The most comprehensive resource for the early mini fan anywhere

Original Austin / Morris Paint Chip Cards.

Check out the original details of your paint colour. Click on the image opposite for access to a number of original Paint Chip Cards.


BMC Paints & Finishes. BMC Paint Codes & Mixing Formulae!

Download an abridged copy of the BMC technical publication on paints & finishes. I have included an article on the New BMC paint process for general info, but no doubt what you are looking for are the paint codes & formulas. I have included ones for most of the early Mini Finishes, if you have a specific requirement that isn't listed, I may have the details so please feel free to ask.

Download the PDF by clicking the image to the left.

BMC Upholstery Range (approx 1966).

A full selection of interior trim finishes across the BMC range.


BMC "Engine Green".

After much debate and discussion over the last few weeks. I have carried out a number of back to back tests of various different paint shades that have at one time or another been suggested as "The original" BMC engine green. I can now confirm with 100% certainty that the most commonly used colour on BMC engines was British Standard Middle Bronze Green (BS 223). Some engines were painted in a darker green that I strongly believe to be Dark Bronze Green.


Spit Roast Your Mini.

The ultimate Mini Restoration tool!

If you are planning on restoring an early Mini there is one piece of equipment that is absolutely essential. The Mini Spit. Similar to the Painting jig used in the factory the Mini spit will make it 1000 times easier to carry out a shell restoration. Click on the image opposite for a fantastic how to do it guide courtesy of "Mini Mike in British Columbia, Canada.

Where to place a MK1 Servo.

When restoring your MK1 Cooper S it is often difficult to find the correct holes to mount your servo to. Using this map provided by my good mate Rich H, you will never have this problem again.


This drawing was originally prepared by Robert Young of the MCR


Vertical Alignment Diagram.

This diagram shows all the vertical alignment points you must use to make sure that your mini is straight! Use it in conjunction with the "Subframe alignment Drawing" below.  


Subframe Alignment Diagram.

When used in conjunction with the diagram above you can make absolutely certain that your Mini is "Square & True" an essential starting point for any sort of performance work or restoration.  

Vertical Alignment Diagram (Moke).

This is indeed a rare beast! The illusive Vertical alignment diagram for the Mini Moke, this example is for the 1098cc Australian Moke, but can be used for any Moke as long as you allow for the variation in wheel size. All English and early Australian Mokes had 10" wheels, most of Australian production had 13" & the late Portugese Mokes went onto 12". Thanks to Geir Hansen in Norway for the details.

VIN Decoder

Find out what your VIN number actually means, using this simple guide you can find out a wealth of information about your Mini, Cooper or S.


1275 GT Stripe Details

A useful reminder of exactly what colour GT stripes should be fitted to what colour 1275 GT.

Technical - Body
Information relating to the body shell, paint & trim