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Mini Pickup Rebuild
Compliments of mini-man-dan @ theminiforum.co.uk
Ok, this is my 3rd Mini project, and 4th Mini in total. And yes, I am just 16... Long story!
I picked up a pickup beginning of this week. Shes a 1979 Austin 850, and has had a new front end (wings & front panel & a-panels), new floor pans and new outer sills. She's pretty much rust free
Has had a complete respray in a Peugeot blue, which is really bright in the sun. Looks really good.
I need a name for it! Any suggestions would be great. Reg plate read YHU ***V Name now found. This is officially 'Dave the Pickup', brother to my other Mini 'Chas'
The plan now is to just rebuild it with my 1275 engine that was supposed to be going in both of my previous projects but never got there, and give her a new lease of life!
It's going to be my 1st road car, something a little bit different to most people
Here's a few pictures:
She came with some magic boxes...
I've only got one at the moment, as the others are at a friends garage, but I like this one! It wasn't until today that I looked in it, but in there was a nearly new set of door rubbers (for a Mk3 unfortunately), a set of Mk1 door handles (aswell as the ones already on the car) so now have a spare set, and a set of nearly new sliding window catches. All is well so far! Can't wait to get the next few magic boxes
The only thing I've done to it so far is put the Superlights off my previous project on it. I was doing it just for a temporary measure, but actually quite like them. Am now thinking of keeping them and putting some of the standard spec Rover arches on it, just to cover the wheels up more. I'm thinking of having them sprayed gloss black, aswell as having the roof done black.
I've got all adjustable suspension going on it - bottom arms, tie bars, rear camber brackets, hi-los - so it'll be riding at a bit of a better height when done, not a 4x4 lookalike like it is now!
I hope you all like
Took me amo to realise who that was then!
Yeah, was originally made for Reliant Robins, but them my mate added to it to allow for 4 wheels instead of 3!
And urm... enough let's say! Enough for me to have no money left
You want any Mini bits? Come round and have a look at the Cluman I'm stripping at the mo...
My Bro has decided to buy the Clubman rolling shell off me, so he's doing that one now. His plans are redtop conversion... he likes to dream
And the plans are:
1275 engine that I have sat in my garage. Had a insurance quote and is £1085 with an 850 or £1300 with a 1275, so am definately going for the 1275 for an extra £5 a week!
Interior, mainly black with some cream stitching bits n bobs. Cobra classics without headrests, black doorcards etc.
Put the centre binnacle thingy in with large speedo and 2 smaller dials, but am fabricating bracket for a round digi-dash to fit dead in the middle of the centre speedo, so will still look like the old skwl speedo but without the needle. Will have digital speedo reading and rev counter all in one then, and be a little bit unique!
Colour is staying the same
Got some Gp5 arches, and am looking at putting 10x6 Ultralights on it in silver. Got to sort out brakes first though, Has 8.4 discs on the front, but apparently there's an article in the new MiniWorld about spacers that can be used to make 10x6 wheels fit over 8.4 discs. Will be looking at that!
Want arches and roof black.
Got adjustable suspension, bottom arms, tie rods and rear camber brackets, so she'll be running nice and true. Oh, and low
Mk1 grille on the front, chome bumper with chrome overiders.
Hopefully it'll be a tidy car when it's finished, and I'm fussy so will be done well! You don't see many pickups anymore, especially ones used as everyday cars...
Oh and the doorhandles on the car aren't fantastic and the ones in one of the Magic Boxes is quite good. Am yet to find one with a key though, only a passenger exterior at the moment! Will let you know if I get any extras with it
And if anyone knows of someone with a Pikcup flap down rear numberplate holder, please let me know. I don;t know if there's one in with the other bits I'm yet to get, but if there's not I'd like to put one on as I think they look nicer than attaching it straight to the car
Have pretty much decided on 10x6 Ultralights in silver, just need to sort the brakes out so they fit! Will be building up a front subframe out of the car then slotting it in, so I can keep it rolling for as long as possible. Got all my adjustable bottom arms and tie rods, and some hi-los. The slot it in with some nice new polybushes and to top it off a set of adjustable shocks.
Not a huge update, but here goes
Got the fuel tank out of the car. Had no lines or sender, so thought it'd be a good idea to remove it, respray it nicely, make sure its all lovely jubbley inside and put a new sender in, before returning it to the car.
Found the original VIN and Commision number plates, on the dash, covered in blue paint . It had a new front end you see, so they were taken off for that, put on the dash and sprayed over! So had to carefully pick the blue paint off .
Got some nice Cobra Classics in black with a blue piping, that match the car perfectly Swapped what was left of my GT for them with my brother
have a couple of questions for people who are bored enough to read this post ...
Anyone know if the tank sender is the same as a standard Mini fuel tank one?
And anyone know where to get a pickup rear window from? Do Autoglass and people like that do them?
Ok, decided today that I'm going to get it resprayed. 'It's just been sprayed' I hear you say! Well yes it has. Spray job, top notch! Prep work, not so. I'm really not happy with all the drag marks in the primer underneath, and inside and under the engine bay they haven't done a fantastic job (sprayed over sound proofing, removed that to find multicoloured interior!) Bro is going to do it for me, he's having a load of things off me instead of money, so that won't hurt the wallet too much. Will still be the same colour though!
Ok, now officially skint! But atleast I've got a nice brand new set of Cooper S discs from MiniSpares on the way Had to take advantage of the 15% off
Have another front subframe that Im painting up and building it up out of the car, then taking the other one out and swapping them straight over. Want to keep the car rolling for as long as poss.
Need some nice 6x10 alloys now...
Oh and some bottom arm pins if anyone's got any spare!?
Oh and thanks for the link, now purchased one
So, now looking for some new wheels. Oh and a name for it. Thinking along the Farmer lines, seen asthough these cars did find themselves on farms as workhorses in the 70's and 80's.
Here are the wheels I'm after:
Anyone rate the Falken tyres? It's going to be either them or AO32r's I think, because A008's are out of production. I can't justify the price of A032r's though, and I think the compound is too soft for a daily driver. Falkens it is, but I've heard they aren't all that fantastic...
Time for an update.
Got the old wiring loom out last night. Looks a bit... urm... old. Will be getting a new one of them I think! Can't be bothered with the hassles of dodgy wiring for the sake of £100.
Also started on removing all the flakey paint inside, ready for it to be resprayed. Will be doing more of this today!
Just found out it's been off the road since 1st Sept 1994 ! 15 years 3 days and counting...
Decided the front end is going to look like THIS with the mk1 grile, overriders and sticky numberplate.
Got a couple more pics of the rear. I placed the tailgate up against it to see what it looks like:
Pretty much finished getting rid of all the flakey paint inside. Started on the load floor now. Isn't too bad atall, just needs the flakeyness taken off and the have it all prepped properly before paint. Going to my brother's on Thursday for prep and paint! Can't wait to get it back and start putting it back together again!
Ok, here's my engine to go in it. Will be paired wit a nice set of HS4 twin SUs
Oh and not forgetting the carbon fibre rocker cover!:
Was told it was the only on in the world when I bought it, I know of 1 or 2 more, but never seen one with the ribs in the top like this one
And here's the custom dial I'm making. Will have digital readout of speed and revs, going to keep the mechanical fuel guage undereath. Want to try and make it as subtle as possible, hence why it'll be mounted in the old speedo. Not putting a full dash in, just the black centre surround with the 2 smaller dials either side.
Woohoo got my new Cooper S disc setup through today from MiniSpares, aswell as new door rubbers (so I can get them aligned eventually) and a fuel tank sender.
Also got through a brand new old stock set of oval rear lights, the later style which mine should have. Lucky find!
Got happy with the grinder today and started removing the useless job of paintwork in the load bed. Taking it back to metal and doing it properly this time!
Also went to the Panel Shop and bought the paint. I decided to go for a darker blue, still flat blue though. It's not a lot darker, but will be noticeably darker. Am prepping it with my brother this weekend and next week in the evenings, then hopfully will be sprayed pretty soon! Can't wait!
Here's a pic of what I've been up to today...
We are back to metal in the whole bed now No nasty surprises, only a couple of very small patches I already new were there. Happy days
Ok, not bumped this up for a while, so Hi again!
Not a lot has happened with the Pickup. Awaiting bro to respray it (3 weeks past when he said he would... ) Got the new interior from Retro Retrims, which looks awesome, got my Cooper S brakes, got a new wiring loom and got some W&P arches.
I've found a surprise hole (like always...) by the front shocker mount. Only one so far, so I haven't done too bad there. Is quite a large hole, so time for new shocker mount I think, after welding up the hole.
Got a rear window too atlast! Tripped over it (not literally) by accident. Was a case of "You don't happen to have a Pickup rear window do you?" "As a matter of fact, yes I do." *Big smile on my face*
Had a chat with a guy from Arc Angels yesterday about carbon fibre bits. I was going to go all chrome, but seeing their CF bits I kinda changed my mind!
I might go for CF bumpers front and back, with CF overriders on the front, although they don't make the rear ones & overriders yet but the chap said aslong as I give him metal ones he'd be able to replicate them.
Their CF products seem such great quality, a bit priceier than other but I think it'd be worth it.
Prep for respray is happening at the moment, it should be sprayed by the end of the week
Managed to find a set of 10x6 cosmics! Picked them up earlier, ebay bargain at £102! They have got tyres but they will be replaced by the a008s i've got.
Not a lot of progress at the mo, so no more pics. Should have pics of it resprayed by the end of the week, and hopefully the wheels once they've been refurbed. Here they are at the moment:
The 2 nearest look like 10x5's in the pics, but they are definately all 10x6's! Can't believe I managed to find a decent set
EDIT: I lie! I never uploaded the pics of the bed once I'd ground it all down. Here we are:
It was either Adrian Flux or Footman James, can't remember which now.
And I've got my new (well old...) wheels 10x6 Cosmics FTW! They'll get a full refurb and spruce up so should look lovely.
Oh and I found a surprise hole, as seen here:
No wonder the tailgate didnt quite line up on that edge! Idiots!
Did think about selling the Cosmics and going for some 15 inchers!:
Need a new filler neck surround if anyone's got one handy. The bit that attaches to the rear wing and goes around the neck.
Had a nice delivery of new tailgate hinges, tailgate stays and some new front door catches today £150 later! Ahh! Ah well, had to be done!
Still waiting on the spray job... has to be done by Sunday because we've sold the trailer so I have no way of getting it home if it isn't done!
Yeah was just a big pile of filler All sorted now though because... finally...
It's been sprayed! Haven't got pics uploaded yet, but will have tomorrow. It looks amazing! We spent a day and a half working on the bed to get it right, and it looks near as damn it perfect.
Can't wait to get it home and start building it, tomorrow! Happy days!!! Mum will be happy, half my bedroom floor is covered in Mini parts at the moment and the pile keeps growing as I buy more! Better start putting it all on the car then
yeah sorry, pics were taken in the dark and look terrible! And yes it was resprayed, by some monkey. The frontend was 1 layer of blue over bare metal and the bed was awful, so resprayed it to give it the shine it deserves. She's 30 years old on 1st december! Promise I'll have pics up tomorrow evening'
Ok, here's some (pretty poor...) pics! Sorry about te dodgy quality, they were taken at night!
In the middle...
Will get some day-time photos tomorrow
What you all think? Like the colour?
Ok, here's some daytime pics, just before it got dark!
First time I've seen it in daylight too, well chuffed. The front wings, roof and side panels have been mopped and polished, but the bed hasn't yet hence why it looks a bit hazy there.
Been busy lately!
Couple of days ago I got the new wiring loom in place, roughly. As I was feeding it through the rear bulkhead I felt some paper in there. Pulled it out, it turns out to be some 90's TV Mag that's been set alight! God knows how or why it got there!?
Anyways, today I've undersealed the rear arches, put the rear Hi-Lo's in and put the adjustable shocks in too...
Ok, got the front subframe out. Will be taking my other one to powdercoating tomorrow hopefully. Thinking about getting it done in gun-metal grey... something different to black!
And had a play with an image I took at the last show I went to. Thinking of doing this with the front...
I've already got that grill and moustache, but I think it looks pretty cool with the numberplate on the bonnet, and the overriders. Maybe a pair of leather bonnet straps would finish it off nicely...
Had a very productive day yesterday
Got my subframe back from powdercoating the other day, and reconstructed the suspension with all new parts yesterday as well as installing the new steering rack and putting the the subframe in.
Sneaky mock up with front grille and moustache
Will be putting hubs and brakes on in the next couple of days and get it rolling end of this week
More progress over xmas period
Is now rolling, haven't got the brake calipers on because I'm waiting to spray them when I get a spare hour or so.
Looks highly terrible with 13" steelies on the front!
Engine has gone off to Slark Race Engineering to be sorted, was sold a duff one during the summer! Thanks 'Beats'! Not. >
Ah well, life goes on! Still got some parts useable off it, so a friend is doing me a favour and rebuilding the engine when it comes back from SRE in a week or 2.
Forgot to mention, I'm currently in talks with Arc Angels about getting Pickup rear bumpers produced in carbon fibre, and also front overriders. Will have these and a CF front bumper if all goes well, something a little different but still keeping the retro look. Sometime in the future when I can afford some 10" split rims I want to put some black or CF Gp2 arches on, but with the Cosmics it's going to stay archless
Got a bit more done today...
Have tried putting the front subframe rear mounts on and the holes won't line up to the subframe So going to leave them until I get the engine in, so there's a bit more weight to push and pull the subframe about with.
Got the new calipers and pads on though. First time I've rolled it out of the garage this year Got the rear lights on now too, had to go for the 'later' style ones, as the early ones are a tadge on the expensive side. A new old stock complete pair just sold for over £200 on eBay. Ouch! I'll stay with the later ones...
Looking good I think, getting there slowly!
Got new MiniFins to go on here, but here's what the rear suspension is looking like so far...
So glad that it's a Pickup, so much room to store all the parts on!
I guess some people are kinda weary with my project. 16 year old rebuilding one of the rarest Mini variants. I just want to let you all know, no chav-myster bodykit, spoiler, splitter, or stick on bonnet vents will be going anywhere near this car.
Retro is the way forward, with a little twist of modern
Ok, angel eye headlights could be classed as Chavster material, but that's as far as it's going C'mon, normal Mini headlights are like candles. But worse.
Was unbelievably lucky at Bingley yesterday. Managed to find a set of early style Pickup lights, complete in brand new condition! And didn't pay £208, like someone did on ebay for a set the other day.
Engine is being built at the moment, should go in next weekend all being well
Nope, that's the original bed. It has had a couple of small repairs, but with a slight skim over the top looks near on perfect. Was a very lucky find to find one in such good nick. I know Gaz off the pickup forum replaced his, and I think it was M-Machine. He did spend 4 figures on panels though... Ouch!
And yes, here we have an update. A very very big update infact!
Me and my brother, who resprayed the car, had a really close look over everything last week, and came to the conclusion that we weren't happy with the finish of it. So he agreed to respray it again in a metallic blue. It's a custom mixture of Vauxhall Arden blue and Toyota MR2 Caribbean blue I think, because I couldn't chose which to have. So I had both! I think there's some added pearl in there too. I haven't got any decent outside pictures of it yet, but you get the idea from the following pictures. It looks so so sooo much better than before!
Also, the engine went in last night. Putting in radiator, starter, alternator etc later on today and hopefully it'll be running tonight or tomorrow. Still waiting on wiring loom though...
Here's some pictures:
The images make the engine look kind of pink, but it's not it's bright red and silver. Got the carbon fibre rocker cover to go on sometime, may do that tonight...
Still no name
My mate sam was hitting the ball joint splitter when the head of the hammer came off yesterday though! Was extremely lucky, only a very small pin dent in the corner of the front panel which is hardly noticeable. I did say bad luck comes in 3s though, as yesterday that happened, the engine hoist decided not to allow up to jack it up and today we've found out the threads in the gearbox where the sump plug goes in are all stripped. So close to starting it for the first time too!
Got the sump plug heli-coiled and now we're away. She spoke her first few words tonight, something along the lines of clunk tzzzzt, puff, puff, clunk, BANG!!, clunk, puff, clunk, puff, brummm, clunk, puff, brumm, brummmmmm!!!
Erm, yes. Anyways...
Here's a short video of the first attempt. We got it running a little better after. And yes, it really does need an exhaust!
The video is being temperamental on my computer, let me know if it doesn't work!
EDIT: I found, if it doesn't work, slide the timeline bar thingy along a second or two and suddenly it works! Strange!
Here's a better picture of the engine...
Polished the coil and carb pots up too now, so its a bit more shiny shiny! Got a stainless top rad bracket on the way as well as many other parts, getting tight for money now so couldn't get a CF one
Got carpets in too...
Should be getting carbon fibre bumpers and overriders on saturday, can't wait!
Got top rad bracket on the other day, gear linkage now all connected after a bit of a panic when I ended knocking it into gear when the gear linkage wasn't connected. Luckily the roll pin turned up that morning (thanks MiniSpares!). Fuse box is on, other few little bits done. Little and often and hopefully it'll be done by May!
Progress is going well, and yes there is some! Got the front grill on topday, and the moustache. Got one of the back lights drilled in place too.
You know I was after one of those plastic SPi heaters and couldn't find one anywhere...
I opened up the shed (of all places!) and there was a lovely SPi heater sat there on the floor! Couldn't believe it I took it out of the GT before Craig had it, didn't even realise it was a plastic one because someone has put an old style switch panel on it.
That went in today aswell.
Here's some pictures...
Tried to recover the lower dash rail too. All went well with foam padding until we put the vinyl cover (retro retrims) over. This is how it ended up...
Oops! Spent over an hour with white spirit and a cloth getting all the foam and sticky off! Going to try it again but without the foam this time
Built my custom speedo today. I'm extremely happy with the outcome, think it looks ace! (Even if I do say so myself... )
Was a little fiddly to do, had to grind off the edges where the square block that would usually hold the internals on meets the actual back plate, then grind a square hole into a round hole! Took about an hour to get right, but once done looks spot on. Just used a little bit of quck steel to hold it all in place.
Only small issue is that I can't use the original fuel gauge, as the mechanism goes up too high and fouls the digi-dash. Will have to use the one on the digi dash! Just ground the top of the faceplate down a little to allow it to miss, but still fill the hole and look 'original'.
This backplate was meant as an experimental one, as I have a much tidier one. But as it fitted so well I just used the 'like new' faceplate, glass and surround and kept the old backplate. You never see it, so no-one will ever know! (Unless they're reading this right now... )
Success! Exactly what I was going for. Thanks
To be honest, I'm really not a fan of the whole "Oh look I've stuck a square digi-dash in a board of MDF" type of thing, but didn't want to start adding guages here there and everywhere on the dash. So with a little bit of luck, a grinder and a hammer managed to make this dash fit in the centre of the old dash.
Wanted to keep it looking standard but still have a rev counter, and also have something a little 'different' (not that a Pickup as a 1st car isn't different enough already... )
I would like to purchase some of the original dials to go either side of the big clock if anyone has any. Looking to get some in nice condition, and with the same chrome surrounds (unlike those ^^ which have 1 earlier surround and one later surround). Was going to get some digital aftermarket ones, but then I think it would give away the whole retro look digi-dash thing I've got going on.
Fuel tank now in. Should be starting on interior soon
Exhaust needs mounting on, tailgate needs fitting, rear lights need fitting, everything wired up, wheels needs repainting, doors on, seats in, windows in, carbon bumpers needs picking up and fitting (if I can ever get hold of Arc Angles!) and urmmmm probably some more! I have a to-do list, which is gradually getting shorter but still fills an a4 sheet
Urm... Well... They would be a little OTT on a 1275 yes. That's all I'm saying.
Swift-ly (or, actually I should say Kent-ly) moving on to the more bore-ing stuff...
Got the rear hinges to finally fit! Had to take them back to Somerford, and they ground awaysome of the welds they had made! Ah well, they work now. Also got the rear light lenses on too...
And fuel tank now in...
Got some better photos of the tailgate and rear lights today...
You can see the tailgate is too low comapred to the tops of the wings, but it's too low both sides so matches Am going to leave it as is, a tonneau cover going over so it won't show, and as the tailgate fits I don't want to fix something that isn't broken!
And here's the interior, coming on nicely...
Hopefully will be collecting the carbon fibre bumpers, overriders and numberplate swinger at Malvern this weekend. All being well Arc Angels should be there. They will be going on on Monday. 2 weeks off school/college, yaayyy!! Must revise for AS exams though, oh and French oral exam, oh and do the Design Technology coursework, and study the highway code for my theory test (which is a few weeks off yet!)
I have carbonnnn!!!
Sorry about the poor pictures, got a bit excited when James from Arc Angels turned up, so actually fitted the front bumper whilst he was still here
He he he....
(really in need of the wheels now!)
Yeah, loads . Hasn't been finished yet, still needs flatting back and polishing as some areas are quite orange peely as you can see in the close-ups of the rear bumper & exhaust. But my Brother didn't have the time when he painted the shell, so left it and said he'd do it when it's finished (just remove the headlamp rings, rear light lenses etc to get into all the corners).
I have faith! Just, umm, little I'm sure we'll get there! I will be picking the doors, bonnet, fuel filler neck and door hinges up tomorrow at 5pm. If they aren't ready, I'm not going to be a happy bunny! I think they will be though...
And yes, as far as I know I have everything essential. Only 1 thing I'm missing is that little rubber gromet that goes around the throttle cable, through the bulkhead. I'm not too sure what they are called or what they look like...
Ah, one other thing... no door handles... Umm... Will have to search out the old ones for now until I can actually afford to get some new ones!
And just been told my bonnet catch isn't going to be coming till mid next week. Not helpful...
Ok, so we didn't quite drive it home, but I did drive it off the truck!
All of the wiring now works, so I have lights, horn, hazards, and sometimes indictors Think it;s a dodgy hazard switch though, surprise surprise!
I'm back to plan A with the wheels though, going to buy a set of 10x6 Ultralites, as Sam (summs116) put his set on my car to do the tracking, camber etc etc and I had a wobbly knees moment when I first saw it. Looked amazing! So if anyone's after a set of 10x6 Cossies have a look in the for sale section!
Anyways, here's some pictures
Door cards from Retro Retrims
Repainted under rear arches
With the Ultralites
Will be needing some arches I think!
Dial now working!
Engine running properly...
Exhaust is blowing from Y-Piece quite a bit, will get round to sorting that!
Nearly got away with it
I've been dribbling over some 10x7 Potenzas that are available from Germany through eBay, but I think the 'rents have convinced me against those for now, just incase I clip a kerb or whatever whilst learning how to drive in the damn thing! At £500 just for a set of wheels, I'm gradually thinking they are right...
Set of Ultralites with tyres already fitted so long as I can sell the Cosmics & tyres. Then in a few months I'm sure Sam (summs116) will need a spares set for his car, so will sell them on to him and get my 'Tenzas
No-one will touch me with a modified car at 17. Declaring the enigne change from 848cc to 1275cc makes them fall off their stupid office chairs laughing
It's a case of tuned 998cc or sell it I think. I'm certainly not buying a cheap run around and keeping this stuck in the garage. I'd rather sell it on and buy a Sportpack or something. Not ideal, not ideal atall, but hey, thats how life goes!
Right, we've tried every insurer under the sun and it's a no go whilst on a provisional. I'm looking for a cheapish car (under £1400) to run around in for a little bit until I've passed my test then try and get insured on the Pickup again. I've had 2 quotes after I've past my test, so there is still hope!
Now, who wants to sell me a half decent Mini for under £1400? Must have MOT & Tax, and have minimal rust really. Best to be a 998 or a standard fit 1275. Can anyone help!?
Basically, a 'tuned' 998 looks identical to an 850. By 'tuned' I mean something with a mild cam in, slightly larger head. Just so it's not absolutely dead.
I've decided to keep it as is, get a cheaper runabout till I've passed my test then see what I can do and where I go next.
And they don;t seem to know anything about the engine change. It's been changed to a 1275 on the log book but all insurers still think it's an 850. Surely they should be informed it's now a 1275 on their systems...?
The silly thing is, if I buy a Mini that is registered with a 1275 from new I can get insurance for a smidgen over £1k (and that was the first quote I tried!). So I'm hoping to find a decent shell with a not so brilliant engine (ie, get it at the right money) then literally drop the whole front subframe out of the Pickup and put it in the saloon. I believe i have found one such car, I just need to go and look at it asap.
I'll then hunt around for insurance and as soon as I can get it I'll drop the subframe back out and into the Pickup. This could be anywhere up to a year away though, hence why I don't mind putting in the work to swap things over.
Plus it then stop the engine that's just cost me 4 figures to get built just sitting there in the garage doing nothing.
Oh dear 'pot!
The problem I have is they will not insure me on a '79 Pickup, whether the engine is a 1275 or 850 until I've passed my test. Most won't even quote!
The plan is to keep the Pickup, buy a reg'd from factory 1275 (like a Sprite or something) with a not so great engine but good bodywork, and swap the engines over to keep mine running and so that I can still enjoy it! Then keep trying on insurance, and as soon as I get the go-ahead (sometime after I've passed) swap the engine back over and sell on the Saloon. I have found 1 car that I'm going to look at tomorrow which looks pretty tidy but there's an engine issue, hence the price being less than it should for a car of that age/condition.
Oh, and insurance on a 1275 (standard) is just over £1k, so not so bad.
Just purchased a 1994 Mini 35 1275 in Arizona Metallic Blue. Nice little motor, great front wings, floor, sills, boot floor etc. Engine runs well, but water pump has an issue, so I think I'm going to get that fixed then keep the engine in it. Will be a superb little car I hope! Is a very tidy car really, ju4-2-st needs a little love before it gets it's MOT (runs out at end of this month but an MOT tester came with me to look at it!)
Will be keeping both for now, get the Pickup finished then see if I can get insurance on it once I've passed.
Well, the Pickup now has a name. Dave.
Ok, I'll explain.
My new car has been named Charlie by the previous owner. Therefore, with a little shortening, I have Chas.
Chas & Dave.
Right, finally found some motivation to restart on the Pickup. Did a few small things to it yesterday, got the overriders fitting properly and straight.
Ordered a set of smoked crystal crosshair Mk2 Golf headlights which I'm hoping with alittle bit of tweaking here and there will fit.
Also bought myself a set of Ultralites off eBay, last minute find and got them for a bargain!
Nope, not sorted insurance It's insured under Mum's at the moment, just incase it goes missing or something.
All being well it'll be at MiniWorld action day in September and it'll be going round the track Will be well insured for the day though!
Well I'm hoping to cut off the brackets then have to maybe do some slight modifications to the inner chrome ring that holds the light in place, then it slot in. I know the lights are the same 7" as in a Mini, so fingers crossed it won't be too much hassle! Famous last words hey...
I'll definately let you all know how I get on with doing it though. They haven't turned up yet, seems they are coming from Germany, not London as advertised on eBay !
Never mind, aslong as they get here I don't mind.
Got the headlights and wheels on today.
The headlights were, to put it simply, a nightmare! I've wrecked one of the inner chrome rings, the other is fine but I've actually had to cut in to let it spread out an extra 1cm. It seems to have workde quite well, but I'll have to replace the passenger side one
Have to repolish the lip on 2 of the wheels as the laquer has peeled, but for the price I paid for them I expected that! Tyres will be being replaced.
Certainly won't see another like it!
Right here's pictures as promised of where I cut the inner headlamp ring:
Between the fixed point and the 1st headlamp clip.
The outer ring has to have some of the lip trimmed off too, as it doesn't clear the part of the inner ring where the 1st clip goes (due to the inner ring now being 'larger')
And here's a couple of photos of my rear numberplate swinger...
(Excuse the masking tape! )
Started repolishing the lips on the Ultralites today. Used some autosol and 400 grit wet n dry then a cloth with some more autosol to bring up the shine. Really happy with the result so far, but is going to be one mamouth job, especially on the wheels that only have a little bit of laquer damage, more laquer to remove with the wet n dry
Still need to polish that bit up even more with the autosol, but that will be a final polish when the rest is at that stage.
Certainly saves the £120 I was quoted for a professional to do it! Not going to relaquer the polished bit, it'll only fall off again. Just going to keep it polished
Wheels are pretty much finished now, got it out today for the first time in ages and tried them for size (and looks )
Got a few pictures of them both...
Right, started the ball rolling again today. Put an order in for a set of new tyres amongst some other stuff, will be going to get a set of arches asap as soon as the bank balance allows and should have the doors back at the start of September, just ready for rolling road then Combe...
That's the plan, although none of my plans so far have materialized but there's always a slim chance!
Trial fitted the arches yesterday...
I will get some better pictures if it ever stops raining...
Headlining goes in...
A bit of tyre soap, a lot of patience and a bit of gentle persuasion and...
In goes the back window
And the front window...
Carbon rear numberplate holder, and numberplate...
Bonnet and both doors...
Side windows in, and bonnet raised slightly at the rear. I know, doesn't do a lot, but does look cool
Oh, and also note the new Yoko's Didn't really think I'd leave old tyres on a car after all this effort did you!?
And now has an MOT so...
We're going to Castle Combe!!!
Slark Race Engineering on Friday for engine and suspension set up, ready for a little touch of track action...
I'm thinking get rid of front numberplate and put a sticky one on the bonnet though, would look much better in my opinion.
If someone could embed it that would be great, can't work it out :S
Now finished We made it to Combe too, and round Combe for 4 sessions. Handled and went like a dream!
Me and Teapots Pickups at Combe
Was going to sell my carbon fibre rocker cover, but instead decided Combe would have to repay itself some other way so put it on the car
Next plan is electric fuel pump as on fast corners at Combe it stuttered a bit coming out on full chat, stiffen the shocks very slightly and maybe a little extra camber on both front and back wheels. There's also a rev limiter on the cards too, just incase!
I've just done the unthinkable...
It's now up for sale...
I'm fed up with it sitting in the garage doing nothing. I built the car to be driven, which it isn't doing at the moment. Insurance for me just isn;t happening, although my Parents have just insured it with an agreed value and all mods declared for just £160 a year.
I really hope it goes to a good home!
Thanks for those pictures!
Just taken a deposit on him today, so hes definately going! Only about 5 miles away from me though which is nice, the guy is a Mini and VW enthusiast and loved the car so much he said he'd buy it before even driving it
Anyway, he'll be joining our club so I'll still see it around at the meets and shows and things.
Just got to sell the other car now and start looking for a more appropriate track project!
Cheers, and I guess this is my final good-bye on this thread!
Thanks for that link!
7:00 onwards, do a little sneaky manouvre on the guy
And yes, Pickup went on Monday, so this is my final fairwell for definate! And I'm now completely Mini less as I sold the 35 too. Will still attend shows and things, but for the forseable future I won't be driving a Mini!