A number of my friends and clients have expressed frustration with the carburetion on their classic Minis, and it's true - driving a classic car does have more driver involvement than modern cars, with problems caused by ethanol fuel, worn throttle shafts, improper jetting and so on.. There are several companies in the UK that have brought FI systems to market - with varying amounts of success - one common theme is that it takes a LOT to get them to run properly and they seem more suited to race engines than street. Plus they're expensive! The same problems have been true here in the states with carbs on classic cars, although the carb industry here is robust, the aftermarket fuel injection replacement for carbs has become much easier, especially thanks to Holley Performance. Holley have an entire range of FI systems designed to exactly replace troublesome older carbs on American cars, in fact most of them look very much like the carbs they replace, but all of them are designed to mount in the vertical plane, not horizontal as all classic MIni carbs are set up. In the 90's Mini itself brought out a fuel injection system of their own, which worked very well - in fact they started with a single point system, then later upgraded to a multi point system. Going to FI improved both the emissions and performance, with substantial power upgrades, but they were only available on the 1275 motors, not the 998......also these systems were downdraft. In the 20-25 years since these systems were installed parts have become non-existent, and the software needed to set them up, trouble shoot etc has only been available in England, and the machines it runs on are also proprietary - so hard to come by. They are out there, but for the average Joe difficult to understand or use. So...... I've decided it's time to see what I can do - using the Holley Performance kit as my basis, I'm going to adapt their FI to classic Mini engines. I'm not the first or the only one to do this - I got the idea from someone who has one on his supercharged classic Mini......but my plan is to offer a complete plug and play kit that anyone can simply bolt onto their classic Mini and get all the benefits of modern FI. This is not something for a rank beginner as it requires a special fuel pump, return lines, installation of a wideband sensor and some wiring, but it is fairly straightforward, and anyone with basic automotive skills should be able to do it - or I might offer an installed package - we'll see about that. I will also either have to build adaptors or modify intake manifolds to attach the system to the engine, but i already know how I'm going to do that. The last bit will be deciding whether to do a downdraft or sidedraft setup - there are packaging advantages to the downdraft, and HP advantages to the side draft setups. Lastly - cost. The English FI setups are expensive - around $2K + shipping, I think I can do better and the big advantage is when I deliver a unit it will work out of the box. If they want me to install it that will be extra of course. Other advantages to the Holley setup - in addition to being made in the USA (Go 'Merca!) are that each unit comes with it's own touchscreen to do setup - you can leave it in the car as a nice little monitor, or unplug it and toss it in the glovebox if you don't need or want it. Setup isn't hard, but does require a certain amount of know how - so my plan is simply to offer it with a couple of different maps to choose from, but it will run fine right out of the box. I know this is a long post, bear with me.....I have an engine set up in the engine test stand and am waiting for the unit to be shipped to me in the next few weeks, in the meantime I'm looking at several different intake manifold ideas and how to mount the unit to them. The first unit I'm using is a single barrel that was originally designed to replace the Autolite 1100 carb found on small Ford inline 6's from the 60's and 70's - 144 - 200 cu inch. Holly claim it will support up to 200 hp, so our little engines are well covered - the scalability is one of the things that's attracted me to Holley, that and their tech department seems up to helping as much as I need them. I will run this setup on the 1100cc test motor, scale it down for 998's and up for 1275's - my green car will be the guinea pig for that installation. Next up I'll buy one of their 2bbl units to try on an uprated 1275 - 1360 cc motor, to see if the extra flow will produce more HP too. Other advantages of the Holley system are that it does not require a separate ECU - it's built right into the unit - and it can also be used to control the timing, and has a number of outputs for aftermarket cooling fans, A/C clutches and more. The idle control is very accurate and will compensate for load, such as heavy alternator loads or the A/C kicking on. I'm excited to try this out - it may be an expensive failure, but I'm pretty confident I can pull it off. More as it happens!