I've done a bit more this week good and bad. Thanks for the replies. Delighted to get one from emalee. She did a very brave restoration of a Mini Sky outside in the frost and rain. Put's me to shame that I struggle to go out to the garage on frosty nights.
Well Monday and Tuesday were frosty - just did a little to keep it going.Monday 14th November
Removed radio, steering column, and air vents. Then tried to remove the lower dash rail and broke it! Bit depressed about that. Dear knows how it's fixed.Tuesday 15th November
Labelled parts of the wiring loom and disconnected loom from the front. Removed carb and starter motor.Thursday 17th November
Removed alternator and clutch slave cylinder.
Tha was just doing a wee bit to keep it going - bytesize restoration.Saturday 20th November (today)
Drained engine oil and coolant, removed radiator and disconnected heater hoses.
Removed engine steady bars. Dissconnected exhaust and gear linkages. What a pain to drive the split pin out - I had to raise the Mini even higher to get access. Then disconnected track rod ends and upper swivel pins. I got stuck on removing the driveshafts not wanting to hit anything too hard with the hammer - I'm too good at breaking things. So I came in and searched the Mini Forum and got the answer. Just drove a chisel between the diff and end of the drive shaft - pot joint, it seems to be called. Easy when you know how.
I then drained the brake fluid and dissconnected the master cylinder, two pipes and removed the servo. That was a job. Getting the fourth bottom nut off!! I am used to working on cars but the Mini is something else for awkward bolts. Then had to get the pin out holding it to the top of the pedal.
And one of the worst jobs was getting the engine mount rear bolts off the subframe. You have to be an octopus to get them out.
Engine ready to come out
The effect on a garage of getting a Mini engine out
This is what I use to take engines out - put it in the garage 25 years ago when building it. I think its strong enough to take a tank engine out. I took the engine out my old Espace three times!! These were children and father-in-law days.
And its out
Leaving this - back on its wheels so I can move it
So I feel happy with that. I read other rebuilds on this forum and it seems all so quick and clean. And reading it you are warm and comfortable. But when you are doing it, its cold and dirty and you get stuck. Your hands are filthy and covered in cuts. Why do it??
My other thing was trying welding and I am major depressed. I was running beads along the cut out A-panel.
and the back
Then I tried to join bits after cutting - what a disaster it did not penetrate. I can't show a photo as I then welded along the back!! The secret must be midway between blowing through and having the weld sit on the surface. Only you have a 0.1 of a micro-second to decide!
I think I need a higher volume flowmeter. This one is 8 litres/minute. This was at lowest power as well. Without pulsing you just blow through it. I am more scared than ever to try on the Mini itself. I will practice a lot more. When you see what others do you are just amazed.
I'll keep trying.