1275 Gt Resto. Better Than What We Usually Start With! by pickupmad87

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1275 Gt Resto. Better Than What We Usually Start With! 


Compliments of pickupmad87 @ http://www.theminiforum.co.uk


8-25-2013

Alrite Guys. Time for a new Project!! I know we havent finished the pickup yet butthis came up at a price that we couldnt refuse!!! so lets begin. as the title says its alot better than what we usually start off with which is a bonus. heres the beast.

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 and heres some pics of the areas that need attention. Front floorpan needs repairing, slight repair on the inner wing and slight repair on the inner sill at the front drivers side.

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 Very slight repairs to the wheel arch and the rear valence closing panel on the drivers side.

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 Rear valence needs panel beating straight.

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 Wheel arch passenger side needs slight reapir.

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 Floorpan repair, inner sill and slight repair to innerwing needed.

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 And we need to get rid of this hideous thing!!! More on that next!

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 seeing as we have got a "spare" mini in the back lane, we have decided to do a roof swap. so alot of carefull measuring is in need. all measurements and points of measuring have been marked off with marker pen.

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with this done we welded in some bracings to keep the door gaps and to stop the shell from twisting.

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 with the bracing in and checking of all mesurements we transfered the measurements onto the spare mini! with this doneit was time to get the spotweld drill and grinder out!  off with its head!!

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 to maintain strength when welded back together all he joints are staggered by 100mm. 

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 with all the cuts finished, a very liberal coat of weld through primer was applied to all the surfaces.

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 with all of this completed it was time to do the same to the "spare" mini. 

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and again weld through primer applied to all the internal surfaces. 

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 dont worry about the "spare" mini were keeping the rest of that instock for my van project when i get hold of one! now it was time to mate the two together!   

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 we went round measuring off our datums we had set and tacked the two together. it got a bit late in the day by the time we got to this point, so we will finish welding it tomrrow. before we knocked off we thought we would take the oversill that had been put on, on the drivers side.luckily it had been put on so badly it was easy to take off! look theres the original sill. this winds me up something kronic! 

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 and this is why you dont use the dredded over sills.

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 look at all the moisture they hold in!! thats it for today, should be updating more tommorrow.


8-26-2013

as promised a bit of an update! basicly we have finished welding the roof back on to the car. 

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 we then ground them all flat and sprayed a quick coat of etch primer on them. 

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 we then had a look at the remains from under neath the "bover" sill! apparently if you shove loads of wire mesh into a hole and slap aload of filler over it. this is just as good as welding the hole through the door post and through the sill up properly. 

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 thats it for today, hopefully more tomorrow.


8-27-2013

Small update.. while I was at work today my dad cracked on with the GT. He started off by cutting the rust out of the drivers side a panel, sill, floorpan nd bottom of the inner wing. 

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 Floorpan welded in 

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 Sill welded on 

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 door step repair piece made and started to tack in. 

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 thats it for tonight.


8-30-2013

Evening all! started off by cutting the remains of the old passeener side floor pan out and the rot in the inner wing. 

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 Then welded the floor pan in. 

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 then sorted the repair on the inner wing. 

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After that primed the inner sill. 

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then welded it on. 

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 then after making the repair panel repaired the bottom portion of the a panel. 

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A little help from the cats. 

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 then lastly repaired a section on the passenger side wheel arch. 

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 thats it for tonight more tomorrrow.


9-3-2013

alrite guys, little update for the past couple of days. started off by removing the rear vallence, we had thought of saving this but with the rust that was under the paint we decided it would be a much better job if we just replaced it drilled out all the spotwelds.

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removed the vallence.

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 we got new vallence closing panels but didnt get the ones that go back to the vallence. so one of them neededa slight repair, the other just needed rust treating. 

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all welded in. 

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 this is what we use to convert the rust. 

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 after this there was a small repair needed to the drivers side wheel arch and boot floor 

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 once the repairs were made, the rear valence was trial fitted to get the position for the closing panels. 

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 welded in. 

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vallence all welded on. 

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 with all the welding finished in the rear end, it wa time to stonechip the underneath. 

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 with that done, we looked at at repairing the top of the drivers side wing. 

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 all cut out. 

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 repair panel made. 

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 all welded in with the slight scuttle repair that was needed. 

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 thats it for tonight, more tomorrow. 


9-16-2013

Bit of an update. last bits of welding left on the list to do: Small hole at the front of the passenger wing

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 Repair the headlight ring on the passenger side 

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 Repairs to the front indicator here the front pannel meets the wing

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With all the welding finished it was time to fill the blemishes on the car and give it a coat of etch primer.

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The underneath of the car fully under sealed. 

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 The Car is pretty much ready to be completly spayed in high build primer tomorrow. 

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 Whilst we were at stanford hall we picked up a couple of bargins. We got  front and rear bumpers for the gt for £45. 

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the rear bumper was a powder coated grey when we got it, but when the powder coating was removed and after a quick polish on the wheel was a lovely chrome bumper! and lastly picked some new front indicactors up for £50. cant get the photo at the moment the laptops dicking about! More to follow.


9-22-2013

Update time. little lacking on photos, but the under neath of the car has been sprayed  

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 now the underneath was painted the rest of te car was masked off ready to spray the primer on. 

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with the car primed the interior, boot and engine bay have been sprayed. 

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with that done we built a wooden base abit lower than the trolley to ease subframe fitting. 

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 then the subframes were stripped from the "spare mini" to turn it into a roller. then the spare mini was turned upside down to stop it filling with water! 

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 then she rolls again!! 

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all ready for being picked up next week to be taken down to my dads mates spray shop to do the body paint. its too dusty to be able to get a good enough finish in the workshop.


9-28-2013

update. we got the gt back from my dads mates bodyshop this morning!! 

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 doesnt she look pretty!!


10-1-2013

small update.

Over the weekend we fitted the GT up with temporay front and rear screens side windows and rear lights.
the reason thy are only temp is just to get it water tight so it can be left outside.

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Today my dad got on with painting the insides of the boot lid and bonnet. The bonnet was carefully masked
off and the flat panel parts were first sprayed with stone chip to act as sound deadening.

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The boot lid, bonnet and doors are off to the bodyshop tomorrow to have the top coat done. More to follow.


small update.

Over the weekend we fitted the GT up with temporay front and rear screens side windows and rear lights.
the reason thy are only temp is just to get it water tight so it can be left outside.

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Today my dad got on with painting the insides of the boot lid and bonnet. The bonnet was carefully masked
off and the flat panel parts were first sprayed with stone chip to act as sound deadening.

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The boot lid, bonnet and doors are off to the bodyshop tomorrow to have the top coat done. More to follow.


10-4-2013

update. we got the doors, bootlid and bonnet back from the body shop this morning and fitted them on tthis evening. 

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10-5-2013

Small update. Got all the door locking mechanisms, striker plates and door handles fitted properly. 

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We also fitted our bargin perfect chrome bumper. It had been powdercoated grey in the factory!! just cleaned the powdercoat off to reveal a perfect chrome finish. 

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 and my dad needs to lose some weight out of his arse!!! 

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10-8-2013

tiny update.

 

got the new door glass day in green tint.

 

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should hopefully get it fitted to the door tomoz.


10-10-2013

update. Got the door glass fitted last night and chrome finishing strip. 

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I then refurbed the rear lights and light lenses, I found a desecent pair of lights but the wires had been chopped about.So I bent all the tabs around the bulb holders and swapped them out for some that havent been chopped about. 

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I then dug out the best light lenses i could find and a kind member from the club im in dishwashed them for me. 

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 Then to finish them off rubbed autosol over them and gave then a light buff on the wheel, being careful to keep moving and not let the heat build up too much as this will cause them to melt. 

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 The end result.

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 Fitted on the car. 

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 Thats it for tonight.


4-3-2014

hi. been a while since ive updated anything.been really busy with work and stuff, havent had much time to do any thing!not so much of an update just  little project me and the old man have been working on the last couple of nights. for a while weve been wanting to have a test rig to run engines up before going in the car to check for oil leaks and other things. 

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and a video of it in action!



4-11-2014

little update. yesterday started t get the gt engine ready to be run up on our test rig. we had sent the head off to have hardened valvesseats put in. refaced and reprofiled valves with phospher bronze valve guides and a light skim off the head face. so ive put the head and new gasket on and tourqed the head down. just waiting for the new starter ring to be delivered andwe can put the engine in our test rig, run it up and check for oil leaks. 

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 we also got the front and rear subframes back from sand blasting and sprayed them with 2 pac black. 

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thats it for now as we are in the process of stripping the car back to bare shell to take it back to the body shopto sort a few areas we arent happy with.


4-15-2014

short update again. still waiting for the new starter ring. flywheels been lightened and balanced. if no joy by th weekend were going to strip theflywheel and starter ring out of another engine so we can run the gt engine up on the rig and check for any oil/water leaks. hopefull the gt is getting picked up tomorrow to go back down the paint shop. in the mean time we have been scouring our sheds and workshop for items like servo nd pedal box seat mounting brackets and fuel and brake lines. managed to turn up some decent front to back brake and fuel lines so these have been painted. 

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 we have also started to build up the front subframe. 

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 that it for tonight.


4-19-2014

small update.

 whilst the gt is back in the body shop we are cleaning and priming bits and bobs ready for painting. 

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 once they have been degreased we sprayed them with high build primer. 

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 tomorrow we are going to wet sand them to bring them up nice and smooth then paint them 2 pac black and steel wheel on the brake servo. I ended up painting the pedal box with rattle cans as it was in good nick so just flatted it off and sprayed it. 

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 next we cleaned up a pair of radius arms and painted them with acid etch primer. 

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 lastly the radiator cowling was cleaned up. when id stripped the paint i realised that it was aliminium so decided to polish it up. started of by removing the paint, then started sanding from 600 through to 1000 then buffedthem up on the polishing wheel. it started out like this 

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 and ended up like this. 

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 then painted the inside of the cowl gloss black. thats it for today. hope for more tomorrow.


4-20-2014

updte. the parts that were sprayed with high build primer yesteray hve been wet flatted down ready for painting .to start with sprayed some satin black over them as a guide coat. 

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 once that was finished all the items were hung up ready for a couple of coats of two pac black. 

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 also sprayed the servo with wheel steel. 

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 then once the paint had hardend off for a bit everything got a good coat of two pac laquer. 

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thats it for now!


4-21-2014

quick update. all the parts that have been refurbed and painted are now assembled. 

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 that it for now!


also a refurbed grill. cost total of 26 quid 16 for the grill 10 for the badge!

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1-7-2015

We have finished this car and started on my mums 61, just need to hurry my arse up and properly update this build, it's also going to be in the next issue of mini magazine


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