92 City, My First Rebuild by big-jay

By diyauto
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92 City, My First Rebuild 


Compliments of big-jay @ theminiforum.co.uk


12-30-2013

Hi all,

Been a member of this site for a while now and have decided to start my own thread.

Ive owned my 1992 Mini City for 2 years now. I got myself a job working at Landrover and saved for a few months in order to buy her. The reason i wanted a Mini was because my dad has been obsesed with them since a young age, and naturally, after going to a few mini shows and what not with him, i caught the Mini bug myself and just had to have one. She had been restored, (bodged, but I'll get to this later), before I brought her.

Here are some pictures of work being done before I purchased.

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Resprayed.

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All looks very nice and shiny, was over the moon with it and couldn't wait to get it home !:D

Pictures of when I first got it home.

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Over the past two years I've made some changes/mods to her, stage one RC40 kit, cooper interior, centre speedo, deep dish wheels, angel eyes, new grille, 90% of the rubbers/seals changed, CD player, boot lining kit ect ect.

What ever she's needed she's had, no expense spared, regular servicing/cleaning/new parts and things like that as she is my pride and joy !

Some pictures of the changes I made.

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It's been great owning and driving this car for the last two years, everybody loves her and I get compliments from people saying how nice my car is all the time. The engine pulls strong and has never missed a beat as it is very low mileage for the age of the car and looks as if its been well maintained during its life. But unfortunately she has started to deteriorate over the last few months due to the poor primer/paint that was used. It's like my whole car has came out in a rash. There's bubbling everywhere and it seems to get worse at this time of year so I definitely want a respray sometime soon.  

It didn't help that some little b*****d decided to drop a lit firework out of his car window, which unfortunately ended up spraying the whole drivers side of my car. The rear quarter wasn't to badly damaged and I managed to t-cut and polish the damage out, but the door paint was too far gone to save. So I decided I was going to flat it all back to the factory paint to see if that would cure the bubbling, and re-paint it.

So I flatted the door back and primered it, then left it a week or so as she was up for an M.O.T and I needed to get on with a few other bit and pieces. She needed two new tyres and not much else if I'm honest with you, just things here and there like a fuse or a bulb etc.

Brought these as a little treat for my self and my car as they caught my eye when I went to pic up my new tyres from Minispares !

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Gaz lowered shocks and genuine hi-los, why not, I worked hard in the run up to Christmas  ;-)

So, over the next few days I fitted them and got it up to M.O.T standard. The plan was to paint the door after but I thought, why not, I've got the paint and its a nice day, well, this is what happened...

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Where do I start:D Come to paint the door and realised the lip that attaches the a-panel to the wing had rotted away, so i decided to get the grinder out and chop out the old a-panel as my dad says there not to hard to change and are pretty cheap. Well this just went from bad to worse, chopped it out and came across huge metal plates that had been welded on to the flitch. So I decided to remove these plates and found all the nasties that lurked beneath it !!

Rot, Rot and more Rot !!

After seeing this I decided to start removing the flitch panel and upon finishing this I then realised I had several layers of metal where the floor pan is. So i decided to have a poke about and discovered I had several floor pans on top if each other. Got busy with the grinder again and found that the guy who 'restored' it had just slapped another floor pan over the top of the rotten one. A Proper Bodge Job !

I cut out the rotten floor pan, and then decided that, well, I've gotten this far so why stop here. She's got oversills which I hate because there water traps and were causing problems with water coming into the car. I had planned to remove them at some point, so I cut the over sill off and found that the guy had just plated either side of the rotten inner sill. The weld was so weak I could literally peel it off with a flat head screwdriver !! Not happy as you could imagine, seemed like it took more effort to Bodge it than it would have took to repair it properly !!

I removed all of the rotten inner sill and then discovered the rear quarter is rotten and was just filled with filler, not going to touch this yet though as, along with with the doorstep, this is keeping it rigid so I'll repair the above first then get started on this. So I now have a panel list as long as my arm and a ton of work to do, but what can you do, I guess that'll teach me for getting carried away with the grinder !

I think I've got the basics of welding down and my dads going to teach me some more over the coming days as his damn good with a welder, seeing as he also owns a Mini;-). also I'm going to remove the bitumen under seal tomorrow as its nasty stuff and weighs a tonne ! I guess now its off the road Ill replace both sides as the passenger sides probably going to be just as bad as the drivers side is, can see this being a full on restoration now !

Will post an update tomorrow of how I get on.


12-31-2013

Update guys,

Got the bitumen sound deadening off today, horrible stuff but not to hard to remove.

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Also I mocked up the new floor pan to see how it fitted, I don't think it's the right one for my car though so I'm going to scrap it and get the correct one, I know it's a waste and all but better to do it right the first time !

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What does everyone think of Magnum panels, I don't think there great if I'm honest !

Couldn't get too much done today as its New Year's Eve and all, trying to keep the noise down as I'm sure the neighbours are getting sick of hearing the grinder now haha;-). I also ordered a few panels from M Machine today, doorstep, rear quarter repair panel and a crossmember repair section. Got to start some where and these will keep me busy until I can order the rest from Old Skool Minis after the holiday (3rd January I think).

Before removing the doorstep I'm going to replace the flitch and then brace the door with some steel box section, as I don't wont anything moving that shouldn't. I'm planning on repairing most of the other stuff first anyway to make it as strong as possible before removing it.

I also practised a bit of welding today, I don't think it went to bad if I'm honest with you, but I'm hoping to get your opinions on it.

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Got some decent penetration on it, so I'm happy (I think).

That's it for today, I might get some bits painted up tomorrow though, as I can't really do anything more until I receive some of my panels from M Machine. Hopefully they'll be here by the weekend so I can crack on with it !


1-3-2014

Update,

Got the rest of the Bitumen sound deadening off from the passenger side today, found a few holes but I'm replacing most of the panels on this side anyway, when I've finished the drivers side, also found some more bodges, nothing new there then. No wonder my floor was always wet, half the patches he'd done weren't even fully welded, just tacked in and filled over with seam sealer !

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Picked a couple of panels up from Old Skool Minis today, flitch panel and an outer sill.

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Hopefully me and my dad can get started on welding in the flitch panel tomorrow, providing it doesn't rain too bad. Also I painted the seat anchors today, a little before and after -

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Painted them body colour for something different, really happy with how they came out, the picture doesn't do them justice. Going to use stainless nuts though as I'm changing most of the nuts on the car to stainless anyway.  

That's it for now but hopefully will have something to update with tomorrow.


1-4-2014

Update guys,

Fitted the new flitch panel today, pretty happy with how it came out, some pictures for you.

Chopped out the old (poor picture) -

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Kurust and weld through primer applied -

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Holes drilled for spot-welds and positioned into place ready for welding -

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Welded in and dressed (poor picture) -

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Got a few holes to fill in tomorrow and have got to make a plate to go around the top of the flitch as the metal was to far gone to save. Still got a long way to go but it's progress:-) !


1-8-2014

Parts update,

Some of my panels from M Machine arrived today, Crossmember Repair Section, Rear Quarter Repair Section and a Doorstep.

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Should also be picking up a Inner Sill, Door skin, Wing and a Floor Pan on friday from Mini Spares, will post some pictures up when i have them in hand, but that's all for now, hoping me and my dad can crack on with it the weekend providing the weather isn't to bad !


1-10-2014

Parts update,

Went to Minispares today to pick up my panels, here's some pictures -

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Also picked up these ready for when I refurb the front subframe, Rebound Buffers and Poly Bump-stops.

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Will be getting some work done on the car tomorrow so will put pictures of progress up soon !


1-11-2014

Update guys,

Me and my dad got the floor pan welded in today, took some persuasion but nothing the grinder and a big hammer couldn't sort out;-). Really happy with how it came out, got some pictures of the process.

In position to be welded -

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Welded, tidied up and temporarily primed to keep the rust at bay -

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Ill be sanding the whole floor of the car, priming, applying Tiger Seal on the welds, applying more primer, top coating and will then be applying Dyna-Mat with underlay. Then I think I'll be buying a new carpet set from Newton Commercial, so that should smarten the inside up !

Also I removed the shock absorber mount today, I new it had gone but didn't think it would be too bad, couldn't of been more wrong !

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Rot cut out -

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Temporary primer applied -

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Will have to make a repair piece for this and then I'll be purchasing Lowered Shock Absorber Mounting Brackets for both sides from Minispares.

Also made a small patch for the bottom of the Flitch panel -

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You can't really see the patch but if you look back at the earlier photo of when we put the Flitch panel In You'll see there's a small hole at the bottom.

So, to do list for tomorrow is as follows, make a piece to fit the top of the Flitch panel, ( as you can see in the photo above ), and also get the Cross Member repair section welded in. Feels like we're making good speedy progress with this so I'm happy:D. Can't wait to get this welding phase over and start prepping the whole car for a nice new shiny paint job:D. Still got the other side to do though but hopefully won't take us too long.

That's it for today guys but I'll have some more to update tomorrow !


1-12-2014

Update,

We made a piece to fit the top of the Flitch panel today, i hate really fiddly pieces, and some how it took all day to get it right so didnt get chance to do anything else but it does look good now it's in.

In position to be welded -

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Welded in and dressed up -

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Still got to make another piece to fit the remaining gap at the top of the Flitch but getting there:-)

On a side note, she's looking sorry for her self;-) -

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Two minis tucked up;-) -

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1-15-2014

Update,

Booked the night off work last night so I got a bit done yesterday and some today.

The rust bug had already started to come through my nice fresh welding so had to sand all the welding down we've done, re-primer and apply temporary black top coat to stop it.

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I also removed what was left of the wing from the inner wing and front panel.

Started off like this -

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And ended up like this -

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As you can see the inner wing lip at the top is gone so I spent today fabricating a new one. Had to make it in two halves as I haven't got a piece of steel long enough.

Made a card template first -

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Then transferred it to steel -

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How it fits -

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I left the old lip in place so I could get the curve right. Didn't get chance to fabricate the top half or remove the old lip today as it started chucking down so I went in. I'll do some more the weekend though as I'm at work for the rest of the week now.

Also I received some new smoked side indicators today, bargain from Wood and Pickett on EBay !

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Aiming to have a big box full of new goodies for the rebuild:D

All in all I'm happy with the progress but still have a massive list of panels and parts I need, new rear subframe, bonnet, boot, possible front subframe, all the panels for the other side, respray and the list goes on believe me;-). Ill have to upload a picture of it !

More updates the weekend:-)


1-20-2014

I have a massive update coming soon guys, don't worry I've not give up;-). Got loads done, just haven't had the time to update this thread, also photobuckets messed all my pictures up so I've got to figure out how to fix that too !


1-24-2014

Huge Update,

Right, where do I start:D ! Got a load done over the last few weeks but haven't been able to get on here to update, but nows the time !

I acquired some one inch box section to make some bracing ready for the removal of the doorstep.

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Braced the door by tacking it to either side of the door flanges, before I did this I took some accurate measurements from the other side and they where bang on the same, so that was a relief, means nothing's moved that shouldn't have !

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We then chopped the old doorstep out and had a play trying to get the other doorstep into place. Ive heard the magnum doorsteps are a pig to fit but to be honest it really wasn't a bad fit at all, just took a bit of time to get it to fit right at the rear end but not to bad at all.

Roughly positioned into place ( apologise for the poor pictures, but just wanted to get on with it:-) )

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Then we checked the fit with the door on -

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Not a bad fit at all, still needed more work as the gap was wider at the back. I have got a picture of the finished product but its not brilliant as the light was fading and my cameras not the best as it is, I will post a better picture of the finished product soon though, but here's the poor picture anyway.

Welded in, better picture coming soon -

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Plug welded it to the front inner sill and the new crossmember, which I'll show you how we fitted.

I positioned the crossmember in place and then used an old cobra subframe I had knocking around in the shed to make sure the gaping was right between the two seat securing brackets, then we tacked it in place and then seam welded it. Really impressed with M-Machine panels, great fitting and quality !

Painted the inside for some protection -

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Then we drilled the holes for the plug welds and seamed welded the top and sides -

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Still needs more welding along the top to fill the gaps, will get a lick of filler after as well, but daylight was running out so had to call it a day.

Then I started to do some seam sealing of the stuff we've already welded in.

Sanded back mostly to bear metal -

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Etch primed -

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Tiger seal applied, will prime again and top coat -

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Also done the flitch, same as above -

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Had a bit of a reaction with the flitch though so will have to be rubbed down and primed again !

That's all the body work I've got done, but I've still got more to update.

Won this beauty on eBay for an absolute bargain, brand new, never installed, the guy brought it for his own project but never finished it. Just waiting for it to arrive now and I'll take some piccys of it, have got the eBay picture though so here you go.

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So today I started stripping down my current dash set up to clean the clocks and what not and get them ready to go in the new dash, which won't be being installed until the cars finished though so it will be safely tucked away in my room till then:-)

Before -

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Removed -

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Took it inside and stripped it down and cleaned it.

Before -

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After -

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I'm going to Repaint all the back plates and renew all bolts etc, also thinking of getting some magnolia fascias from sticky fingers as that will finish the clocks off nicely !

So that's where I'm currently at and am going to do some more work tomorrow, going to Bingley Hall on Sunday and cannot wait, going to relieve my self of some hard earned cash:D.


1-25-2014

Update,

Decided to repair the shock mount today but couldn't get it completely finished as it started lashing down, hail stones and everything, don't you just love the British weather !! Anyway here's some pictures of the process.

Hole in question -

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Kurust, etch primer and top coat applied -

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We then made this plate from thicker gauge steel, 1.2mm and etch primed it -

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Top coat applied to the back of the plate -

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Plug welded, used the shock mount bolts to keep it all tight -

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Seam welded, not finished though as it started p***ing down, had to quickly apply some etch as you can see its already started to get wet -

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Will have to finish this off on Monday as its Bingley Hall Tomorrow, booked a couple of nights off work next week to work on the car anyway. Also started sanding and seam sealing the underneath of the new floor pan and flitch, but haven't finished this yet so I'll take some pictures when I'm done.

That's all for now folks:-)


1-26-2014

Update,

Went to Bingley Hall today, what a great day out it was, was packed out there all day, got some really good bargains:-)

I got an upper dash rail, MK2 rear lights, doorstep plates, loads of smiffy's bits bolts, scuttle repair panel, a couple of knotted wire cups, and some roloc pads of different grades to put in the drill all for a really good price !

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Also I think I've got the only top dash rail with no rust haha;-)

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My dash should be arriving Wednesday with any luck so will post some piccys when it does !

Doing some more work on the car tomorrow so updates to follow:-)


1-27-2014

Small update,

One of those days today, don't feel like I've achieved much, but just couldn't be bothered with the grinder etc, so I got on with some of the niggly but necessary jobs.

First off I cleaned up the speedo casing along with the oil and temp cases -

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After, (poor picture) -

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Finished up seam sealing the underneath of the floor pan -

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Also I removed an old alarm system I had and some other things I no longer want -

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Stripped back the underseal on the inner wing and to be fair it's pretty decent apart from where it meets the front panel, it's been bodged there so something else to put right -

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Problem area -

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Also removed the lower dash rail as i think I may be sending it, plus my newly acquired top dash rail, off to the trimmers next week to be covered in some sexy black alcantara;-)

Removed the chrome trim, very delicately -

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And I couldn't resist trial fitting the MK2 lights -

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They look fantastic, even though my paintwork doesn't, respray on the cards soon thankfully. Took them back off and stored them away safely.

That's all today but I'll get the grinder out tomorrow and remove the companion bin, some of the rear quarter section and might finish of my doorstep. Still lots to do but got to keep it moving !


1-28-2014

Update,

So I got a fair amount done today, I started off by removing the companion bin as it was rotten where it meets the floor.

How it was when I started -

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Partly cut out with the grinder, you can see the inner sill wasn't even welded to anything where it meets the inner sill stiffener, just moving freely, bodger's paradise, what a joker ! -

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I officially hate drilling out spot welds, took forever ( EXTREMELY poor picture ) -

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Hammer meets thumb trying to remove spot welds, all beautifully swollen and bruised now:D

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Removed what was left of the 'inner sill' -

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Need to remove this cup thing for the seatbelt as the companion bin from M-Machine doesn't come with it -

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Think I got my money's worth out of this cutting disk:D -

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Removed the rest of the companion bin and then I turned my attention to the rear quarter. I jacked her up and removed the arch and then set about it with a knotted wheel brush on the drill.

Before wheel brushing -

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After wheel brushing -

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Area of rot -

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Area of rot -

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Chopped out the rot with the grinder and could not believe what greeted me -

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Bodged full of some sort of sealant and no closure plate in sight -

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Anyways removed all that nastiness and this is what I was left with -

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Another headache as its all wrong, no wonder my car was flooded with water when it was on the road. It's all going to have to be redone so will be removing the subframe this weekend to sort this area out properly.

I decided I'd had enough of looking at the messy welds on the door step so I set about them with a 1mm cutting disk and I'm quite pleased with how It came out. Ill also use some Roloc Disks to get the final finish but it still needs some small holes filled and some filler to perfect it but for a quick dressing up its not bad !

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Primer applied and it all looks fairly tidy -

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That's as far as I got today but I'll get some more done tomorrow before work.


1-29-2014

Update,

Nothing major but an update all the same. Got some seam sealing done today around the fresh air vent and flitch panel inside of the car.

Weld ground down -

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I split the seam with a large flat head screw driver and flooded it with Zinc rich primer in order to protect it against rust, then closed it back up and primed the rest of the air vent -

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Tiger seal applied, not the prettiest but as long as it keeps the water out I don't care -

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As you can see I've still got to fabricate a piece for the top of the flitch but will have to wait till the weekend now. Planning on removing the rear subframe this weekend as well so I can start work on the heel board.  

Ive ordered some panels from M - Machine today, RH Rear Floor Pan, Heel Board Repair, Inner Sill Stiffener, and also the subframe closing panel so hopefully that will arrive by the weekend !

Got my dash today but it arrived damaged because of the delivery guys, it's got a small crack in the lacquer in one corner. I think I'll have it repaired though as the rest is in pristine condition and I did get it for a dirt cheap price. Don't think I can be bothered with the hassle of sending it back to be honest !

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1-31-2014

Parts Update,

Arrived home from work today to be greeted by a nice big package from M-Machine !

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Wasn't expecting a Heritage companion bin but I'm not complaining:D

Should be making some progress with this little lot over the weekend so updates ahead !


2-1-2014

Update,

Thought I'd finish the Flitch off today so me and my dad got straight to it.

Removed the windscreen -

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And then removed the scuttle as I'll be replacing this with a new Heritage panel, not going to use the scuttle corner repair I picked up from Bingley, don't know what i was thinking when I bought that -

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Drilled out the spot welds -

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Discovered more of the brown stuff -

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Sanded and Kurust applied -

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Zinc Primed -

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Top coat for protection -

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Then we made a piece for the top of the Flitch -

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Final trimming and the bend added to the piece, then primed and top coat applied -

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Welded in -

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There was also a small hole at the top of the inner wing, as you can see above, so we made a small piece and welded that in -

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Inside -

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That all we got done today, big update for such a small repair I know but it's these repairs that seem to take the most time. Going to replace the inner wing lip tomorrow and then I might remove the rear subframe in preparation for repairing the heel board.

That's all for today !


2-2-2014

Update,

Repaired the inner wing lip today as well as a hole at the bottom of the inner wing / toe board.

Chopped off the old lip -

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Made two lip pieces to go along with the other lip piece I made a while ago -

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Welded the first part in -

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Then welded the other two parts in, tidied the welds up and primed. Almost an invisible repair but will take a roloc disk to it tomorrow -

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Then we chopped out the rot in the bottom of the inner wing / toe board -

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Made a piece to fit the inner wing -

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Welded that in and primed, will tidy up the welds and what not tomorrow as ran out of time today because I had to go and collect some parts I won on eBay -

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And these are what I won, Metro Turbo 4 Pot Calipers, with the braided conversion hoses included, for a very good price ! Going to restore them and put them on my Mini:-)

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That's all for today !


2-3-2014

Update,

Just done a bit of painting and sealing today as I've got work tonight.

Sanded down and ku-rusted the inner wing -

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Primed and sealed -

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Will sort the front of the inner wing out when I've removed the front panel.

On another note, tried to take the grease nipples out of the Callipers today and the inevitable happened, sheared them off, so will have to apply some heat and drill them out.  

That's all until the weekend now, where I think I'm going to drop the rear subframe out and start on the heel board !

P.S - Had to take this picture, Sitting low ! Love it;-). It's the last time I'm going to see it like this for a while though:(-

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2-9-2014

Update,

Decided to start on the rear of the car this weekend as I can't do anything else to the front until I remove the engine. I bought some more box section to make a heel board jig and to make some bracing for the passenger side.

Box section -

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Then we removed the rear subframe -

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It's been bodged to high heaven like everything else on this car, two huge plates on the top and a patch on the bottom, so will be replacing this with a new one -

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Ku-rusted the heel board repair section where it had been spot welded -

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Then I primed it up -

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Then we made this -

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We made two metal plates and matched it up to the subframe holes and drilled the holes. Then we cut the bar to the correct length and welded the plates to it. Simple but a critical tool.

Then it was back to body work and cutting out more rusty Mini -

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THE BODGE IS STRONG IN THIS ONE !!!

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And this is what we were left with -

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Looks quite daunting but once the heel boards in it will all drop into place fairly easily, ( HE SAYS ) !

Anyway we got the heel board in -

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How it fits with the subframe on -

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Pig of a job, but it had to be done, and feels like a big milestone as I really wasn't looking forward to doing this job.  

Should have something real nice to show at the end of the month though:D


2-11-2014

Update,

Made a list of everything I need to do to finish of the drivers side, looks like it could possibly take a weekend or two then it's on to the rear end which looks like it needs a small patch underneath the petrol tank, a new valence, and new valence closing plates as unsurprisingly it's been bodged !

The List -

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Also I went outside for an hour or so before work today to do a bit or priming and mock up the panels that will be going in this weekend -

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Rear quarter repair panel and outer sill clamped in place -

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Overall look with outer sill in place -

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And the closing piece -

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I also mocked up the rear floor pan, sill stiffener, and the companion bin but didn't take any pictures of that. Only mocked it up for a bit of a feel good really, need to hurry up and drive a Mini again, I'm having withdrawal symptoms:P


2-15-2014

Update,

We got the rear floor in today, can't believe I've got a whole floor again:D. Can't tell you how good it feels !! Here's some pictures of today's work.

Went out early this morning and got a few panels primed up as they were starting to go rusty, even though they were in the house !

Inner Sill Stiffener, Closing Panel and Rear Quarter Repair Panel Primed -

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Rear Floor Pan cut to size and primed with zinc primer on the flanges -

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Then we cut the rest of the rear floor out -

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And then started to drill some holes ready for the plug welds -

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AND THEN THIS HAPPEN'D !!!!!

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This isn't coming off in a hurry -

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A shot from underneath -

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And the finished thing -

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We'll be welding in the other bits tomorrow to finish this side off hopefully, weather looks good for tomorrow, had to keep stoping today as it kept raining on and off, but still managed to get that done.

Anyway more updates tomorrow:-)


2-16-2014

Update,

We got a load done today, pretty much finished the drivers side, I'll let the pictures talk !

Chopped out the rot from the arch -

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Made a peice and welded that in -

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View from the back -

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Then the bracing came out -

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Drilled the holes in the closing plate ready for plug welding -

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Welded that in and trimmed the arch repair back to suit -

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And then we fitted the inner sill stifferner -

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Drilled the holes in the companion bin ready for plug welding and sprayed with Zinc primer -

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Welded that in, will need some trimming back around the door step -

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And then chopped out the rear quarter ready for the repair -

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Applied top coat to places I can't reach when this repair goes in -

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Held in place with inter grips -

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Tacked in place, making sure to let the panel cool as we didn't want distortion -

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Welded in fully and ground down -

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Primer applied -

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View from inside the companion bin (still needs the closing plate on the back welding in) -

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Overall look -

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Good speedy progress today, had some sunshine for a change so that made a huge difference. Looks like the rear quarter repair is off in the picture but it's not, I've made accurate measurements from two different minis and there the same, also I don't think the heelboards to blame either as again I took accurate measurements and have dry fitted the subframe a couple of times with no problems, I measured and re-measured and both sides matched up and was plumb straight so I think it's got something to do with the pattern floor I bought, but then again it lines up perfectly with the door step, which again is dead straight !  

What a mouthful, but at the end of the day its 1000 times better than it was and won't be as noticeable when the outer sill goes on !

Anyway I've not got much left to do with this side now so will finish that and then start the other side within the next couple of weeks:-) !


2-17-2014

Parts update,

Received some parts I won on eBay today.

Used Vented Disks for my 4 pot conversion, still plenty of meat left on them, they've just been sitting around for a while. I won them for the massive sum of 99p:D

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I've put them into a bucket of ASDA'S special own brand rust remover:D, it's good stuff, removes rust like nobodies business -

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In the bucket -

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Going to leave them to soak until Friday and then attack them with the wire Brush on the drill ! Then I'll use some fine wire wool on the disk and paint up the hub part black I think, just to make it all look tidy really !


2-22-2014

Update,

We'll more of a step backwards really ! Completed all that work last week only to find that when I retried the subframe it didn't fit. Don't ask me how this Happen'd because I have absolutely no idea, as you can see from my previous photos I had the subframe bolted on so I have no clue as to what caused this.

I've had a complete nightmare these past few days trying to correct the problem, it's been horrible cutting back into all the fresh panels I've put in and believe me theres been blood, sweat and A LOT of swear words !

Me and my dad have finally sorted it today and we will hopefully be finishing this side of tomorrow, it's put me back a good weekend as I was planning on starting the boot area this weekend. I've learnt a valuable lesson and I WILL NOT let this happen again !

Ohh and on a side note, I HATE HEEL BOARDS !

Anyway I've got a few pictures of some of the modifications We've had to do.

Cut the heel board and dropped it down about an inch -

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Also had to chop out my Heritage Companion bin which destroyed the lip part that welds to the inner sill by the doorstep, so I chopped it out and made a new lip, welded that in and primed the whole inside of it. Quite happy with it as it's almost an invisible repair -

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Some top coat on the inside as it's easier to paint off the car -

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Also had to cut out my rear quarter repair panel in order to reposition the heel board strengthening bracket which I wasn't happy about but it had to be done unfortunately -

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I've retired the subframe and it now fits BEAUTIFULLY, So tomorrow I should be finishing this side off, I'll take more pictures as I go along, as you can imagine I haven't been in the mood to be taking photos over the last few days.

What a disaster. At least things seem to be on track again now !


2-23-2014


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Went in today:-)


Update,

Well we got the companion in today, and finished a few other bits and pieces.

Holes drilled for plugs for the companion bin -

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Then I tiger sealed all the seams that will be hard to get to once the companion bin goes in, no pictures of this but I thought this was quite funny when I pulled the funnel cap off -

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Companion bin went in next, looks scruffy here but will be tidied up soon -

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Then we welded in the rear quarter repair -

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Not too bad when it's got primer on -

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Then we went about fitting the closing panel -

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Had to make this little bit to fill the gaps you can see in the above picture, pattern panels for you I guess -

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All welded in and primed -

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Still got to make a panel for the seat base to weld the top of the heel board to, hence the reason for the gap by the closing panel, and a few other pieces to make too.

Also painted the inside of my outer sill -

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Bought some of this stuff to fill in the rear quarter repair and other bits of filling Ill need to do -

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Highly recommended on this forum so i think I'll have a play with it tomorrow. That's it for today:-)


2-24-2014

Update,

Got some Painting/Sealing/Filling done today. Also got her started up for the first time in ages today, sounded like a tank without a back box though:D

Here's some pics of today's progress.

Primed up the rear floor and applied Tiger Seal -

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Same with the underneath -

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Next was the heel board area, etch and zinc primer applied -

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Then I use regular primer over the top of that -

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Then I apply Tiger Seal -

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Primed up the companion bin -

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Then I had a little play with some filler -

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Sanded down a bit -

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Still needs more work but it's pretty good to be fair, I'll apply one or two more light coats and that should be finished then.

She also put up a fight today, MINIS HAVE TOO MANY SHARP EDGES, my hands have been battered:D -

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That's all for today, time to get ready for work !


3-2-2014

Rocket - Thanks a lot pal !

Update,

Prepped the inner sill and the underside of the car, then top coated them in some black top coat ready for some Waxoyl and maybe Shultz or something along those lines.

Primed and Zinc primer applied -

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Then I give the whole lot a good few coats of gloss black paint, and also painted the inner wing up as had some surface rust coming through -

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Then we got the two floor pans welded together as one, in hindsight I wish I would of brought a full floor pan but I wasn't expecting it to be this bad, you live and you learn I guess -

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Applied some tiger seal, will be re-painting the underside black tomorrow -

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Made a couple of pieces for the crossmember -

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Then got them welded in, not too pretty but will apply a bit of filler to the cross member, also it's going to be carpeted -

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I really wanted to get that side finished off today but a combination of the weather and running out of gas means it will have to wait until next weekend unfortunately. So today we done a bit of re trimming of the dash rails, black suede, looks fantastic:-) -

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So that's it for today, I WILL FINISH THAT SIDE OFF NEXT WEEKDEND:D


3-3-2014

Parts update,

Bought these of a guy on here from the for sale section. Come with pretty much everything I need for the conversion, minus the ERA Turbo bolts I need to purchase from Minispares !

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I want to fit better breaks as I'm going to be converting to a 1275, when I find the right engine, and these are perfect for this ! I'm going to fully strip them down and rebuild / paint them, already started to today by removing the bleed valves and what not, but now it's started p***ing down so will carry on tomorrow when I get home from work.

Edit - Forgot to mention I also took delivery of some of this today -

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Heard nothing but good things about this stuff on here, so I'll be using this in all the cavities on the car, only bought the one can for now to see how it goes.  

I'll also be purchasing a couple of cans of Dynax UB at some point in the future !


3-11-2014

Update,

I've pretty much finished of the drivers side now, just a bit of filling and sealing to do and the odd pin hole to weld up. Anyway here's some pictures of progress that I've made.

Refurbished the disks -

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Ground the lugs off the drive flanges -

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Now to the welding, the hole in question -

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Made these pieces to fit -

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Welded them in -

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Then tidied up the underneath -

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Then it was onto fitting the outer sill, welded up the jacking point as I won't be using it, that's what subframes are for ! -

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Then give the inside of the sill a good few coats of paint -

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Then we welded it on -

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Then all of the cavities got a good coating of Dynax wax to protect them, it's all a lot tidier now as well as I've been out there filling, sealing and painting everything.

So seen as I've pretty much finished this side I started work on the rear.

Removed the valence -

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The damage -

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Just makes me laugh at the fact the previous owner (Bodger), fitted a new valence and didn't bother to repair this, what's the point ! The rest of the boot seems to be in good condition but a going over with the wire cup on the drill should reveal any nasties I've got to deal with. To be fair, the metal on the drivers side corner is solid as it passed the screw driver test, but the same can't be said about the passenger side, went straight through. Where the boot floor meets the boot lid flange looks solid too.

That's all the progress, so until next time:-)


3-16-2014

Update,

I've started chopping out the rot in the rear, there is more than I was hoping, but it's not too major.

The problem area -

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It wasn't too bad in the other corner but I've chopped it out for peace of mind.

Chopped out the rot -

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I wasn't planning on removing the boot floor lip flange but the other guy who fitted the valence cut it too short so it wasn't actually attached to anything.

Then I had to go about removing the valence closing panels, what a NIGHTMARE ! There's like 20 spot welds that hold it on to the subframe strengthener, so lying on your back on the floor trying to drill them all out was....interesting to say the least:D

Some pictures -

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I may actually remove these strengthening plates and replace them with fresh metal but will have to wait and see what sort of size the boot floor repair panel is. I also removed the other closing panel but didn't take any pictures of this.

I also purchased some of this to get rid of some of the surface rust -

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Now I did mention a while back that I would have a big purchase arriving at some point this month, and I have indeed.  

Here's some pictures -

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I sent my whole interior of to be re-trimmed by a guy on here. His company is called JCS Custom Trims and his work is top notch and his prices are more than reasonable !

I had them trimmed in black vinyl and black suede with red stitching and red piping, same with the door covers. I'm very happy with them and the pictures do not do them justice !

Couldn't resist trying them in the Mini -

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It still looks like a Mini from this side:D -

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Well that's all I got done this weekend, not one of my most productive weekends I must admit, but have been quite busy. Anyway more updates next weekend !


3-23-2014

Update,


Got some more done on the rear end this weekend.


I brought the magnum boot floor repair panel and cut out the piece I won't be using -


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Then I drilled out the spot welds from the arch brackets as I want to leave these in place to act as a datum point for re-drilling the subframe mounting holes -


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Then I removed the rest of the rotten floor -


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Then it was time to get the Deox Gel out -


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So I give that a couple of hours to do its thing, and then agitated it with a wire brush and washed it off. I'm quite pleased with the results as this was well rusty.


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There's still a small amount of rust in the pitted areas but I did apply some more gel which I'll get to later. So I decided to make a few pieces to repair the boot flange. 


The places that needed repairing -


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Rusty sections cut out -


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Repair pieces -


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Welded in and tidied up a bit, still needs more work which I'll finish next weekend. It's covered in Deox Gel in case anyone was wondering, forgot to take pictures before I applied this -


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I've left it to soak in the gel overnight to remove the last bits of rust -


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That's all I got done this weekend as the weather has been terrible, suns shining and then massive hail storms come from no where, British weather !!!


3-28-2014

Parts update,

I've purchased two valance closing panels and a Heritage valance from M-Machine, they arrived today and I'm very happy with them.

Some pictures -

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I wasn't to sure if the closing panels came with the strengthening panels already attached like the Heritage ones do but unfortunately they don't so I'll have to fab some up myself out of thicker gauge steel.

I'll be cracking on with this tomorrow, hopefully I'll get all the welding on the back end finished this weekend as I want to make a start on the passenger side.


3-29-2014

Update,

I've got quite a bit done today, the one corners now finished and there's not a lot left to do on the other. Here's some pictures of today's progress.

I started off by getting the closing plates in primer -

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Then some black paint was applied -

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Next I trimmed the boot repair piece, applied some zinc primer and fitted it into place with some inter grips -

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Welded in and tidied up a bit, this Magnum panel is a terrible fit by the way, i know it an aftermarket panel and all but it's shocking how they can get away with it, will be the last Magnum panel I buy if I can help it -

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Next I drilled the holes for the subframe bolts into the boot floor and made some stiffener plate -

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You may notice it's short at the top but that's because some of the original strengthening plate is still in place and I wanted to keep it as there's nothing wrong with it.

Next I welded it all together -

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I've still got a few pin holes to fill up and I'm not welding the hinge panel to the boot floor until the very end as I need to put the boot lid back on to check the fit and make sure everything's where i need it to be.

All in all not a bad days progress, will hopefully be getting this finished off tomorrow.


3-30-2014

Update,

I've got the other closing panel fitted but didn't get chance to put the valance on as I had to paint and seal everything. Anyway here's some pictures of today's progress,

I made another strengthening piece and test fitted it to the car -

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I then drilled the holes for plug welding and welded the closing panel on, it's not particularly pretty but it's strong -

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Mocked the valance up and it fits beautifully -

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Then I got the Nitromors out and stripped the paint from the whole area that's been repaired, never used this before but I'm quite impressed -

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Then Etch Primed and Tiger Sealed -

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That's it for today but may go outside and top coat it before work tomorrow. I will be stripping the rest of the underseal of the boot floor at some point as I want to use Dynax UB underneath the whole car.

I know my works nothing amazing but at least I'm having a go, I don't think I'm doing to badly for an amateur:-)


4-7-2014

There Vinyl and Suede mate, to keep the price sensible.

Update,

I've got the valance welded on now, so there's not to much left to do on the rear end, should only be a couple of small patches to make.

I'm slightly lacking in pictures of this repair, but I'll show what I've got anyway.

Painted the underneath of the repair with some black top coat -

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Drilled the holes ready for plug welding -

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Sanded the inside of the valance down and I did prime and paint it but I forgot to take a picture of it painted -

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Welded in place and dressed -

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I will take more pictures of the finished thing when I've sealed and what not behind it. I've applied some Dynax S50 Wax to the closing sections today and have begun repairing the holes in the arch's. I'll put the photos up next weekend when I've finished them.

Should be starting the passenger side soon, but I'm going to paint, filler and seal everything on the drivers side and rear end before I start as I've already got surface rust coming through on my nice new fresh panels on the drivers side, which is very annoying !

Anyway that's all I got done this weekend as I've been quite I'll as of late and had to take it easy:-)


4-10-2014

Update,

I've been stripping my 4 pots down throughout the week before work and have completely disassembled them now, bar splitting them as I've been told this is a BIG no ! Wasn't easy, but got there eventually using a combination of a blow torch, a car pump and brute force !

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I'm going to take them, along with my drive flanges, up to a place called Bourne's to be blasted and powder coated on Saturday. I'm also going to replace all 8 pistons, bleed valves and all seals so they should look mint and work brilliantly when there finished. I'm going to use stainless steel pistons and valves to minimise the chances of them seizing up in the future. Was going to strip and paint them myself but I'll get a much better finish from powder coating and it will be one less thing for me to do !


4-12-2014

Update,

Went to the Pride Of Longbridge event today, was a good turn out, plenty of Mini's showed up, along with plenty more classics.

Here's a couple of snaps of some of my favorite editions -

Paul Smith ( my personal favourite ) -

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ERA Turbo -

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Both stunning editions I'm sure you will agree. Anyway I went there for a few hours with my dad and then came back and cracked on with my own Mini.

Like I said in a previous update I've started repairing the arches, I've completely finished the passenger side arch and that is now primed and has been tiger sealed. I've also made a plate and half welded that in on the drivers side, going to have a full day at it tomorrow though so should get the rear end mostly finished bar fitting a new battery box which is on the way from M-Machine.

So, hole in question -

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Welded a piece in and tided up a bit -

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Then I removed all of the black underseal, used Deox Gel on the surface rust, and primed the whole arch -

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Tiger Seal applied -

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I'm quite happy with the way it looks, really motivates you when it comes out like that, definitely worth the hour or so it took to remove that underseal, horrible stuff ! I'm going to apply another coat of primer tomorrow and then use Upol Gravigard on top of that. Will be the same treatment for the drivers side then the arch's will be painted body colour along with the outer sills and flitches. The underside of the floors and under the boot area will be gloss black.

That's all for today:-)


4-16-2014

Thanks a lot !


Update,

A bit of a late update but heres some of the work I got done last weekend.

Gravigard applied to the passenger rear arch -

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Then I went to work removing a nasty plate on the drivers side arch that's been put on by mr bodge, which revealed this -

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Chopped out the rot -

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I have begun repairing it but not finished it yet so will upload pictures soon.

Anyway I woke up today to be greeted by a nice big parcel from Minisport -

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The goodies inside -

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I've changed my mind again and have decided I'll be running 10 inch wheels, they just look so much nicer then any other wheel size, especially in the deep dish style, so I've bought the braking set up, and it's very nice indeed !

I also got a package from M-Machine which contained a heritage battery box -

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And also received a couple of other bits I've ordered throughout the week,

Dynax UB -

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And a MK2 rear light lens, as unfortunately when I bought my set from binley hall the passenger lens was chipped -

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So it's been a busy week for the postman:D


4-20-2014

Update,

Right, got a fair bit done so I'll start with that arch repair. I've got no pictures of the actual patch I made as I forgot to take some but I have got pictures of it primed and sealed.

So, drivers side arch repaired, primed and sealed -

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Another coat of primer and then Gravigard applied -

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Next on the list was to fit the new battery box.  

Old box removed -

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Tidied the lip up a bit -

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Test fit of the battery box -

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Fits brilliantly as you can see, it's definitely worth buying heritage, so much less hassle. So I drilled the holes for plugging, sanded it down and gave it a dusting of primer. I also sealed all the way round but didn't take a picture of this, you'll see it in the rest of the pictures though -

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Welded in place -

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Tidied up a bit -

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Sits bang on level underneath -

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Primed and sealed the underneath ready for Gravigarding -

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Then we welded in the tank bracket -

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Then we welded the closing panels to the back of the valence and seam sealed everything up -

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Will be top coating all the underside gloss black and then using Dynax UB.

On a side note, I currently have these for sale -

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12 x 6 deep dish Minilites, two have brand new yokohama A539 tyres, and the other two have almost new Yokohama A048 tyres fitted. There in immaculate condition, need them gone so make me an offer if your interested, also if you want more pictures and information there listed in the for sale section on here.

Got lots of painting, sealing and fillering to do tomorrow, I hate fillering !


4-26-2014

Update,

Been doing quite a bit of fillering and painting. Not my favourite job but these things have to be done !

Painted the closing panels and inside the valance -

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Sanded down the outside of the valance, no need to go back to bare metal everywhere as the E-Coat on heritage panels is good stuff -

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Primed -

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Gravigard applied, you can't see the texture of it in these photos but it looks good in the flesh -

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Then gravigarded the underneath of the battery box -

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Then I done a bit of fillering underneath the light area where I'd made a small repair, then filler primer on top of that, quite pleased with it -

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Where you see the crack in the filler underneath the boot lip has nothing to do with me, that's a previous 'repair' by Mr Bodge. Will be dug out and done properly -

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Then the real graft started, took me three hours to sand down the whole boot area, some pictures -

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Found another patch of rust, so cut it out and will repair it at a later date, no welding for me this weekend, couldn't be bothered:D

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Then I primed the lot -

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And sealed her all up -

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That's it so far, might get a bit more done tomorrow providing it doesn't lash it down !


5-2-2014

Parts Update,

I managed to get myself a nice set of Exacton wheels last weekend, had to travel down to wales to pick them up but was worth it for the price I paid. They're going to need a refurb as they're a bit tatty, considering they're 30+ years old, and I'm also planning to make them into two piece split rims.  

I was planning on using a courier to take them down to Force Racing to be split, but my dad has found a place that's local to us called Prestige Wheels that will dip, blast, refurb, paint and split them for what sounds like a very reasonable price, so we're going to take them down tomorrow !

Anyway here's a snap of them -

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I've also put down a deposit on a nice low milage 1275 Engine. It looks to be in very good condition, nice and original and from what I can see unmolested. I've also heard it running and it sounds great. I've just got to wait for the guy to take it out now and I will admit I can't wait until we go and pick it up:D. I'm not after massive speed, just going to tidy it up and fit a few nice extras, maybe a nice cam and flowed head and a few other bits and pieces !

I should also have a few very nice interior bits and pieces coming through the post shortly so will put pics up as soon as I've got them.

Going to be helping my dad do a bit on his Mini over this weekend as he hasn't got a lot left to do welding wise so shouldn't take us to long. I'll also be doing the finishing bits of fillering and painting I've got left to do on the drivers side and rear end of my car in between, so will still have a few pics to update with, then next weekend turn the car around and start cutting out the passenger side.

It's also Himley Hall Mini show on the Sunday next week so will be spending some more hard earned cash;-)


5-4-2014

Update,

Spent most of the day yesterday disconnecting my engine and labelling the loom ready for removal. Quite enjoyed it to be fair, nice to do something other than bodywork.

But today I was back at it, repaired the small hole I had in the boot and made some bracing up and fitted that ready for removal of the passenger side floor pan.

The repair piece in place -

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Welded in -

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Zinc primed, primed and then tiger sealed, same goes for the underneath -

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That's officially all the welding done in the boot area now, feels like a milestone has been reached !

Then it was time to fit the bracing, you can see how bad the passenger floor is in this pick, properly bodged -

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And across the passenger door frame in preparation for the doorstep to be removed -

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That should keep it all in place while the work is carried out. That's all for today anyway as was giving my dad a hand with his car, may get the boot area painted up tomorrow !


5-6-2014

Update,

Didn't do too much yesterday, being a bank holiday and all, but did get my boot area in red primer ready for the top coat.

So here it is primed -

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May be applying the top coat the weekend, but I'll see what happens as I may be quite busy. I also took delivery of Mr. Vizards finest -

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That lead to me getting EVERYTHING I own Mini related down stairs and laid out on the floor:D. Wanted to see what all my money's been spent on over the past few months !

So, here it is, laid out -

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A few close up shots -

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And that's actually still not all of it, I've got two sets of four pot calipers and I'm not including all the panels I've got and the consumables I've bought. I've also still got more to come, just ordered a stainless steel heavy duty steering drop down bracket, a whole black seat belt set to match my interior, a load of smiffys stainless bolts and I've still got a 1275 engine to pick up, AND, it's Himley Hall this Sunday !  

I don't think I'd want to count up the receipts and there's still a hell of a lot more to be bought. My wallet needs a break;-)


5-8-2014

Parts Update,

Received my drop down bracket today from Kiddspeed. I went for the polished option, Purely because I can't resist shiny things, and the workmanship looks to be of a high quality.

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5-11-2014

Big Update,

Made some great progress on my car yesterday. Here's some pictures.

We started off by removing my 998 engine, this will be stored away as I'll be fitting a 1275 when the cars finished -

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Next was the front subframe assembly -

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Then i got the grinder out and what was left of the front end was removed -

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Bottom corners of bulk head and toe board corners are shot so will need replacing -

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State of the passenger side flitch and inner wing -

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I'm going to be buying the whole flitch and inner wing heritage panel as it's just too time consuming patching it up like I did with the other side.

State of the drivers side inner wing -

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Again I'll be buying the front half of the inner wing, M Machine do a panel and it looks decent to be fair so I'll give it a try, should be a lot more tidy then patching it up.

Then it was time to remove the dreaded over sill -

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I CAN NOT emphasise how important it is that you do not fit oversills, these are only two years old and look at the mess they have made !

Layers of Bodge -

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So Ive roughly cut all that nastiness out and this is what I'm left with -

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All of the rot that was cut out of my Mini -

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I did feel as if I was getting somewhere with this but now I've chopped all that rot out it feels like a massive step back. Got to look on the bright side as my drivers side is now solid and my rear end is also solid. I've ordered the full front to rear floor pan from Minispares but will have to wait until next week to pick it up as there made to order.

After all that, depression had set in big time. So today I went to Himley Hall and had a splurge of spending to make myself feel better:D. It's the last time I'm going to be able to buy anything that are not panel related for a while.

Here's a few pics of what I got -

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A few close ups -

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Ill list the items,

- Top tint windscreen.
- Wipac free form headlights.
- Exacton wheel.
- Stainless bumper.
- Standard arches.
- Black perforated headlining.
- Smiffys bits bolts.
- Standard door lock surrounds.

I also got the old tyres removed from my Exacton wheels, so there now ready to be sent of to be split real soon -

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Well that made me feel a lot better about the car so now I've just got to keep positive about it !


5-12-2014

Update,

Nothing major to update really, got the front subframe stripped, it's not in too bad a condition actually so I'll be sticking with it. It's now ready to be sent off for blasting and coating. -

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That is all !


5-15-2014

Update,

Received a few items I ordered last week.

Complete black seatbelt set, superb condition, very happy with them -

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Smiffys bits, one rear subframe kit is my dads and so are a set of the door stricker plates -

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I've been doing a couple of hours a day before work this week just to try and keep it moving, as I won't be doing anything this Saturday as I'm going to pick up my 1275 and a few other things.

So, removed some more bits and pieces -

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And I also started removing the remains of the old floor pan and inner sill, the toe board section is going to need a new lip making up as it's too far gone -

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I'm going to be keeping the inner sill stifferner and the subframe closing panel as there in pristine condition, not to sure on the heelboard section yet though so will have to have a dig at it tomorrow -

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Rusty pieces of Mini -

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Should be picking up my half floor panel from minispares tomorrow or Saturday so should get that welded in Sunday !


5-18-2014

Update,

Been a good weekend, very busy but worth it in the end, I'll start with the parts I bought.

Went to Minispares to collect the panel I ordered, it's heritage as well, wasn't expecting it to be -

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Then me, my dad and uncle went to pick up my 1275 engine, purchased from a member on here who's been very helpfully and generous, he's helped me out massively with this engine ! Here it is as we got it back to mine -

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Stripped from the subframe -

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Also came with a HIF44 carb which I'm pleased about -

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I have now removed all the ancillaries and popped the head off to check the bores. They're in superb condition, can still see and feel the hatch markings which you would expect with it being a low milage engine. Going to clean it up and have got a few ideas in mind for it.  

Today I got back to the bodywork and went about fitting the new floor pan.

Chopped out the rot on the toe board lip -

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Made a new lip and clamped it in place -

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Welded in -

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Also welded up the pilot holes made from drilling out the old spot welds -

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All ground down -

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Primed up -

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Then I trimmed the floor to size and drilled all the holes in it that I'll be plugging from inside the car, haven't welded it in yet as I've got a small repair to do on the heel-board lip first. I've also left the heel-board end piece in place for now to make sure what happened with the other side doesn't happen again ! I'll replace this when I've welded the floor in.

So, here it is clamped in place ready to go for tomorrow, ran out of time today.

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My dads also been ringing around a few body shops to get a quote for the respray, got a company saying they'll do any fillering required, priming, painting inside and outside and a machine polish after for a very reasonable price. They've got a booth and oven, but I'm going to pop down there next weekend to look at some of their previous and current work to make sure Ill be getting it done properly !

Got a week off in four days time so I'm going to put a BIG panel order in to M - Machine and get all the passenger side finished off and maybe even start the front end with a bit of luck:-).


5-19-2014

Update,

Got the floor pan welded in today, not much left to do on this side now !

Made a small repair to the heelboard lip, tacked in place -

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Fully welded -

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Shaped and zinc primed -

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Then plugged the floor to the toe board, inner sill stiffener and pulse welded to the tunnel, still have the heel board corner to replace and doorstep but it's getting there -

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That's it for today, will do a bit more before work tomorrow !


5-24-2014

Parts update,

Received the panels I ordered from M-Machine, I've got a week off work now so hopefully I should get this lot welded in, and then it's just a front end to sort out !

Here's the panels -

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Decided I wasn't happy with the crossmember so I've decided to replace the whole thing. I've already removed the R/H section of crossmember so won't take much to weld this in.

Just got to get an outer sill and that's all the panels for the passenger side !


Update,

Haven't been able to get any bodywork done today due to the weather, but I have managed to degrease the whole engine. I've also removed the head and got that stripped down.

Degreaser I bought -

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Engine degreased and head removed -

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The bores are excellent, just need to de-coke the pistons and top edges of the bores -

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And the head stripped down -

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Valves and springs taped together, numbered and stored away. (The rusty bolts on top of the rockers are the manifold studs in case anyone was wondering) -

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Think I may send the head of to be skimmed, ported and flowed but I'm not to sure on how far I want to go with this at the moment. I may keep the engine original seeing as it's in very good condition, will get some prices of the work I want carried out and make my decision from there.

Will hopefully be doing some bodywork tomorrow as long as it doesn't rain !:-)


5-26-2014

Update,

Well I got the welder out yesterday and made a bit of progress with the body work, coming along nicely now !

So, I removed the old heelboard corner and cut it to fit -

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I did weld this in but forgot to take a picture so will upload one tomorrow !

I also got the doorstep in, magnum panels are absolutely terrible so had to make some modifications to it.

Had to slit the panel in order for it to fit -

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Fitted in place ready to be welded -

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Welded in, I need to finish grinding it down, should be an invisible repair when I've finished, will still need a lick of filler after though -

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That's all the progress from yesterday, been sorting out the shed today as we couldn't move in there due to so many parts, so no time to work on the Mini:(

Going to have lots of parts up for sale soon though ranging from interior pieces to whole engines so take a look:D


5-28-2014

Parts Update,

Got a nice big package today which I've been eagerly awaiting for the past week or so.  

The contents -

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MPI two speed heater, it's absolutely mint and I'm very happy with it ! Wired it up and it all works brilliantly, the matrix looks brand new and doesn't leak, I think it's quite rare to find one with all the correct ducting now. Been searching for a few months but had no joy as there were none on eBay or anywhere for that matter, luckily someone responded to my wanted add on here and the rest is history !

Sod's law I get a week off work and it rains constantly ! Planned to get the passenger side finished but the weather keeps holding me back !


5-31-2014

Update,

Got a fair bit to update, so I'll start with my cyclinder head.

Firstly I degreased it, then I removed all of the old paint, rust and de-coked, came up really well -

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Then I did the same with the valves, my hi-tech valve spinning machine -

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A quick before and after -

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A trip to Minispares later and I've (almost) got everything needed to rebuild the head, inevitably I forgot some things as you do -

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Then I continued by painting the head, had to be red, so happy with how it came out:-) -

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Then I lapped the valves in, hardly any wear in the guides and well within tolerances -

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Valve stem seals fitted -

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Valve springs fitted -

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And rockers fitted into place -

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Will hopefully be getting my metro turbo rocker cover polished so should look the business !

Now onto today's work, which was bodywork, and involved fitting the new crossmember. Went in with relatively little effort, a credit to M-Machine for the quality of their panels !

So, here's some pictures of the fitting process, primed the inside -

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Then applied some top coat to the inside -

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And then a bit of a jump, but welded into place and the bracing removed -

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Got the welds ground down silky smooth, thanks to the new electric file, great little tool -

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And then primed up -

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Little hole in subframe closure plate that had to be repaired, so I widened it out to a square shape and made a small repair piece -

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Repair piece -

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Welded up -

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And to finish of the update I also got these in the post -

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Reverse side of the petrol bib -

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That's it for now !


6-1-2014

Thanks, it took a while to get it like that but it's definatley been worth the graft ! Their was a guy on here in the traders section who was importing the bibs from japan. Take a look, he said he was ordering some more but if not then you could try eBay.

Update,

Felt like doing some engine work today seeing as the weather was so nice, so I got it stripped, sanded and painted. Here's some pics of progress.

Stripped down to the block and box, it came apart so nicely, nothing seized, looks like its been looked after -

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All the parts laid out -

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Then out came the wire brush attachments and the block was cleaned up and masked ready for paint -

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Painted up and all the aluminium cleaned up, will autosol this in the near future -

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And just for a comparison, came a long way from this -

Before -

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After -

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Before -

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After -

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Looks good if I say so my self:-), going to buy a flywheel puller, as I want to replace the clutch. Better to do it now rather than when it's back in the car !

That's all the progress today, may get some more done before work tomorrow !


6-2-2014

Cheers Ben, took a good day or so but it was so worth it !

Update,

Managed to get a bit done before work today, here's some pics of Progress.

Removed the inner wing, took an absolute age drilling out all those spot welds but came out tidy enough -

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Picked a couple of new tools up from halfords today, flywheel puller and a 30mm socket -

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So I went about removing the flywheel, came of with relative ease to be fair, was expecting to be swearing and sweating, but that wasn't the case at all -

Removed the flywheel nut -

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Then removed the flywheel and cleaned the casing up a bit as it was quite oily, looks like there's a leak from the clutch oil seal so will be changing that -

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Wasn't in bad condition at all, clutch still has plenty of meat on it, but I'm going to change it anyway, more for piece of mind than anything -

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Got to put an order in to minispares for a few gaskets and what not but that's all for today. May do a bit before work tomorrow but it depends on the weather.


6-7-2014

Update,

Got a little bit done yesterday but I'll start off with the parts that I've received through out the week.

Various engine seals and gaskets from minispares -

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Various engine bolts from smiffys bits -

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New clutch plate -

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MPI interior mirror, no more being blinded driving at night:D -

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LH full inner wing and an outer sill -

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And finally this little beauty, going to have the magnolia speedo and the magnolia duo oil and water gauge soon aswell -

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Quick shot of it in my dash -

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Very smart I'm sure you'll agree:-)

Anyway, here's the bit of progress from yesterday.

Fitted a new clutch oil seal, no pics of the new one in place as I forgot to take one, but I'll show you what I have anyway.

Removed the old one -

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Checked the primary gear over, all looking good -

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And then installed the new one. Also fitted new drive shaft seals and a gear selector seal -

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Then I fitted the new clutch plate. Decided to clean up the housing as it was quite oily and had a fair amount of surface rust.

Before -

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After -

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And the other part after degreasing, looks like new -

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Clutch plate in place -

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Then assembled and placed back into position, need to get a bigger torque wrench for the flywheel nut though -

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And an overall shot of where I'm at -

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Finally, I'm quite annoyed with myself as I've managed to damage my newly trimmed drivers seat moving them yesterday. It's a small scratch on the bolster but it's actually gone through the vinyl to the under layer of material -

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Hoping I can get this repaired, looks like it's going to need a new panel stitching in.


Update,

Well its been raining pretty much all day here, but the sun decided to come out for a couple of hours earliyer, so I took advantage of it and got a few engine parts cleaned up.

Fuel pump before -

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After degreasing and a light going over with a wire wheel -

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Oil filter housing cleaned up -

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Bell housing cleaned up -

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Was thinking about having the aluminium parts of the engine polished, but I quite like the look of them how they are now. Might have my rocker cover and dashpot polished though !

Timing cover taken back to bare metal with a wire wheel, then I coated it in Deox gel and wrapped it in cling film. Will leave this over night to remove the rust from the pitted areas. Would have been a whole lot less effort to buy a new one but have you seen the price of them, couldn't believe it ! -

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Timing cover back plate cleaned up and given a light coat of etch and some top coat -

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And finally, the oil filter housing fitted back to the engine, using my new stainless bolts and a new gasket, and torqued to 19nm -

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Looks like bodywork's on the cards for tomorrow as the weathers looking good !


6-9-2014

Update,

Was up nice and early yesterday as the sun was out. Started the morning off with a bit of engine work, here's a few pics.

Unwrapped the timing cover and the Deox gel has done its job -

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After a quick wire brushing, rinse off and etch priming -

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Left that to dry in the sun and decided to fit the backplate and timing gear back to the engine, have ordered another chain tensioner, but just popped this one back in place for the mean while -

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Can't do anything else as of yet with the engine as I'm still lacking a few necessary gaskets and what not, so went outside to start on the body work. Got a fair amount done so was quite pleased, anyway, pics of progress.

Chopped out the rotten part of the crossmember closing plate and was left with this -

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Then made a repair piece and welded that in -

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Next up was to test fit the inner wing and drill the holes ready for plug welding -

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Welded in -

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Shot from the inside -

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Still got to grind all the plugs down so may get that done today. Next up was the companion bin, drilled the holes ready for plugging -

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Welded in -

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Also managed to get the top half of my seat cover removed. I've arranged to send it back and have a new panel stitched in, my own fault, these things happen though -

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That's all what I got done yesterday, not a bad days graft !


6-11-2014

Update,

Was up nice and early yesterday as the sun was out. Started the morning off with a bit of engine work, here's a few pics.

Unwrapped the timing cover and the Deox gel has done its job -

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After a quick wire brushing, rinse off and etch priming -

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Left that to dry in the sun and decided to fit the backplate and timing gear back to the engine, have ordered another chain tensioner, but just popped this one back in place for the mean while -

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Can't do anything else as of yet with the engine as I'm still lacking a few necessary gaskets and what not, so went outside to start on the body work. Got a fair amount done so was quite pleased, anyway, pics of progress.

Chopped out the rotten part of the crossmember closing plate and was left with this -

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Then made a repair piece and welded that in -

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Next up was to test fit the inner wing and drill the holes ready for plug welding -

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Welded in -

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Shot from the inside -

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Still got to grind all the plugs down so may get that done today. Next up was the companion bin, drilled the holes ready for plugging -

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Welded in -

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Also managed to get the top half of my seat cover removed. I've arranged to send it back and have a new panel stitched in, my own fault, these things happen though -

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That's all what I got done yesterday, not a bad days graft !


6-11-2014

Update,

Nothing major really, just a bit of painting and sealing.

Painted the timing cover -

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Ground down all the plug welds on the inner wing and applied a bit of primer -

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Sealed the underneath of the flitch -

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Sealed up the inside -

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Ordered a couple more panels from M-Machine today so they should be here by the weekend hopefully !


6-14-2014

Update,

We've had a productive day today and got a fair bit done. I'll start with the items I've received.

Toe board corner piece and a half inner wing from M-Machine -

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Popped to minispares this morning and picked up a few bits and pieces to keep the engine build moving -

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Got back home and got cracking with a bit of engine work as it was too early to unleash the angle grinder. Firstly I fitted a new timing chain tensioner, no picture of this, and then I got started on de-cokeing the block. After a good half an hour it looked like this -

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Amazing what a bit of plus gas and metal Polish can do !  

Fitted the studs back into the block -

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Placed on a new head gasket -

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And the cylinder head fitted and torqued down -

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That took me up till midday so I decided to go and make a start on the bodywork. Cut out the rot in the quarter panel and uncovered about an inch thick layer of filler to go with it -

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Removed the filler and found the quarter panel to be perfect underneath, no idea why it was spread so high up the panel ! Then made a small lip for the subframe closing panel -

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Tided that up and welded the small closing piece in place -

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Tacked in the rear quarter repair panel -

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Fully welded, took a while as I wanted to avoid distortion to the panel, so had to keep cooling it off with a wet cloth -

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Ground down, will need a lick of filler but pretty happy with it -

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Then made a new piece for the lip -

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Same thing for the front of the doorstep lip -

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Then made a new seatbelt bracket as the heritage panel doesn't come with one, funnily enough the other side, which is an M-Machine panel, does -

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Welded in place -

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Then sanded and prepped the inner sill ready for the outer sill to go on, zinc primed and then regular primer applied -

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Then I did top coat this with a good few layers of black paint but forgot to take a picture.

Prepped the outer sill, stripped all the nasty magnum coating, holes drilled for plugging, welded up the jacking point hole, zinc primed, primed and top coated -

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And welded that in to place -

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The outside of the outer sill needs a good flatting down and some primer putting on as it looks a bit rough in those pics, but ran out of energy / time so will be done tomorrow ! That's all for today:-)


6-15-2014

Thanks for the kind words ! As for panels, I would have liked to use all heritage panels of course, and even though I have used a fair few of them, they are quite expensive for what they are. M-Machine panels are absolutely spot on, closest you can get to the heritage panels, I've used a lot of them so far, and have had no problem with the fitment what so ever, I wouldn't think twice about using their panels.

As for magnum panels, I've not had the best experience with the ones I've used. Their doorsteps are poor and require a lot of modification to make them fit and their boot repair section is also poor. However, I've used magnum outer sills on both sides of my car and have had no problem with them. In hindsight I wouldn't have used any magnum panels but I was just a novice and didn't know much about welding or car restoration when I started this build. But now I've had a chance to work with panels from different company's, M-Machine seem to be far superior, the quality of the metal just feels better.

I will be using heritage panels where it matters though i.e, scuttle, door skins etc just so it looks right. As for the panels you'll be replacing, i'd be using heritage rear quarters as I've not heard great things about the magnum version. I'd use M-Machine for the outer sills and front panel. Of course a lot of this depends on your budget, if you can afford the heritage stuff than go for it, if not don't be worried about using M-Machines stuff as it's excellent, I'm sure plenty of people will agree with me.

Hope this helped you a bit !


6-16-2014

Update,

Bit of engine work today as I didn't feel like working on the shell, got a few bits tidied up and back on the engine, starting to come together now:-)

Here's a quick pic from yesterday though, sanded and primed up the outer sill and doorstep -

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So, to today's progress, wire brushed and painted up the clutch parts, new thrust bearing, new O ring, new pins and new split pins. Also greased up the hole where the arm sits -

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Fitted back into the bell housing -

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Fitted back onto the engine with new Smiffys stainless bolts, torqued down and the end float set to the correct distance (6.5 mm according to the Haynes manuel) -

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Next up was the timing cover, primed the chain and sprockets with oil and wire brushed all the bolts. Then I centred the cover using the crankshaft pulley and screwed the bolts in finger tight, removed the pulley and then torqued down

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Then I cleaned up the engine mounting and fitted that back to the block -

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New bypass hose, (new water pump to be bought soon) -

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New temperature sender -

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And I also touched up the block with some red paint where it was needed. Here's a few snaps of where I'm at now -

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That's all i got done today, spent most of the day looking through the Haynes manual for torque settings !  

I've also got a quick question, does anyone know what the torque setting for the timing cover bolts is. There's two settings in the Haynes manual (1/4 - 7nm & 5/8 - 16nm) and I don't know which I need. My bolts need a 3/8 socket to tighten them so are both of those settings above irrelative to me ? If so what do I need to torque them to, as I've currently torqued them to the higher 16nm, kind of confused about this so any help would be great !


6-21-2014

Update,

Removed the drivers side toe board corner today, the rot is a fair bit worse then I expected it to be.

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As you can see from the picture, where I've removed the toe board lip it's completely rotted the flitch out. Looked fine from the outside, very deceiving.

View from the outside, the lower bulkhead is going to need a repair as it's also rotten

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I sat back and had a good look at it, and decided I just WAS NOT happy with the repairs that I've made. Me and my dad have put so much effort into rebuilding this car that I think it's only right that I do the repair properly. It probably wouldn't bother most, but it bothers me.  

So I did this -

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Bit of a step back some may say, but I think that fitting the full Heritage panel, as I have done on the other side, is what this car deserves. I couldn't justify doing the other side so neatly and leaving this side 'patched up' so to say.

So I'll be sending back the half inner wing repair panel I bought from M-Machine, and I'll be ordering the full inner wing / flitch Heritage panel.

On a lighter note, had a little trip down to Minispares on Friday and picked up a few parts for my engine -

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And a couple of bits from Smiffy Bits came through the post -

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That's all for today but I'll hopefully be getting the toe board corner repaired tomorrow.


6-27-2014

Update,

Got a fair amount done since my last update, I'll start with the bodywork.

Had to remake the flanges for the dash rail and bulkhead as they were thinned out to much when I removed the old inner wing. So, chopped them off and made some new ones, then welded those in and made a new back plate for the shock mount. We clamped that in place and then welded that in place, here's a few pics of the process -

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Ground down the welds on the flanges, and then shaped the backplate to fit nicely, then gave the whole thing a good few coats of zinc primer -

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Then some black top coat -

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That's all the bodywork I got done throughout the week, doing a bit each day before work as usual. Also received the RH inner wing I ordered from M-Machine -

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It came without any hinge holes, and after putting a question on here , nobody knew why. So after a few calls to the heritage panel company, I got no where and gave up. So I decided I was just going to fit it and take my time getting it right.

So, trial fitted and it's not too bad at all, just had to do a little fetteling and it was in place -

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Drilled all the holes for plug welding (already started welding and then realised I hadn't taken a picture) -

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Fully plug welded -

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Then we got all the holes drilled and cut the toe board to fit, will be welding this in tomorrow -

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That all the progress on the body up until today. Now for the engine work. Just been cleaning a few parts up and fitting them back to the engine. Ill start with the slave cylinder.

Before, very rusty and pretty much seized -

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Degreased the cylinder and the back plate, then dismantled the cylinder and gave both a good going over with the wire wheel -

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Zinc primed -

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Then painted with a few coats of gloss black -

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Reassembled the slave cylinder with a rebuild kit, and a new bleed valve -

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Then put back on the engine with a a Smiffys Bits stainless fitting kit -

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Happy with that, I got to work cleaning up the distributer -

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New rotary arm -

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New O-Ring -

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And I've also fitted a new cap as well, no picture of this though. Next I fitted the fuel pump back to the block -

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Cleaned up the oil feed pipe and fitted that back in place -

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and cleaned up and refitted a gear box to block nut and bolt -

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Just waiting on some bypass hose clamps then I can fit the new water pump. And finally, I received my seat cover back from the trimmers, so my dad gave me a hand and we re-fitted it, very happy with it, took some steam to get the creases out of the new panel, but got it looking good in the end -

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6-29-2014

Update,

Got the toe board repair panel welded in today, some pictures of progress.

Had a small hole to repair first, hole in question -

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Repair piece made -

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Bend put into it and fitted into place -

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Welded in and ground down all the welds (I also repaired the floor pan lip on the inside on the car, no pictures of this though) -

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Then I ground down all the plug welds on the inner wing and applied some primer on all the bare metal areas -

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Really happy with this repair, looks really tidy, just got to seal it all up now and then we can start on the front end. Going to flip the car over first though and get it all primed and sealed underneath.

I also went down to the place I'm thinking of having my car resprayed yesterday, I had a look around at some of the other cars they're doing and it looks like there work is of a good standard. They've got all the proper kit, booths and an oven so ill hopefully be booking it in within the next month or so, can't wait.

They had a MK1 Fiesta which has had literally every panel replaced by the look of it, and they also had this in there for some bodywork -

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Very nice, I'd love to own one of these, one day maybe !

Anyway that's all I've got done today.


6-30-2014

Parts update,

Received a nice big package from Minispeed today, felt like a kid at Christmas again:lol:

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The contents -

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All my Heritage panels I ordered on Thursday. That's pretty much all the panels I need to finish the Mini off.

Still to get are, two wings, front panel, bonnet and a rear subframe !

Happy days !


7-5-2014

Update,

Just to let people know, I've changed the name of this thread in case anyone was wondering.

Reason for this is because when I first started, I wasn't expecting to be doing a complete restoration, but Minis being Minis, it quickly escalated into just that. I think the new name is better suited to what we've been doing, hence the reason for the name change.

Anyway, we've got some more progress done today, I'll start off with what I bought yesterday, and the bits I fitted to my engine.

Some new door hinges, Minispares own, and some new bypass hose clamps. Heard good things about Minspares hinges so I'm hoping they'll be a good fit -

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Now onto the engine. Fitted a new uprated water pump, new bypass hose and all bolted into place using a Smiffys Bits stainless fitting kit -

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Refitted the thermostat housing. New thermostat, new gaskets and I also bought the ARP stainless bolts to fit it with -

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Now onto today's progress, bodywork. Got the scuttle and the scuttle closers fitted, feels like a massive milestone !

But firstly, I had to remove the bonnet hinge brackets as they are really rusty, going to clean them up and re-fit them -

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Removed, and the rust cleaned up behind. Will apply some Deox Gel tomorrow -

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After that was sorted we moved onto the scuttle, we fitted it to the car and marked out where the closers will be sitting. Removed the scuttle, then drilled the holes in the close out panels and plug welded them into place, plenty of zinc was applied before and after -

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Next we drilled the holes in the scuttle and clamped that into place. We made sure to fit the windscreen at this point to be sure I'd have no problems in the future -

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Welded into place -

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Got a load of grinding to do, but that can wait until tomorrow. Feels really good to have gotten this far, didn't think I'd ever get here when I was finding all those bodge repairs, but I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel now:lol:

Going to make a start on the door skins tomorrow, looking forward to doing those, should be interesting !


7-6-2014

Update,

We had a crack at the door skins today, I think it went quite well considering we've never changed a panel skin before. I'll start with the drivers door.

Completely stripped the door of all the components and set it down on the workbench ready to remove the skin -

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Went around the whole edge of the door with the grinder until it looked like this -

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Then just lifted the old skin off, this was the state of it -

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The frame on the other hand is really very good, required no repairs what so ever, just had some pitting -

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So I give it a quick wire brushing, then give the flanges a good coat of Deox Gel and left it for a while to do its thing -

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After about an hour or so I gave it another going over with the wire brush on the drill, then washed it all off. Then we prepped the frame and applied a few coats of zinc primer -

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Then we applied a sound deadening mat to the inside of the door skin -

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A bit of a jump, but the door skin fitted and welded to the frame. We checked the fit on the car during this and it's pretty good, the door gaps will need some work though. Had a few high and low spots after a quick sanding but not too bad at all -

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A bit of hammer and dolly work and a quick skim of filler later, it's looking fairly good. It's by no means the final product as it needs more work, but I'm very happy with it for now -

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A couple of shots inside the door, looking how it should do -

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Now onto the passenger door. Stripped the door skin off, and this was what greeted us -

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Looks like Captain Bodge has been here too. I knew there was some filler in this door but didn't think it would be hiding that. So it looks like I'm going to have to buy the lower door frame repair and fix this before I fit the new skin.  


Anyway that's all we got done today, will be doing a bit more before work tomorrow !


7-7-2014

Update,

I've been grinding down the welds around the scuttle today, it's came out really well. Here's a few pictures of progress.

Ground down with a 60 grit soft pad on the grinder, and then I went over the lot with the power file using a 120 grit belt to smooth it all down -

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Then I shaped the flanges properly using the power file, sanded the scuttle closers and the edges down and applied some zinc primer -

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I'm also in the process of removing all of the paint from the bulkhead. I'm up to the bulkhead crossmember now, so I'm going to finish that off tomorrow. Will treat any surface rust with Deox Gel and then zinc prime the lot, seal it up, and then apply some regular primer.

Will be picking up the last of the panels I need from Minispares tomorrow, seeing as it's an event so will be getting some discount !

Another few weeks and she'll be off for some paint (hopefully):-)


7-9-2014

Parts Update,

We went to the Minispares event yesterday, was a good turn out. Got a nice discount and some free food !

I've got all the panels I'll need to finish the car off now so will get cracking with that on the weekend. Here's a few pictures.

The panels -

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Also bought all the rubber mountings I'll need to re-fit the front subframe when welding the front end on -

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And here's a picture of some Minis that were there -

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I've also nearly finished stripping the front bulkhead back to bare metal, so some progress / pictures of that coming soon !


7-12-2014

Update,

Well I've finally finished sanding down, treating the surface rust and zinc priming the bulkhead. It's took a good week of doing a few hours before work and most of today, but it looks really good !

Here's a few pictures -

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Just need to sand down the outside of the drivers side inner wing, prime it and then that's the front end ready for the new panels !

I also removed this bracket from the bulkhead -

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As you can see it's really corroded, was thinking about buying a new one and welding it on, but it doesn't do much. I had a look at my dad's car and it's only got one relay sitting on it, so I think I'm going to leave it off, it will de-clutter the bulkhead which is always a good thing !

I've also had to take back the two wings and bonnet I bought from Minispares. I checked them over when I got home and they had quite a few dents in them, plus the bonnet was a really poor fit ! Should have known really with them being Magnum panels.

Anyway I've now ordered the Heritage alternatives to those panels (which I should have bought in the first place), hoping they'll be a better fit. I'll see how the Magnum front panel fits and if it's as bad as the bonnet was I'll be sending that back and buying the Heritage version too. Will put some photos up when I have them.


7-13-2014

Update,

I decided to flip the car over today as I wanted to clean of the remaining under seal from the tunnel and boot area. Here's a few pictures.

Flipped on her side (uncle and grandad looking impressed with their efforts:lol:)

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State of the underside, plenty of surface rust appearing on my welds -

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Cleaned up all of the under seal -

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Then I sanded down, treated the surface rust, zinc primed and then primed the passenger side floor pan. Will repeat this process on the rest of the floor tomorrow, then I'll seal it all up with some Tiger Seal -

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That's all the progress we've got done today.  

I've also been thinking about colours for the Mini to be painted in, I quite like this -

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I think it's Willow Green with a Snowberry White roof. I'll be pretty much going for the same style as this, low, wide and nicely stance'd with the wheels poking out of the arches. Looks the dogs in my opinion, let me know what you guys think !


7-16-2014

Update,

Been making some more progress throughout the week, here's a few pictures.

Firstly I welded up a couple of the drainage holes as they were quite pitted. Cut out -

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Cad template -

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Transferred to steel -

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Welded in and tidied up (no picture of the other hole welded up as forgot to take one, same thing applies though) -

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Then it was on to the mammoth task of cleaning up the floor pan, (I haven't done the boot floor yet though). I sanded it back, treated the surface rust, zinc primed and then applied some regular primer over the top -

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Next job was to seal it all up, I masked out where I wanted to apply the sealer so I could get nice straight lines -

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Sealer being applied -

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Rubbed in and the tape removed -

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Same process for the bottom half -

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Very happy with the outcome, I'm also going to run a thin bead where the outer sill is plug welded to the floor and also around the seat belt bracket in the tunnel, just for added protection. Will do this tomorrow as I ran out of time today.

Just this to sort out now then I can flip her back over and get started on the front end -

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7-17-2014

Thanks Jared !

Update,

Managed to get a quick hour on the mini today, done a bit more sealing.

Taped up ready for the sealer -

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Applying the sealer -

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Tape removed -

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Overall shot of where I'm at -

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Should get a good few hours in tomorrow so will hopefully get this underside finished off !


7-18-2014

Update,

Finally got round to packaging up my wheels ready to be sent off for the split rim conversion by force racing. I'm going for the 6 inch rim, then it's just a case of choosing a colour when I get round to having them refurbished. I'm thinking gloss black !

Anyway heres a few pictures of them being packaged up.

Bottom layer -

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Top layer -

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So, when I get these back they should have a nice big shiny dish on them:-)


7-21-2014

Update,

Finally finished cleaning the underneath up. Here's a few pictures.

L/H jacking point closer sealed up -

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Same treatment for the R/H side -

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Boot area sanded down, treated, zinc primed, then a coating of regular primer applied -

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And sealed up -

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Flipped back onto her belly -

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So glad I've finished that now, started to become VERY tedious towards the end. Was definitely worth doing though !

Also, I finally received my bonnet from Minispeed, and I also picked up two new wings from Minispares -

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Just got to source a decent passenger side door frame and then I can crack on with the front end !


7-23-2014

Parts update,

After what seems like months of searching, I finally managed to track down some factory MPi companion bin pockets. They,re mint with no damage what so ever, and also have all four seatbelt covers, so I'm well pleased with them.

Here's a couple of pictures -

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No damage to the screw holes -

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I've also just ordered a door bottom repair piece from M-Machine, so I'll be cracking on with that this weekend. Got two weeks off starting next week so hopefully i can get the welding finished and then get her off for some paint !


7-28-2014

Update,

Haven't got much done unfortunately as I'm still waiting for my door repair panel to arrive. Hoping it will be here tomorrow, then I can start making some real progress.

Heres what I've been doing in the mean time though.

Purchased some lowered shock mounts -

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Cleaned up the small bracket that the shock mount bolts into and zinc primed it -

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Welded into place -

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Then I wire brushed the hinge brackets and left them to soak in some Deox Gel for a while -

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Zinc primed -

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And welded into place -

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That's all for now but have been doing some more sealing today so I'll put some pictures of that up when I've finished it tomorrow.


7-30-2014

Update, Part 1 of 2.

Got a fair bit done over the last couple of days, lots of pictures, I'll start with the sealing I've done.

Scuttle closers sealed -

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Bottom of toe board masked up -

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Sealer applied -

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Smoothed the sealer out and removed the tape. Then I masked up the top of the toe board and the R/H flitch -

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Sealer applied -

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Smoothed out and tape removed -

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Then I sealed up the bulkhead -

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I also removed the last of the bitumen from the back seat pan -

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That was Mondays/Tuesdays progress. Today's progress to follow as I can't fit it all into one post !


Update, Part 2 of 2.

Today's progress.

Finally received my door panel repair piece, unfortunately it's a magnum panel, should of asked before ordering from M-Machine as I presumed it would be one of their own pressings. I've had to do some extensive repairs to the door frame as it is really quite bad, but I'm very happy with how it's came out.

Anyway here's a few pictures, the repair panel -

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Chopped out the rotten bottom of the door -

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Trimmed the repair panel to fit -

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Tacked in place -

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Then tried the door skin on to make sure the repair panel was positioned correctly -

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Happy with that, I removed the skin and fully welded the repair -

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Next to repair was the bottom corners of the frame. Made a repair piece and clamped it into place -

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Tacked in -

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Fully welded -

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Same procedure for the other corner, clamped in place -

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Tacked in -

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Fully welded -

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Next was to replace the flanges, cut out the rot -

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CAD template made -

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Transfered to steal -

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Clamped and tacked into place -

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Fully welded -

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Same for the other side, cut out the rot -

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CAD template made and then transferred to steal -

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Clamped and tacked into place -

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Fully welded -

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Tidied up the welds and run a roloc disk over them -

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Flipped the frame over and done the same thing, light skim of filler over this and will be as good as new -

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Drilled the three drainage holes in the bottom of the door -

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Removed all of the magnum black paint and wiped down the whole frame with some solvents to remove the old waxoyl and grime -

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Zinc primed the bare metal and applied Deox Gel to the rest of the frame flanges -

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I'm going to leave that wrapped in cling film until tomorrow now to give it time to do its stuff. I'm also going to leave the weld on the back as it keeps it nice and strong, just going to run a small bead of sealer over the top to tidy it up. I'll grind down the weld on the front face of the door and apply a light skim of filler, just waiting for some sanding belts to arrive for the power file before I can do that though !

Last job I did before coming in was to apply a sound deadening matt to the door skin -

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More updates to follow tomorrow, hoping I can get the front end over the weekend !


7-31-2014

Update,

Some more progress on the doors today, here's a few pictures.

Left the Deox Gel over night and it's worked great as usual -

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Wire brushed the frame and then wiped off the Deox Gel. Then applied a few coats of zinc primer -

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Flipped the frame over and removed the Magnum black paint from the front. Sanded down the flanges and then zinc primed it -

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Placed the frame into the skin, positioned it roughly where I wanted it and then closed the edges of the door skin over the frame -

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Took it out to the car and bolted it to the A-post, gaps aren't too bad for an initial fit -

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Drivers door -

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Both still need more work and I've bought some weld rods to get the gaping right. This is where I'm going to spend the extra time because if the gapping isn't right then it'll ruin the whole look of the car. I haven't welded the passenger side door skin to the frame yet though, so I've still got room to manoeuvre that about.

I'm going to set them more or less where I want them for now and then I'll come back to the door gaps after I've got the front end on, should be the last job to do before it goes off for paint !


8-3-2014

Update,

We've been having a play with fitting and lining up the front end for the last couple of days, it's all starting to come together now and the gaps are looking quite good so I'm fairly pleased !

Anyway, here's a few pictures.

Fitted the front subframe back to the car, for the first time in almost seven months, using all new mountings -

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Then we fitted the bonnet and adjusted the gap to the scuttle -

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Fitted the front panel and adjusted it until it sat nice with the bonnet -

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Then it was onto the wings which proved to be a lot more tricky. Took a few hours to wrestle them into position, but the gapping has come good thankfully.  

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So that's all clamped into place but will still need a touch more fetteling before we're 100% happy to weld it in place. Still got the A-Panels to put on and line up but that's a headache for tomorrow !


8-9-2014

Thanks a lot Jared !


Update,

Well I've put my two week break from work to good use, I've now got a complete front end on the Mini.

Carrying on from my previous update, I went around the front end panels and tweaked them until I was happy with the position they where in. Then I went about drilling all of the holes required for plug welding.

Wings -

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Front panel -

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Clamps required to hold the wings and front panel in position -

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How that looked from the outside -

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All welded in place -

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Completely welded the wing to front panel seam to minimise the risk of corrosion -

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Also had to redo a few of the spot welds Magnum had done on the front panel as they hadn't caught at all -

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How that all looked with the bonnet placed on -

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Next up was the A-Panels, zinc primed the door post -

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Zinc applied to the A-Panel -

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Clamped into place -

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And then folded the lip over using the method shown on this forum, which involves the use of mole grips and a piece of wood. Came out really well -

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Exactly the same procedure for the other side -

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Overall look -

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Also gave the welds on the wings a quick grinding down and applied some zinc primer -

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Still not finished with this as I've got a lot of grinding, priming and sealing to do, but at least i now have a complete Mini ! (sort of)

Anyway today we decided to have a look at the door gapping's on the drivers door.

Door to rear quarter -

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Door to A-Panel, hard to see in the picture as the A-Panel is still in the black E-Coat -

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Not brilliant and much to wide for my liking, so we marked out where the problem areas where and tacked welded some weld rod to the door -

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Happy with the general position they where in we took the door off and fully welded the rod to the door front and back -

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After a quick grind down and a bit of shaping -

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Bolted the door back to the car and we now have this, not 100% finished as I'll still need to tweak it a bit, but a vast improvement non the less -

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(Again hard to see as the A-Panel is black, will apply some grey primer tomorrow and take a picture, so you'll hopefully be able to see the gapping a lot easier) -

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Not to much left to do now, just the passenger door gaps to sort and then all the tedious jobs like sealing and what not.

We'll be phoning the place that's going to be painting her on Monday to book her in, probably looking around the middle of this month so that should give me enough time to finish the last few jobs !


8-15-2014

Parts update,

Received a big package from Force Racing today, I wonder what could be in it;-) -

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My long awaited Exacton split rims, they look absolutely stunning, and will look even better when I've had them blasted + powder coated.

Here's a couple more pictures -

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An absolute credit to Carl at force racing, he does a cracking job !

The paint shop will be coming to pick up the Mini next Saturday, so it's going to be a busy weekend getting all the small jobs finished off so she's ready. It'll probably take them around two - four weeks to completely paint the shell so that should give me time to get all the running gear and what not refurbed and painted.


8-21-2014

Update,

Well the Minis off to the paint shop on Saturday, so I've been doing all of the small jobs that are required to make sure she's ready, lots of sealing, bits of fillering and a few welds here and there. Nothing too interesting so I didn't take too many pictures, but I'll put up what I have anyway.

Completely welded the scuttle flange to the wing/a-panel flange -

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Had some extensive pitting around the fuel filler neck, so had to replace that with fresh metal. Cut out the rot -

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CAD template made and transferred to steal -

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Clamped in place -

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Welded in and ground down -

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Tried the rubber seal for fitment-

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Cleaned up and welded the bonnet stay bracket back in place -

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Welded up the holes in the bonnet as I'm going for the clean, de-badged look. Still needs going over with the power file to make it completely smooth, then a lick of filler to finish that off -

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Lots of sealing done underneath the wings -

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Same was done for the other side, that's just a small portion of what we've been doing, but as I said, it's not very interesting so I haven't been taking too many pictures. Still got more sealing to do tomorrow so will put some more pictures of that up when I've done it. I've also been doing more work on the door gaps, I should get that finished tomorrow so they'll be some pictures of that too.

Now onto something a little bit more interesting, I bought some new hinges from Minispares recently but I found them to be pretty poor if I'm honest, so I decided not to use them and to try and get my original ones repaired, as they had a fair amount of play in them.

So we went down to our local engineering shop to see about getting them reamed and having new pins put in.

I had the holes widened to 7mm to eradicate the wear in the hinge, bar the last section which was left at 6mm to ensure that the pin would not drop through as it wears. Then I had some new pins made from solid hardened steal, these where machined to 7mm, with a 6mm taper at one end and a rolled edge at the other so it will grip tightly when pressed into position.

Here's a few pictures to better explain.

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As you can see, the bottom hole, of the part of the hinge that screws to the door, has been left at 6mm, the rest has been machined to 7mm -

Here is the pin, note the step at the bottom -

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And a couple more pictures -

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A really nice job done, obviously the pins haven't been pressed into position yet, so won't be sticking out like that when finished. I'm going to get the hinges powder coated soon, speaking of that, I've also taken a lot of things down to be blasted and powder coated, should be picking those up tomorrow so will stick a few pictures up when I've got them.


8-22-2014

Update,

Been doing the last couple of jobs today, again, nothing to interesting but their all jobs that needed doing.

I'll start with the doors, zinc primed the edges and applied some sealer. Here's the drivers door -

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Passenger door -

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Forgot to take a picture of the door gapping's now I've finished them, will do so tomorrow before she goes.  

Sealed up the heel board -

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And a couple of other places -

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Applied a bit of filler to the bonnet and flatted it back, only a quick skim though as after all, that's what I'm paying the body shop to do -

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Drilled the holes for the companion bin pockets and test fitted those -

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And did a few other jobs, not really worth taking pictures of though.

Tomorrow's the big day so will update with some more pictures then !


8-23-2014

Update,

Well, today was the day, eight months of welding and grinding is at an end and the Mini is now off for her shiny new coat.

Started the day with a quick trip to Minispares to pick up a few things, boot lid, seam strips, clips and some new mirrors. Here's a few pictures -

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Then we finished a few small jobs that needed doing, mostly sealing to be honest. Here are a few pictures of the finished door gapping's.

Passenger door -

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Drivers door -

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Wasn't an easy job, and probably the one I enjoyed the least, but is definitely worth doing to get nice tight shut lines.

Anyway, here's a quick picture of me and my dad waiting for the guys from the garage to come and pick her up -

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Loading her onto the trailer, started to rain so we had to throw the car cover over -

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All set and ready to go -

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On the move, the furthest she's moved in almost a year:lol: -

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We arrived at the body shop and went through what we wanted doing, paint codes and what not. Then it was time to go, this is how I left her -

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Felt quite strange coming home to an empty drive, but the next time she's back she'll be fully painted and awaiting me to put her back together again:-)

I'll also be checking in with the body shop regularly to make sure it's all going to plan, and is being done to a standard I'm happy with.


8-24-2014

Update,

Stripped down most of the running gear today, radius arms, top arms, hubs and drive shafts.

Here's a couple of pictures -

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Still got to strip down the other hub and driveshaft, and remove the bearings from the top arms, radius arms and the rear hubs, then they can go off for blasting and powder coating.

Not to sure if you can remove the bearings from the drive shaft or the UJ that attaches to it, so will have to pop a question up on here.


8-29-2014

Parts Update,

Picked up a few things that we took down to be blasted and powder coated last week, here's a few pictures.

Front Subframe -

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A few various bits and pieces -

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Stopped at Minispares on the way back and picked up my Newton Commercial carpet set, very nice bit of kit indeed -

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And a nice little touch from them -

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We're going down to the body shop tomorrow to see how there getting on, hopefully they'll be some good progress being made, will update with some photos when I have them !


8-30-2014

Update,

Got up early today and made the journey down to the body shop, fair to say I've been quite anxcious to see how they're getting on.

The 'paint', and I use that term loosely, Mr Bodge had applied before I bought it has taken them a bit longer than they thought it would to remove, seeing as it's been put on so thick, so they've not managed to get as much done as they would have hoped.

They have however completely removed the crap paint from the roof, and started fillering where it's needed, and have begun removing the paint from the rear and the quarters, also fillering where required. He's going to take it back down to the factory paint/primer so hes got a good base to work from.

Here's a few pictures -

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(Note the VW bus in the background, next project for me maybe;-), that or a beetle anyway !)

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They've just finished a land rover defender that's had a full respray, so will have a lot more time to work on my Mini now that's out of the way.

We're going back down on Wednesday as he says they'll be a lot more progress made, so should have some more pictures then !


9-3-2014

Update,

Been stripping down a few bits and pieces over the week, nothing major, just all the necessary parts that need doing while the Mini's away.

Stripped down the pedal box ready to be blasted and powder coated -

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Master cylinder stripped ready for a rebuild kit, will clean up and paint this myself -

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Didn't get chance to go down to the garage today, so will have to be Saturday instead. Should also be picking up a new rear subframe on Friday, so will take that down to the powder coaters along with a few other things.


9-6-2014

Update,

Picked up a few more things for the Mini today, here's a few pictures,

Rear subframe -

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Master cylinder rebuild kit, new reservior cap and a pedal box switch, as the last one exploded in my face when I attempted to remove it:lol: -

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Came back home and made a start on refurbing the master cylinder. Wire brushed back to bare metal -

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Holes plugged up and hung up ready to paint -

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Zinc primed -

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While I was waiting for that to dry I replaced all of the rubbers on the plungers, secondary plunger stripped -

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Main plunger stripped -

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Degreased the lot and rebuilt them. Main plunger rebuilt with new rubbers, (forgot to take a picture of the secondary plunger rebuilt) -

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Cleaned up the reservoir -

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I give the master cylinder a few coats of gloss black paint in between doing that, here it is after I gave the paint a while to dry -

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And rebuilt with the new rubbers and plungers -

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Just got to refit the reservoir, need to get some new roll pins before I do this though.

Also went down to the body shop today, unfortunately I got there too early as they are just finishing of the fillering and flatting back before she went in the booth for a coat of primer. Did manage to get a quick picture of this being done though -

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There going to prime the outside first, then flat back the inside and prime that, stone chip the bottom and then paint the whole shell.

The next pictures of the shell should be it in primer hopefully !


9-8-2014

Update,

Had a fairly busy weekend so haven't got much done, here's a couple of pictures of what I did manage to do.

Here's the brake limiter valve before I wire brushed it -

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Wire brushed back to bare metal -

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Zinc primed -

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Left that to dry for an hour and then applied some black gloss -

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I was going to strip this down and rebuild it, but I can't seem to find a rebuild kit so I left it alone.

Next I wire brushed the brake servo box back to bare metal -

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Zinc Primed -

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Going to leave this until tomorrow now to let the primer fully cure, then I'll rub it down with some 1200 wet and dry to make it smooth so I'll get a nice finish with the top coat.

Some pictures of that soon.


9-9-2014

Update,

Received some pictures from the body shop today, the outside of the Mini is now in primer.

Here's a few pics -

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She's also been given a light coating of black guide coat so they can see the high and low spots when rubbing back.

It's all very exciting, looking forward to going down on Saturday to see her in the flesh, more pictures then !


9-13-2014

Update,

Went to the garage today, got some better pictures of the outside of the Mini in primer. Their in the process of flatting it back at the moment, it's also on axle stands ready for the stone chip to be applied underneath.

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I had a few dents in the roof but they've repaired them really nice. The rear quarters have came out excellent aswell, very happy so far, hopefully should be painted soon !


9-14-2014

Update,

I've flatted back the servo box and gave it a couple of coats of gloss black today, I think it looks great, here's a few pictures.

Flatted back the primer with some wet & dry -

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Hung up and painted -

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Left that to bake in the sun for a few hours and then started to build it back up, rubber gaiter and bung put back in place -

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Fitted the reservoir back onto the master cylinder (not easy, a lot harder than it looks) and put the new cap on -

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Then I fitted the master cylinder to the servo, and then fitted that assembly to the frame I had powder coated a couple of weeks ago -

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Still got a few more things to bolt to it, but that can be done tomorrow. Very happy with how that's came out !

Not a big update, but an update all the same:-)


9-15-2014

Update,

I've almost finished off rebuilding the servo unit, I've installed the plunger mechanism and cleaned up and re-fitted the vacuum pipe.  

Here's a couple of pictures -

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Just got to replace the roll pin that holds the reservoir to the master cylinder with a new one, and that's that finished and ready to be bolted back to the Mini !

I also purchased some MK3 thick frame opening rear quarter windows recently, I received them today, here's a picture -

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Obviously the sticker will be coming off, and I'll polish up the frames and also have them tinted along with the rest of my glass. They feel a lot better quality than the later type thin frame ones.


9-19-2014

Update,

We have received some pictures of progress from the body shop today, the underside has now been stone chipped, and has also received the top coat of paint.

Here's a few pictures -

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Not the greatest pictures, I'll get some better ones when we go down there tomorrow.

It's so nice to see our hard work paying off, it really does look fantastic !

I also went down to Minispares today to pick up a few bits. I got the adjustable camber kit, which includes the bottom arms, tie rod arms, rear camber brackets and the correct rubber bushes. It's a really smart bit of kit -

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Picked up a brake master cylinder rebuild kit, the gasket to go with it and a new clutch push rod arm for the slave cylinder -

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And finally I got some burr walnut door capping's, just the door furniture to get now -

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9-20-2014

Update,

Another BIG milestone has been reached today, the Mini is now wearing her shiny new coat !

We got down there for around 2pm and ended up staying until gone 6pm watching them paint her. I've never seen a car being painted before so found it very interesting, there's definitly a knack to it !

Anyway, here she is up on the frame in the booth having the last few bits done before final paint -

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They used an air gun to remove all the dust from in and around the Mini, and then wiped the whole car over with panel wipe. Next they mixed up the paint and put a coat over the joins where the seam strips go on, like so -

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Seam strips being clipped into place -

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Then he started spraying on the first coat -

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He finished the first coat and then left it to flash off for 10 minutes, then he let me in the booth to take a few pictures -

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Inside -

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Then he applied the second coat, here's the finished product -

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It's came out soo well, the paint is like glass ! Just the roof to do (which is going to be black) and the other panels and she will be finished.

All the months of graft, grinding, welding, headaches, blood and many many swear words have definitley payed off, it's so nice to finally see her in colour. It hasn't quite hit me yet, and I i don't think it will until she's home !


9-27-2014

Update,

Picked up a few more things from the powder coaters today, here's a few pictures.

Rear subframe -

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Various other bits -

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I also picked a few new parts from Minispares so I can start building up the subframes -

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Decided to build the pedal box back up -

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We have been down to the garage for the last time today, as the Mini will be coming home next week !

I can't wait, here's the doors and what not being painted today -

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He let those dry for a while and then I went in the booth to get some close ups -

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And the roof is now black, there's white filler dust over the whole car at the moment so not the best picture. Also if you look inside the car you'll see the mirrors and the other bits have also been painted -

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And I took a shot of inside the wing -

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Looks fantastic and should ensure our hard work lasts for a long, long time. I'll also be fitting inner arch liners for added protection !


10-3-2014

Update,

Well... SHES HOME:D

Before that though, this is what she'll be living under for the next few weeks while we get her back together -

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Only a cheapy from eBay, but should do the job nicely.

Anyway, the garage bought the Mini back late last night, so unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures of her being unloaded due to it being too dark.

Been out there all day today though and have made a start putting her back together, here's a few pictures -

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Couldn't resist getting my split rims out and mocking them up -

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Got it up onto the stand that the bodyshop have borrowed us to make it easier to work on, then took a few shots of the underneath -

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It looks great under there, next I began the process of waxing all the cavities. I use this stuff as I've heard good things about it -

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Masked up and waxed -

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I used the same process to do the rest of the car.

Roughly refitted the front loom -

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And the rear loom -

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New stainless stricker plates loosely fitted -

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And finally, fitted my new MK2 lights and my stainless bumper -

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Going to pick up a few things from Minispares tomorrow, I may even make a start on fitting the headlining if Im feeling brave enough:lol:


10-7-2014

Update,

I've got a bit more done, I'll start with the stuff I've bought though.

Various rubber seals -

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Door chrome trim, rear radius arm repair kits, head lining clips, straps that support the boot while open, engine earth strap, check straps and door light switches -

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Also had to buy another red tipped head lining bar, as me being the heavy handed fool that I am, managed to snap the end off my original one -

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And finally, I took delivery of some Dynax UC, going to give the whole bottom of the car a coating -

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I haven't managed to get a lot done on the car as I've been really busy of late, but here's what I have been able to do.

Cleaned up my fuel pipe and fittings -

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Changed the end of the door light switch wire to accept the new switches -

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Switches in place -

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New washer pipe front to back -

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We also test fitted my rear subframe, just wanted to double check the subframe fitted as it should, seeing as it's a new one -

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And finally, I've got my headlining roughly fitted in place -

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There's a lot of packaging creases in it at the moment, so I'm going to leave that as it is until the weekend. That should give the creases time to come out, and then I'll fit it properly.

I've just put an order in to Smiffy's Bits for all of the stainless nuts, bolts and brackets needed to get both subframes on, so looks like I'll be fitting those the weekend as well:-)


10-11-2014

Update,

Got a good chunk of work done today, but first, here's a few pictures of the parts I've purchased throughout the week.

Lots and lots of stainless nuts, bolts, p clips and what not -

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Steering rack and other bits and pieces -

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We also got a few things back from the powder coaters -

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Now onto today's work, I woke up early this morning and coated the whole underside, rear arches and front arches of the Mini in Dynax UC. It's dried to an almost matt finish and looks really good, I forgot to take some pictures of the process but if you compare the pictures in the last update to this update then you'll see the difference.  

One thing I would recommend is to wear eye protection, a decent mask and some disposable overalls with a hood when spraying it. I had the first two but not the latter and I got absolutely caked in the stuff lying on my back under the car, wasn't fun trying to wash it out of my hair and off my skin after:lol: !

As I was waiting for the wax to dry I reassembled the top arms, of course exchanging the nuts, washers and the plate in the repair kit for the stainless alternatives -

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Bolted them onto the subframe and fitted the new cones, knuckles and Hilos. I also waxed all the cavities in the subframe while I had good access -

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Next job was to fit the steering rack -

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We applied a thin bead of tiger seal around the edge of the shock mounts before fitting them, this should ensure we don't get any rusty accidents later down the line -

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After fitting those in place it was time to bolt the front subframe on -

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Bolted the stone guard for the radiator in place -

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Happy with that, we moved onto the rear subframe.

Bolted my freshly powder coated trunnions onto the subframe, again exchanging various bits and pieces for the stainless alternatives. I also took the opportunity to wax all the cavities while it was easy to do so -

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We managed to get the subframe in place with out damaging any of the surrounding stone chip/paint/waxoil, so I'm happy with that -

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That took us up to 7pm, definitly a good days graft, so we pushed her back into her tempory housing and left it at that, (the blue sheets there to stop any chaffing on the paint work from the plastic sheeting) -

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More updates tomorrow hopefully !


10-19-2014

Update,

I haven't been able to get as much done as I would have liked this weekend, due to me having a bout of man flu.

ill start with what I bought throughout the week, some more smiffys bits and stainless p-clips -

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Went down to minispares on Friday and picked this lot up, the wheel bearing kit is genuine timken, the cheaper ones looked a bit dodgy in my opinion -

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First job of the day was to get the fuel and brake lines in place using the p-clips, here's the fuel pipe -

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And the brake line -

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The p-clips look great and are a lot more substantial than what the factory used to hang the lines.

Happy with that, we moved on to the front hubs. We started with the drivers side hub and fitted the new bearings, ball joints and stainless bits and pieces onto it, here's the finished hub -

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I degreased and cleaned up the original timken bearings that we removed from the passenger hub. There in really good condition as I would expect seeing as my car had a relatively low milage before the rebuild.

Degreasing the bearings -

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Cleaned up and awaiting to be fitted -

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Packed the bearing full of high temperture, automobile grease -

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And fitted into the hub with new dust seals. I couldn't fit the ball joints unfortunatley due to me running out of shims -

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Fitted the adjustable tie rods and adjustable bottom arms to the drivers side, their set to the standard lengths at the moment -

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And fitted the hub into place -

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We've also temporarily fitted the doors back onto the car as they where getting in the way and I don't want them damaged.

Here's how the door gapping's are looking on the drivers side -

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It was definitely worth that extra weekend getting them right, it's really paid off !

Couldn't get a decent picture of the passenger door as the space is tight that side, I'll pull her out tomorrow and take some though !


10-25-2014

Update,

Made some more progress today. Started off with a drive to minispares, here's what I bought -

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Also picked up my radius arms from the powder coaters, I've had the new bushes fitted and reamed to the correct size -

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Back plates fitted and the nuts and bolts changed for stainless -

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Passenger side radius arm built up with the new brake shoes and what not -

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Fitted onto the subframe -

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Built up the suspension -

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And fitted that into place along with the braided brake hose and gaz damper. (The brake pipe is not in its final position) -

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Also fitted a set of the new bearings into the rear hub -

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And the seal in place -

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Can't put this in place yet though as I've still got to knock the studs into it.

I've also fitted the side indicators into the wings -

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That's all we got done today, should have some more to update tomorrow !


10-26-2014

Update,

Been out most of the day today so not had too much time to work on the Mini. I got straight to it when I got home though and have built up and fitted the drivers side radius arm and suspension.

Here's a few pictures, radius arm rebuilt -

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It was getting quite dark at this point, so I had to rig up a light in the gazebo as it was getting hard to see what I was doing. I had to use the flash on the camera so excuse the picture quality from here on.

Radius arm fitted to the subframe -

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Suspension built up -

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And fitted to the car along with the shock and brake hose -

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That's all the progress for today but I'm going to finish off the front passenger side running gear tomorrow, then I've just got to sort out my wheels and she'll be rolling:-)


11-1-2014

Update,

Another big milestone has been reached today, she's now rolling for the first time in almost a year:-)

I'll start with what I picked up from Minispares yesterday, some genuine Minifins and a couple of other things that were needed to get her rolling -

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Keyed the surface of the lower arm pin with a scotch pad and zinc primed it -

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Wire brushed the rear wheel studs and zinc primed those -

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Give them a coating of gloss black paint -

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Fitted the bearings into the other rear hub -

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Then fitted the wheel studs into the hub and the hubs to the radius arm -

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And fitted my Minifins with a smiffys bits stainless screw, i think they look amazing -

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Just got to get some aluminium center caps from Smiffys Bits when his shop re-opens and that will finish that area off nicely. Then it was onto the front, built up the passenger side hub -

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And got the running gear built up both sides ready to accept the drive shafts -

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I degreased, wire brushed and painted the CV joints -

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Packed those full of grease and then fitted them to the drive shafts with new gaitors -

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Popped the CV joints into the hub and fitted the disks and drive flanges -

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Didn't bother fitting the calipers as I've got to torque everything up tomorrow as I ran out of time today. Anyway I absolutley could not resist getting a couple of split rims out to see how they looked -

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There's a nice amount of wheel poke so I'm a happy chappy -

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And then down on all fours for real, I've stolen my dads wheels for the time being:-) (excuse the picture as it was getting dark) -

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11-2-2014

Update,

Ok guys, we've got the front half of the headlining fitted and glued into place, and have also fitted the windscreen and the top dash rail.

I'll start with the headlining, I must admit I took a bit of a backseat on this job as it's not my strong point, so I left the important fitting to my dad and was on strict tea making dutys ! Glad I did in the end, as he actually fitted them in the minis for a while when he worked on the line in longbridge, so his experience has definitely paid off.

I haven't got many pictures at all of us fitting the front half unfortunatley, somehow I've only managed to take two photos. I'll take some more of the finished front half tomorrow and more detailed ones when we fit the rear half during the week. Anyway here's the two top corners by the windscreen -

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No wrinkles and the fit is great, that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the headlining.

Here's my top dash rail going in, got to love the suede covering -

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Windscreen rubber on -

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Screen in position -

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And chrome fillet strip fitted -

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Overall shot -

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So glad I went with the top tinted screen, wasn't to sure about them but it looks stunning ! Starting to look like a car again now:-)

Shot from inside the car -

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Anyway, I'm going to have to send back the 7.5 inch brake conversion I bought from Minisport as one of the calipers hasn't been machined properly and I can't align the holes in the caliper with the holes in the hub to fit it.

Here's a picture of the two calipers, the first one is the one that fits fine and had been machined correctly -

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And the other -

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You can see that there's a lot more metal above the piston when compared to the above picture, and it's that which is fouling on the hub and not allowing me to fit the calliper.

I could probably fix this myself but would involve me shaving some metal from the hub which I really don't want to do as it would ruin my lovely powdercoating. Plus I've paid good money for the braking kit and I don't see why I should have to correct their mistake !

I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity anyway and put the extra money to get the 4 pot aluminium minisports calliper braking kit, the kit I originally intended to get !


11-3-2014

Update,

Nothing major achieved today, just managed to squeeze a quick hour in this afternoon.  

Fitted the bulk head sound deadening and carpet -

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Then the bottom dash rail went in -

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And I also fitted my MPI heater and tubing -

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That should do a better job then the old single speed metal heaters, and I may even be able to de-mist my windscreen on those cold mornings !

I've took my wheels down to the powder coaters today so should be picking those up on Friday, I've gone for charcoal grey with glitter speckle and then finished with a coating of lacquer, should look the business hopefully !

Also, I'll be dropping the engine in on Saturday if all goes to plan, can't wait !


11-9-2014

Update,

Well, the plan was to get the engine in this weekend but unfortunately the weather hasn't allow for it, so I've got a few other bits and pieces done instead.

Here's what I bought from Minispares on Friday -

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Could only get two tyres as that's all they had in stock, I've ordered two more so should be getting them soon. I've also bought a new car cover as the gazebo is keeping the bulk of the water out, but there are still a few drops getting in.

I also got my splits back from the powder coaters, I went for a charcoal grey with glitter and laquer -

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You can see the glitter speckle in this picture, it really pops in the sun light, the picture doesn't do it justice -

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The sun came out today so we pulled her out of the gazebo and made some more progress.

Fitted the rear hub dust caps I got from smiffy's bits -

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They really finish that area off fantastically with the minifins fitted -

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We decided to build up two wheels, here's a picture of the rims being fitted after installing the inner tube and the tyre -

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Tyres pumped up -

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And fitted to the car after a bit of tyre shine was applied -

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Took the front wheel off and put it on the back of the drivers side as that's where it'll be staying -

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Tyre poke -

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I absolutley adore these wheels, they look really retro and give a chunky look to the car, definitely worth the money and effort !

That's all for today guys, I'll be doing a bit throughout the week though as I need to get the engine ready to be fitted for next weekend !


11-15-2014

Update,

Yet another milestone has been reached today, she now has her engine back in and is rolling on all four split rims.

But first, here's what I got from Minispares on Friday -

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Now onto today, the first job was to get the other two wheels made up ready to go onto the car, so, here's the tyre and inner tube fitted to the back rim -

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Front rim bolted on and starting to pump it up -

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Do the same procedure for the other wheel and you end up with these -

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Happy with that we moved onto the engine, we made a pallet and attached some wheels to the bottom so we could move it out onto the drive, here it is ready to go in -

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Here's the engine crane we hired for the day -

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I did have a picture of the engine suspended but have lost it, so I'll have to skip to the engine in the car -

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Then it was just a case of popping the drive shafts into the pot joints and putting her down onto the wheels. Here's a few pictures of how she's looking now -

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And then back into the gazebo she went -

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We're going to finish the headlining off tomorrow so some pictures of the that will follow !


11-16-2014

Update,

A bit more done today, the headlining is now fully fitted and I'm really happy with how it's came out. Here's a few pictures of how we fitted it.

This is how the Headlining looked around the C-pillar before we started -

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We trimmed the bottom off so it's straight -

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Then we glued the rear and side window flanges and the back of the Headlining. We left that to go touch dry and then literally just stretched the fabric until there's no creases, then stuck it down and placed some old boot rubber on to keep it in place -

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That's literally all there is to it. The same process applied to fitting the headlining around the side window, started off with this -

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Glued and then stretched into position -

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Now onto the more tricky B-post, we trimmed it to fit around the flanges like this -

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Apply some glue and pull the fabric around each flange and you end up with this when the rubbers are fitted -

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Here's the other C-pillar finished -

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The other B-Post with the interior light fitted -

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And a few overall shots of the finished thing -

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We also fitted the little bit that goes along the parcel shelf -

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Happy with that I built up my boot lid and got that fitted -

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That's all that's been done today, I think the next job will be to get the sound deadening down so will make a start on this tomorrow !


11-24-2014

Update,

After what feels like an eternity, I've finally received my 7.5" brake kit from Minisport. Here's a few pictures -

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They're a gorgeous bit of kit, it's amazing how light the Calipers are, so glad I went for this kit in the end !

Anyway, I've been laying down sound deadening over the weekend, it's taken three days of laborious labour but it's came good in the end. Here's a few pictures -

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It was a case of warming it up with a heat gun, then laying it down and making sure to push it into all the indentations in the floor, then once I had it all layed down I went over the seams with aluminium tape. It does look like a fairly straight forward job, or so I thought it would be, it's so hard to work with unless it's warm, and even then it's a pita. I've definitely got sore fingers now !

I've pretty much copied where it was put in the factory. I know you can go crazy with it and cover every interior surface but I don't feel it's necessary, and you'd be surprised how heavy the stuff is ! If it was good enough in the factory then it's good enough for me !


11-30-2014

Update,

Git a bit more done today, I'll start with the purchased items though. Ordered a few items from Minispares and Smiffy's Bits during the week, mostly nuts and bolts needed to finish a few things off -

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I also picked up this little beauty, couldn't say no really as I got it for a great price -

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And a pair of window runners too -

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Now, onto today's progress. I wanted to get the doors back onto the car this weekend so the first thing on the list was to sort the hinges out. I took them all down to bare metal using a wire wheel on a drill, like this -

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Once I had them all like that they got a good coating of zinc primer -

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And then a few coats of gloss black -

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Next job was to knock the pins through the holes in the hinge, but first I sanded a small flat into each pin using a Dremel with a metal sanding wheel so the grease would have some where to sit whilst the pin is inserted. Then I heated the pins up on a gas hob until glowing red, like this -

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And then dunked them in some ice cold water whilst still glowing. This will harden the steel and increase the life of the hinge.

Here's the hinges built up and ready to go back onto the doors -

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Next, I partially built the doors back up. Handle cleaned, polished and refitted back to the door -

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And the inner workings bolted back on -

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The optional Smiffy's bling;-) -

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Same applied to the other door, no glass however, its on the 'to purchase' list.

I enlisted the help of my dad to hang the doors, please excuse the pictures as it was getting dark at this point.

Drivers door -

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Passenger door -

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Their not in the final positions yet, I've still got a bit more fetteling to do as it was getting difficult to see and I didn't want anything getting damaged !

Anyway that's all I managed today but I'll upload some better pictures of the doors fitted tomorrow:-)


12-6-2014

Update,

Didn't get too much done today unfortunately, but progress is progress, I'll start with the bits and pieces purchased during the week.

I took full advantage of the sale Smiffys Bits had on Black Friday and purchased a few of the more expensive parts he has to offer. I also went to Minispares this morning and picked up a few nuts and bolts and some radiator overflow tube -

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Fitted the stainless caps onto the tower bolts -

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Brake reservoir cover fitted -

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Got my freshly rebuilt pedal box fitted, along with the accelerator pedal -

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With that in place the next job was to fit the servo assembly to the car, gasket in place -

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Stainless plate added -

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And then the servo -

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Also fitted the new seat anchors -

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And Finally I fitted my stainless steering drop down braket I got from Kiddspeed a while ago -

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That's all for today but if all goes to plan tomorrow I should be fitting my brake kit I got from minisport !


12-7-2014

Update,

Well today didn't go as planned unfortunately. I jacked the car up and removed the passenger side wheel only to find the new cv boot fitted a couple of weeks ago had a small split in it -

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Now, I'm not sure whether this happen'd when I was fitting it or if it was already there. Luckily though I had a brand new spare one.

So, ended up having to remove the whole hub assembly until I was left with this -

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Wrestled the cv joint off the drive shaft and replaced the rubber boot -

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And refitted the cv joint -

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I also noticed I didn't fit the white platic dust shield over the oil seal on the back of the hub, so I dug that out and fitted it -

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So with the hub back on, we started on the job I originally intended to do, fitting the brake assembly. Screwed the drive flange to the disk -

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Placed that assembly onto the shaft and torqued it up using the flat washer tool from minispares, here it is -

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Took that back off and put the hub nut split washer on, then torqued that up and put the split pin through the whole and bent it around -

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Fitted the caliper and the braided hose -

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And then put the wheel back on, took a picture through the headlamp hole, looks the nuts -

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Started getting dark so we didn't have time to do the other side, but I did fit my bonnet catch assembly with the stainless bracket from Smiffy's -

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That's all for today, but I may get the drivers side done tomorrow, weather permitting of course !


12-14-2012

Update,

A bit more progress made today, I swapped the brake disk on the passenger side with the other one, so now the holes are facing forward -

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And then got the drivers side built up -

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With the wheel back on -

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Here's an overall shot of how we currently stand -

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Still lots to be done I'm sure you can see. Anyway, I put the car away and went around the back to make a start on stripping down the last few parts that need refurbing.

Here's the gear selector before -

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And after -

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I'm going to replace all of the rubber components, clean up and polish the aluminium casing and I'm thinking about having the two arms powder coated.

I also stripped the steering column down, before -

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After -

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Same story with this really, I'll replace the nylon bushes in the column and give the whole thing a general clean up. All of the electrical components are fine so I dont have to worry about those. I'm looking at getting a Moto Lita steering wheel and Boss which should finish it off nicely.

That's all the progress for today:-)


12-15-2014

Update,

Refurbed the steering column today, I started by using a wire wheel in the drill to remove the old factory paint and rust from the bottom of the column -

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Zinc primed and a couple of coats of gloss black applied -

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Next I degreased and cleaned the column tube, inside and out, and cleaned up the stalks and mechanisms. I had lot of zinc overspray on the steering cowling, so I t-cut and polished it until it was all removed. For a 20 year old piece of plastic, it's came out quite well. I also re-used the nylon bushes, as the first job I did when I bought the car was to replace these, so there's no wear on them what so ever !

Then it all went back together again, here's the finished thing -

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Went and Fitted it back into the car, I also torqued up the steering rack u-bolts once I was happy with the position of the column -

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Another piece of the puzzle done, she's starting to feel like a car again:-)


12-19-2014

Parts Update,

Been down to Minispares today and brought the last bulk of items I'll need before it all closes for Christmas, here's what I got -

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Close up of the Paddy Hopkirk pedal -

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I also received my stainless Fletcher exhaust system through the post today, here it is -

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Massive thanks to Minispeed for posting that next day delivery, probably wouldn't have received it until after Christmas otherwise !

I've also ordered some more Dynax S50 cavity wax, aswell as the bits I'll need to refurb my front loom, so hopefully those should arrive soon.

Anyway, that lot should keep me busy throughout the festive period, will make a start tomorrow !


1-2-2015

Update,

Well, I decided to take a much needed break from the Mini over Christmas, and apart from my gazebo collapsing due to the snow, it's been great !

I've been back at it today though, here's what I've got done.

Started off by screwing the stainless manifold studs into the cylinder head, and fitting a new gasket -

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Then fitted the manifold and y-piece -

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Next to go on was the inlet manifold -

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I stripped down my carb, cleaned the lnternals and put it back together again. I've also polished up the dash pot a bit, didn't go too mad with it though as I like the look of the aged aluminium -

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And got that fitted along with the accelerator cable -

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Still need to get the thick manifold washers and a few other things to finish that area off.

Next job was to fit the link pipe and back box, here's a few pictures of the finished thing -

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That's it for today, I've got a few things to sort out for the next trip to the powder coaters so I may do that tomorrow.


1-3-2015

Update,

Only a small one, after searching for ages I managed to find some of the moulded factory sound deadening that's fitted to the front bulkhead and floor pan from a member on here. I received it today, here it is -

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It's in pretty good condition considering its 20+ years old so I'm happy with it.

Anyway, there was a brake in the weather earliyer and the sun came out for an hour, so I cleaned it up and got it fitted into the Mini -

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It should help keep the noise down inside the cabin, plus it's nice to fit something original from the factory back into the car.


1-24-2015

Update,

Haven't updated in a while as I've been saving for Bingley, so haven't really bought anything substantial. I have bought a few small bits and pieces though, and I've also collected a few bits I sent to the powder coaters last week.

Here's what I've bought, a few stainless nuts and bolts, assorted pack of automotive grommets, and a few other things -

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Took a bit of inspiration from Pete's thread and bought these to secure my loom where needs be -

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Bits from the powder coaters -

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Really happy with the tank, I'll be purchasing the POR15 cleaner/sealer kit for it also -

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Went for the same colour I had my wheels done in for my rocker cover -

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Now onto today's work, got the battery cable secured to the subframes with some stainless p clips -

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Then got the rocket cover fitted -

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I think it looks excellent and finishes off the engine great. Next up was to fit the cowling onto the rad, couldn't get hold of the bolts I needed today and the originals don't don't fit as there UNF and I need UNC as the rads aluminium.

So I've secured it with some longer temporary bolts we had lying around, I've got some stainless ones on the way so will swap them over when they arrive. Here's it is along with a stainless rad bracket from Smiffy's -

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And fitted onto the car with the silicone hoses -

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It will have to come out again as I've still got to fit the crank pulley and what not but I'll worry about that at a later date.  

Thats all I can really get done now until I go to Bingley and pick up the other bits I need, but I'll post some pictures of the stuff I pick up tomorrow !


1-25-2015

Update,

So, we was up early today to make the trip to Bingley Mini show. We arrived around 9.30 and went straight in to what I can only describe as madness, utter madness !

The Mini scene seems to have exploded over the last year as it was the busiest I've ever seen it, a lot busier than last year in my opinion. After having my toes trampled on and waiting for what seemed like an eternity to be served at the various stalls, I poured even more into my bottomless money pit and got almost everything I had on my list and more, with the exception of glass and various magnolia gauges, as no where seemed to have them.

Rant over, this is what I came away with -

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And a few close ups -

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I absolutely adore the DSN Billet bits, and I saved almost £100 on the Burr handle set and cappings. The packet in the background is underlay for the floors, so that coupled with the silver bitumen pads that I've already laid down, and my Newton carpet set should keep the noise right down.

Anyway, that should keep me busy for a while now, I'm going to get the glass from Minispares next week and then drop it off to be tinted. Haven't got too much more to do until she's ready for the road and I can't wait, I've got some BIG road trips planned for summer time !


1-26-2015

Update,

I've been able to get a quick hour in today, so I've gotten the felt sound deadening in.

It's a really nice quality felt, and it's a good half inch thick -

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Here it is in the car, it required a small amount of trimming but nothing major. It's damn hard to cut though ! -

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And I also got the front bumper on -

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I think the next jobs I'll do will be to get the handbrake assembly fitted, finish off refurbishing the gear selector and get that in, then the carpets can go in.


1-31-2015

Update,

Picked up some much needed supply's yesterday, de greaser, spray glue, paint and what not. I've also bought stainless nuts and bolts to replace all of the mild steel ones on the gear selector, and a couple of things from Minispares, heres a picture -

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Also picked up some door glass, didn't have the rear screen in stock so I'll have to wait -

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So, onto today's progress. I degreased, cleaned and re-greased the window regulators -

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Fitted the window runners onto the glass -

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And then went outside to build the doors up. I put some non setting putty around the window regulator hole like so -

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Also replaced the foam pads behind the door workings -

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Then we fitted the glass and chrome weather strips, here's the passenger door -

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And the same procedure for the drivers door, putty on -

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Glass in and weather strip on -

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I picked up some plastic sheeting for the doors from Newton Commercial when we went to Bingley, it's great quality and fits perfectly -

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Happy with that I went back inside and made up a parcel shelf out of hardboard -

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I've covered it in black suede left over from when I recovered the dash rails, here's the finished thing -

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That's all the progress for today, I'll have more tomorrow !


2-1-2015

Update,

We got a good days work done on her today. Started off by fitting the rear wheel arch covers we got from Optimise, brilliant quality as is the same with all of their stuff -

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With those in place that means I could get my rear seat and seat belts in -

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The grey lip finisher is temporary, I'll be getting some in black. Also got the parcel shelf in -

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Next we carpeted the crossmember, inner sills and also fitted the rear half of the carpet set from Newton Commercial -

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Excellent fit and hardly any trimming needed. I'm leaving the front carpet & sound deadening out for now as I'm going to refurb the gear selector tomorrow and get that fitted.

Next to go in was the front seats, here they are -

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And finally a couple of overall shots of where I'm at -

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It looks excellent inside the cabin and the smell is absolutely amazing, like a Mini that's just rolled of the production line at Longbride !

That's all for today, the next jobs will be door cards, door furniture, door capping's and then the plastic pockets can go into the companion bins.


2-2-2015

Update,

I've spent the day refurbishing the gear selector, here's a run down of what I did.

I degreased and wire wheeled the alloy housing first, the old grease inside was a pig to clean out as it had turned into what resembled cheese string. Here it is -

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Next I wire wheeled and zinc primed the two arms -

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I also painted these gloss black but didn't take a picture. After leaving those to dry for a while I started to assemble the selector. I fitted the lower arm back into the casing and knocked in the roll pin that connects it to the 'yolk'. Then packed it full of fresh grease -

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Happy with that I closed it off with the plate I had powder coated, I also replaced the screws with stainless allen head bolts -

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Next to go on was the upper arm, the other powder coated bits and new rubber bobbins. All bolts have been replaced with stainless ones -

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I got a Moto-Lita gear knob for Christmas, it's new old stock and was quite expensive, but will tie in nicely with my other Burr furniture -

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So I got that fitted along with the sponge and rubber boot, here's the finished thing ready to go in the car -

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Will probably get that in tomorrow.


2-9-2015

Update,

I'll start off with what I purchased over the weekend -

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Just the dual oil and water gauge to get now and then that's the full set. Moving on, I've now gotten the handbrake and gear selector fitted, here's a few pictures.

Handbrake assembly fitted into the rear drums -

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Fitted the Walnut grip and bolted the handbrake into the car -

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Then the gear selector went in along with the front underlay and carpets -

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I also mocked up my dash, it's not in permanently, I still need to buy the edging strip and a few other things yet -

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I've also cleaned up and painted the clutch master cylinder, here's what I did -

Wire brushed it back to bare metal -

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Zinc primed -

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And then a good few coats of gloss black -

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Cleaned up and rebuilt the plunger system with new seals and washers -

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Then put it all back together, here's the finished thing -

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And finally, back in place on the car -

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That's all the progress for now,


2-21-2015

Update,

Been fairly busy of late so haven't been able to make much progress on the Mini, but got out there today and got a fair bit done.

I'll start with the items purchased over the last couple of weeks, POR 15 fuel tank sealing kit, various stainless nuts and bolts, braided fuel hose and a few other bits -

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Finally purchased the last magnolia gauge, as well as a braided oil hose and a new speedo candle -

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Had some new C-Pillars made by optimise as the ones that came in the headlining kit was a bit pants to be honest. There perforated vinyl with black stitching -

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Managed to find some factory bulkhead sound deadening from a member on here in mint condition, needless to say I snapped it up straight away -

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And finally I purchased this little beauty -

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Not cheap but will finish off the interior nicely.

Now, onto the work that's been done. Started with the fuel tank and began the sealing process. First, we ran a magnet around the inside of the tank to remove any media that was left over from the blasting process, here's the results -

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Done that a few times until it came out clean. Next we began the process of degreasing the inside of the tank using the POR 15 cleaning solution. No pictures of this stage as I forgot to take any but I can confirm its brilliant stuff, removes all of the gum and grease from inside the tank.

With that done it was time to put the metal prep in, here it is inside -

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Left that in for around an hour, rotating the tank every 5-10 mins. As you can see from the picture above the metal is clean and rust free. Drained the solution from the tank back into the bottle, as it's re-usable, and placed a hairdryer into the filler nozzle on full blast for a while to dry it out -

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With it dry we began to pour the sealer in, here it is in liquid form inside the tank -

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Rotated the tank around a few times and then poured out the excess and left it to dry for a few days, here's the inside now it's dry -

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Very happy with it, and even more so that we managed to keep the small inline filter inside the tank free from the sealer, so there was no need to break it off.

Now, with the tank ready to go in, that meant I had to get the rear lights wired up. As I'm fitting MK2 lights this means they won't fit into my current loom so I've had to change a few things. This is the rear light wiring, they're bullet connectors -

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I cut those off and bought some male to female spade connector plugs to replace them -

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So, I crimped the male spade end onto the rear light wiring -

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And then added some solder to enhance the strength and conductivity -

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Done the same to the others wires on the rear lights and then went outside to repeat the procedure to the wiring on the loom. Snipped off the factory connector block, crimped on the female spade connector, and then soldered those as well -

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Pushed the connectors into the plastic housings and then plugged them together -

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With that done we put the tank in, such an awkward job and not made any easier with the fear of damaging fresh paint. Anyway, we got it in eventually, I've replaced all of the securing nuts and bolts with stainless alternatives -

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Washer bottle cleaned, back in and connected up -

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We also secured the loom to the boot floor using the zippy clip plastic blocks I bought -

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Plumbed in the new braided fuel hose -

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And also fitted the bulkhead sound deadening, as well as the braided oil hose and speedo cable you can see poking through -

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Finally, we fitted the pin that holds the clutch master cylinder and the clutch pedal together, managed to get it into this position with the aid of a pen magnet -

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And then using a hammer and a long flat head screw driver we tapped it home and slipped in the split pin. Looks/sounds pretty simple you'd think, it's everything but that believe me. NEVER AGAIN:lol:

Anyway, that's all the progress thus far, may crack on with refurbishing the main loom tomorrow.


3-1-2015

Update,

Not a huge one unfortunately as the loom has taken longer than expected to refurbish. I'll start with the purchased items, a few things needed for the loom -

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My rear screen finally came into stock so I picked that up along with a new rubber and chrome filler -

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And I also bought the boss for my steering wheel -

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Now onto the loom, it's easily taken 20+ hours to refurb it due to the state it was in. I removed all of the old tape, cleaned and checked all of the wires and re-wrapped it with fabric loom tape. I've changed the fuse box for a new one and replaced almost all of the bullet connectors for spade terminals except for the ones that connect the front loom to the rear as these were fine. I've also changed all of the connector ends for new ones including the alternator plug as they were badly corroded and also cleaned up all of the relays.

Here's the overall loom now it's finished -

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And a few close ups -

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That's now been fitted back into the car and connected up. Next job was to plumb in the water pipes for the heater, here they are connected to the heater along with the heater valve -

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Fitted the heater back into the car and plumbed the hoses into the engine -

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Got the rear screen fitted -

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And finally, fitted the steering wheel -

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That's everything I've got done this weekend.


3-16-2015

Update,

A tad overdue !

Unfortunately, my iPad committed suicide and my phone decided to take a shower with me, so I've had no access to my pictures. (You can probably imagine how the rest of my day went:lol:). Anyway, my phones now dried out (thankfully) and Ive bought a new iPad which means I can now update my build thread.

Ok, the brakes and clutch are now bled and fully working, and shes finally running and moving under her own steam in almost a year and a half !

I'll start with the purchased items as usual, brake fluid and a few other things -

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Lumenition Leads -

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Eezibleed kit, best money I've ever spent, brilliant bit of kit ! -

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All the bits needed to crank the engine over -

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I bought the 075 Peugeot turbo diesel battery as recommended on here. An absolute beast of a battery and more juice than the Mini will ever need -

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And a quick close up of the Lumenition Coil -

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Finally, took me a while to find this small rubber boot that fits onto the brake pedal shaft but Somerford Minis came up trumps. Quite expensive for what it is -

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Now onto the progress, got that rubber boot fitted -

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Next job was to bleed the clutch, what a nightmare ! I couldn't get it to bleed for the life of me, no matter how many times I tried I had no pressure when I pushed down on the clutch. I ended up taking off and stripping down the master cylinder and upon closer inspection of it I found a small score in the piston barrel which meant the fluid was just pushing past the seals. Damn !

So I borrowed the master cylinder of my dads mini and low and behold, the clutch bled up and worked perfectly. Here's a couple of pictures of the bleeding process using the Eezibleed kit -

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Luckily one of the members on here who's only five minutes away from me had a brand new plastic body master cylinder in the for sale section on here so I popped down and had that of him. Was quite lucky with that and I saved myself some money which is always a good thing !

Anyway, here it is -

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And then fitted to the car with a braided one piece hose -

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Next job was to bleed the brakes, I cleaned and re-used my old brakes lines as they're in excellent condition. Here they are fitted into the compensator valve, I used a stainless bolt to secure it to the bulkhead -

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Then it was just a case of bleeding the system using the Eezibleed kit, starting with the furthest bleed valve away from the master cylinder, which is the passenger rear wheel, and then working your way around the car.

That was Saturday's progress, now onto Sunday's. I stripped most of the ancillaries from my 998 engine, starter motor, coil, distributor, alternator and used these to start my 1275. I would have fitted the new alternatives but I'm planning to use electronic ignition but haven't had chance to wire that up yet and didn't want to create any new problems, so I used the points and condenser distributor as I know that works fine. Minispares also gave me an MPI alternator by mistake so obviously I couldn't use that.

Here's a picture of it all bolted on -

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And here's a link to a video of it running, sounds beautiful and the exhaust note is excellent -

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Apart from a few small issues getting the timing right, it all went quite well.

Anyway, that's all the progress for now. I'm waiting for a few Smiffys bits to arrive and I'm going to swap the alternator over during the week as well as refurb the starter motor and what not.

More updates then:-)


3-22-2015

Update,

Spent the weekend refurbishing a few engine ancillaries, I'll start with the purchased items.

I'll apologise in advance for the quality of the pictures, my camera on my phone has stopped working since taking a dunking so I've been having to use the camera on my iPod which isn't the best.

Went to see Mark from Smiffys bits and picked up a few bits -

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A few bits from Minispares needed to refurb the distributor amongst other things -

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Now onto the progress, started with the starter motor. Before -

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Wire brushed down to bare metal -

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Zinc Primed -

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Painted with a few coats of gloss black -

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Applied some fresh grease and then put it back together -

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Next up was the dizzy, stripped it down and wire brushed the lot. I taped up the aluminium housing so I could paint the vacuum advance, here it is zinc primed -

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A few coats of gloss black applied -

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New points, Condenser and an uprated rotor arm installed -

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And a new cap to finish it off -

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For some reason the paint on my engine has cracked and started flaking off so I've had to do something about that, here's how it looked -

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I bagged up all of the bits I didn't want anything getting into and then wire brushed all the lose stuff off using a manual wire brush. Bagged up -

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And wire brushed -

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I repainted the block and head with some fresh paint -

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Annoying as I put a lot of effort into painting it the first time round, but what can you do, these thing happen I suppose. Anyway with that done It was time to start bolting the ancillaries back on along with a few shiny bits from Smiffys.

Starter motor back on and connected up -

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Dizzy back on and connected up -

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Stainless alternator brackets bolted on -

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New alternator fitted -

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New coil along with stainless brackets and rubber cover fitted -

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Pipercross air filter bolted on -

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And also the bulkhead blanking plate -

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Finally, this is how the engine bay currently looks. Almost finished in there now -

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I have ran the engine with the fresh paint on today and all's looking good so far, no cracking/flaking to be seen !

That's all the progress for this weekend, will hopefully be receiving my door cards and sun visors from optimise tomorrow so I'll have some pictures of those then.


3-23-2015

Update,

Received my package from Optimise today, here are the contents -

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Decided to do the sun visors first, here's what I started with -

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Cut the vinyl covers off until I was left with the bare frame -

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Fitted the new covers along with the hardboard strengtheners -

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And then fitted them into the car -

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Next we fitted the rear door cards, MPI plastic bin pockets and the burr wooden cappings -

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Not the best pictures unfortunately, it's hard to get a decent one due to it being dark in the car and the light coming in through the window sends my camera crazy.

Then it was onto the doors, got most of the trim fitted but still need to get the screws to fit the door pulls and I also need to get the black plastic pieces that go around the door lock. Here they are -

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Again, sorry about the quality of the pictures, my camera doesn't do them justice. Should have a new phone soon so the pictures will improve !

That's all the progress for today,


4-8-2015

Update,

Of sorts...

Life's a bit hectic at the moment so I've not had any time to spare for the Mini unfortunately:(.

That will hopefully be changing soon, I'm putting a list together for Minispares ready for Friday which will contain near enough everything I need to get her finished. I'm planning to have her done ready for the Mini show at Himley Hall next month, but that all depends on how long the garage I had it painted at take to do the cut back and polish. There's also a few areas I'm not overly pleased with so they're going to redo them, not sure how long that will take though.

In other news, I've purchased a new daily. It's a low mileage two owner MG ZR in really nice condition. Here it is next to the Mini -

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And on its own -

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Anyway, they'll be more progress made on the Mini this weekend so I'll update then:-).


4-23-2015

Update,

Well, the Mini is now back at the paint shop having a cut back and polish and a few ramifications to the paint work. Here she is loaded on to the back of the truck -

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Not much of an update I know, but it's all a bit slow going at the moment. I'm hoping I'll have her back by next week and then I can get the last few shiny bits bolted on and get her through an M.O.T.

Id really like to be able to make the Himley Hall Mini show next month but my chances aren't looking brilliant at the moment annoyingly.

Best get my finger out !


6-1-2015

Update,

Been a while since I've done one of these !

I've finally got my Mini back from the paint shop after having the paint cut back and polished and the roof re-painted, she's now seriously shiny !

Unfortunately I missed out on taking the Mini to the Himley Hall show but I still went and picked up a few more bits anyway, here's what I got -

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And some more autoglym products to add to my ever expanding collection -

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So, first job was to get my DSN hinges fitted ready to get my bonnet on -

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Then I fitted the bulkhead deadening whilst it was still easy to do so -

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Bonnet fitted -

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I also fitted the bonnet insulation and a Smiffys Bits stainless bonnet prop before hand -

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Next bits to be fitted were the headlight bowls and looms -

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Changed my rocker cover T-Bars for some red anodised ones as the chrome plated ones have already gone rusty, they haven't even seen any action yet ! -

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Last job of the day was to swap out the black metal part of the switch panel for the Burr Walnut replacement -

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Finally, I'll leave you with a couple of shots of her now she's been polished -

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Can almost see that glorious finish line,


9-27-2015

Well...That went to pot !

I'll be honest, I've been really rather lazy of late but this weekend I decided to pull my finger out and get some more progress made on the Mini.

I'll start with the bits I purchased.

Few bits from Minispares -

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And some rubber wheel arch moulding trim -

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So, first job of the day was to get my wiper mechanism built up, I've replaced the 'worm' and also painted up the tubing that it sits in -

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Then I plumbed in the washer tubes using the t-piece I bought -

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And fitted the washer jets and stainless wiper hole blanker's -

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I also fitted the wiper mechanism but forgot to take a picture of that in place. Next on the to do list was fitting the door mirrors so I got the rivet gun out and fitted some aluminium M5 rivnuts -

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I used some stainless button head Allen bolts to secure the mirror to the door -

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A couple of shots of the mirror fitted -

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Rinse and repeat for the passenger side.

That took me until midday-ish so I decided to crack on and finish getting my headlights and front indicators in. First off a bit of wiring was required, I swapped the bullet connectors for some spade connectors on the main loom so I had to modify the headlight looms to fit those.

Here's the wires all connected up -

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And then shrink wrapped -

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I bought some ready made indicator looms for an MPI Mini from Minispares so I had to modify those to fit my indicators. Here it is out of the packet -

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Snipped the plug end off -

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And soldered on some male spade terminals -

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Here's both the looms ready to be fitted -

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With all that wired up and some Osram Night Breakers fitted into my headlights, this was the result -

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Whilst I had the soldering equipment out I also changed the wiper motor plug as I didn't spot that it was quite corroded when I refurbed the loom.

Here it is soldered up and shrink wrapped -

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And then wrapped in loom tape -

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Fitted the horn along with a Smiffys stainless bracket -

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And finally I thought I'd fit my speedwell petrol bib and oil tag -

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I've also started to fit my wheel arches so I'll have a few pictures of that tomorrow.


5-10-2016

Update,

Long overdue I must admit !

Well I've finally finished sorting out my daily so now I can fully focus on getting my Mini finished and back on that road where she belongs.

I went to the Himley Hall Mini show the weekend and picked up a few bits and pieces that I needed. Here they are -

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And a few bits I purchased prior to the show -

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So with those items in hand we left the show early as I was itching to get back and work on the Mini.

Before I get started though here's a couple of pictures of when I changed out the rubber bushes on the rear subframe for the poly replacements -

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Ok, with that out the way I started by fitting the fresh air blanking plates, these are stainless steel items I purchased from a seller off eBay -

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Got my new fog light fitted, just got to drill a hole in the boot floor to pass the wiring through and connect it up -

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And I finally fitted my walnut door pull handles after I bought an assorted pack of stainless self tappers -

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Then it was onto fitting my inner arch liners.

Now they do supply a fitting kit with the liners but I didn't fancy using self tappers and rivets, plus there mild steel so it would only be a matter of time before the fitting's started rusting, so I decided to use aluminium rivnuts and stainless button head fitting's. That way it'll make for a much tidier job and will be easier to remove in future.

So we drilled holes in three places and fitted the rivnuts into the inner wing -

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And then fitted the arch liner into place and bolted it up -

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Rinse and repeat for the drivers side -

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Fantastic idea these arch liners, makes you wonder why they were never fitted from factory !

We also got the grille fitted along with the bonnet catch mechanism. I've again used aluminium rivnuts to secure the grille to the front panel and we also fitted the grille buttons I got from Smiffy's Bits -

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Still got a bit of adjusting to do with the bonnet to get it spot on but all in all I'm quite pleased with that.

That's about it for now guys. I did have all four arches fitted but I had to remove the front two to fit the arch liners so I'll get those refitted, take a few pictures and post them up on here for you to have a look at.

I've also fitted some wheel spacers on the front and rear so the wheels pop out the arches a touch now, looks mean !


12-18-2016

Update !

Wow, i can't believe it's been over 7 months since I last updated this. Where has all that time gone, feels like only yesterday I was fitting the arch liners and grille !

I've still been working away on her here and there but she's still not seen the road yet unfortunately. She is now practically finished though, just need the last few finishing pieces and she'll definitely be going to all of the shows next year.

I'll post up the pictures I've taken over this time, will be a bit jumpy though guys as I haven't taken pictures of everything I've done as I'm juggling this with another project at the moment.

Here's most of the bits I've bought -




Managed to get my hands on some OEM Mini mats -




Also got hold of some original locking wheel nuts for the mini special wheels -



Look great when fitted along with some chrome caps for the rest of the wheel nuts.



That's all the purchased bits (I think).

Well, it's been a while since I last removed the covers so I decided to take them off yesterday. She was looking a bit sorry for her self so I thought I'd treat her to her first wash.

You'll see in the pictures below that all the arches are now fitted, as well as the rear windows and number plates amongst other things -




And back on the drive looking much better -




I took a couple of closer pictures of the rear windows fitted too, no pictures of me rebuilding them unfortunately. Not an easy job changing the rubber seal in the frame though -




Fitted the stainless steel kick plates I got from Bingley Mini show a couple of years ago, you can just see the mats fitted in these picture too -




Also changed out the rubber bushes in the steady arms for some poly replacements -




She sprung a pretty decent sized oil leak when I put her back on the drive too -



I've had a dig about and the bulk of it seems to be coming from the drive shaft seal. There's also a small amount coming from the timing chain cover and the fuel pump.

I'm hiring an engine hoist soon for the other project I'm working on so I'll whip the engine out and change the seals and gaskets over. I also need to repaint the engine with some good quality paint as what's on there now hasn't faired well at all.

I know this updates a bit all over the place but I'll keep on top of what I'm doing now and hopefully get back to updating regularly.


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