Engine is ready to go!

Didn’t achieve as much as I wanted to today…. nothing unusual there!


  • Firstly I re-arranged my workshop so as to fit both my recent acquisition the Peugeot 306 and also the Mini in it, this involved moving the work bench to rear and  and getting some of the clutter from the sides stored away.
  • I washed the Mini as it was really dirty and was bugging me a lot.
  • I then adjusted the tappets to 0.015″ (normally 0.012″ but I have 1.5 high ratio rockers). All were tight which was to be expected as I had further compressed the head gasket, except for one, as I have re-torqued the cylinder head. Hopefully the tappets will be a bit quieter, especially the loose one.
  • I then gapped some new NGK BPR6ES spark plugs to 1 mm  (0.039″). Normal specification is for 0.025″, but the wasted spark coils run high voltage and work better at slightly wider settings.
  • The MAP (Manifold Absolute Pressure) rubber tube installed a few years ago was starting to go hard, so I replaced it along with a proper rubber grommet through the firewall into the cabin to mate up with the MegaSquirt ECU.

Some pictures for you.

Mini first wash in months
Mini first wash in months
Mini and Peugeot in shed
Mini and Peugeot in shed
Doing Mini tappets
Doing Mini tappets

To do

  • Continue to wire new EFI harnesses to relay/fuse blocks and to sensors.
  • Fit MS to bottom of dash rail using nut inserts (more secure).
  • Test and set-up PWM for radiator fan control
  • Relocate new power brake booster backwards by ~ 2″ to allow for a cold air/filter box to feed the MAF sensor that will be fitted at a later date. Doesn’t sound much 2″ but we are talking about a mini’s engine bay, there is not much room!
  • Bleed all brakes as all 4 corners have been drained.
  • Fit the new heater.
  • Fit the new rear boot brackets (front ones done) and remake a boot board to fit on top of these brackets and also to wrap around the front of the tank.
  • Check timing and adjust the index position using TunerStudio to give the base timing value.
  • Adjust VE table to get it running OK
  • Take it for a drive to dial in VE table using TunerStudio’s VEAL.
  • Check that it runs!
  • Get a wheel balance and alignment.

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