James Kelly - Krusty the Mini
It was built in 12 weeks from a bare shell to a full show stopper for the show at the end of may in 2017.
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Partner in minifix. A classic mini garage here in Dublin Ireland
The person who got me into cars was my dad from a very very early age, my life was everything car-related when I was very young from car shows to club meetings to going away for shows in Europe and the UK.
When I was born in 1991 my dad was out of work and started his own business working on classic minis and it has grown from there into what we are today here in Dublin Ireland.
When I finished school in 2010 there was a deep recession here in Ireland, and I ended up going to study automotive diagnostics and electric vehicles in the evenings for 3 years while I worked with my dad during the day, once I finished college I began to work with him full time, and have built many minis in that short time with him...
With building minis for customers, day after day we got bored of seeing the same styles of minis throughout the years and Ireland was holding an international mini-meeting in 2017 so we decided to build something special for it and that is where Krusty was born.
It was built in 12 weeks from a bare shell to a full show stopper for the show at the end of May in 2017. Everything from welding and fitting new panels to building up the car to a rolling shell with skyline gtr midnight purple subframes to custom suspension setup.
Then we needed an engine so a supercharged series was found with a stage 5 full race head.
We updated the supercharger setup from the old style carb set up with a Hiff44 carb to a weber dcoe 40 on a CLK Mercedes supercharger.
Roughly putting about 150bhp at the flywheel
Kad brakes were fitted over 6.5x10 force racing 3 piece wheels
Then the paintwork, This was the main reason we bought this estate as it had great patina from being left outside for 5 years in primer.
It was then clear coated over the rust to try and keep it from rusting any more in Ireland's wet climate Just after the show in may it was put on the road and has been a showstopper since it has been finished. And always puts a smile on people's faces when they see it as it is so different from the normal shiny minis out there
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