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She's back... Sei abarth high boost

Well finally got her fully on the road today.. Been blasting around with my mates newly finished mini clubman.. Well pleased.

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Always like that car mate. Looks brilliant mate. Love the way the mini looks bigger than the sei in the last 2 pics.
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Too much interior for my liking .

Looks smart though. Is this the van aaken one?

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Yes, converted by Van Aaken themselves when car was brand new, before it was delivered to its first owner. Has ABS and air-con too

As much as i like the abarth interior it will be coming out soon (perhaps today). Going to fit the full interior into the cinq, the one in the 11th pic. The cinq has reclining buckets which are going in the sei, unsure if i'll fit rear seats yet..

There's many things left to do, its far from what i would call finished although i do get tempted to sell it regularly.
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About bloody time is all I can say

I'd be tempted to leave the interior as it is TBH it is a nice original car with some nice optional goodies Which would make it more saleable if you did decided to sell up, stripped out interiors are not every ones cup of tea (ask Emm)

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Well i have 2 complete cinq interiors so was thinking i would put cinq rear bench in it with the buckets, i have that cover in the back so you hardly ever see the rear bench anyway. Really wanted to swap the seats as the standards sit you so high up in comparison..

Yeah i still would lover a wee 5, theres some corkers on ebay at the mo..
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Thank fook! Now get that EBC on and a new exhaust!

P.s A tatty yellow turbo mx5 on the bay that has caught my eye
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glad it's back on the road, very nice sleeper car
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lol the temptation to put different wheels etc on it has been great but i do love the stealth-ness of it..
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Mate just leave the car as it is . IS fine like that ! Well unless you find some super light magnesium wheesl

Anyway, did you ever find a rubber seal for the oil cooler sandwich plate? Am needing one!

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Re: She's back... Sei abarth high boost

I remember having an enjoyable road trip to Glasgow with Jamie to buy this car from Donna.

I think the real beauty of this car is that it did have all the option boxes ticked, air-con & sunroof plus ABS and has all the history including the original sale invoice from Belgium iirc

So to remove interior and devalue it is silly, keep it tidy and original and it will always be an asset, start removing stuff. It's just another cheap cento.

Of course this is just my thoughts. I think we may put back the original Abarth seats in our Sei removing the granted very nice reclining OMP seats that are also slim fitting as I thin many aftermarket seats look daft in centos because they are so wide. Thetefore it all looks standard again apart from the mechanical modifications.

Just seems a bit cooler that way.
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Meh, decisions i agree with everything you said Aaron but at the same time the desire to get the centre of gravity lower in the car is great. I always said i was going to keep it standard looking and stealth which is why the buckects went in the cinq in the first place.. perhaps i'll just stiffen up the shocks and get some camber adjustment etc going on instead. That mini kept pulling me in round the bends obviously it had no chance in a straight line.

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Mate just leave the car as it is . IS fine like that ! Well unless you find some super light magnesium wheesl

Anyway, did you ever find a rubber seal for the oil cooler sandwich plate? Am needing one!

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Think automotive, sell the rubber seals for 0.70 . And new thermo element for under 4. So is well worth replacing if yours is a bit tired!

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Re: She's back... Sei abarth high boost

They are free in Halfords

Chris, been ages since I had a look but can you not make custom seat mounts and just drop the seat right down low?

P.s Aaron first dibs on these seats sure I can use them in something...
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