Mini Thirty 998 Project by Andrew O

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Mini Thirty 998 Project 


Compliments of Andrew O @ http://www.theminiforum.co.uk


8-15-2011

I have briefly mentioned my project before but this will now be the up to date thread on how things are going. ( Here goes )

I recently bought a Mini Thirty ( Special Edition ) 998 for £450 from my dads friend with a whole bunch of extras including a 1100 engine and a spare head.
It also came with new discs,Calipers,Carb,Loom,Lights,boot lid and a shed load of other parts

Here is the car as i bought it ( Bar bonnet and wheels )


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The engine runs well ( Just ignore the rust ) and i will be taking it out to paint.


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Doors are past re skinning so i will be buying some better ones.


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The boot floor is in excellent condition ( Only has some slight surface rust )


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8-16-2011

I did some work to the suspension cone things ( Don't know the proper word ) today. Heres the before and after
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I will be painting them to so i will get some photos up of the finished result


8-16-2011

I did some work to the suspension cone things ( Don't know the proper word ) today. Heres the before and after
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After - 


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I will be painting them to so i will get some photos up of the finished result


8-17-2011

Quick update on what I've been doing recently .

Today me and my dad lifted the engine out by hand ( No lifts or hoist what so ever ) which was fun.



Then we took the sub frame out which was easier than i thought it was going to be.

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Then got to work cleaning it up -

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I will be respraying it tomorrow.

Watch this space for more updates.


8-30-2011

I haven't updated in a while ( If anyone is even following ) so here is what i have been doing recently .

This is the 1100 engine that came free with the car and i thought i would give it a clean up and paint and try and get some money for it.

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Here it is after i painted it. I think it came out pretty good. I managed to get £175 for ( Very happy ) it and that went in to the project budget.

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I stripped down the radiator cowling ( Forgot to take a before photo ) and primered it ready to be sprayed blue.

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Im now waiting for parts to arrive before i can go any further which include -
LCB Manifold, Sportex centre exit exhaust, Mini speed inlet manifold, Blue silicone hoses, Radiator,Full set of Gaz shocks, Full set of bushes

I would love to know what everyone thinks off my project and if they have any tips or advice for me so don't be afraid to share your opinions ( That is if any one is actually reading this )
Thanks again, Andrew


9-1-2011

Quick update i what i have been doing today.
Ive mostly been referring some parts like hubs lower arms and sub frames etc
But ill try and let the pictures do the talking

Heres the disc cover before -

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And here it is after -

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Swivel hub in primer -

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I also took delivery of my polyurethane bushes and Front Gaz shocks

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I would really appreciate peoples thoughts i my project and if you have any advice please share them
That is if any one is actually reading this


9-2-2011

Just a small update i on what i have been doing today
Its mostly cleaning up and spraying parts
I also put the polyurethane engine bushes in
Ill let the pics do the talking.

Engine mounts before - 


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Engine mounts in the middle-


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Engine mounts complete with polyurethane bushes -


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Radiator cowling in Blue gloss -
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Other engine mount thingy in Black Gloss -
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I took delivery of some more parts today including -
Sportex 2' centre exit exhaust, Lcb Manifold, Minispeed Inlet Manifold, Track rod ends, Radiator, ( A lot of spray paint ) and a few other bits and bobs
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9-7-2011

UPDATE TIMMEEE :D

Well i have taken a lot of deliveries recently of bits and bobs so though i might swell add them to the thread
I went back to school on Tuesday :goaway: so the work on the Mini is going to slow down a bit but my dad is going to do some work for me while I'm at school.
Well ill let the pics do the talking -

I call this the rust terminator, I don't know where id be with out this whilst restoring parts ( It destroys any thing it touches )


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Cleaned up and painted the arms on the Front Sub Frame -


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Bought this of Ebay which i though wasn't bad for £20
Its a full set of engine bay bolts 


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Inlet Manifold from MiniSpeed


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Some small bits and bobs from Ebay-


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Radiator-


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Thats about it for Today but I'm still awaiting delivery of lots more parts ( Exciting )
Im also in the proses of designing my own custom gauges ( Ill be sure to get some pics up when there done )
Please leave your comments and thoughts as i would really appreciate them.


9-15-2011

Just a small update today. Now I've gone back to school I've got ALOT less time on my hands and I'm limited to working in the evening and some weekends

Decided i would spray my column cowling so heres the before and afters ( What do you think ? )
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After


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Engines in the garage waiting to be cleaned up and painted -


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Heres the work i have to do on the inner wing ( Should i weld a new part over the top or replace it completely ? )


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After getting my gauges from Galeo Gauges i decided i liked them so much i would have my custom ones made up
After 3 weeks mailing back and for here they are -


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Because i do Motocross i decided i wanted to bring an element of that into the car so i put some Motocross logos on the gauges
Not bad for £15 including postage

Please add any tips or onions you may have ( So its not just me talking to myself )
Watch this space for regular updates with LOTS of pics


9-30-2011

Well these past fews days i have just been concentrating on the front subby, and I'm very happy with the results.
Ive also taken delivery of a few bits and bobs - ( I got the Steering rack in the MiniSport sale for £55 )

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Light coat of primer - 


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Heres the old cones next to the new ones ( Im glad i purchased new ones now looking at the height difference )


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Heres a before and after of my hub . Im really please considering how bad it was
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Bump stop and cones in ( Im still waiting on my Top Arm bearings )


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And the finished ( Almost ) product which I'm pretty chuffed with -


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I kind of fell like I'm talking to my self here so PLEASE add your comments whether there good or bad.
Watch this space for regular updates


10-3-2011

Well i had an inset day on Friday and Monday which meant an extra long weekend and as i wansnt doing Motocross it was Mini 4 days in a row :D
Here come the pictures -

My top arm bearings arrived on Saturday which meant i could get the cones in . And ow my God it was sooo difficult ( Considering i have never done it before )
My dad even high fived me when we finished and that is saying something as he hardly talks to me Hehe


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There were 3 tiny holes in the boot that i have never noticed so i welded them up
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I have been practising my welding lots so i thought i would takle the shock mount areas
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What do you think ???????????????
For my first ever weld job ( Im 16 ) its not bad going

My dad helping me out -


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There was a hole on the inside so i patched that up. I know its not perfect but it does the job and you won't see it.


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Painting my Cylinder Head -


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Im also in the process of removing the sound proofing ( The tar like stuff ) but I'm not finished yet, I will get a photo up when its done.
Well thats about it for today
Please add your comments tips or opinions as i would REALLY appreciate them weather good or bad.
Watch this space for regular updates.


10-22-2011

Right i havnt updated in while ( Too busy with Motocross,School and working on the Mini ) so this one is a BIGGY
Ive got a week off school next week so i will hopefully be finishing the welding thats all weather dependant though.
Here we go .... Lots of pictures

Welded the new inner wing part on and cut the scuttle ready for new peace -


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Dad offering up the new piece -


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Hole in the roof all sorted -


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Rear valence cut off -


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Any ideas what i should do about this???? ( Its the rear arch )


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Closing panels will have to be replaced -


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Discovered a new hole when taking the subframe out -


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Second roof hole sorted ( Not sanded smooth yet ) -


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Few bits from Ebay -


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Scuttle sorted out -


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Underneath -


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Sound proofing out -


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Headlining out to check the roof ( Found many spiders in the process ) -


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Footwell patched up -


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Shock mounts sorted out -


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Well don't say i didn't warn you it was a big one :D ( Sorry admin team )
Stay tuned as there will be a lot of progress in the next week
As always PLEASE ADD YOUR COMMENTS AND OPINIONS


1-3-2012

Well i havnt updated in a while due to varies things such as whether, family, Christmas etc
Any way i havnt done any welding recently because of the weather
So I've started work on the Engine
I have removed the Head and Clutch so they can be done.
Now I'm prepping it for painting
Heres some snaps -

Mins now at the top of the drive for easier access -


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Pistons all nice and clean -


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Core plugs removes as there being replaced - 


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Getting all the rust of the Block and cleaning up the Gear Box -


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Same story on the back - 


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Didn't realise how light the Bell housing was until i took it off. Im drilling hoses in it purely because it looks good ( Not done yet ) -


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This isn't really related but i love my gasket case so much I've just got to show you -


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Thats about it for now.
The deadline is still for my 17th Birthday in May so I'm going to be flat out
PLEASE let me know what you think weather its negative or positive, i just really want your opinions
Stay tuned for more updates


1-15-2012

Just a qucik update today.
Ive been refurbing more ancillaires today and they are looking mighty fine
I have also started painting the engine, Anyway ill let the photos do the talking -

Dizzy being sprayed -

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Dizzy all finished and looking very smart -

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Cant remeber what this does ( Think its for the clutch ) but also looking smart -

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Engine in etch primer -

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PLEASE give your comments as i feel like im talking to myself here.

My aim is to have the front end on in the next few weeks so stay tunned for regualr updates.


1-17-2012

The engines coming along nicley, The new core plugs are in and the block is painted.
I also stripped down the servo and that is now being sprayed
The cylinder head has been sent of to be skimmed and have new valve guides installed.

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Any comments ??


1-21-2012

Small update today, Ive been sorting out the scuttle and doing more ancillaries.

Petrol tank in a layer of Etch -


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Servo painted and rebuilt -


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New scuttle end welded in. Its not finished yet as i still have more grinding and filler to go on.


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There should be another update tomorrow eveing so check back then more more progress.
All opinions welcome


1-22-2012

Another productive day spent on the Mini
Mostly boring body work today but it has to be done
All went well apart from a small fire :/ and cutting half way through the engine loom with a angle grinder but its all good now.
Any way PICS -

Patch welded in on the inner wing ( Not ground down yet )


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Got my moneys worth out of this one -


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Very messy pantch wleded in just bove the jacking point ( Needes to be tidied up more so dont judge me )

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I also repaired the hole that was in my rear arch but forgot to take a photo so will get a pic up next time.
Im now getting ever closer to putting the front end on its just a matter of finishing the inner wings.
More updates very soon
All opions VERY welcome


Just order this compressor - http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1497.l2649
Should help me out a hell of alot with variuos things.
I will be ordering a Soda Blasting kit as well tomorrow
Im so excited its sad.
Any one ever used one of these ?


1-24-2012

Just a small update today.
Some very nice parcels waiting for me when i got home from school -

This will help me out alot 


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New Clutch
Cylinder Head Bolts
Towing eye
Temperature thingy
And some other random bits -


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Petrol tank ready to fit -


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Bell housing finished -


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Thats it for today
All onions very welcome


1-25-2012

Just found this of the day i got it on the drive.
I forgot it actually used to look like a Mini -


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1-31-2012

COLD COLD COLD !
Well the family car said it was -3 today so i think i call that dedication, Dont you ?
Im finding it hard to find time to work on the Mini as im juggling - A levels, Motocross, Training for Motocross and the Mini and being a teenager but i am pushing on.
Any way, Pictures -

Clutch part cleadned up -


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New clutch and flywheel in -


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Im so glad i drilled my bell housing as i think it gived it a really nice racey look -


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What do you think ?

Gear selctor removed ( Its going to need a real good clean )


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Lower engine bay in Etch -


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6 Layers of stone chip ( I will underseal over this )


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Scuttle end welded and filled -


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Left hand side -


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Etch primer drying


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Thats it for this update but heres what to come -
Ive had a boost in my funds so ive got some money to spend now which should see me to the end of the project
Ive also ordered some goodie from DSN Classics which im looking forward to getting
Stay tuned for regular updates
All opions very welcome


2-3-2012

Small update.
Today i have been sorting out the wiring in the engine bay ready for it to be painted.
Also had some goddies delivered
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Blanking plate and wiring removed -


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First layer of Etch Primer but had to stop as it was way to cold -


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Got a small delivery from DSN Classics
Heater take of and bulk head blaking plate -


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2-5-2012

More paint arrived yesterday and seam sealant so i have been cracking on with that
Pictures -
Inner wing prepped and masked off -


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Sealed -


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Layer of etch -


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I also had to weld a patch on -


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Sealed -


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A nice thick coat of black paint to keep the rust at bay -


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Couple of layers of stonechip ( It will be painted over tomorrow ) -


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Engine bay coming along nicley -


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Thick coat of black underneath -


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Removed a big patch of rust over the window -


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Some one had tried to repair it in the past with layers of filler and fibre glass -


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I am having a fabricator making me up another peace.

The cylinder head is in a shop getting reskimmed and valves and guides redone so that should be done soon
Ive got plenty more to carry on with


2-7-2012

Tiny update today.
Finished of the enigne bay did some more seam sealing and some new parts have started arriving :D
Pictures -

Engine bay in a lovely gloss black -


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Blanking plate in a layer of Oxide primer -


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Rear patch seam seam sealed -


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Rear arch patch seam sealed -


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New bits and bobs -
70 Amp Alternator
DSN Classics master cylinder plate
Vavlve Guides
Vavle Springs
Slave cylinder
Speedo cable and more


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Bulk pack of silent coat -


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Ive got a day of school tomorrow so plan to get some work done then
Stay tunned


2-8-2012

Got the new peice for under the window today so the fun began for that
Also got some more deliveries
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Put this on just because i can and it look awsome -


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Finished painting the engine bay -


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Blanking plate in gloss black -


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Offered up the new piece -


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Welded in -


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Its going to take a lot of work and patients with the filler but im confident it will get there -


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Lovely Mini Spares delivery with once again faultless service -


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I just won a virtually brand new passenger door on Ebay for £40 so im going to collect that on Friday

Its half term next week so i will be welding the front end on then.


2-10-2012

Been doing wiring in the freezing cold and rain today. I call that dedication
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Wiring back in the engine bay -


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Bullet connectors replaced -


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Got a brand new headling of another member for £40, Saved me a fair bit of money ( WIN ! )


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Nothing interesting today but thought i might as well share it
Stay tuned for more


2-11-2012

Well today was probably the furthest ive got on the Mini
Ill let the pictures do most of the talking -

New steering rack fitted and making final preperations with the subframe -


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I used two trolley jacks so i could fit the subframe by my self -


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Subframe all bolted on -


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Side shot -


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New mounts -


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Drove to Bristol yesterday to pick up a BRAND NEW door for £40, That's the deal of the year


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2-12-2012

I have been doing the other Innerwing today
Pictures -

Before -


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Masked off -


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Three layers of red oxide -


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I then put a few layers of Black Hammerite over this but didnt get a photo

Seam Sealed -


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Layer of stonechip ( Need to do more but it started raining ) -


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Think i got my monies worth ? -


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I stiripped this down, Cleaned all the rust off, regreased and put a new reverse sender switch on ( I will be putting a quickshift on when it arrives ) -


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Back on the car -


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I will be doing more painting on the inner wing tomorrow and then hopefuly start fitting the front end after that.
Stay tunned for regular updates
All comments are VERY welcome as i feel like im talking to myself sometimes


2-13-2012

I have finished the inner wing today and came across a few problems :(
Pictures -

4 Layers of black hammerite to keep the rust and bay ( I will underseal over this ) -


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Came across rust holes on both side of the boot -


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I tired to fit the shock mounts but found the threads were knackered and ruined by bolt -


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My room is starting to look like a Mini shop now
Any way i took delivery of a brand new bonnet for £50 ( Bargain )


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More updates tomorrow


2-14-2012

Well what should have been a 5 Minute job turned into a whole day wasted on the car
I went to install the shock mounts and to my horror found that all the threads were knackered
So i had to go out get new bolts and use a tap and die set on the nuts

Any way i got there in the end -


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(The grey stuff is waxyoyl)

Sorry todays update was very boring however there should be some juicy bits up in the next few day
All opions very welcome


2-16-2012

Just a small update today not much to say
Pictures -

New pear drop mounts -


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Bolted on-
We had to go down to our local bolt shop as i didnt have anything the right size


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And the front end finished and welded on -


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Aha just kidding, Its only loosley placed on so the fun begins tomorrow ( Wish me luck )


2-18-2012

Well this past few days i have been going mental.
The gaps i have been having with the wings and the bonnet are horrific ( I now feel your pain Hugh )
Any way maybe the pictures will shed some light -

Horrific gap at the scuttle -


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Horrific bonnet gap -


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Okay ish gap at the front -


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After alot of tweeking ( In the rain ) i got the gap to this -


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Terrible ! -


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Lots of swearing later i got the front gap spot on :proud: -


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My dad and his friend John helping us out -


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Rivited in -


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After even more swearing we got the gap to as good as its ever going to be ( Im happy with it ) -


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As she sits now -


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Im happy at the moment however we havnt looked at the A - Pannels yet but im hoping they will be a better fit.
I would really appreciate your comments after all the work i have done.
Stay tuned for very regular updates


2-21-2012

Only a little update today.
Ive been tweeking and doing more tweeking and swearing
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Got both A pannels fitted ( Only phototed one ) so should be welding the front end on in the next few days
Stay tunned for exciting stuff


2-23-2012

Only a little update today.
Ive been tweeking and doing more tweeking and swearing
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Got both A pannels fitted ( Only phototed one ) so should be welding the front end on in the next few days
Stay tunned for exciting stuff


2-26-2012

Been doing some work on getting the wings perfect today -
Pictures -

Added some filler to the scuttle end so it would meet up with the wing better ( Im now happy with the gap ) -


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Clamped the A-Pannel in and its fits nicely, Just had to do some minor tweeking -


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Went down to Machiene Mart and picked this little baby up -


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Its a sand/soda blaster for those of you that dont know.

Light dusting of Etch Primer -


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Final coat of silver -


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This photo has no real relevance but i just like seeing the Mini actually looking like a Mini -


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Should be welding the wings on in the next few days so stay tunned for that
Would love to hear your opions on the pannel gaps etc


2-28-2012

Just a little update
Bought some MOMO Alpha Romeo 156 seats from another member ( They fit in a Mini )
The photos really dont do them justice, there really nice -


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They are full real leather so cant wait to put them in the car


2-29-2012

Bit the bullet today and started welding the wings on however i had to do it after school so didint have much time.
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Holes drilled ready for plug welding -


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The welds which im happy with -


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Got the radius arms back from the engineer today so there ready to be painted -


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Sorry theres not much more but i only had an hour after school before it got dark and cold
All comments very welocme


3-1-2012

FInished welding the Drivers side today -
Pictures -

A Pannel plug welded -


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Seam welded ( Messy but very hard to access ) -


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And a mixture of spot a seam welds -


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3-3-2012

I won a fully refurbished Cylinder Head on ebay for £40 what a bargain
It arrived this weekend so i set to work on that whilst the weather was fowl
Pictures -

New hardened valve guides -


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It came fully skimmed -


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New hardened unleaded valve seats -


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I then lapped my valves in ( 3 Minutes on course and 3 minutes on fine )
They all have a really good seal around the seats now -


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All numbered up ready to be fitted -


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Thats about it for today.
Once i have the valves fitted with new springs i will be painting the head the same colour as the block
Also if the weather is good next week i can finish fitting the front end
All comments very welcome


3-6-2012

Got the engine all ready to go back in today -
Pictures -

Masked off -
Took about 1 Hour the get it perfect


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Cylinder head finished
Im so happy with the final result considering how long it took me to mask it all of -


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On the block -


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Getting the rocker gaps perfect -


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Very nice DSN heater take off -


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Decided i should crack on with stripping the rear subframe -


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3-7-2012

Had a very nice parcel from City Link today
My Ultralight Wheels turned up and i think there lush
They are brand new and i got them for £250 with brand new Falken tyres on them ( What a bargain )
Any way here they are -


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3-8-2012

The engine is complete and ready to go in
It is looking B.E.A. uuutiful if i say so my self -


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I would really like to hear your opinions after all the work i have done to it ( Good or Bad )
More updates very soon


3-13-2012

Got the other wing welded on in the past few days
I think it went quiet well, Im happy with all the gaps and the welds are strong.
Im so glad that the front end actually went on -
Pictures -

Plug welded on -


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Close up -


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Took the window out -


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Now i can address this - 


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Started seam sealing the other side -


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All opinions are very welcome as usual


3-17-2012

Front end welding is officially complete and it went well
Any way what you want to see

Passenger A-Panel all welded up -


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Plug welds -


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I then finished of the front end to wing welding
It is very un neat but it was so awkward to get the welder in and once its seam sealed and under sealed it will be fine -


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The end result ( Welds have not been ground down yet ) -


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Also seam sealed the floor repair that the previous owner had just done -


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Whilst i was welding i felt my leg get very hot, so i looked down i couldn't see anything and stupidly carried on welding. I then became covered in smoke so i stopped again and looked down. The cloth i was lying on had caught fire and my trousers ahaha
Thought i would share that.

Also do i put seam sealer in the gap where the wing meets the scuttle ??


3-20-2012

I did have an update ready a few days ago but couldn't access Photobucket .
So you are getting two updates in one you lucky people.
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Cleaned the floor with white spirit ready for paint -


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Seam sealed for added protection -


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Painted -


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Painted the rear bench -


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I then painted the whole floor and started laying down the Silent Coat ( Sound Proofing ) -


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Drivers foot well -


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Rear - 


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And finished -


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I used strips of Flash Band on the back seat part -


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Also did the roof -


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I used 28 Sheets of Silent coat and 2 Meters of Flash Band if any one is interested.
I have to say that the Silent Coat was very nice to work with and when i tap the car its now a dull thud and not like a tin can.

I then welded the patches on either side of the boot and seam sealed them -


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Well i hope that was a big enough update for you all
Comments are very welcome as usual


3-31-2012

Sorry i haven't updated in a while but ive been busy on the Mini.
Any how here what you want to see Pictures -

Whilst cleaning up the boot i found some hidden rust that needed a sizable patch so thats now complete -


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I can now say that the boot is RUST FREE !!!!

Welded on the rear valence -


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I may not have mentioned this before but the Mini is going to be de bumper-ed, therefore there was no need for me to repair the rust on the lip -


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I then cut and welded in small gaps along the rear -


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It now looks like this -


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It is so time consuming, it took me about 2 hours to do 50% of it

I then de bumperd the front which was much quicker and easier -


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Started to filler it -


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It still need more work -


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I then began to filler the window repair i had done and its coming along nicely -


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And finally got the arch in its first of many layers of chassis black -


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I would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions as it is very pleasing to hear other peoples thoughts.
More updates soon


4-2-2012

Got some more bits done the past couple of days
Nothing special but it all has to be done
Pictures -

Finally got the rear subby all cleaned up and in its first layer of Chassis black -


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Rear sub frame mounts all masked off -


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Radius arms in etch primer -


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First few layers of paint -


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After 6 layers the sub frame is finished, ready to be rebuilt and covered in under seal -


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All comments very welcome as usual
There should be another update up tomorrow as i have a day off school


4-3-2012

Thanks Tom, I can not wait, its going to be epic

Here is today's update
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Got the front to back brake line in -


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Got the fuel line in -


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Engine getting ready -


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Almost there -


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All tucked up and reunited after 6 months in a new home ( Here is a before and after )
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After -
It started raining so i had to cover it up but you get the gist -


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I would love to hear what everyone thinks

More updates very soon


4-10-2012

A pretty productive day if i say so myself
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Got the gear linkage hooked up, so the gears now all engage ( I probably should have painted the rods ) -


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Got the bottom tie bar in -


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Top tie bar in. Clutch all hooked up and bled so that now works and got the earth strap on -


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Couldn't resist putting this up. Nice new dipstick -


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I also used a shuctz gun to inject 3 Liters of Waxoyl into all the sills and i used a shuctz gun to anti stone chip the arches but i didn't get photos of this.
I will be going in the garage after tea to rebuild the sub frame so expect more tomorrow


4-11-2012

Well ive been cracking on again today and got a good amount done -
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Subframe partially built back up with all new pipes -


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Heel board and boot floor now have a nice coat of chassis black -


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Arch in underseal -


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And the front arch -


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Thermostat housing on and the fan -


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Attached the servo and connected it all up -


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Sprayed the filter housing -


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How shes standing now -


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Tacked the first closing pannel on -


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Thats about it car wise for now, However -

I ordered a 2 Meter role of real suede as i had something pretty cool in mind. Ive always likes how some luxury cars have suede dash boards and dash rails so i thought why not do it with mine, So here are my results -
I covered up the ashtray hole as i wont be using that -


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The photos really do not do them justice. They just feel and look so good and it only took me 2 Hours and cost me around £40 for material and glue etc.
I would love to know what you all think after this rather sizable update .


4-13-2012

Got a good amount done today, Im almost ready to fire here up :D
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Fuel pump on with some sexy braided fuel line ( Not that you will see it anyway ) -


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Three way junction hooked up -


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Braided front hoses arrived -


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Stage 1 Inlet and Exhaust manifold fitted -


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New heater valve hooked up -


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Radiator and alternator all connected -


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New Lucas coil -


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New oil filter is a must -


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Brand new starter motor -


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As she stands at the moment, Just got the carb to fit -


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New closing panel welded on -


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I now need to weld the other closing panel on and then finish de bumpering the valence.
Once this is done i can put the rear sub frame on, put the fuel tank in and then fire her up :D

All comments are very welcome as usual


4-25-2012

Thought id put some photos up of the tool box i have bought to put in the boot of the Mini -


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5-1-2012

Sorry there's been no update in a while but i now have one for you
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Got the boot floor painted, This is now ready for lots of silent coat -


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Got the first drive shaft in, I'm waiting on a new Cv Joint to do the other side -


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My new Avon cones arrived £40 for the pair ( What a bargain ) so this meant i could crack on with fitting the radius arms -
The left side shock will be coming of when i paint and stone chip the arch -


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I love how the Gaz shock absorbers look, Not that you will see them anyway -


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That's it for today, I'm in the process of rebuilding the back plates so they can go on then the car will have wheels for the first time in ages.
I'm getting closer and closer to finishing - Heres a brief to do list
Finish building front suspension
Fit Carb and Battery then start engine
Fit interior
Sound Proof Boot
Paint car


5-3-2012

Well its update time and i've been getting on with plenty the past few days.
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Got one of the back plates built up and installed -


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Got the rear arch in its first coat of chassis black -


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Front arch in its fist coat of Chassis black -


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Ready to seam seal -


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Sealed -


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Got the other back plate ready to go on, Just waiting to finish painting the arch -


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That's it for today, There will be more tomorrow


5-4-2012

Bit of a boring update today but it all counts
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Scuttle seam sealed -


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Front arch Anti Stone Chipped -


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Rear arch anti stone chipped -


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Got the A Panel bent around with my precision tool ( Who can guess what that is ? )


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I have also seam sealed both inner A Panels and the boot in places.
Thats it for today.
More coming soon


5-7-2012

Got some body work done in the nice weather the other day.
I really need to get my priorities straight as i will be half way through one job and then start doing another.
Any how, Pictures -

Got the boot in another coat, I've got another box of 20 Silent Coat on order. Should be one quite Mini -


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Got some filler on some dents from storage -


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This is where we had to hammer the panel in to place, Should be smooth after one more skim -


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That's it for today, Stay tuned for more.


5-10-2012

Thanks very much.
Got some very nice parcels today from mister City Link
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Perfect condition King Dragon bucket seat with subframes -


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I have to say that these are the most comfortable seats i have ever sat it.

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Custom Consoles center console -


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What does everyone think ?
Ive got a new carpet on the was and all i need to buy interior wise after that is door cards and rear seat cover.


5-11-2012

Made some good progress today.
My new drums arrived and more soundproofing
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Rear bin Silent Coated -


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Got the boot done. It no longer sounds like a tin can -


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Got the hub and bearing on -


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Fitted the drums -


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They look different colours but its just reflection of light.


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Put a wheel on just because i can. Don't have any wheel nuts yet -


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That's it for today, Will be fitting the fuel tank tomorrow and the carb and possibly the exhaust.
Would love to hear your opinions


5-15-2012

It could be an idea.
Once i have everything working i will look into it then.

Any way update time
Managed to get some smaller things done in between revision.
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Wasted more money on DSN classics parts
But they look sooooo good -


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Got the fuel line connected with an inline filter -


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K and N air filter fitted -


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New break cap thingy -


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Petrol tank fitted and connected -


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And i even had a little helper -


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Would love to hear your thoughts as usual.


5-20-2012

Been cracking on with some more this weekend -
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Got the first skim of filler on the A-Panel -


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Im so glad i decided to de bumper the rear as you cant really tell but it is coming along very nicely
Also bolted the first wheel on just because i can -


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Mounted the exhaust for the first time and found that i did not like how far it sticks out -


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So some cutting and welding was in order, We cut a good 4 inch chunk out and welded it back up -


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Put a nice layer of high temp sealant on it to make sure it was as leak free as possible

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All mounted up. Its copper grease you can see not rust -


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The hinges for my seats came so i bolted it in to look at the fit and it is very snug, I like it ! -


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Would love to hear your thoughts
Just finishing off the wiring this evening so with any luck the next update will be a video of the car starting up for the first time :D


5-25-2012

Well it was an epic day today.
Spent most of the morning replacing every single spade and bullet connector etc

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Then we spent most of the afternoon trying to start her with no luck.
We were confident we had everything in the right order, Ht leads, timing etc but she just wouldn't run.
It was later on in the evening i read over the Haynes manual and realized what a stupid mistake we made. It was the HT leads in the wrong order.
And yes you guessed it the second i switched them over she burst straight it to life.
I filmed every ( About 20 of them ahaha ) attempted start up so this is it. The first time she started since about 8 months ago.




I need to adjust the carb as it is reeving way to high and i also need to retrieve all the bits that fell down the engine bay we she started aha.
Im so glad i now have a working car.

Would love to hear you views.


5-26-2012

I have been playing around with some little niggles this morning and got her running a bit better.
Here's a longer video and what do you we have a horn to Ahaha -

http://m.youtube.com...h?v=_KXapZrPsVU


5-27-2012

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Picked up a refurbished door the other day for £60 which isnt bad for a rust free door -


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After we had the engine running for a while i changed the oil filter and oil just so the system had a good flush -


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Got a pair of brand new door seals for £15 from ebay -


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And got some rear bin liners which should tidy the interior up -


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Not a very exciting update but oh well.
Would love to hear your comments.


5-30-2012

Thanks very much Joe, Your car sounds great.
You should deffinatley get a project thread up. I find it motivates me.

Today i treated myself to a orbital sander which is making life a lot easier -


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The de bumpering is coming along extremely well and only needs a little bit more attention -


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Also got the A Panel done -


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And some work on the wing where i dropped it :shy:  


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I have finished my exams now so it is all Mini now.


5-31-2012

Today we fitted the throttle cable and choke cable and as theirs no point in taking a photo here something else -




6-4-2012

Been cracking on with more

Bought some more shinny bits :D -


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Hows this for a before and after -
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It was difficult for me to fit the hub as i had no help and had never done it before but i got there
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Ive still got to fit the disc the caliper but i hope to have the car on all four wheels in the next couple of days.


6-6-2012

Been cracking on again today in the rain :( Dedication for you.

Drivers side fully built up -


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Passenger hub a driver shaft on -


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I did get the disc and caliper on etc but didnt get a photo

And after a year of hard graft shes on FOUR WHEELS again :highfive: -
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Ive spent the last hour driving up and down the drive ahaha.

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6-9-2012

Finally got some decent weather today and my Dad got back from a week away so that meant i could crack on with more.
The new EBC pads arrived so we got the breaks bled and working.
We also fitted the lower bump stop, the ride height is now a little lower :D

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Probably shouldn't be splashing money around but when i saw these i had to have them - 


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Thats also a, AAA ( Stage 1 ) needle in there ready to be fitted.


6-13-2012

Heres the update.
Now all the mechanicals are finished most of the coming updates will all be body and paint related.

We got the breaks properly bled so i put the driver seat in so i could take her for a drive -


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One thing i have noticed is that the car is sitting very high but i guess thats just the new cones -


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Nice view of all the new parts -


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Got the radiator down to the brass to make the bay look even better -


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Took the sun roof out to find no rust :D -


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One thing i did find though was that the roof lost all its rigidity and as i didnt want to bend it, I did this -


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Near side back corner getting there - 


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Offside back corner filered - 


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Rubbing down the rear ( Gigidy ) -


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The back is ALMOST perfect just need to do some small imperfections -


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You can just about make out the imperfections here -


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I then mark each imperfection with a marker ready to go over -


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Surprisingly im actually enjoying the filler work at the moment.
And to add to this i have work experience at a car spray shop next week so this will help me alot.

To top it all off heres proof that its actually a working car with it driving under its own steam since 2005 ( 7 years ) -




And before any one askes off course i did not take it on the road as it would be illegal :whistling:
Maybe a little bit ;D


6-22-2012

We'll I've got some excellent news
After my weeks work experience at a car spray shop I managed to get a part time job out of it :D
And my boss said that if I buy the paint and mask the car off he will fully paint it for me :D
Looks like I'm getting a pro job after all
I'm chuffed to bits.


7-4-2012

I'm aware i haven't updated in a while but i have had no chance to work on the car as the weather had been so bad.
As it is all filler work i can not work on the car even in the slightest bit of rain.
I have managed to get some done so here it is -

After gaining more skills at work experience i am now much better at filler and can say that this panel is now ready to spray after its topper coat -


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My room has now turned into a Mini warehouse. 10 points if you can name everything you see -


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Managed to pick up a set of brand new Monte Carlo door cards on ebay for £50 and they are £85 new -


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Shes still sitting under her cover waiting to come out when the weather lets her -


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Thats it for now folks, Hope its wet your appetite a bit until i can work on her again.


7-9-2012

Well i finally had some good weather today so i was straight out on the car.
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It was body work non stop -


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Did more fillering and sanding on the corner -


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Its pretty much ready for its topper now to fill the pin holes -


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I then give it a light dusting with black paint to show up imperfections -


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I decided to strip the wing back to bare metal considering how many different paints it has had on it -


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Then primered -


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Also did more on the A panel -


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Now for some bad news, I was stripping back what i thought was minor surface rust and it turned out to be this -


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However it is nothing to loose sleep over and will be sorted very soon

Im sorry that the update has been very boring but i thought i should keep you all up to date on what i am up to.
Would love to hear your thoughts, Good or bad.


7-17-2012

Well i have been getting very annoyed with the weather having not being able to work on the car at all.
I then had a great idea, I remembered we had an old tent in the Attic that the Mini might fit in.
And what do you know -

First we put the frame up -


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And then the cover on -


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I wish i had thought of it months ago, Its just like having another garage -


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Got my work bench tidied up with just body work things -


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I bought some blue piping for the engine bay, I think it looks good -


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I managed to sort out the rust i found.
First we cut the rust out -


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Tacked ( To avoid heat distortion ) a new patch in -


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Then ground down -


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Seam sealed -


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Then filled -


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This panel is now ready for topper which i will do tomorrow -


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Got the A Panel in its layer of topper -


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The two corners of the roof are almost ready for topper -


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Also put some silent coat on the parcel shelf -


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And gave the wheels a polish to keep them in good condition and protected -


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That's pretty much it for this update people, but now i have the tent up i can work on the car come rain or shine so there will be updates most nights.
I will also be putting strip lights in the tent which will enable me to work after dark.


8-26-2012

Right i.m sorry there haven't been any updates in a while but its been all boring filler work.
Anyway i have some excellent news.
I got the Mini featured in this months Mini Magazine which im delighted about -


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The Mini is now very near going up to the paint shop ( Where i work ) with the back end pretty much ready -


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The Roof is also finished -


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I'm happy i went with the decision to remove the bumper because i think it looks great -


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Also got the replacement gutter piece tacked in -


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I saw on Graham's thread that he had seam sealed the whole of him gutter so i also did this -
Masked up


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And then seam sealed -


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Hopefully there will be another update in the coming days with the front end looking the same

9-26-2012

Ive got some good news, The computers all sorted which mean i can give you a proper update with plenty of pics.

Got the passenger door mounted -


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Taken to bare metal to insure no nastiness lurking underneath -


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Small amounts of filler was needed just to go over some spot welds. Then it was primed
The door gaps are not great but quite frankly i dont care anymore, I just want it finished -


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Got the gutter repair finished -


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Then primed, It dropped a little when being welded but this will be covered up by the trim.-


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I then got the whole front of the car finished and all in primer ready for paint -


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Got the door steps on both sides sanded and primed -


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Got the boot ready for paint -


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Got the badge holes welded up but couldn't find the welding mask so actually did this with my eyes shut :withstupid: -


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All that is left to do know is to cut the lip of the bonnet and prime it and to finish sanding the drivers door and prime it.
Once those two simple jobs are done the car is ready for paint and should be going up to the paint shop ( Where i work ) with in a week or so. I am very excited.

Also received a few goodies in the post today.
Brand spanking new Mk1 Grill :D -


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And some new Group 2 Wheel arches -


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Would love to hear all your comments as i have been putting alot of work in the past few week and it makes it worth it hearing from everyone.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Thanks very much


10-16-2012

Right got another update for everyone.
The car is now ready for spraying. All that needs to be done is to put the arches and drill the mirror holes.
Anyway pictures -

I couldn't find the original seams so i had to buy new ones. They are now all seam sealed and primed


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I then set to work on the bonnet. I'm going for the MK1 look at the front so i cut the lip off and filled over the welds.


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Took it to bare metal just as we've done with the whole car -


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And then etched -


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I put the grill on again to see how it would look -


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And WOW, Im so glad i went for this look, In my opinion it looks absolutely amazing.

Its going to look so good when the car is in paint ( Deep black gloss )


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I then set to work on the drivers to which needed a light skim of filler -


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Sanded down -


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Then etched -


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Would love to hear all of your comments and opinions as it makes it all worth while
Stay tuned for more updates soon.


10-25-2012

Hello lovely people. Got another update for you.

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Got the inside of the boot lid painted -


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Then added some silent coat i had left over ( This Mini should be supper quiet ) -


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Got the inside of the bonnet painted as its to much faff to spray it when there will be sound deadening over it -


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We've decided to spary the High Build primer on at home to save time so did the prep for that -


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I've got the paint, I'm just waiting for the 2.0mm tipped gun i ordered to apply the High Build with.

That's it for today, There should be another update soon with it in High Build and then after that its finally getting some colour on it :D


11-5-2012

GREAT NEWS
Spraying has started :D

I bought a cheap and cheerful 2.0mm HVLP ( High Volume Low Pressure ) to apply the High Build with as you really dont need anything fancy for this stage -


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First of all i sprayed the boot to see how things went -


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I mixed it a bit thicker than i should of done but not to worry, It will just take a bit more sanding -


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I then painted the roof -


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Once that was done i masked of the rear for paint -


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It was then sprayed -


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As the compressor i have isnt large enough to spray the whole car im doing it in 4 sections ( Front, Back, Either Side )

I masked of the passenger side ready for High Build -


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It was then painted ( Not that it looks any different in the photos ) -


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Then damasked -


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So far its going very well, I havnt had any runs yet.
For those of you that are interested im using Upol High Build and Mixing it 4 to 1 and 20% thinners

All comments are very welcome
There should be another update in the next few days with the whole car in High Build


11-6-2012

Got another update for you.
Got the drivers side in High Build today -


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It went very well with no runs at all -


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I'm especially happy at how its turned out considering it looked like this at one point -


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Not to shabby for my first even restoration.
More updates soon


11-7-2012

Right got another update as promised.

Got the front end masked off -


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Then i sprayed it :D -


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Got a few bits in the scuttle but these will easily sand out -


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I then masked up both doors and sprayed them which went very well -


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Im not sure if i was supposed to get a mirror finish straight out the gun onto primer but oh well its getting sanded anyway
The bonnet is also done but i didn't take any pictures.
The whole car is going to be sanded now which will be fun

More updates soon


12-16-2012

Just a quick update for those that are interested.
I have just ordered all the necessary things to get the Mini painted -
5L of 2K Deep Black Gloss
Hardener, thinners etc
5L clear coat
Spray Gun
The list goes on
Anyway once this all turns up she will be getting painted.
Hopefully it will be this year.


12-21-2012

Here is the update as promised.
First of all, rather than just putting the frame back up we put it up then i welded it together as last time it kept taking its self apart in the wind - 


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And we put heavy duty plastic on the roof for added protection.

All the paint and other bits arrived -


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Got the inline air filter on the gun ( Very important ) -


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And then there was nothing for it but to start painting.
I decided to do the boot and the bonnet first -


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Bonnet - 

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Had a little mis hap but this is not a big problem and will be rectified -


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And that's what today looked like. For those that are interested i am using 2K Jet Gloss Black
I have to say im very pleased with the results so far and weather permitting i will be continuing tomorrow.

Would love to hear your comments


1-4-2013

Right im back with another update. I hope everyone had a good Christmas.
There haven't been any recent updates as the weather just hasn't been right.

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Got the dribbles on the bonnet sanded back and ready for another coat -


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Then got both Bonnet and Boot finished and inside to avoid getting damaged -


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Then got the doors out ready to paint -


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Came back to a lovely finish ruined because somehow water had gotten on them whilst drying -


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Both doors were flatted back and water mark removed -


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After much deliberation i decided that i would be spraying on a clear coat -


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Then on the second attempt i had the finished product with no water marks or dribbles
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If the weather holds out i will be starting on the shell tomorrow :D I am very excited
I will probably spray the roof first and go from there.
I would love to hear all your comments as its taken a lot of work to get to this stage.


1-5-2013

Right, As promised here are today photos
Got the roof completely done and as usual had no runs or dribbles -


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I am chuffed to bits, I really don't want to sound big headed but it looks professional. I couldn't be happier

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That's it for today, I strongly doubt that i will do any painting tomorrow as the forecast is not looking good.
As usual id love to hear your comments


1-6-2013

Well as promised here is today's update.
First of we demasked the car and there is no other word for it ! The roof if just porn -


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Then we masked her up ready for spraying the drivers side and the rear -


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And then there was nothing for it but to start painting and it looks smashing :D -


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Then i made a little mistake with the lacquer on the A Panel, This will be flatted back and re done tomorrow -


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That's todays work done, The forecast looks good again for tomorrow so i should have all the spraying finished by then :D
That means ill get to demask the car and pull it out into the light. Very excited


1-7-2013

Well as promised here is today's work and the finished paint :D

Started by masking up -


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Several hours later i demasked it and pulled it outside.
I am over the moon with the finish. I would've been happy if i had of payed someone to get these results.

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I just cant stop smiling.
The finish is by no means perfect as i did get a run on the front valence -


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This doesn't really bother me though as it looks worse in the photo.

I can now finally get on with other jobs such as electrics interior etc whilst the paint fully hardens.
After its fully hardened i will be giving it a full Mop and Polish

Please please please let me know what you think


1-9-2013

Made some good progress today.

Got the lights back on -


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Got the new fuel filler cap fitted -


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And fitted the weird foam bit on the scuttle -


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Thats it for today.
We will be cracking on with more tomorrow
( It feels so good to finally be putting bits on )


1-15-2013

Update time.

Got my DSN Classics towing eye in -


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DSN Classics Bonnet Hinges on -


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Windscreen bits and bobs in -


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Fog Light on and working -


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Glued the original sound proofing on top of the Silent Coat -


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Going to buy some double sided tape tonight and attempt to get it in tomorrow.
Opinions please :D

Andrew

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1-31-2013

Long over due update, the mini is coming along very well now.

Headlining placed in -


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Sun roof in -


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Clipped down -


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Windows in -


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Been ill the past few days so all the following work was done by my Dad -


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Thats it for now, More to come very soon
All comments very welcome


2-7-2013

Popped the bonnet and grille on just because i could -


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Got the dials fitted -


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Dash placed in -


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Heel board -


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Parcel shelf placed in -


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That's about it. More soon


2-8-2013

Been cracking on with the interior today and its coming along pretty well.

Realized the heater was leaking ( Huge surprise ;) ) so got a new matrix for that -


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Carpets fitted, heater in and center console in -


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Nice Speedwell gear knob -


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And that's it for today, i'm waiting for my head unit and amp to arrive and then they can go in.
Also need to get the arches sprayed.
More soon


2-17-2013

Got the doors on -


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Drivers door isnt sitting right -


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Fitted the gutter trim which was fun -


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Dials light up apart from the rev counter so this will be fixed -


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Door cards and handles fitted -


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Mirrors and door trim fitted -


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Coming along nicely -


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Fitted the seat to get the mirrors in the right position, i forgot how comfy they are -


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Dads been working hard getting the boot lining to fit properly. He also fitted the cut of switch which is looking excellent -


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That's it for now.


3-31-2013

Right, long over due update.
Been cracking on with various things

Wheel arches in High Build -
Very pleased with the finish on these.


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They were then rubbed down and painted -


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Also fitted this -


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Got the indicators fitted although they are not wired up yet -


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Thats it for now. Need to get the head unit and amp fitted and wired in and i need to buy some rear seats.

Whilst looking through some old photos my Mum found this photo of her wedding day and wedding car .... -


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Safe to say it was a very long time ago.

Would love to hear your comments as always.


4-11-2013

Many many things have happened :D

Mr Royal Mail arrived with one of these ready for some flatting and mopping -


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So... Quater panel flatted back with 1500 grit wet and dry -


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Then polished up with some G3 cutting compound -


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Looks pretty good and is nowhere near its full potential yet -


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Flatted the boot ( Again with 1500 ) -


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50% done -


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Then the roof got attacked -


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Took the wheels off and polished them up and then sealed them with Gtechniq -


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Beading -


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Got me some arches fitted ;) -


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Used stainless steel screws -


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Wheels back on ( It desperately needs lowering, rocking the 4X4 look ) -


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Tyre writing -


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Trim fitted :D -


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Over and out for now.
Got both seats test fitted today and the 12V lighter wired in ( All done by my Dad )


4-15-2013

Got the bonnet release installed today -


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Got the rear door cards fitted and trialed fitted the bins -


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Fitted a 12V socket -


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Gave the carpet a quick clean as it was getting dusty -


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Fitted and wired in the screen wash bottle and pump ( Left side ) -


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Sorted out the subframe on the passenger seat -


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Trial fitted both seats ( Covered in dog hair from storage ) -


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That's it for today.
I'm currently waiting for my wiring to come for my amp so i can install that and the headunit. I am also waiting for a wiper wheel box, windscreen washer switch. When these arrive i'm on the home straight


4-18-2013

Past two days has been all about ICE.

Wired the amp and headunit in to check everything works as it should -


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Everything was as it should be so i cracked on.
Put the dash in permanently with the 4" Pioneer speakers where the vents would be -


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Glove box in ( Dont know if its big enough to put actual gloves in ) -


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Put the amp in how i want it -


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Nice big juicy fuse -


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Custom dials looking sweet -


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After having a fiddle with the bass boost and gain the two 6X9 and 2 4" speakers pack a very decent punch.
Safe to say i am more than happy. I will get a video up soon enough.

Also had a helper today ( Wasn't much use though ) ....


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Thats it for today, more to come very soon.
Would love to hear everyone's thoughts on my set up.
Thanks


5-13-2013

Right, long overdue update. I have been working on the Mini, just havnt got round to posting things.

 

So, finally got the car all sealed up with some wax -

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Dad made the rear seat covers so got them in and the seat belts -

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Hand brake covers on -

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After the Gtechniq and wax treatment the car now beads like crazy when it rains -

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That's it for now, the car is almost finished. Just need to sort out the front seat belts as they seem to have stopped working after sitting in a bag for 2 years. MOT is close:D


7-14-2013

Sorry for the massive lack of updates but there has been nothing to show really as the majority of work has been electrical.

Pretty much finished the car now so will get some photos up when its done and its MOT time

 

Andrew


7-17-2013

A long over due update.

The car is now 99% finished with just some very small things left to do. I have ordered a colour tune to get the mixture spot on.

Hoping to get it MOT'd and finally on the road after 9 years of being SORN.

 

Fitted the bonnet for the last time -

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Fitted the weather shield -

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Gave her a wash as she was getting dusty. SNOW FOAM TIME:D -

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One thing i would also say is. 'Gtechniq' is bleeding amazing stuff ( Buy it all ) -

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Hope you all like the ( Almost ) finished product.


8-9-2013

Been very busy recently so havnt had much chance to update but I come with good news
MOT is booked for this Saturday, I'm fairly confident it will fail on things such as emissions and headlight aim etc but with any luck it will be on the road this weekend.
I will update again on Saturday.


8-10-2013

Car failed on exactly what I thought it would. Headlight aim and emissions.
It's going back on Tuesday to have these done and the tracking


8-20-2013

Well after nearly 3 years with me being restored the car passed its MOT and is now fully road legal.

 

Parked on the road for the first time in a while before the MOT -


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Forgot how small it actually is -

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Being, urmmm... MOT'D -

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No rust to see here:D -

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Here she is at her very first fill up, felt great driving it properly for the first time ( Just ignore the grinning mate in the passenger seat ) -

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Got my boot all finished off with the tool box i bought, dont think it looks too shabby -

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Its not running right at the moment and it does not accelerate very well so its going on a Rolling Road session at 9AM tomorrow so i'll keep who ever is still reading this updated on to what happens.

Would really love to hear everyones final thoughts ( Good or Bad )


9-28-2013

Cant believe it, but its actually for sale due to me possible moving -

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Its a sad day for me but i suppose my life and future has to come over a car:(


12-14-2013

That's really flattering, thanks a lot.
I was gutted to sell it but it had to be done due to a new job and a move. I got near enough £3000 for it.

I've now got myself an A4.
Will definitely be getting another Mini at some point in the future.


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