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Hi all, so I have new project to play with. A Cat S Mini F56 Cooper S. Super low mileage, 20k on the clock on a 15 plate, 1 owner car from new.

Spec wise it has a few bits:
Smaller Nav
LED headlights
Active cruise control with parking sensors all around
JCW spoiler
Lounge leather seats with matching steering wheel
Black headliner
Panoramic Roof

I wanted something with 4 seats as the children are getting into cars and want to come with me to car events etc.

Check out my new car day video below. I will share more detail and plans once I've had chance to properly look over it, now its been delivered:


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Sat next to my R56 it looks like a monster truck:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Hi all, so I have new project to play with. A Cat S Mini F56 Cooper S. Super low mileage, 20k on the clock on a 15 plate, 1 owner car from new.

Spec wise it has a few bits:
Smaller Nav
LED headlights
Active cruise control with parking sensors all around
JCW spoiler
Lounge leather seats with matching steering wheel
Black headliner
Panoramic Roof

I wanted something with 4 seats as the children are getting into cars and want to come with me to car events etc.

Check out my new car day video below. I will share more detail and plans once I've had chance to properly look over it, now its been delivered:


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Sat next to my R56 it looks like a monster truck:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
I'm looking forward to see the restored Mini! Please keep us posted!
I have my own Volcanic Orange to restore too... 馃槩
 

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A quick walk around of the car assessing the current spec and what I may have missed:




While waiting for the parts to arrive I decided to start labelling up all the disconnected cables so I know exactly what goes where. This helped me to spot that someone had disconnected the washer bottle sensor and also that one of the front parking sensors was missing. I also started removing all the broken support pieces for the crash beam, the fans, the crash beam themselves and then the Airtec intercooler arrived so on that went as well:



Video below covers the initial investigation of the damage and what I tend to look out for with a damaged car:


Another delivery of bonnet related parts arrived today as I couldn't find a volcanic orange used bonnet and people want stupid money for used parts, most parts are actually cheap from dealerships like Rybrook Stratford parts department who have looked after me. That bonnet and bumper are going to the bodyshop later today to get them painted.



I also posted on Facebook mini groups asking if anyone wanted to swap my full leather interior for their JCW seats. And a very nice chap offered to do the swap, which we did this Saturday, so out mine came:



We then removed this and fitted my interior to his car:



The I threw the front seats straight in so I can reconnect the battery again, I have left out the rears for now, just in case the dent removal company I have booked need to get to the rear of the panel. Really happy with the JCW seats, what a difference it makes already to the interior



This is the dent in question, they seem confident they can get it out, so interested to see how they get on:

 

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So they came a checked it out, turns out that the crease in the middle of the dent is too sharp and I would be left with a line after the repair so he advised to get it traditionally fixed and painted.

Also turns out I missed some damage to the suspension, took it for a little test drive on and off the drive and got a stability warning and the wheel wasn't straight. So up in the air it went and I found pink pen on the rear lower control arms, both bent like a banana, the drivers side more than the passenger.



Picked up some replacements cheap on eBay. Next I inspected the fronts and although they look straight and no pink pen from the insurance company, I placed a metal ruler on the manufactured weak point, passenger side is straight, drivers side is bent. Looks like the car took a shunt from the front passenger side which may have forced both wheels on the drivers side to impact a kerb side on, bending both front and rear arms on that side. Again ordered a replacement front wishbone on eBay. Parts should be hear by Thursday and hoping they are a quick swap, rears seem easy enough front I haven't done before but can't be too bad, looks like a hand full of bolts.
 

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Time to get the headlight tabs replaced as well as some simple fixes to things like the parking sensor wiring. I didn鈥檛 realise replacement headlight tabs was a thing. Saved me buying headlights which are 拢500+

 

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So the F56 got to its MOT and passed with flying colours. So it's time to start modifying it ready for MITP. I also got the aircon regassed as that all leaked out in the accident, now its icy which means I can now start using the car as its all fully road legal now:


This week I will be finishing the dechrome with OEM black belt line, black door handles and black side scuttles. I also have some LCI 2 front and read badges in black to fit.

I also started on the interior, I've gone with an LCI2 new look JCW steering wheel, which turns out is also heated so I need to work out how to retrofit the heating switch to make that work, but all the buttons etc work so its a straight swap and feels much nicer in hand



You can see I have also fitted a P3 gauge fitted in the air vent which is nice to monitor temps etc. I have also fitted CarPlay which I will cover in its own video.

I have fitting videos for all these bits coming soon.


Loving the front end on this, time to start working on the rest of the car including the rear end and some suspension:

 

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Finally another update, this time suspension. I re-used the airlift performance management from the R56 and bought new F56 Airrex struts. I am really impressed with the air setup on the BRZ and R56 so seemed a reasonable choice to go for it on the F56. Super easy to install and all hidden under the boot floor so I don't lose my boot.






It all needs adjusting with the front drivers side to be dropped a little more on the strut itself but really pleased
 
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