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bsa_m21
Martin Rothman
Vancouver, Canada
(210 posts)

Registered:
01/06/2009 11:41AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7V8 Rover 3.9L

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: bsa_m21
Date: October 30, 2011 03:53PM

Mike,

An amazing build. Your fabrication, and photography skills leave me in awe.

Can wait to see a video of it on the road!

Martin
'80 TR7v8


Merv
Merv Hagen
IL
(104 posts)

Registered:
05/21/2008 05:48PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB Buick 215 T-5 Trans

Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Merv
Date: October 30, 2011 08:45PM

If it's too much of a sleeper, no one will ever test you.
I think that you have just enough of a teaser for them to test you.

Merv


Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: October 31, 2011 09:28AM

Thanks Martin. Me too.

Merv, Just enough to make it interesting...


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

Registered:
11/10/2007 10:05AM

Main British Car:
74 TR6 / 71 MGB GT TR6/Ls1 71 MGB GT/Ls1

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: November 07, 2011 07:30PM

The only person I know on this site, would be Joe Curry, who has used an S2000 6spd in his 1963 Spitfire!

[www.britishv8.org]


Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: November 08, 2011 06:45PM

Saw that one. Beautiful! Dual exhaust is not really helpful on these mills, but it sure looks cool on that Spitfire!


chimes
david chimes
Reading, UK
(12 posts)

Registered:
12/13/2009 08:40AM

Main British Car:
JaguarXJ8 & XK8 Original GT V8 (just s 2ltr

Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: chimes
Date: January 29, 2012 11:13AM

That is awesome,awesome work


Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: October 20, 2012 04:24PM

update:
[www.youtube.com]



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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3850 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 21, 2012 09:08AM

Oh yeah, that has got to be a blast to drive!


Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: October 22, 2012 12:16AM

I'm just finding out. Pushing it a little more every time I drive it. It has already exceeded my expectations!


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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: BWA
Date: October 22, 2012 07:36PM

Mike I checked out all of your work on that truck forum and I am gobsmacked by your work. I am sure with all the careful work you put into the suspension has paid off, I bet that little car handles quite well!!
Keep up the good work!!

Cheers
Byron


Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: October 24, 2012 06:11PM

Thanks Byron, I couldn't be happier just getting to drive it. As I push it more little-by-little I can't believe the performance; unreal. Three years was worth it! Can't wait to take it on some real twisties! And to a British meet.


socorob
Robbie
La
(173 posts)

Registered:
09/17/2009 04:42PM

Main British Car:
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Ford 2.8 V6

Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: socorob
Date: October 25, 2012 01:46PM

You've got to be under 10 pounds per hp with that. Looks awesome.


mgbreis
Ryan Reis
Beatrice, NE
(203 posts)

Registered:
07/16/2008 11:07AM

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: mgbreis
Date: October 25, 2012 03:09PM

Mike, that is an amazing build. Great work. I have a '59 Husky with a quad 4. It has an 8.8 on stock leaf springs so I'm very interested in the Art Morrison 4-link you used. Any thoughts on that aspect of your build? Were there any tweaks to the kit or did you use the links in their supplied length? From your pics the chassis rails and rear seat pans of your Minx look almost identical to my Husky. It doesn't seem like too bad of a job. I'm happy with my ride height where it's at, and I don't think it's quite as low as yours. I might get away without messing with my inner fenders?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c298/mgbreis/photo-29.jpg



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Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: October 26, 2012 01:12AM

Robbie,

Thanks. I estimate it's about 8.6lb/hp @ 2150lb/250hp :) Feels like it too!

Ryan,

Sweet Husky! Almost wish I started with a Husky or Estate (love wagons and hatches). The Art Morrison Tri-4-Bar worked out beautifully. Performance so far is better than I could have imagined. I used the link lengths as supplied. Worked out with luck that the fwd leaf hanger was in the correct position for the front/lower bar. The uppers had to be mounted above the seat pan in order to maintain the prescribed angles. All the angles, etc. are called out very clearly in the install instructions provided with the kit. Top notch customer service too. Let me know if you have any more questions.

-Mike


mgbreis
Ryan Reis
Beatrice, NE
(203 posts)

Registered:
07/16/2008 11:07AM

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: mgbreis
Date: October 26, 2012 10:02AM

Thanks for the response Mike, I'll really have to think about this. I was already thinking about a 3 or 4 link, and when I saw your pics it really got me excited as our cars original chassis are so similar. Have fun sorting out the Minx, it is amazing. I've only been driving my Husky for about a month. It pales in comparison to how far your car is evolved, but trust me - you won't go anywhere without drawing a crowd that wants to talk about it.



Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: October 27, 2012 03:34PM

You'll have to do something for coil spring upper mounts. My setup seems to have worked out really well. Ride is very sporty (not a caddy ride, but more comfortable than a mini copper sport).

It drew a crowd at a tuning shop when we stopped by the other day. Cameras were out and people were laying on the ground to see the suspension :)

It won't be making another appearance until spring. Started the tear-down for paint!

-Mike


TR4AIRS
Kristof Van Pachterbeke
Belgium
(45 posts)

Registered:
12/27/2010 05:58AM

Main British Car:
1966 Triumph TR4A IRS Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: TR4AIRS
Date: October 30, 2012 11:04AM

I just saw your first video on Youtube. It makes me want to get back at it again! Looks like serious fun!

Curious to see what the painted car will look like!

Kristof.


Frizzle Fry
Mike Dempsey
Oregon
(28 posts)

Registered:
11/19/2008 11:05AM

Main British Car:
1966 Sunbeam Minx Honda S2000 F20C

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: Frizzle Fry
Date: November 01, 2012 08:49PM

Kristof,

I got on it a LOT more after taking that video (that was the literal first drive and didn't even break into VTEC). I can tell you the F20C/6sp combo does not disappoint! Especially in a small/light car!!

That was a full mock-up run (nothing painted and not everything powdercoated). Highly recommended for working bugs out (I found a few), and more importantly for reinvigorating your motivation! Can't wait to drive it in spring :D

-Mike


socorob
Robbie
La
(173 posts)

Registered:
09/17/2009 04:42PM

Main British Car:
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Ford 2.8 V6

Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: socorob
Date: November 17, 2012 11:46PM

i saw on the forum you were thinking about a rotisserie. This guy made a simple but ingenious rollover frame to restore his Maserati Ghibli. Im about to help my friend build one for his Z.
[www.pistonheads.com]


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2653 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: S2000 Minx
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 19, 2012 08:57AM

That is a cool way to do it. Simple, easy access to all sides, and takes up less space than a rotisserie.
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