1st Gen R53 Cooper S Whalen arrived today........

Discussion in '1st Generation: 2002–06 R50, R53 & 2004–08 R52' started by moreorless, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. moreorless

    moreorless New Member

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    Nothing really exotic. Wings and shift pattern.

    But man does it feel good in the hand.

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  2. bee1000

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    'Tis a lovely piece indeed.
     
  3. Nitrominis

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    look's really good!
     
  4. Metalman

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    Nice.......

    My pretty........

    So can we see more Whalen's in more MINI's?
     
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    They are very nice, when I drive my wifes 2010 with the OEM shift nob it is not quite the same or anywhere near as 'crisp'

    PS_Mines the same except for "MINI" where the shift pattern is

    Doug Whalen does very nice work indeed!
     
  7. Ernesto

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    I love mine, but be sure not to lick the shift knob when it is below zero outside..

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  8. jiminni

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    Yes he does :Thumbsup: I wanted his E-brake handle, so he said for me to send back my shift knob so he could re-buff it and match it up with the new E-brake handle all for N/C :cornut: They look great :D
     
  9. Jason Montague

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    Whalen Knobs

    :eek6::rolleyes: I don't know for sure but,I don't think that it would be wise to let 'this crowd' know that you like to lick peoples knobs. I mean you know, I'm just saying............things can be taken different ways with different people or people who are different.:devil:Like...you know...alternate life style people might see more here than meets the eye. My wife loved the picture but......she's female and straight :ihih:.......Just saying.........
    :Thumbsup: Jason:Thumbsup:
     
  10. rkw

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    You might consider painting the engraving. I feel it gives a more complete, finished look. I applied paint to the grooves with an automotive touchup pen, then lightly wiped off the excess paint with a rag and solvent. If you aren't happy with the painted look, it's completely reversible by removing the paint with a solvent such as acetone.

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    The paint doesn't wear off because it's recessed in the grooves. Mine is still the original paint and still looks great after 4 1/2 years of daily driving. These are old pics from when I first received my Whalen.
     
  11. Ernesto

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    Only licking my own knob, never anyone elses without consent :D

    RKW: I really like the painted numbers and shift pattern on yours (as well as the design).. I may try that out, although I am a little intimidated about messing it up.

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  12. rkw

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    Thanks. There is almost no risk in messing up. If you don't do a good job, you can completely remove the paint with solvent. The knob is a solid ball of stainless steel and won't be harmed.

    This paint technique works best in the places where the engraving is a simple line. Then the paint can sit deep and protected in the groove. I haven't seen anyone do it in wider engraved areas like in your design, but it would be interesting to see.
     
  13. DougW

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    I say GO FOR IT, Ernesto! I'd like to see it, too! :Thumbsup:
    (The PAINTING, I mean.)
     
  14. Jason Montague

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    Whalen Knobs

    :Thumbsup:Thanks for being a 'GOOD SPORT' Ernesto.You're Gentleman and a Scholar and there are damned few of us left. Happy Mini Motoring and I do like the SHIFT knobs.:Thumbsup:
    :lol:Jason:lol:
     
  15. Crashton

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    Oh now you've done it. You will never be able to go back to that prastic fantastic oem knob again.:lol: Enjoy your impoved shift feel! :Thumbsup:
     
  16. ScottinBend

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    One trick to painting recessed engraving like that is to dilute the paint a bit so it flows around much easier.

    Still love my solid chrome one.......
     
  17. galoki

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    ooh... you can do different colors to match your car! numers and letters in black and the rest with you Mini's color (or close to it). :Thumbsup:
     
  18. Ernesto

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    Ok,

    I gave it a shot.. Didn't do as good a job as RKW's but I think I like how it turned out.

    I will live with it like this for a while first, but I think I will also do the Chicago MINI Motoring Club lettering.

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  19. Jason Montague

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    :Thumbsup:Man that looks very nice!!!! The checkerboard pattern now has a reddish tinge to it. What/how did you do that,or is it just the lighting? :thumbsupJason
     
  20. Ernesto

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    Nope, just bad lighting and photography. I was thinking of coloring the center, but I think it will look too busy.
     

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