JDM Sleeper Mini [Season Premiere]

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We originally found this Mini Cooper in Tokyo - one of the J-Spec models made specifically for the Japanese Domestic Market. After upgrading it with a supercharger and an E85 conversion, we decided it was time to take it to the next level and transform it into the ultimate Mini sleeper...
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We're back!. mighty car mods is back!. and this episode we're building a mad sleeper mini. welcome back to not just another episode but another year of mighty car mods!. if you were making babies when our first episode came out, you would have a 9 year old. which is absolutely frightening, but this year, we've got some incredible and epic things planned. we've got overseas adventures. we've got big power builds; bigger power than you've ever seen on mighty car mods before. we're gonna be working on some absolute nuggets!. we've got some diy. and of course we're doing some mythbusting and some other silly things. but how do you kick off such an extravagant and incredible season of mighty car mods . i'll tell you how! you build a sleeper mini!. now why would you want to do that why not !. so let's kick into the first episode of mighty car mods this year. building a mad sleeper mini!. this is my classic mini. a version made specifically for the japanese domestic market, which we found in tokyo. this is, without a doubt, my all-time favourite car. the classic mini is quite literally a classic and an icon of the 20th century. a little while back, my friend miles and i decided to supercharge it with a kit that we got from england that was made in germany. miles has always had minis in his life. and he's been working on cars since he was a little kid. his dad was a master mini mechanic and taught miles everything he needed to know on how to work with them. minis have been important in my family too. my very first car was a mini. and here's my mum with hers back in the 1960s. once we'd finished supercharging my mini,. we tuned it to run on ethanol race fuel, and it has been awesome!. but now, like most people with modified cars,. i want more! more power. more reliability. and a fifth gear would be nice, too. so i'm heading up to queensland to meet up with miles at his workshop. and this mini is about to get some serious and substantial modifications. these j-spec minis are awesome. and the only thing that's really letting them down is power. we got around a 50% power increase with the addition of the supercharger and the e85 tune. but now we're taking it further. much further. now you may be wondering, what is the plan to make this super mini super fast . well, we're doing a complete engine swap. and no, this is not an engine from another mini. this is an engine from a jdm honda civic type r. this, is a b16b. a 1. 6 litre naturally-aspirated performance engine with vtec, from japan. it has 185hp and redlines at 9000rpm. now to put this into perspective,. my mini's 'a-series' engine originally shipped from the factory with 60hp. there are numerous benefits to a honda engine swap. including reliability, performance, a 5-speed box. and a power-to-weight ratio that is going to be ridiculous. these minis only weigh around 700 kilos. so with an engine swap like this, it's going to be off its face!. marty has arrived in his new car with an important piece of the puzzle. this is a b16 engine loom. we didn't get one with our engine,. so this one was sourced by mechanical stig. and will be an integral part of the build. our favourite honda-hater, turbo yoda, is set to task stripping down the b16b engine. while we strip the car of everything that's gonna get in the way of installing the new engine. so the time has come. to do a vtec conversion on the mini. and it's both exciting and painful because there was so much time and effort put into this first iteration of the mini. which is a supercharged mini that runs on e85 and flex-fuel, the first one in the world. but i just want more power and i want to go faster, it's as simple as that, really. now there's a number of different ways that you can go faster, with carbing mini builds. and there's a whole world of that stuff going on. but i wanted to do something that involved a bit of the jdm heritage of this particular japanese mini. and that's why we're putting in a b16b honda civic engine. now that's the first bit. the second bit is, how do we actually get it in there . and hence we have miles here, mini expert and engine conversion expert. and just all-round awesome guy. and he's gonna tell you now how it's done. alright. how are we gonna do it . obviously we've gotta pull this all out first, right . -yes, yup. clean out the engine bay. -yup. no wiring. -nothing. no engine. -empty. empty. -empty. then an angle-grinder. yes, angle-grinder. ok. and we're gonna start. i bet all the mini-people out there are just, bye. we're not watching anymore! angle-grinders !. so what have we gotta cut to actually fit it in there . what i believe, we'll need to cut both of the inner-wheel-arch trims out. ummm, on both sides because the engine is physically a lot longer than this. we've got a gearbox hanging out the side of the new motor. whereas with the mini, it's nice and compact underneath. so we need to make the motor fit in lengthways. which the only way to do that is, yeah, is to remove the steel from inside of here. yep. ummm. we then. first of all, obviously, we need to take this motor out. and get the original sub-frame out. and get rid of it completely. and then we're gonna have a different sub-frame in the car. that will house our new honda motor. and once it's actually physically in there. the rest of it is fairly straight-forward. it's like any conversion of plumbing and wiring and bits and pieces. but the struggle is going to be fitting a very large, square peg in a round hole. great. alright! let's get to it!. sounds good. buying engines from overseas is a lengthy process because australia is a long way away. and has strict quarantine laws but it is definitely worth it for something special like this. the real question, though: now that it's in the country, how do we get it in the car . it's one thing to have a mini and it's another thing to have a 1. 6 litre vtec honda engine from japan. but how do you actually combine the two together . well, obviously it's not just gonna fit as-is so you need a custom sub-frame which is exactly what i have here. so, this was supplied by mini mania. and manufactured by minitech in the usa, so. this here was specifically made for me and this particular project. i rang them up and said 'can you do, can you do this, can you make them '. they said 'yep. we make them'. so they put this together. it took a couple of weeks and then they shipped it out to australia. now, this takes the guess-work out of it and it also has componentry for the suspension. so, i've got over here. as part of this. we've also got. coilovers. and all the other bits and pieces. to actually make this fit inside a mini. and this here is manufactured specifically to fit the b16b engine from japan. so, engine goes in this. mini goes over the top of that. very, very minimal cutting of the car required. and externally it should still look exactly the same. and we'll end up with a proper mad sleeper mini. with vtec unicorns. now you're gonna see and hear some things that you're probably not gonna like very much, mini bonnet. and to keep you safe, we're putting you in here. apparently, this is called a sausage roll, martin. that, in there, that's called 'meat'. why did it take so long before someone told me that animals taste so delicious . i don't know. would you go as far to say the facts it's got a honda badge on it upsets you. or are we getting passed that slowly . he's, he's evolving, see some people stay exactly the same, al doesn't. he's, he's one of these higher beings, man, he, he gets the information he has and he makes intelligent decisions about it. i was just saying to miles, 'have you got a really long screwdriver '. and he's like. do you know why he has this . so this, this exists to drain the coolant out of a mini. do you remember, you and i have done this before marty,. when you're like, one person in there and one person down there. and, have you needed to use this for any other car . nope. -no. so we will now call this the mini screwdriver. do you reckon in the 60s, 'cos i know a few people have noticed that you're using an iphone torch,. do you reckon in the 60s. anyone ever thought. there would be a device in there that would be more powerful. than the spaceship that just went to space a few weeks ago - 'cos it's . that you would be shining a torch out the back of it and also playing candy crush and unwinding your radiator thing . and panda pop. probably not martin, and those people probably did like crazy things, like,. had conversations with their mates, and,. sat at dinner and chatted with their girlfriends and. didn't lie in bed just flicking the button on their phone. i'm flicking something else. what what do you mean . what if. ok. let me put this another way, what if in another 50 years time. is someone gonna be unwinding this thing. what are they gonna be holding . err, it'll be me martin. i'll be using the iphone . uh, and i'll be using probably this same screwdriver. 'cos this, this is my forever car, mate, this is never going anywhere. so in 50 years,. which will be season, what, 59 of mighty car mods or something,. we'll do that. deal in 50 years, we'll work on this car again . -sure. no, i'm actually serious. make a deal, in 50 years we'll work on this car . done. -we're gonna look so old by then. we're gonna be gross man. -we're gonna be in 3d and in vr and all this crazy stuff. i'm gonna need a bra by then. around my balls, i mean. here it goes. do that, the bucket is catching, like, nothing. oh wow. that's not working very well. maybe i should have given you the big one. we have a thing for that, i probably should have given you that. now turbo yoda, i openly admit that i know very little about honda engines. have you worked on a honda engine before . a couple. i'm not gonna ask you honda-specific stuff because i don't know the answer and, frankly, i don't really care. but what i am interested in is this, look at this. so, on the back it's got the
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