Registry: 1961 Austin Mini Countryman
Rick Higgs's 1961 Austin Mini Countryman – “LUCKY”
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Mini was purchased by a Chas. Pervo in western New York in the 1970s, sold to a John Thomas in Ohio on August 17, 1981, acquired as a parts car from Thomas by Michael Kearney, sold to the late Kent Summers and by Summers to Chris Higgins, who imported it to Canada January 21, 2001.
Higgins stripped the rolling shell, shell sand blasted, steel panels bought and some steel work done at RX Auto Restorations in North Vancouver.
I stored the shell, steel panels and boxed parts until December 1, 2015 when steel work began. Some additional steel panels were needed. Steel work completed in January, sand blasted, epoxy primed, seam sealed, undercoated and Lime Squeeze Metallic paint applied to underside, new ash wood kit fitted and ready for final body & paint.
While doing the steel work it became apparent that the shell consisted of a pre-November 1960 round nose and an early external tank rear (consistent with late July 1961) that had been spliced together in a cut & shut operation. In fact with the absence of any Tartan Red paint anywhere the Woody is likely an early Mini revin in the USA.
Removing the lead from the A pillars led to improved steel work in these critical areas, addressing structural integrity.
A 1293cc power unit is being built up, engine is complete, with transmission (4 sync.) to be completed. Mini will have Cooper S disc brakes with AP calipers, uprated shock absorbers, HD adjustable suspension, new 4.5"x10" Special Tuning wheels with offset to fit under the body work. Custom interior with TR7/8 seats.
The name LUCKY refers to the Mini surviving one or more major shunts early in its life, surviving its dismantling as a parts car, surviving the flat-tow from California...a wheel fell off as the Mini was pulling up to Canada Customs in January 2001.
|Owner:||Rick Higgs [hunter2]|
|Location:||Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada|
|Status:||Restoration in progress|
|Original Colour:||Tartan Red|
|Current Colour:||Lime Squeeze Metallic (FORD)|
|Engine Type:||848cc 4 cyl. A series (orig)|
|Last Updated:||2016-11-22 10:58:53|
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This vehicle's information was last updated on 2016-11-22 10:58:53
|Feb 28, 2004||Rick Higgs||Added to Registry (ID 36294)|
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