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Jon---2003 MINI Cooper

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July of 2003, what an impulse buy....walked in for a test drive, just to play, walked out 3 hours later with what has turned out to be the most fun with a car I have ever had.  A true automotive love affair.

Here is how it looked when I got her home, after adding the 17" wheels of course ;)...took the 15" rims off ASAP.

when I hit 8000 miles :)...but showing the OEM speedo which I change later...

I immediatly got involved with the MINI community, although, as it turns out, they are not as fun or as into cars as this group here, so over time, I have become non-involved with the MINI folks.  But when I first hung out with them we went on some fun drives...

Then the mods began:

Hood stripes...

custom roof graphic...

engine modifications and performance upgrades like coilovers, cadmium drilled and slotted rotors with Ferodo DS2500 pads, sway bars, strut tower bars front and rear, prototype Milltek exhaust for the Cooper....and enough custom shiny bits to make your eyes hurt :)

Then there was track time...

New xenon headlamps...

Then all new custom interior, blue gauges, blue sport seats, harnesses, 2 tone doors, custom black ostrich leather, and chrome trim.

Nology Hot Wires
IK22 plugs
Chrome caps for spark plug wires
Cubby chrome plates
Blue Samco Hoses
Screamin Deamon Coil Pack
Moss/aFe Intake
TSW Engine Damper
Forge Power Steering Tank
Forge Header Tank
Milltek Exhaust--back on the car
Megan Stainless Exhaust--now for sale
Custom Painted Engine Covers
Blue Anodized Fluid Caps
Blue Anodized Wings Dip Stick
Custom Painted Transmission Mount
Steering pump fan shield
Craven Speed Short Shifter
M7 air diverter plate

H-sport Springs--removed
Vogtland Coilovers
Minspeed 19mm Swaybar, with zerk fitted bushings and lock rings
M7 Strut Tower Plates
BMP Strut Tower hanging on my wall
Hotchkis New Generation Adjustable Camber Plates
Megan Racing adjustable rear control arms, lower ones--removed
SPC rear adjustable control arms, lower ones
Alta adjustable rear control arms...never installed, sitting on a shelf
Polished rear stress bar, not currently installed
Ferodo 2500 pads
Zimmerman Cadmium Plated drilled and Slotted Rotors, front and rear.
s-heavies with 215-40-17 Parada Spec 2's, sitting on my wall for decoration
Kosei K1 Racing with Kumho MX in 215-45-17, went back to performance
Custom matched center cap stickers
custom alignment, front=negative 2 degrees camber, 1/8" total toe out, rear=negative 1.5 degrees camber, zero toe.

OEM new 2006 Xenons with 6000K D2S bulbs
White bonet stripes
Custom Yin Yang sun roof graphic
Aero Kit rear roof spoiler
Craven Speed super stubby antenna
Color matched Indi Blue antenna base
Chrome rings around top hood vents
White painted side vents
Crystal side blinkers, silver bulbs
Moss Angle Eye front singnals
Euro tails, OEM style, clear signals in place of amber, rest is red
blacked out arch side markers
S-side sills
John Cooper Works sill plates
S chrome gas cap
2005 chrome grill surround, and 3 slat chrome center, Indi Blue lower slat, with 2005 lower surround (smooth style)
Mini Mania MC50 pre facelift carbon bumper trim inserts

iPod Interface
Craven Speed iPod holder
Euro Parcel Shelf
Center Dash Cubby
Glove Box Cubby
Dual cup holder Coin trays
Euro arm rest
Dyna mat over the entire interior
Lapis Blue sport seats in place of Cordoba Beige standard seats
Blue and Tan Coco Mats
Ostrich Leather door cards, dash, steering wheel, shifter boot
Whalen shift knob, #10 ball, #2 ball, and custom engraved Yin Yang
2 tone rear cards with chrome accents
Touareg LED torch light in Cigarette Lighter holder
Boot Storage Bin
20% Tint
Door Pocket liners and dividers
Aluminum pedals and dead pedal
Blue Cockpit Specialties face plates
Indi Blue door bolt plug covers
Schroth Harness, driver's side only, currently hanging on my wall
Chrome rings on dash vents
Chrome covers on dash light button and emergency button
CD Changer, currently in my cabinet
Chrome Toggle caps
Full Toggle bay, all 6 switches, several are dummy switches ;)

I am sure i have forgotten some stuff over the past 4 years, there have been many changes. :)....and yes, I did all the work myself, interior, exterior, suspension, brakes, and engine bay.

MINI Cooper Office Chair, with working seat belt
MINI Cooper hood on the wall with Xenons/LED lights that turn on and off with the garage door opener, plenty of car parts on the walls.
Painted to match Cabinets, Grey, dark blue trim, and white panels.

newest pics 7/2008

bump for update and change from allroad to MINI....figured it was time to give the MINI some lovin' :)

Wow!!  The interior work looks awesome!

All I can think of is the scene in Liar Liar where Jim Carrey is "the pen is b-b-blue"  Sadly I couldn't find a screenshot, Maybe I'll make one tonight when I get home.   Looking good Jon.


--- Quote from: "Spicoli";p="54643" ---All I can think of is the scene in Liar Liar where Jim Carrey is "the pen is b-b-blue"  Sadly I couldn't find a screenshot, Maybe I'll make one tonight when I get home.   Looking good Jon.
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LOL...I make that joke about my car all the time.  Betsy just looks at me funny and walks away ;)

thanks for the compliments guys.  Hopefully in the next 4-6 weeks I will have the interior done, need to find some adhesive glue to get the leather to stick to the door cards and dash, and then start sewing the leather panels together.  Then I might debate putting either blue or tan over stitching in them.  Who knows.


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