember why as he thought it was running when he put it away. The engine had a bottom end rebuild in 1980.
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The PO also said he had the 4 speed box converted to Overdrive. I thought the 4 speed boxes were different to the od box?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 8:56 pm 
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Yes, I'm still rebuilding these parts.

The gearboxes are pretty much the same but the main shaft is different.

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Sprintless for the first time in 35+ years. :boggle2: ... Still Sprintless.

Engines, Gearboxes, Overdrives etc. rebuilt. PM me.


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