Growing up, I had a good friend, Cory W., who shared my madness for Minis, yet both of us went without. He once told me a story that has stuck with me all these years.
It seems that a neighbor kid of his had a great uncle, or so we decided.
This uncle had a Mini, a Cooper S I believe, that he offered to his nephew – for free.
But, there was a catch.
His uncle felt very strongly that kids should know all about their cars, and how to work on them.
Here’s his deal. The kid – I can’t remember his name – would get the Mini for free, providing he dismantle it all the way down to the last nut and screw, then put it back together. If he did, it was his to keep.
I never heard if he did it or not, but I’ve never forgotten the story. Sheesh, some guys have all the luck.
Pictured here is what I’d probably have ended up with, along with bunches of boxes of parts that somehow had become “extra”…had I tried to accomplish the same thing…