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#16 Andrew O

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:30 PM

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

Heres the disc cover before -

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And here it is after -

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Swivel hub in primer -

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

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

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:56 PM

Nice project fella. Such a boring job cleaning all the old bits up for repainting. Very satisfying when its all together though :) Ive got that all to come on mine, well what came with it anyway. Ill be watching progress :)

#18 Andrew O

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 06:04 PM

Nice project fella. Such a boring job cleaning all the old bits up for repainting. Very satisfying when its all together though :) Ive got that all to come on mine, well what came with it anyway. Ill be watching progress :)

Thanks for your support, It is rather boring getting everything ready for painting but it has to be done.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 09:25 PM

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

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


Well Andrew, you're putting some effort and nice attention to details but i want to give some advice about some points..

You need longer bolts to fit those thick poly mounts..
.. and dont want to be pedantic, but my advice is strongly against any poly floor mountings and poly front teardrops.. :(
I had them in the rally car, all properly fitted with longer bolts, and i found them:
- too flexible
- a pain to fit/replace
- they make an annoying and embarassing SQEEEK noise when car is driven hard
- the poly front teardrops lasted about 10 miles, then became too flexible and useless, the poly bushes for the engine steady lasted for about 20 miles..
I wouldnt bother on poly engine mounts neither..

Also painting the mating surfaces on the drive flange should not be painted, the surface have to be clean and spotless otherwise wont seal properly on either the disc and the wheel. You may have juddering issues especially under braking as a result. :(

And the hub, be carefull to not paint the inside where the bearings will fit. Clean the internal thoroughly and check for marking/scorings before greasing and fitting the bearings outer races.

Good luck with the rebuild, adn those GAZ dampers are really a nice bit of a kit :D

Edited by jaydee, 01 September 2011 - 09:26 PM.


#20 Andrew O

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 09:55 PM


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

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


Well Andrew, you're putting some effort and nice attention to details but i want to give some advice about some points.

You need longer bolts to fit those thick poly mounts..
.. and dont want to be pedantic, but my advice is strongly against any poly floor mountings and poly front teardrops.. :(
I had them in the rally car, all properly fitted with longer bolts, and i found them:
- too flexible
- a pain to fit/replace
- they make an annoying and embarassing SQEEEK noise when car is driven hard
- the poly front teardrops lasted about 10 miles, then became too flexible and useless, the poly bushes for the engine steady lasted for about 20 miles..
I wouldnt bother on poly engine mounts neither..

Also painting the mating surfaces on the drive flange should not be painted, the surface have to be clean and spotless otherwise wont seal properly on either the disc and the wheel. You may have juddering issues especially under braking as a result. :(
And the hub, be carefull to not paint the inside where the bearings will fit. Clean the internal thoroughly and check for marking/scorings before greasing and fitting the bearings outer races.

Good luck with the rebuild, adn those GAZ dampers are really a nice bit of a kit :D



Thanks for the input ins really appreciated ( I'm just glad someone is actually reading this thread )
What do you mean by I need longer bolts ?
And I painting the mating surface by accident that's all corrected now.
The inside of the hubs where the bearings are fitted was all masked off so no paint in there .
And I've got the full set of Gaz shockers ( Front and back )
Thanks again for the advice ( Very appreciated )
Watch this space for regular updates.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:04 PM

The poly bushes for the front (teardrops) and for the floor are way too thick and with the standard bolts the nut wont engage the threads very well, hence the need of longer bolts.
Are you planning other mods suspension wise?

#22 Andrew O

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:08 PM

I see what you mean now ( Yeah I will have to get longer bolts )
And I will probably fit hi lows ( Not 100% sure yet ) aswell and that's about it as far as suspension mods go.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 06:09 AM

Looking good I love Reading these build projects as it gives me something to look forward to when I finally get a mini. Can't wait to see what unfolds next regards Thomas

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:56 AM

Looking good I love Reading these build projects as it gives me something to look forward to when I finally get a mini. Can't wait to see what unfolds next regards Thomas


Thanks for the support. Watch this space for regular updates

#25 Andrew O

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:29 PM

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

Engine mounts before -
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Engine mounts in the middle-
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Engine mounts complete with polyurethane bushes -
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Radiator cowling in Blue gloss -
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Other engine mount thingy in Black Gloss -
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I took delivery of some more parts today including -
Sportex 2' centre exit exhaust, Lcb Manifold, Minispeed Inlet Manifold, Track rod ends, Radiator, ( A lot of spray paint ) and a few other bits and bobs
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Any opinions tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Andrew

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:52 PM

Red engine! That must have like 5000 horsepower now :P

Great progress, keep it up :thumbsup:

#27 Andrew O

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:14 PM

Red engine! That must have like 5000 horsepower now :P

Great progress, keep it up :thumbsup:

I think it pushes out about 5050 now it's red

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:49 PM

Looking good, got my mini 30 black edition a couple of months ago, done a little, nothing compared to yours tho! only payed 1000 for my, after removing all the rust over the whole of the car found i only needed two small patches the size of a 50 pence, now deciding what to do with it, keep up the good work and will be following this thread to see how you get along :)

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:08 PM

Thanks for your support. You should set up a project thread for yours.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:59 PM

UPDATE TIMMEEE :D

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

I call this the rust terminator, I don't know where id be with out this whilst restoring parts ( It destroys any thing it touches )
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Cleaned up and painted the arms on the Front Sub Frame -
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Bought this of Ebay which i though wasn't bad for £20
Its a full set of engine bay bolts
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Inlet Manifold from MiniSpeed
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Some small bits and bobs from Ebay-
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Radiator-
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Thats about it for Today but I'm still awaiting delivery of lots more parts ( Exciting )
Im also in the proses of designing my own custom gauges ( Ill be sure to get some pics up when there done )
Please leave your comments and thoughts as i would really appreciate them.
Thanks Andrew.





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