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FB's Library of Mini Bibles| Haynes Manuals|Workshop Manuals|Other Books

These books provide a lot of the background information when answering posts to the minilist! Additional contributions are credited accordingly, this icon links you to Amazon with a few pennies credit to the IME, but at no extra cost to you, then please enter the title of the book or manual and enjoy!.. (you might want to double check you are getting the best price/edition etc etc)......

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The "Mini Bibles" first!.......

"How to Modify your Mini" by David Vizard
(ISBN 0 86343 0414) Published by Fountain Press, Surrey.
Ideal book to read about what your Dad might have been doing to HIS Mini, nothing about Metro brakes or anything that was developed to fit the Mini since the mid 70's - good history book or ideal for those looking for the "sideburns and nylon rollneck pullover" look

"Tuning BL's A-Series Engine" by David Vizard
(ISBN 0 85429 732 4) but this time published by Haynes (see below)
This book goes through the "why" and "therefore" of tuning the A Series, why head modifications work, all the buzz words you need for the pub meets and a vision of the greatest A Series engine of all time, READ THIS BOOK when you start designing your dream "lump" THEN ask around (the machinists, other people who have built their own engines) to find out what is needed. Vizard goes into the sort of mods you might only need for "knobs-out" racing BUT REMEMBER the book tells you what you CAN do not what you MUST!

"How to blueprint & build a 4-cylinder Short Block for High-performance"(1997) by Des Hamill
(ISBN 1 874105 85 5) Published by Veloce Publishing, Dorchester
IF YOU ARE BUILDING AN ENGINE- BUY THIS BOOK... it lets you know what might go wrong, what could go wrong and what WILL go wrong with your 140bhp 1380 fire breather if you don't follow the easily understood and VERY well illustrated tips to sucessful engine building, A-Series blocks are mentioned in passing but this book is really the Haynes of the Engine! A MUST FOR THE BEGINNER and the BUDDING GENIUS

IME user Recomendation!.. from ROBERT MACKNAY (rmc180<at> see below ;)
"High Speed, Low Cost: The Story of a 140MPH Mini Engined World Record Breaker and How to Build it"

The 40th Year Anniversary of the Terrapin Racecar.
This book is a compilation reprint of the 1969 & 1973 editions. Softbound with a new preface by Allan Staniforth & Publisher Robert Macknay. The book describes the construction of a single seater racing car that broke several world records in the 1960's & 1970's. Several of which still stand to this day.

From the Publisher
The original editions of this book are now so scarce that prices into 3 figures are now becoming common. During construction of my faithful copy of Allan's Terrapin MK1 racing car I have made many contacts and had numerous requests for a copy of the book. This has prompted me to collaborate with Allan to produce this reprint from my original copy ( which has unfortunately to be destroyed in the reprinting process). Additional information has been included from a later edition book provided by Allan.

Allan can also supply plans to anyone wishing to build a Terrapin, albeit that you may now wish to put a superbike engine in the rear these days. ISBN: 0954514009


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Now to Haynes Manuals...| Top

"Mini Owners Workshop Manual" ('69-'91 all models excl. Turbo)
(ISBN 85010 718 1) Published by Haynes Publishing Group
The essential background book for all routine mechanical work on your mini AN ESSENTIAL

"Austin Metro Owners Workshop Manual"
(1859601456) Published by Haynes Publishing Group

If you fit any Metro sourced parts (MG Metro or Metro Turbo Engines, brakes or other parts to your Mini you need this book for reference

"Automobile Electrical Manual"
(ISBN 1 85010 005 5 Softback 0 85696 818 8 Hardback) Published by Haynes Publishing Group
An ideal book to read if you are rewiring or "playing about" with the wiring of your Mini, it describes the principles of everything electrical on your 'Min AND helps you make sense of the loom diagrams in any other book!

"SU Carburettors Owners Workshop Manual"
(ISBN 1 850 10 059 4) (US- 1 85010 018 7) Published by Haynes Publishing Group
An great book for carrying out your own servicing and rebuilding of your beloved SU carby, also check out the needle listings in the back!

"Automotive Brake Manual"
(ISBN 1 85960 202 9) Published by Haynes Publishing Group
Another excellent "Background" book covering everything to do with brakes, tools, problems BUT nothing specifically mini

"Automotive Tools Manual"
(ISBN 1 85960 203 7) Published by Haynes Publishing Group
This one helps you sort out your torque from your ratchet, a comprehensive guide to avoiding split knuckles.


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Other Workshop Manuals | Top

"SU Carburettors " (Tips & Techniques S.)
Paperback 192 pages (September 1994)
Publisher: Brooklands Books ISBN: 1855202557

"Brake Handbook" by Fred Puhn
(ISBN 0 89586 232 8) Published by HPBooks Los Angeles
This one caters for the Indy Car racer in the mini owner BUT the trouble shooting pages at the back make it worth buying!

"Step-by-Step Mini Service Guide" by Lindsay Porter
(ISBN 1 899238 01 8) Published by Porter Publishing Ltd, Hereford, England
Far better at telling you the day-to-day things you need to know about servicing your Min along with lots of useful pictures "a picture can tell a 1000 words"

"Guide to Purchase and DIY Restoration of the MINI" by Lindsay Porter
(ISBN 0 85429 379 5)
A picture by picture description of welding sills, welding A panels, rebuilding gearboxes and the like, essential reading for the Robinson Crusoe contemplating his first A Series rebuild

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Other Books worthy of consideration| Top

"Race And Rally Car Source Book" by Allan Staniforth
(ISBN 0 854429 848 7), Published by Haynes (see above) if you want to know why your road tuned Mini would be run rings round on a race this book. It covers the development testing and tuning of thoroughbred race cars

"Mini Cooper & S" by Nigel Edwards
(ISBN 0 86288 180 3), Published by Greenwich Editions, London.
Lots of car specific histories and excellent photos for the repro fans

"Essential Mini Cooper" by Anders Ditlev Clausager
(ISBN 1 870979 86 9), Published by Bay View Books, Devon.
Like Nigel Edwards book BUT far more technical info such as production figures, colour schemes and identification numbers

"Mini" by Mark Steward
(ISBN 0 85045 875 7), Published by Osprey Publishing, London.
Again a "lots of pictures but little text" book BUT it is a book which covers all aspacts of the Mini in terms of what has been done with the 1959 design through the years

"Mini - A celebration of the World's ultimate smallest car" by Graham Scott
(ISBN 0 600 57454 7), Published by Hamyln, London.
What a coffee table book, again lots of pictures but NOT a workshop manual!

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