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    1. 04-15-2019 09:50 PM #1
      Well i started grad school last year, along with that i was hired at Sandia National Laboratories. So once i finish my masters i will go from hourly to full time in May. With all of this i decided to buy myself a classic Mini as a gift. The car is a 1986 Austin Mini with the 998cc motor. I bought it from my friend in San Jose, CA and then drove it back to Albquerque, NM. This is a dream car of mine and I was going to originally buy an original Fiat 500 and that all changed and now I am the proud owner of a 1986 Austin Mini! I still daily drive my 2012 Fiat Abarth and it is just shy of 130k miles now. The photo with the trucks, those are my roommates F-150 and 4Runner.










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      04-15-2019 09:57 PM #2
      Nice sized garage.
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      04-15-2019 10:20 PM #3
      Your "new" Mini looks to be in very nice condition, it looks like it would be fun to drive. Congratulations, enjoy your new car,

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      04-15-2019 10:24 PM #4
      Cool, congrats!
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      04-16-2019 12:27 AM #5
      Congrats on the personal achievements Love the Mini!

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      04-16-2019 01:37 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Hufeisen View Post
      Congrats on the personal achievements Love the Mini!
      Echoing this! The Mini and Abarth are both cars with personality -- nice choices.
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    8. 04-16-2019 08:35 AM #7
      Nice Mk1 tail lights
      There are a few of us on here with classic Minis. Welcome to the club!

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      04-16-2019 10:02 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by B_artman View Post
      Nice Mk1 tail lights
      There are a few of us on here with classic Minis. Welcome to the club!
      I have MK1 tails on my mkIII.

      MK1 Grill



      MK1-ish interior, too.





      Congrats, OP! Enjoy it.

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      04-16-2019 10:07 AM #9
      nicely done
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      04-16-2019 10:56 AM #10
      Nice OP, congrats!

      I really want a classic Mini.
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    12. 04-16-2019 10:19 PM #11
      Thanks all! It's been a ton of fun so far. It is one of the most engaging cars i've owned. I'm not this biggest fan of RHD but it adds to the charm of the car amd the driving experience.

    13. 04-16-2019 10:22 PM #12
      I dig the looks of your Mini! Its very clean and simple! I was thinking of going with the 3-pod wood dash with mine because mine its a terrible carbon fiber wrap........ I love all of the Mk1 touches to yours!

      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I have MK1 tails on my mkIII.

      MK1 Grill



      MK1-ish interior, too.





      Congrats, OP! Enjoy it.

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      04-16-2019 11:31 PM #13
      I always thought these were cool since they were so small, and still functional.

      To bad they didn't import them after 66 or 67 usdm sale
      Wearing a disguise, and pretending to be someone else?

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      04-17-2019 09:19 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by JCAV View Post
      I dig the looks of your Mini! Its very clean and simple! I was thinking of going with the 3-pod wood dash with mine because mine its a terrible carbon fiber wrap........ I love all of the Mk1 touches to yours!
      Thanks. I wanted a simple, original-ish Mini. I just happened to luck out and find one that someone restored to look like a MK1.

      It's has a 1275 A+, disks, hif44 SU, and 10" wheels.

      Back when I was shopping for them I looked at a lot of FI cars from the late 90s. Too fancy for me. They also weren't 25 years old yet. Didn't want to have anything to do with a "1972 Mini fully restored to 1996 specs."

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      small car that does it all, incredibly reliable too
      04-17-2019 09:35 AM #15
      Congratulations, that's the best way to go. BMW's interpretation of the Mini, just isn't what a real Mini should be.



    17. 04-18-2019 09:14 PM #16
      The size and dynamics are crazy between the two. My mom had a 2009 Mini Cooper S and it is true in a manner to the original Mini, its spirited and nimble and fun. In a modern context too it feels true that its a small fun car that can seat 4 people. The original though is just a bundle of joy and happiness. Its not powerful but it just is happy being driven and pushed.

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