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Project "tatties" He's A Clubman You Know!
Compliments of AndyMiniMad @ http://www.theminiforum.co.uk
Well here we go again..Some of you may have seen this car in my other thread about "Haggis"..But I thought I would start a new thread just for Tatties as he is going to need a bit more work than I first thought...(dont they all)??
The car used to belong to Clubby Gav ..but I pestered him untill he sold it to me...
Here he is arriving at his new home..
He had a 1275 MG Metro engine fitted which I had lent to Clubby Gav untill he had built up his own engine..
As it turns out Gav never finnished his engine and never got this MG one fired up either. So I bought the car and all the spares that Gav had been collecting over the years as a job lot!! And all for £1500..A cracking deal...Thanks Gav..
The first job was to wheek out the MG engine. I like 1380's..and Tatties will eventually get the engine that I was runing in Haggis...Once its been bebuilt to a higher spec..
And to be Honnest thats pretty much all I did to him for the past six or seven months..I spent all my time and money getting Haggis ready for this year..
As you may already know I managed to get a storage facility sorted that allows me to keep all the cars in one place..I call it the "Cave"..
Here is Tatties ariving at the cave...
And parked next to his pal Haggis..
And there he waited while I finished Haggis..I spoke to him regularly to reasure him that he would soon get my full attention..
And so once Haggis was away enjoying himself it was time to start "Peeling" Tatties to see if the shell really is as good as it looks..
One of the first thing I did was to dig all the filler out from the scuttle ends..I dont like the smooth look and prefer to see the join of the wing..as I suspected the scuttle ends wer a bit rusty...a few holes that the filler had hidden..
And a hole in the inner wing...
So once I had found these I decided to strip the car and check everything else..I Hate filler!!!
The roll cage that was in Tatties is a "Show" cage and not FIA approved...It is my intention to hill climb and sprint Tatties once he is finised. so this cage has to go in the skip!! Once I had unbolted it I was not surprised to see a small pile of rust had fallen out of the holes..Tatties has oversills and im pretty sure they are covering some nasty rust...wont know for sure haw bad things are till I get them off. They are evil things and have no place on any of my mini's..
The floors are generally solid and should live to fight another day once the dents have been bashed flat!! why do people insist on jacking up minis at the floor?? Its stupid!!
I also found that the Hi Low's had not been fitted properly and were not seated in the dohnut..
But Im stripping the whole car down now so I can fix little things like this when it gets rebuilt..
The air vent on the drivers side needs some new metal!! Again not a big problem as I was going to weld these up anyway..
Pasengers side is fine with just a 50p sized hole to fix..
Doors off...Im going to strip them down to make them a light as possible..Poly carbonate windows and special door cards..
And this is how he looked as I left the cave..Not a bad mornings work..
Im removing the subframes this weekend!! they look in good nick.. but I want to check all the runing gear is ok, also need to fit vented disks and four pot calipers..