The subframe came in record time from SAE, they quoted 6 weeks but delivered in 3 weeks, I was very impressed after hearing lots of negative feedback on 16vmini.com and what arrived was very well packaged and solidly built.
Getting hold of an engine was much more difficult than I expected. I didnít have anywhere to house a complete car so had to get just an engine and after much searching found a B16A2 engine from City Auto Salvage in Sheffield. They were very good and supplied me Ďa kití including everything I needed to do the conversion, this included everything, including driveshafts and ecu/complete engine and part of car loom, hubs and brakes (not needed) . The Honda loom is huge but includes everything up to the dash and ignition switch so I plugged it in and tried the starter which worked fine and gave good compression (and spark) on all four cylinders. Looks promising.
At the earliest opportunity I hacked the front off the Mini (as you do when you have a house full of vtec bits and no room to move!). This didnít take long although it took a long time to remove the turbo engine purely because of its complexity and lack of access. The front came off easily with an angle grinder.
A week went by and I decided to try the sub frame fitting. The SAE kit came with clear instructions on what to do and I set about try to fit it. I used a wooden trolley (on loan from Alan at work) to support the subframe and allow it to be wheeled in and out and the car supported on the trolley jack. I was able to raise and lower the car to the perfect height to slide in the subframe. This required several attempts to trim the inner wings to the point where the subframe fitted easily. I was stunningly impressed that it just slid straight into position with relative ease and after lots of careful measurements to ensure it was straight and level I bolted it in place. I then drilled the rest of the mounting holes including the 6 holes in the footwells and bolted it in with the strengthing plates that go on the inside of the floor. And hey presto, frame is fitted. I may well weld in more strengthening just in case, havenít decided yet but I can jump up and down on the front of the frame and jack the car up and down with no flexing or creaking which is encouraging.