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Another Rally Mini - Sgt Pepper

Let's get a few things out of the way first. I generally lurk and don't post much because I'm still very amateur and don't have a lot to add that I would consider meaningful.

Now Story Time:


I jumped into this project knowing that I was way over my head. To be honest, before this car, I didn't even change my own oil. But after buying this Mini as my daily driver, the true fun of driving finally clicked in my head. It was like going back to when I was 15 and had just started driving my first car (Nissan pickup).

Last summer I was in need of a new hobby and stumbled across rally videos on YouTube and became hooked. So I took a trip to Seattle and did a one day class at DirtFish. When I got home I started planning what I would build for my first rally car. I was going through just about every forum looking a build guides and general recommendations. But there was a nagging in the back of my head to go against almost everything I had read and use the car that helped bring me to this point.

I started my quest to find any other rally Minis (that weren't the Countryman). While there are a couple out there, Chris's thread was the only detailed build I found. I have read all 60+ pages of that thread to get an idea of the challenges he faced. Also, I was realizing I was really going into uncharted waters because the other rally Minis seem to be R50s and I'm running an R56.

Anyways, over the winter I began gutting it. I didn't have a ton of free time, but did what I could on my day off. March came around and I took a week off to go back to DirtFish and do a three day class. I left them with my car and keys so they could build the roll cage. I'm just now learning to weld, and I don't feel like risking my life and someone else's by trusting my newb skills.

Last month I picked the car back up, along with some other goodies to install when I got back home. Seats, harnesses, and a beautiful set of Reiger struts.

This is a slow going process for me because of free time and the reality of me learning as I go. I will keep updating though.


Goals:


Next month is a rallycross event at DirtFish, I would like to run the car to get an idea of what I'm doing right and what I need to change. A good first step.
If all goes well and I finish the build, and I can find a co-driver, I would like to do a proper stage rally in the fall.

As far as performance goals, I don't really have any. This is a base model R56 with 100,000 miles. I would like to stick to reliability for now and learn the driving skills I need. Plus, there's not much to do for extra power. The Reiger struts are the main performance point I wanted to hit, because I see that as necessary for me to get through an entire rally.

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What it was originally:

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Picking it up with the new cage:

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A view from the inside:

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The "roof" for my 800 mile drive back home.

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Some of you may have noticed that there are still speakers. This is because I still plan on driving this to and from rallycross events (not stage rally) to help keep them cheap. This is where I'm hiding the head unit.

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Freshly painted cage

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A small tribute to its origins
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As of this evening:

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Welcome to MA! This is a very cool story, that Chris I know he would be a bad influence. I believe that rally car would go faster with some MA stickers on it. Your are showing your age when I was young there was no Nissan it was Datsun. guess I am an old fart. Good luck, I can't wait to hear how you do.
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Great project. Takes a lot of testicular fortitude to gut a car. Keep us posted, that means pics and more pics. Good luck
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+1 On a very interesting project and keeping us up on your racing endeavors.
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Thanks for the support. There will definitely be more pictures as I go.
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Looking good so far, I have to add the gussets to the door bar X and some other mods to the cage. You're not alone. Alex is building rally Mini in Canada and Markus runs a RMW 1800cc sequential box in AZ.... Seems there is a rally Mini revolution!
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ah yes Reiger's will save you from rolling!
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Yep, after seeing what happened to your car, I was sold on proper suspension for mine
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Welcome to MA! This is a very cool story, that Chris I know he would be a bad influence. I believe that rally car would go faster with some MA stickers on it. Your are showing your age when I was young there was no Nissan it was Datsun. guess I am an old fart. Good luck, I can't wait to hear how you do.
MA stickers must be worth at least 10 hp, haha.
I know I'm young, just means I have more time to make even more stupid mistakes.
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