Series 1 - Episode 6: Mini

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The team find a Mini that looks like it will never ride again. As they work around the clock to restore it, a series of disasters mean it is touch and go right up to the end.

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  • tom glasson

    4 months ago

    tom glasson

    Totally forgettable presenters who have no redeeming features at all and think that abusing the mechanics makes for comedy. Could have been soooooooo much better. Labor costs seemed a little light too.

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  • Tom

    12 months ago

    Tom

    This show is brilliant . Thought I would be watching just another standard car restore show and found myself crying with laughter at the look on Bernie's face every time something goes wrong (even if it may be staged). T.V. should be about entertainment and this show really is entertaining. Look forward to seeing every episode, keep up the good work channel 5.

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  • Dan87

    1 year ago

    Dan87

    I am looking to restore a mini myself. Watched this episode to get some tips. Very little actual knowledge or techiques given around the restore. Dont bother watching if your in the same position as me. You will learn very little! Must admit it was good to see old footage of some minis in action though. I dont understand why it has to be present by a yank and the most annoying loud mouth mechanic in Britain. James May would be an ideal host in my opinion. I agree with alot of folks on here that the fake disaster every week is just not necessary. People who watch these programmes arnt into that. I'd rather see more around the actual restoration.

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  • steve

    over 1 year ago

    steve

    has any one herd who won the cars,i havent seen it any where.

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  • dave

    over 1 year ago

    dave

    As a programe to entertain it is good but the problem is ordinary punters look at this go and get a scrapper and expect a garage to turn it around in a week for 500 quid. The well informed know that you hardly every get back the amount of time and money if you have restored the car properly. What every happened to LEPO? Dillon has damaged his credability as a car valuer by over valueing the cars on the the program

  • tony t

    over 1 year ago

    tony t

    id love to see the short tempered sod do an austin maxi which were rot boxes or an afasud. i bet the welders would walk out on ol bernie. i was a mechanic for 23yrs before retiring on ill health and can honestly say bernie would either be alone in his workshop after i left or in an ambulance nursing a good slapping. ive worked for his type of gobby gaffer before and the best way to motivate your staff is to earn respect from them - not go all out shouting at them. this series is as bad as the last bernie series with leepoo or whatever his name was.

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  • Brian

    over 1 year ago

    Brian

    Ok so it wasn't 100% proper restoration, but two weeks later and I'm missin' these Guys. Give 'em a cooking show Love to see Bernie & Mario in a kitchen..... Bernie 'n all his Cockney mates, and Mario cooking a lovely Lasagne out the packet. Bring 'em back soon

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  • gary williams

    over 1 year ago

    gary williams

    why is it that the car that was sent to see if it was alined is not the car they were restoring as if you take a look the car sent to be checked clearly has the later side repeaters on the wing so show is misleading and i crindge at the way the clasic was repeared and how the hell can a a few dacals wthin some second hand parts be 5 gand get real

  • Awsome

    over 1 year ago

    Awsome

    Did you know the very first mini had the floor put in upside down and would often fill with water.

  • Ag Engineer

    over 1 year ago

    Ag Engineer

    This show is so unrealistic that it gives everyone a bad name. In most episodes they rebadge the car to present it as a premium model. Putting Cooper badges and stickers on a bod standard BL mini is misrepresentation and should have been picked up by the "valuer". True value of a car with the wrong badges should be zero. The staged emergency each week is ridiculous, backing the e-type into an engine block, setting the mini on fire, dropping the Mustang screen, its all just an excuse for the bald fat guy to jump up and down and scream. Juvenile entertainment possibly, serious its not.

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  • scouser73

    over 1 year ago

    scouser73

    I love the series, so nice to see classic cars being restored to their former glory.

  • john4521

    over 1 year ago

    john4521

    If they were going to do a job, they might as well have done it properly. They plucked a timescale of a week out of the air and stuck to it for no apparent reason. Could they not have phoned the valuer to postpone him?! And spraying a car with the engine in??? They could have had the engine out in the time they p'd about with WD40! And I'm still waiting to hear how they fixed the engine. Yes, I know it's only a one hour show,etc,etc, but we could have done without the ENDLESS recaps and previews before & after the ads and been shown other stuff. And don't get me started on those awful eithties-style recessed driving lamps!

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  • JASPER BAUER MOTOR DEALER 36 YEARS

    over 1 year ago

    JASPER BAUER MOTOR DEALER 36 YEARS

    RESTORE A MINI AND TURN INTO A MONGREL IN 7 DAYS PAY £720 FOR MINI , SPEND £2400 ON IT MAKING IT LOOK LIKE SOMETHING IT IS NOT , AND THEN GET A IDIOT TO PUT A VALUE ON IT OF £5000 THE ONLY INFORMATIVE PART OF THE SHOW WAS THE BRIEF SHOTS OF A OLD ENGLISH WHITE AUSTIN COOPER S WITH CORRECT INTERIOR AND COLOUR SCHEME

  • mark

    over 1 year ago

    mark

    can someone give me the garage name please ? As I'm looking to buy another classic mini. Thanks

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  • lee2217

    over 1 year ago

    lee2217

    i had to laugh cause fred flintstone could put his feet out the floor to make the car move and that idiot is checking the panels with a magnet

  • gerry

    over 1 year ago

    gerry

    Strange how a lot of comment have een removed. I won't be wasting my time be entering the contest to win this car. Spose that tells you what I think about this series.

  • Martin

    over 1 year ago

    Martin

    Just watched a recording and freeze framed the scene where they send the Mini off on the back of a breakdown truck for an alignment check.......it is definitely a completely different later Mini used in this scene with later Clubman style dash and top rail, no roof gutter drip rails, front panel with later cut-out hole for passenger eyeball vent intake, repeater holes in wings and 12" wheels and rust patches in completely different areas. The original Mini does seem to re-appear for the final part of the 'restoration' with most of its previously bodged oversills retained but the mis-firing engine seems to have been replaced at some point in the 'rebuild' with a later A+ engine still with remmants of the factory yellow paint on the head and block. Like the MGB GT 'restoration' it seems 2 different cars were used and swapped but not mentioned in the actual programme.

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  • Cap'n Jack

    over 1 year ago

    Cap'n Jack

    What amuses me is how much they allegedly pay for a scrapper. As to the valuations, oh dear, but it's comedy isn't it? I ran a car restoration business and when I saw the mini I thought well thats easy, damn near enough pattern panels were available to build a new one for sod all... But a WEEK! We Always took the engine and gearbox out and cleaned and sprayed everthing, I am yet to see a lump come out, even on the MGB, thats one car that need the weight taking out before you start chopping it up, perhaps that's why they chose the GT, the roof helps to stop it breaking in half. I once bought an MGB GT for a fiver.

  • TwelvestringTrev

    over 1 year ago

    TwelvestringTrev

    Can anyone tell me the name of, or url for the website belonging to the car valuer? I think his name was Dennen Miles or something similar. Thank you.

  • Mr Cooper

    over 1 year ago

    Mr Cooper

    What utter rubbish!

  • Have_a_rant

    over 1 year ago

    Have_a_rant

    Did I miss a trick here but the final scenes showed an ordinary mini 1000 with Cooper decals on the sides. I hope any potential buyer isn't led to believe it's a mini Cooper. Why not slap the letter 'S' on it and claim it's really hot? Over to Trading Standards.

  • melsmini

    over 1 year ago

    melsmini

    how the hell is that worth 5k???!!! i spent a year and and a half, spending 4.5k on my mini !!! mine was rebuilt from a smashed wreck, to a magazine featured car...and was valued at 5k !!!! my engine was the mintest around !!! this programme is an insult to those of us who spend years restoring cars.... its a joke and i want to know how the hell the valuer comes up with those figures....just plucks them out of the sky or else where.....

  • Peter

    over 1 year ago

    Peter

    Gotta do a MK1 GTI

  • NEIL GARBUTT

    over 1 year ago

    NEIL GARBUTT

    Bernie is a master mechanic and should be respected accordingly.. I have enjoyed all the shows. Carry on bernie with the good work

  • Ollie

    over 1 year ago

    Ollie

    i reacon you should do a Austin Healey 3000 MKIII : 2912cc, 148bhp/165lb ft 0-60 mph in 9.5 secs, top speed 120mph. Good Car.

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  • bogstandard

    over 1 year ago

    bogstandard

    @Ron Place is Palmer Brothers in Mottingham SE London. Been going for years and a great garage. I have one of their 'S' Works conversions on my Cooper Sport :)

  • Glenn

    over 1 year ago

    Glenn

    Enjoyed this episode , I had one of these Mini 1000s years ago when they were still being made. I'm glad they did a proper job of cutting the rust out .It looked very nice at the end . Bernie shouts quite a bit but I suppose it gives the programme a bit of drama.

  • COLIN

    over 1 year ago

    COLIN

    looking at the posts on here and find it unbeleivable that people are having a go at the programme and the presenters,its entertaining and light hearted,as most will say if you don't like it don't watch it simple as that.

  • COLIN

    over 1 year ago

    COLIN

    thoughourly enjoying the show hope there are more to come bernie and mario can be a new comedy act as well.

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  • liam

    over 1 year ago

    liam

    Dose any one know what next weeks car is ?

  • sas

    over 1 year ago

    sas

    thats so not fare that we cant watch it today

  • gd123

    over 1 year ago

    gd123

    Must be honest, i do enjoy this show, the cars are fantastic and they try and play up to the cameras which gets a bit cheesy at times, but otherwise it could narrow the audience right down to the hardcore restorers, top notch.

  • Matthew

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew

    I dont think im getting mugged off! It is what you pay in the real world, granted he has the people working for him but someone needs to pay them. facts is what people want not illusions. I think some people are going to watch the show thinking they can restore a car for £3000 and make a profit not going to happen. before you comment do some research!! granted its a tv show and entertaining but it could damage peoples businesses when some mug comes to a restorer wanting there car restored for £3000 they are gunna be very disapointed.

  • Mitchell

    over 1 year ago

    Mitchell

    Why do people moan so much. Its a good show with a lil drama to make it more comical and spice things up a little bit. The reason it costs him less is because he has the resources and the contacts to get everything cheaper then you. Its not what you know its who you know. I dont think they are lying, ur just bitter and getting mugged off.

  • phil

    over 1 year ago

    phil

    Bring back mark evans a car is born was a cracking show ok you only get through one car a series but at least you got inspiration and a little know how instead of re shells and fake arguments

  • ALAN MOORE

    over 1 year ago

    ALAN MOORE

    Have you seen the american chopper series? Same format. Bunch of idiots playing up to the camera, spoiling what could be a good series. the cars should be the stars not these nuggets!. Theres always a time limit! & they always finish just in time!

  • Matthew

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew

    I wasnt going to watch last night as the other episodes annoyed me but I had to as im interested in the mini. but £3000!!? for the restoration!? Im currently restoring a mini and spent £1000 on just the panels, ive been quoted £3500 for the spray job, £1500 for the engine reconditioning and I could go one, i.e the interior the seats are worth £200 each at least. This could of been a good show if it was truthfull, people who are interested in classic cars and restorartion dont want to watch some rude cockney shouting at people and they arnt interested in drama, this isnt eastenders. People want facts and advise. sort it out!

  • Tom C

    over 1 year ago

    Tom C

    I love the show, great fun to watch, great to see these cars on TV. Who cares about the arguements etc, there is entertainment value to the show, perfect for a bit of light viewing after a day at work. So basically, lets have more of the same. I would like to see a little bit more emphasis spent on the restoration quality however, engines should be detailed and undersides properly painted. As for the mini, should the pin stripes not have been carried forward all the way onto the front wings??

  • Reggie Boy

    over 1 year ago

    Reggie Boy

    Ch5 I think you have the basis for a good show, but please lets drop the fake arguments, tantrums and 'accidents' (the windscreen 'drop' on the Mustang was a complete joke), and give your viewers a bit of credit. Any program that encourages an interest in classic cars and may make some people go out and buy one to keep classics on the roads is a good thing, but the playing to the gallery ruins the show. Get your producer to buy the Wheeler Dealers box set, watch it this weekend and then make us a better series 2...

  • neil

    over 1 year ago

    neil

    to all the wingers on here if ya dont like it dont watch it simple as that i actualy find the show good but reading the comments annoys me are u all realy experts ????

  • phil

    over 1 year ago

    phil

    Set of muppets

  • Luke

    over 1 year ago

    Luke

    I got a mini for sale i better condition than that hahahahaha. who is this " well known valuer hahaha" i got a shed in my garden i want to sell he might put a 10k price tag on it. Come on channel 5 your giving the general public the wrong idea about restoring classic cars its not as easy as the chuckle brothers youve used has made out to be and getting parts from a scrap yard to restore a classic is Completly wrong. Oh and lets get one thing straight if the general public wants to restore a classic like the chuckle brothers they aint going to have the funds to then buy a second car to use for photos to sell like yourself with mg had one car to restore then all off a sudden your showing us a different mg on the tele. SOme how dont think we will be seeing a second series. stick to something you know !!!!!!!!

  • burt

    over 1 year ago

    burt

    Is there a second series ? Even if it is stagged its funny to watch.

  • Ron

    over 1 year ago

    Ron

    fantastic show good to see old classics back on the road , any one know where the mini guy was in london where Bernie got his spares from

  • Daz

    over 1 year ago

    Daz

    5 grand HaHa HA

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  • davide

    over 1 year ago

    davide

    would you buy this car with you own money after this bodge job? I've got two clubman estates and a 79 the same as this car and they are all more solid after being off the road for years than this one is after restoration. pity how much carp you han hide under a new paint job......

  • Tony Harmer

    over 1 year ago

    Tony Harmer

    I came across this 2 weeks into the first series run, and have been acdicted, Would't it be great to win

  • Tony Tie

    over 1 year ago

    Tony Tie

    Great series.. but the obviously staged arguements and tantrums becoming a bit surplus to requirements and annoying(!) Not needed for this type of program imo..

  • Papa Lazarou

    over 1 year ago

    Papa Lazarou

    See there's an ad for Cowboy Builders on this page.....now if they'd combined the two.....Cowboy Classic Car Rebuilders....... Just remember I came up with the idea first, want my credit and commission payment.

  • willydonker

    over 1 year ago

    willydonker

    Minis arnt hard to do. Mines had two front ends on. Cheap panels too. Should make a tasty return worth a bit nowadays.

  • chris

    over 1 year ago

    chris

    Lets see how badly they can bodge this one?

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  • Stu Yates

    over 1 year ago

    Stu Yates

    I just want one....

  • jonty351

    over 1 year ago

    jonty351

    originally said it was mini cooper now its just a mini, by the look of p reg 75/6 not even a 1275gt. how much is that worth ?

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