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 Posted: Sep 9, 2019 05:11AM
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Lyn.. trying going to www.google.com and punch in DVLA   and the link will come up.. later bc

 Posted: Sep 9, 2019 04:30AM
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Yes ‘Page not found’on dvla

 Posted: Sep 8, 2019 06:22PM
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lyn.. you might have some luck with DLVA..??  I have imported lots of cars from the UK to the USA. but always had the V5 in hand to export.. let me look up the website link for ya.. later bc  ok.. www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla

 Posted: Sep 7, 2019 06:03PM
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Lyn,
If you have the vin tag number from the inner wing of engine bay, should be on an aluminum tag, reverse stamped That number CA2S7 or KA2S4  or similar with the rest of the numbers, you can send that to Heritage along with some dosh and get a certificate which will give you the build specs.  It will give you the color of the exterior paint, and color of the upholstery along with the engine number. If you have a few engines in the spares collection, this will help id the correct engine.  I'd love to see some pix of the car when you get around to it. Also if you plan to sell the whole car with all the spares, I too, would like to make an offer.

 Posted: Sep 7, 2019 04:28PM
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Hi Guys,
Have been chatting to my sis on the phone and have a little more info.
(By the way Mini-mike have written to that guy you recommended.)
The car was purchased from new, by a guy called Chris Montague of Chris Montague Racing, Finchley Road, London.
He either had or wanted to keep the original registration plate as my sister remembers her hubby having to a get a reg for it from the DVLA, we estimate he bought it in the first half of the 1970's from Mr Montague, unlike today the registration document does not state when it was accquired, but basically just the two owners.
It does have a cross flow head engine but that is not in the car currently, just sitting in the garage! He put an Austin princess engine into it when they stopped the leaded petrol.
It does have the hinges on the outside of the doors and sliding windows with chrome catches, lots of holes!
The speedo only shows up to 95 mph, but it is possible that has been changed, however, the original one could possibly, probably is, also be in the garage as he never threw anything away!
My sister is now in a place that she has decided that she is going to sell it but we need to find out more info first to try to get a value for it.
There are apparently loads of spares front and rear screens, door hinges and much more that needs to be sorted out, he had boxes and boxes of stuff containing car parts.
If we apply for a heritage certificate would they have the info on it as the registration was changed?
What do you think guys?
Lyn

 Posted: Sep 6, 2019 07:07PM
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if you're in the UK, contact Nick Rogers.  min-e-bitz.co.uk    He's a fountain of info on early minis and also a source for hard to find parts if you decide to restore it.

 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 03:04PM
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Originally Posted by lyn00357
Hi Guys,

As I said previous, I will see what I can find out when I next see her, not sure when that will be!
Malsal...is she interested in selling? Well thats a question, when he was alive, she was constantly nagging "get rid of the mini its just sitting in the garage rotting away" since he passed 2.5 years ago there has been no mention of it!
To me it seems a shame to just leave it there, so I'm not sure if it's just a case of her not quite knowing what to do!

Lyn
I agree it is a shame to let it sit that long and if your friend has no interest in it maybe she would consider selling it.
Where in the UK is it located?

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 12:10PM
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Evening,

It is in the UK.

Doug, unfortunately, its too late for for all your suggestions to maintain it in good shape.
It hasn't moved from her garage since 1984, he stopped running it as it ran on leaded petrol and obviously they stopped selling it going to unleaded, well that's why he told us it couldn't go on the road.
Not sure if he started it up now and again, he was always going to get it back on the road but then he got ill so it never happened.

Never a member of any Mini clubs or ever raced it.

 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 11:47AM
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It would be nice to know a general location for the car. Steve (CTR)
Somewhere in her statement "he purchased it in the 70's and it's last MOT was in '84" leads me to believe the car is located in the UK.

 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 10:05AM
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It would be nice to know a general location for the car. Steve (CTR)

 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 09:22AM
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Originally Posted by lyn00357
Hi Guys/Ian/Doug
OMG, brake booster, voltage regulator???? Ha-ha, does the name Lyn not tell you I am a female?
The frame number is KA2S4/382207 so too low to be in the first batch, thus not an S.


***Have a little more to update, my brother, says it has a "cross head" engine??? Apparently quite rare???
      
vin number

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck - it's a duck.
Now a Cooper or Cooper'S is a different type of animal.  The Vin number article will at least help decipher

K - Morris Cooper or Cooper 'S
A - A series engine
2S - two door sedan
4 - Mk 1 Morris

and then you have a number after that.
The heritage certificate will tell you more and is worth getting as it will fill in some pieces as to what exactly you have. and give you a better idea as to what it is worth.  What also is going to matter is where is it located.
Your profile does not state where you are or how to get in touch with you. 
I would also check with the Mini Cooper Register www.minicooper.org to see if the Mk1 register would have any information on the car.
Also check with any Mini Clubs in your area - or in your case your sisters area to see if he was a member of the club, possibly raced with them.

 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 03:34AM
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Regardless of whether the car is sold or kept, it would be a good idea to periodically start the car and change its fluids.  With any car, especially one this old, things will deteriorate just from sitting.  Fuel will go bad in the tank and carburetor.  Brake fluid will pick up moisture from the air and start corroding the inside of the system.  Also, don't be tempted to drive the car (on the road) if the tires are older than about 7 years and/or if the tire sidewalls are cracking.  A little bit of periodic attention will keep the car in shape but it will start falling apart if just left to stand.  

Doug L.
 Posted: Sep 3, 2019 12:25AM
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Hi Guys,

As I said previous, I will see what I can find out when I next see her, not sure when that will be!
Malsal...is she interested in selling? Well thats a question, when he was alive, she was constantly nagging "get rid of the mini its just sitting in the garage rotting away" since he passed 2.5 years ago there has been no mention of it!
To me it seems a shame to just leave it there, so I'm not sure if it's just a case of her not quite knowing what to do!

Lyn

 Posted: Sep 2, 2019 03:30PM
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Originally Posted by lyn00357
Thanks Doug, looks like my sister won't be retiring just yet then!
I suspect, as I said previous he put the 1275cc engine into it at some stage, however, it is still a 1963 Mini Cooper and must be worth something?
However, we shall still dig around and see what we can find out about it's exact identity.
He purchased the car in the 70's and the last MOT was in 1984, it has sat in the garage eversince!
Thanks again,
Lyn
Lyn is your Sister planning on selling this Mini, if so i am interested my contact info is in my profile.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Sep 2, 2019 03:23PM
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A cross flow head?  Would you post some pictures of the car?

Doug L.
 Posted: Sep 2, 2019 01:41PM
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Hi Guys/Ian/Doug
OMG, brake booster, voltage regulator???? Ha-ha, does the name Lyn not tell you I am a female?
The frame number is KA2S4/382207 so too low to be in the first batch, thus not an S.
My nephew is also into mechanics so when I get up to see them I will be asking lots of questions and examining said vehicle with him, I have to say it has become a bit of an obsession with me now trying to find out about it and i am learning little by little and finding it quite interesting!
I'm turning into a mini mania..c!
Lyn
Will keep you posted if any info I get.

***Have a little more to update, my brother, says it has a "cross head" engine??? Apparently quite rare???
      

 Posted: Sep 1, 2019 06:52PM
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1963./ Ian. thanks for the input.  on this.. later bc

 Posted: Sep 1, 2019 04:24PM
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I would suggest you do need a Heritage Cert.  The body number (and age) could place it in the S (1071) group but then, at that time, the 997s and 1071s were in batches that shared the same “letter” group.  (384601 was the first Morris S).  Edit:   ..or maybe not ...another reference puts the first batch of Ss as between 384101 to 385096.....
The engine number belongs to an early 1275 group but somewhat later than your rego document lists.

Unfortunately Parnell won’t help as he doesn’t actually list the “batches”. ... just the first and last overall.  That series of numbers contains both Ss and “ordinary ” Coopers...

What is the maximum number on the speedo - not conclusive but certainly indicative as to the model.....

Is there a brake booster?...Where is the voltage regulator mounted??

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Sep 1, 2019 03:35PM
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lynn.. ok here is the direct link for the BMHT cert.. www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk 

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Also keep in mind that a Mini is not a Mini Cooper which is not a Mini Cooper -S.  

You can put all the necessary bits onto a plain Mini to make it act and appear like a Cooper or Cooper -S but that does not make it a Cooper or -S.  That does not mean that an upgraded Mini is less of a car.  They will still be fun to enjoy and drive.  However, converted standard Minis just don't command the sales price of an original Cooper or -S.

Doug L.

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