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  1. Completed: John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S Restoration
    Categories: Restoration Projects

    Completed: John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S Restoration

      Check our finished restoration on Alex Munday's 1996 John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S! We have once again saved the day, keeping another Mini on our roads, and Alex couldn't be happier as he shared with us the warming story behind this Mini's time with us here at Mini Sport: Alex Munday is all smiles as he comes face-to-face for the first...
  2. Detailing Your Mini!
    Categories: Mini Servicing & Services at Mini Sport

    Detailing Your Mini!

    Our next blog on ‘Home Servicing’ can be undertaken by ANYONE, no matter your level of Mini expertise! Get your Mini concourse ready by washing and polishing your Mini – all it takes is a decent detailing kit, and a little elbow grease of course! You could even get your kids involved (same household of course) as a much-needed break...
  3. Categories: Uncategorized, Restoration Projects & Mini Sport News

    From Zero-to-Hero: Mini Cooper S Restoration

    Back in March 2016, we were tasked with a restoration on quite a special Mini indeed... Alex Munday's 1996 John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S, an original from the John Cooper Garages, production number 79, and allegedly previously owned by British rally driver, Alistair McRae! When following his life-long love of Mini's Alex purchased this Cooper for family adventures, it came as a...
  4. 50 Years of Mini Sport
    Categories: Mini Sport News

    50 Years of Mini Sport

    The seeds of what would become Mini Sport were sown not long after the Mini itself was launched, when in 1961 Brian Harper – at the time working in the family bus and truck business – acquired a brand new Tartan Red Mini 850. After using the Mini for everything from commuting to hill climbing and rallying, Brian realised the car’s...
  5. Mini Cooper LE Sport 5 Reshell Project
    Categories: Restoration Projects

    Mini Cooper LE Sport 5 Reshell Project

    This Mini arrived with us in 2020 for a full restoration & had changed dramatically since new, change of paint work & interior, it was in a pretty poor state all round... It was quickly decided that a new Genuine British Motor Heritage Body Shell was needed due to the sorry state of the body. The Mini was to return...
  6. Mini Cooper 500 gets John Cooper Conversion!
    Categories: Mini Sport News & Services at Mini Sport

    Mini Cooper 500 gets John Cooper Conversion!

      Our next project is getting underway here at Mini Sport this week... We are joined by one of the last ever Mini Cooper 500's! A new purchase to Alex, only collecting his Mini Cooper this week, no time is being wasted! Our very excited customer is already going all out to get this beauty ready for Summer! Thinking ahead...
  7. Top ‘Must Have’ Tools
    Categories: Mini Servicing

    Top ‘Must Have’ Tools

    Here at Mini Sport we understand the importance of a job done right. And that means, using the correct tools when working on your Mini! As a result, this will ensure both your safety when working on the car and that you're doing the job correctly, ensuring your safety when behind the wheel of your Mini. Because having the best...
  8. How To: Adjust or Replace Ball Joints
    Categories: Mini Servicing

    How To: Adjust or Replace Ball Joints

    This blog has been put together to advise you on the steps to take to adjust or replace your Mini's Ball Joints. With the front of the Mini jacked up and stabilised with axle stands under the subframe Remove the road wheel Loosen the ball joint nut (do not completely remove) Loosen the ball joint from the suspension arm with...
  9. How To: Check / Replace Front & Rear Suspension & Shock Absorbers
    Categories: Mini Servicing

    How To: Check / Replace Front & Rear Suspension & Shock Absorbers

    A key part of any suspension system, having fully-working shock absorbers will ensure a smooth and safe drive. The pump-like devices keep a vehicle’s tyres in contact with the road by controlling the rebound of its suspension springs – as long as the tyres remain in contact with the road, steering, handling and braking will be at optimal levels. Here...
  10. How To: Replace Suspension Cones & Knuckle Joints
    Categories: Mini Servicing

    How To: Replace Suspension Cones & Knuckle Joints

    This blog will look at the steps to replace your Mini's front & rear suspension cones. Tools you will need: Suspension Compression Tool Front Suspension Cone Follow instructions for replacing the shock absorber. Remove the front subframe tower bolt (post 76). Use the suspension compression tool through the tower bolt holes to compress the suspension cone. Remove the upper suspension...

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