SketchUp Model for Mini VTec Front Subframe

A year ago I started the process of putting a VTec into my classic round-nose Mini. It’s been quite a process. One of the things I found lacking was the amount of digital assistance or plans for subframes. It would seem lots of people just go for a pre-made frame – which is all well […]

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You may or may not be aware, but I have started up a Facebook page for Mahvin.   Follow along with the adventures by liking the page here:

Same S*** Different Day: Supporting Someone with Depression

Mental health media constantly tells those with illness to talk with someone. Firstly, that is easier said than done. But secondly, if you are going to support someone with depression, and be there to listen, be prepared for the following. 1. Self Centred Tendencies Most of what gets us into dark holes are centred around […]

I’m always here for you: Supporting Someone with Depression

If you’re going to say someone with depression “I’m always here for you” then you’d better mean it. And you’d better mean all of it. You’d better mean the words “always here“. Not that you’ll be there every passing minute of every single day – we understand that you have a life to live as […]

Mini Bonnet Badge

    With the new installation going on of a Honda VTec in the Mini, there are a number of elements to think about and contemplate.  On Friday, we ran out of gas for the welder, and so my attention goes elsewhere to the build. One of the things I can do is work on […]

VTec in the Mini – First Dry Fit

So today is a pretty massive day in the life of MAHVIN. Today, the VTec went into the engine bay for the very first time. Not only that but the subframe tower bolts went in and the car become one part. Sure – there are still some adjustments to be made, and some parts need […]

VTec Subframe

The fabrication of the front subframe that will house the VTec in MAHVIN is just about finished. Today the under support arms went on which firmed up the wings and engine mounts no end. Up until now, the Engine has been supporting the subframe as we built the subframe around it to fit. Now, for […]

MAHVIN the Mini

In 2008 I purchased a 1980 Morris Mini LE. It is still my dream car, and I love that I own one. Since owning it, I have replaced just about everything on it with something newer and more reliable. That was the plan anyway. In 2013, my brother and I put in a 1275 engine. However, […]

Good Friday Cross, 2019

This year, we headed away with family and friends up to Ohakune. This made for a bit of a panic as I didn’t have my usual Good Friday day to create this year’s cross. I was going to use a GPS tracker and an intersection to create a cross by walking, but ran out of […]

Howie Mandel Pushes for Mental Health Reform

We saw this video on Ellen today, in reaction to the recent Las Vegas shooting tragedy. Howie makes several great points in this short interview, and provides a fresh perspective on events like this, but also for mental health and how it is treated. He expressed strongly his favoring in a change to nevada marijuana […]

Nelson Holiday Trip 2017

090717:SUNDAY Awake. 0645am. Drive. Ferry. 0900. Snooze. Sneeze. Block ear. Picton. 1230 Lunch. Sea Breeze Cafe. Chicken Panini. Inclusion of capsicum gets thumbs up. Good chips. Walk around Picton. Overcast. Drive. Nelson. Nodded off (not drastically) Whoops. 15min pitstop for kip. Arrive Nelson. 1600. Check in to apartment. Nice. Supermarket for Snacks etc. Dinner. BK. […]