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Not much done in the last one. We'd better chew over what's next.

 



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Rich says there maybe 6 ish more episodes so... In no particular order:

Interior? (production of not fitting of)


Headlights fitted - ALWAYS put the headlights in first!

Fuel tank / fuel plumbing / brake plumbing / exhaust

Sub-frames and suspension & wheels

Dynamat / wiring / lights / wiper assembly / door builds / A/C

Headlining / windows / dash

Engine / & 'box / radiators - wonder if the motor will go on a dyno first?

Interior panels / carpets / seats

Set-up & shake down

Filming of the Chris Harris Binky Review #fingerscrossed


I wonder what connects the arches along the sills - didn't see anything in the booth

 

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-- Edited by Forsh on Saturday 30th of January 2021 10:57:54 AM

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Either I missed it or they did, but I don't see that throttle body and throttle peddle combo working together.



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Forsh wrote:

Rich says there maybe 6 ish more episodes so... In no particular order:

Interior? (production of not fitting of)


Headlights fitted - ALWAYS put the headlights in first!

 

-- Edited by Forsh on Saturday 30th of January 2021 10:57:54 AM


 

I did wonder on your 1st edit whether you were suggesting they put the interior in before the wiring but I'm with you now and your sequence makes great sense (to me at least) so I doubt they'll do anything like that, most likely choosing to take it on a test drive on the dolly wheels to check that it will fit down their local lanes.confuse

Have to ask: Why lights first?? (other than it makes it look like you've finished).

I suspect there's a fair bit coming on the suspension as I just can't see them bolting on the (modified) Toyota dampers.

The dyno step is also a very good shout, though I'd imagine that from the early episodes they are so familiar with whipping the thing in and out that they might do an installation with the running gear early and then take it out again. Two or three times.

 

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I wonder what connects the arches along the sills - didn't see anything in the booth

 

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I had the very same thought when they did the originals. Also, chrome trim or black? I suspect chrome but black would also look great.

Six more episodes - that's what, about 9 years? Think I'll be quite sad when they finish. cry

 



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You're spot on with the headlights - purely a psychological "must see what it looks like" thing
Callum says the same on Retropower...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q5qjX8oFYI

Looks like a black trim along the sill of Minis with factory arches


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Sport pack arches v Binky arches

 

arches.jpg

 

I thought the first effort were good but the 3D printed ones are rather special 

 

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I'm sure this has been mentioned on this forum previously but I am surprised there is no provision for auxiliary lighting (@11:05 Ep.20) - unless Nick just relies on The Force when hooning around the unlit Shropshire lanes? Or they have some voodoo black magic headlamps waiting in the wings

 

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Hang on, before we leave the wheel arches, have we already concluded the discussion about what links the sports pack arches down the sills? If there was nothing apparently painted for this in the Binky mega painting marathon, I wonder what they have in mind?

 

On the aux lighting, perhaps they'll be wired into the roof rack? You know, the one with the spare wheel strapped to it...



-- Edited by Kirk on Wednesday 10th of February 2021 10:28:27 PM

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There seems to be a black trim that presumably clips to the sill 'flange' on the sportpack arched cars as the red one above shows - nick has said he wants to not standout from the crowd of other lightly modified Minis

Also did the guys come up with anything to replace the £4.99 monstrous afterthought fog light? I'm sure they said it wouldn't be the final one but what?

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grapevine says newer ecu than shown to us. Wondering what the newer has that the old doesn't.

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Ah, OK. It seemed to be screaming for something just a little more substantial - not a Beetle-like running board but proportionate to the width of the arch. The black plastic seems to have been designed to primarily hold a little bit of water against the weld seam to ensure that it rots at the same speed as the rest of the body.

Lights are a minefield. I think the McLaren F1 used off-the-peg truck light lenses because they had all the necessary certifications.

What about door mirrors? Again, I didn't spot anything in the paint booth so I guess it's off down to Halfords (how do they still exist?) for a nice set of chromed self tapping jobbies. Or maybe not. Was there anything in the wiring loom for mirror heating?



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Pretty sure they had a Link G4 Fury (?) ECU lined up and Binky will be getting the Link G4X Fury now - and mapped on the hub dyno once it's all installed and up and running. Which ever one it was it'll now have...

Link's latest platform, G4X, is headlined by a faster microprocessor, high speed communications chip and 512 Megabytes of data logging across the entire product range.

Agreed with the sill cover Kirk - I'm sure Nick won't stand for any potential rust inducers

I think the door sub looms only had central locks, elec windows & speaker wires - they'd have previewed the mirrors with the full electrical test in Ep 20 oddish and the door skins only had holes and captive nuts in the same place as the originals so, just like with the paint, it'll probably be just the same as it was before they started



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From Twitter: 

Richard Brunning
 
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Official announcement coming soon but we're going to bring the mini for its first public appearance to the Historic Rally Festival in Weston Park in August. Might even be running.
 


Any chance of anything this week?

Richard Brunning
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None whatsoever. Aiming for one Binky and one escargot before end of this month.

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I saw on Twitter that Ep. 34 will precede the next library van update - which is nice. I liked your "follow the forum" nudge, Forsh and really hope they stick some headlights in first (just because).

Based on what we've seen so far, the assumption has to be that they are going with chrome trim rather than black (or was that the gold they were alluding to? Surely not!) although I can't imagine that we'll see any trim for a few episodes yet. There's got to be an episode on wrapping the wiring harness some time soon. Wonder if we'll get beyond sound insulation in 34? Don't get me wrong, it's great that there's plenty of watching time to go, but the anticipation of that engine sound is really something.



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We will only hear the engine at the very end - they will be keeping that one under wraps just like that amazing colour scheme

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So, this weekend then?

What do we reckon: gold-foiled ash-tray and cable harness?
I suppose I'll be happy if we see just a smidge of running gear installation and the return of Ralph to the right side of the camera.

Heck, I'll be happy with whatever we get, but with no chance of any grinder action, we at least need some beeps from that torque wrench to remind us all that this is a hard-core engineering project.

K.

PS/ It did occur to me that the chaps might just have changed direction entirely and plan to use the newly painted shell as a buck for building some carbon-fibre tooling. I suppose that will mostly depend on whether or not a sponsor has offered them an autoclave for the workshop. First use of an angle grinder to cut pre-preg?

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Kirk wrote:

So, this weekend then?


 What have you heard?

 

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Only Rich saying on twitter that the chances of a new episode before April were pretty good. There's also a picture of a short section of cloth-wrapped loom (which was a bit of a surprise - I thought they'd go for fancy-pants braided sleeving) on Twitter: BOM on Twitter: "Wrapped and nearly ready to go in. https://t.co/ZrOeynwEUI" / Twitter.

Who's taking bets on the episode finishing with the words, "It's a wrap."?



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"It's a wrap" sounds like a fair bet to me

Braided sleeve is fine till you get to a branch and with the exception of trailer wiring, looms seldom only have two ends confuse

Tesa tape is tried and tested, reliable and functional which fits the bill for "just" a daily driver!  wink

 

I know Rich said March but I'm expecting an Easter treat

 

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You can branch braided sections, with heat shrink at the junction, but it takes a fair bit of planning. Or if you're Singer then you have your own branching heat shrink junction thingumies made.
Tesa tape MUCH better than the British Leyland "solution". Did a section on my car not so long back and was very pleased with the result so I'm not knocking it at all. Just thought the chaps would take the opportunity to do something on the next level.

Easter!?*!?? Easter!!!?^&%? That's nearly...Christmas!!


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Must be nearly the end of March now. What is it, the 34th today?

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I think Rich tweeted end of this next week at the earliest
So 40th maybe?

Been a couple of new sensors reqd for the new posh ECU - even a need for bracketry! 

 

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7 MORE SLEEPS!

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