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Few years back I had a 88 cabriolet that I ended up trading for my 1980 Mini. my signature has the build. I realized after looking at pics of cabby that my wife and kids really enjoyed the car. I'm not much of a convertible fan, but a happy wife is a happy life.

A friends father has always brought his 89 cabby to me for repairs. I have always told him that I'd buy it if he ever decided to sell it. Well I got a call over the summer that he has to get it inspected and it would cost over $550.00 to fix it. I told him I'm up to 5 cars already and I'm not in the buying market for a car, but I'd make an offer. I offered him $250.00 and he took it. :) It only needed rear wheel cylinders and a "italian tuneup"

Well, he brought it over that night. I did the repairs and really haven't driven it yet much because I wanted to dig in to it pretty heavy with upgrades and changes.

My plan is for a full repaint in IBIS white with a full BBS body kit I have and plastic euro bumpers along with my BBS wheels I still have.

A turbo ABA was suggested by NLS and we started going that direction until I changed up with a basic ABA swap since it was to be for the wife mainly. for now. :).

I already started buying stuff for the turbo thought so a basic ABA now has ARP undercut studs and Eurospec rod bolts. I also have a head spacer from C2 motorsports all ready for when I plan to change over to turbo. :)

I picked up a complete working ABA out of a 98 Cabrio from Scott and Chris and got working on it right away with a rering, hone and new bearings. All new seals are being used as well.

The transmission will remain stock 89 Cabby for now.

I plan to keep the ABA air conditioning so this will be a challange with hoses, controls and clearance. but I'm not worried.

I yanked the entire CE2 front harness and fuse panel from the 98 to use. I'm gonna search for a CE2 MK2 for the rear harness and tie in the dash controls of the MK1.

on with the pics.

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There won't be any tiptissorie this time. this thing is rock solid underneith and I just am not as picky about it.

Power washed the Transmission and will give it another good scrub down tomorrow. then I'll replace all the seals and oil.

I have to get the engine hoist to raise the motor up to see where the front rad support needs to be clearanced for the AC compressor and whatnot.
 

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Was a little busy the last two weeks. I redid the transmission and gave it a fresh coat of paint. I continued to strip the engine bay for cleaning. I also removed the steering rack for cleaning and new boots. I plan to paint the lower part of the engine bay black with POR 15. I kinda like the look with it painted that way plus I wont' need to worry about how clean it is. The top will be Ibis white.

I need to hit up the junk yard for all the shti that goes under the fenders and also AC parts and PS lines.


I also pulled the dash to aid in the removal of the engine and front wire harnesses.











 

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Picked up the engine hoist from the Club and I'm planning on raising the motor up in to measure the area to clearance for the AC compressor.

I should also have the boots for my steering rack so I'll get them back in place after a layer of black paint in the lower part of the engine bay.

Pics later.
 

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dont forget to hammer ou tthe frame rail for the serp tensioner :)
 

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i did an aba with a/c in my bosses daughters cabby, i had to cut a section out and weld in some sheet metal. the lines were easy too, just tigged the mk3 ends on. :thumbup:
 

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its uncomfortably close. maybe with running AC, the belt will make the tensioner sit a bit higher?

this is with it beaten in a bit... this is 16v ABA, normally this serp setup doesnt fit.



also, be aware that you wont be able to get the lower bolt out of the alternator bracket out with the bracket in the car. whole bracket has to come off (or be quite quite loose) to get the lower bolt out as it hits the frame rail.
 

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also, be aware that you wont be able to get the lower bolt out of the alternator bracket out with the bracket in the car. whole bracket has to come off (or be quite quite loose) to get the lower bolt out as it hits the frame rail.
I was kinda curious how people went about this. (never really heard anyone else bring up the subject) I just threaded a really long bolt in from the other side.
 

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gotta take out the one bolt that you can get to, then you loosen up the other one. then you can swing the alternator forward and access the nuts on the stud.
 

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gotta take out the one bolt that you can get to, then you loosen up the other one. then you can swing the alternator forward and access the nuts on the stud.
I'll have to give that a go if i remove it again, I know i wasn't too happy at the time when I installed it. :laugh:
 
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