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Dave's 2008 MINI Cooper 2nd gen

Traded in my TypeR Civic for a MINI Cooper 08 plate (now known as Carly Cooper!) a while back as the running costs were just too much (as was the over stiff suspension!). Been running this around 2 years now and have to admit it's a great wee car! Mega fun on twisty back roads as it handles like a go kart, enough power to have fun with and cheap as chips to run.
So this is what she was like when bought, just totally standard apart from being optioned with the chrome line kit for the exterior and interior wise she has the optional mood lighting.

First thing to be done was to replace the timing chain, guides and tensioner as these are a known weak spot of the 1.6 engine in these. Next up, we go her racing stripes from BMW and Gayle and me fitted them ourselves. We were quite proud, managed to get them bob on straight both sides!

Next up, decided to beef up her rump! Was originally looking for a MINI Cooper S rear spoiler, but found a rare "Aero spoiler" which are hard to come by so bought that and fitted it. Luckily, it was already in the same colour as her roof, so bolted straight on.
Nice bit of kit, and went well with the black/sparkling silver theme.

One thing I really didn't like were the 15 inch alloys that came standard on her. Really wanted a set of Cade alloys same as i have on the civic Aerodeck, so after a bit of searching eventually find a nice set of 17's which had the spokes in black (which is what I was going to paint them) and polished rims. Not Cades but ZCW alloys, which look almost identical. Got them 2nd hand for the bargain price of £100!
Had to get special wheel nuts for them as the standards were too short, so got tuner spec ones which fitted a treat. Think the wheels really changed the look of her and go so well with the black/chrome that's on her.

A quick shot of the interior

Next up, decided I didn't want to get stranded with a puncture (previous escapade on a club run in my typeR prompted this!) so searched again and found the full space saver wheel fitment kit (including the wheel). Bit of a faff to fit but got it done and don't have to worry now If we get a puncture (although where we put the wheels that comes off is a different story!)

Future plan is to fit the Pure DAB kit to her (identical to the Alpine kit) so I can have USB/DAB/Aux inputs etc. Looking at possibly an induction kit and if the exhaust ever goes, that'll be replaced with a stainless steel one. No plans to lower this as it's my daily.

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    Rory Kilby
  • Location
    Hemel Hempstead, UK
  • Car Make and model
    Toyota Soarer, MK1 Eunos, MK2 MX5
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  1. RoryK

    Rory K's 1994 Toyota Soarer

    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone and I am glad you guys are enjoying it so far! I do have some more updates coming soon which I think you guys will enjoy
  2. Hi all, I am Rory and this is my 1994 Toyota Soarer which is the 3.0 2JZ Naturally aspirated Automatic (Was badged as a Lexus for some reason but registered in the log book as a Toyota? 🙃) I originally purchased this car roughly 2 years ago for a grand total of £400, it had a blown radiator, bad paintwork and it hadn't been run for sometime.. this is all I knew about it but I took the punt and had it delivered from merry old Scotland. So this is how it turned up... a 'black on black' interiored 1994 Lexus badged Toyota Soarer, the paintwork is supposed to be 202 Onyx black but it's had a bad respray at some point and the lacquer layer had reacted to what looked like some rather vengeful keying... + the following list of 'Minor' issues: Boot literally full of stale water that was spilling over the brim of the boot lid itself Seized front and rear brakes Rotten exhaust which is blowing in multiple places Cracked windscreen 4 flat bald tyres Blown radiator + collapsed hoses Smashed passenger window Broken passenger door lock mechanism Dead battery Dead alternator Missing Aux belt My very own mushroom patch on the back seats Cheap 'Fast car' style front and rear lights It's Naturally aspirated It's Automatic 🤭 Covered in Mould, bird shit and dirt So it's at this point my friends and family thought I was completely mad to take on a car that is clearly destined to the Scrapyard in the sky, or rather be broken and sold for parts as keeping in mind I am also restoring a MK1 Eunos Roadster and at the time I also had just finished a Nissan 200sx s14a project and also a BMW E46 330CI track car which are sadly now long gone. My Mazda Eunos roadster project can be seen here if anyone is looking to burn an hour or so as this is still very much alive: https://www.mx5oc.co.uk/forum/yaf_postst85443_RoryK-s-mk1-Eunos-Build.aspx Anyway back to the Soarer.. it sat on my driveway for roughly 6 months in which time I fitted a new passenger door glass and fixed the door lock mechanism to make it water tight and more accessible! I also fitted a new radiator and new battery, aux belt and second hand alternator from a GS300 which soon had the old 2JZ ticking over with an exhaust that had more holes than a sieve making enough noise to tell everyone the next block over that it has an awesome straight 6 Japanese engine inside 😄 With the above done the old girl deserved a clean and this is how she ended up: So from here a few things took over, like moving home and starting a family and I just did not have the time or funds to support all the mentioned + my MK1 restoration so the Soarer sadly had to go, I sold it to my friends over at Garage D who were going to break it and sell it for parts.... fast forward a year and I find out that my Soarer was still in one piece so I snapped up the offer to buy it back! A sketchy drive home (Trade plates), smoke pouring out of both arches (Brakes all still seized), mushroom patch in the back seats very much alive and kicking again and the dash lights flickering away (Alternator is once again dead) I got the old girl home and on the driveway! also I pulled the spare wheel well plugs out to let the small tsunami in the boot drain out and found the source of the water leak which turned out to be the rear spoiler that I think had been removed for painting and not replaced properly with the rubber washers at some point in its life... I sold the cheapo lights and sourced original front head lights and year correct rear lights, the rear Lexus badge was also removed because it's not a Lexus and I gave the car a much needed clean and quick polish I'm slowly going to work my way through the obvious bits and get an MoT for it before cracking on with much bigger plans! (Turbo conversion for NA+T and Manual Conversion), right now I am working on making it look a little nicer for my neighbours and missus's sake and to keep costs down I am teaching myself how to vinyl wrap and prep body work, no funny colour changes here I am afraid, it's staying gloss black And that's it for now... much more to come soon 😉

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