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    Minica ninja style

    Ok guys first of all sorry this has taken so long, but here it is. About a year ago I picked up a early 70's Mitsubishi Minica, It was a personal import from Port Moresby (around 1999 from what I can work out) and was owned by an elderly lady, registered and driven until head gasket blew, derigstered and sat for many years, was sold to a nice gentleman in her street then later sold to me, factory spec 2 cylinder 2G21 350cc 4speed rwd.
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    Repairing the original engine was not really an option as virtually no parts were available and I couldn't see myself enjoying 24kw, I have always liked the thought of a bike engine car and the decision was made, after much searching,measuring and inspiration from a friends aussie race car, a donor was bought
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    A 2005 Kawasaki zx10r, 176hp@13,000rpm, It had been flipped and was a reasonable price, it was always going to be a tight fit and after a talk with modplater it was agreed that due to calculations an 1100cc was about the limit of legality(to be honest a bigger engine wouldn't fit nicely), the original sump was never going to fit so a billet flat bottom sump was sourced from the states and mounts made
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    All original Kawasaki wiring and componentry was used including complete fuel system,(internal pump,reg,filter and light)
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    The original diff was tiny and had a 6.33:1 ratio,and four wheel drums were not sufficient, so a shortened Toyota T series was fitted (with a more fitting 2.92:1 ratio) front brakes were upgraded to sirion 230mm vented rotors and calipers, and rears to 230mm solid 323/laser disc and caliper
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    Next on the list was remaking the headers as the original titanium ones were never going to fit
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    An off the shelf driveshaft adaptor from USA was used and a custom driveshaft was made to suit, a 2inch stainless exhaust was made to suit, original bike instrument cluster fitted, seats retrimmed, all put back together and the rest is history, it is totally legal/modplated and registered,there is still some suspension to sought out( ie adjustable castor/camber), it needs LSD (late model ae86 will fit) and gearing issues, gearing is a hard one as the bike was geared to do 160kph in first gear and 300kph in sixth, with my diff/tyre ratio 1st is around 110 and 6th around 220, so 1st is far from ideal and 100kph on the highway is 6500rpm in 6th.I was happy and surprised with the final weight and distribution, it came in at 570kg with full fluids and jack/spare/tools etc
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    I forgot to add it fits on my ute( it is 1.3m x 3m)
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    Very cool!

    What is it like to drive? (Other than the gearing issue)

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    What's with the radiator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase Rockwell View Post
    What's with the radiator?
    Bike radiators are curved for packaging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase Rockwell View Post
    What's with the radiator?
    its all the bike gear
    caprice nugget.

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    radiator off the bike

    holy shit, thats so friken cool!! skid vids?

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    fuck me.
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    that's rad, needs a big decal of a banana on the side (don't ask me why as I don;t know, it just does)

    google tells me think the tallest ratio you will find for a T (maybe S) centre is 2.655:1 which will drop your 100 kph RPM down to 5910.

    got vids?

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    Even the cluster haha Love it!
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    Thanks for your comments, its actually really good to drive, gear changes are a little clunky at low revs but awesome under power and even though the factory cams are 300/292 degree it pulls cleanly from around 2000rpm, I tried to use as much as possible from the bike as it was designed for that engine ( i wasn't confident that a car radiator with 25mm inlet & outlet would cut it, or even exist)

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    what did you do for reverse? i'd be tempted to run the tailshaft off a sprocket in a BEC, would allow for easier ratio changes (maybe)

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    That is so fucking cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roadsailing View Post
    what did you do for reverse? i'd be tempted to run the tailshaft off a sprocket in a BEC, would allow for easier ratio changes (maybe)
    Looking at the size of it, I'd say he just gets out and picks the front up, turns it around and drives off.

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    Welcome mate, love it, glad to see a thread up. Next stop smart car or cappuccino?

    Thanks for the ride the other week too, I still owe you a beer or two.
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    This is sooo cool. Video's would be great to see / hear!

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    I use a small flywheel between the pinion flange and tailshaft with a ford v8 reduction starter facing backwards mounted to the top off the diff (so electric reverse)

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    holy shit, this is cool as! welcome mate!
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    How cool is this?
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    Fuck yeah, this is mega cool! Would absolutely haul arse too! Nice one mate.

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    cool as, random unique car out of nowhere! Love the out of the box thinking mate. Looks like you've done a great job.

    Yes, videos! Just to hear the sound of the thing
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    Is there a progress build thread anywhere? Very nicely done.

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    A guy makes custom gears in this thread, maybe he could help you out?

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    yep -definetly out of left field .

    nice .
    and even used the bikes muffler/silencer

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    I've got an '04/05 ZX10 - wanna wheelie comp? My fave bit of this is the bike can at the rear.

    Very cool car, sorry if it's already been covered but I always thought bike engines in cars was a no go at all for a rego'd vehicle? What were the special requirements to get it to pass (if any or was it just normal engineering?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by psssi98 View Post
    I've got an '04/05 ZX10 - wanna wheelie comp? My fave bit of this is the bike can at the rear.

    Very cool car, sorry if it's already been covered but I always thought bike engines in cars was a no go at all for a rego'd vehicle? What were the special requirements to get it to pass (if any or was it just normal engineering?)
    That's a bit of a myth. As soon as a bike engine is out of a bike it is just an engine. The problem is usually emissions and noise. Because this one went in to a car from the 70's the emissions are no problem. And for an engine conversion on a car, rather than using the engine in an ICV build, I guess there's no noise test either.

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    WOW

    how awesome

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    Maaaaate, radical & fantastic as everyone else has said. Big self pats.

    Do need the vid though.

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    Cool - didn't know that just thought it was a headfuck and best avoided!

    In that case I need a 70's little car to fit a bike engine too!
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