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#31 dean

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

And doing boot , bonnent and door gaps brings back memory's. A pain in the arse , but well worth it. You really notice a car with badly fitted doors.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Great thread,

Just 1 question what dd you use to "melt" the gas rods.



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

You weld them in place. I used the pulse welding method on both sides of the rods.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

With an arc welder ?


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

With an arc welder ?


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God no its done by MIG welding. Unless you are a welding expert with Arc all you will do is blow it apart.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:02 PM

A simple gap tip prior to paint make sure your gaps are a £1 coin tight gap. As after your paint they will look perfect and give the closures room for movement as we all know the mini does flex n twist a little.

 

 

 

Just my two pennies(or £) worth on a great thread

 

 

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:25 PM

I just ran a bead of weld down the edge of the door and ground and 80 grit sanded it to improve a not perfectly shaped door skin might be able to see on this pic, not sanded the filler though yet.
Before
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After
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Side view
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Just need to finish flatting them now

Edited by Daz1968, 22 August 2013 - 09:26 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:29 PM

I use that technique as well but for long lengths the welding rod is far better to use. I will be using both methods on Will's special when i reskin the doors on that. 



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

What a thread. only just discovered it!



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 10:16 AM

I know this is a few years old now but I'm suffering the same problems especially with the bonnet to wing gap. I am struggling to see how you have managed to close the gap without widening the width of the bonnet as you have previously stated....is it me being thick? Do you mind explaining again please 😀

Edited by foxon77, 15 April 2014 - 10:18 AM.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:23 AM

If you have not welded the wings on then you may need to trim some of the wing mounting flange off and then get quite hard core with the wing.

Use some self tapping screws and some pre drilled holes in the wing flange for them.
Now fit the wing and force it over as far as you can go without damaging the wing. Using the holes you have drilled in the wing flange drill through these and then fit the self tappers. Now try the bonnet gap to see how bad or good it is. The same process needs to. Be applied to the other side. Keep doing this until you are happy.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 08:07 PM

Excellent guide, can you tell me what size in mm you kept for the gaps?

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 08:11 PM

Excellent guide, can you tell me what size in mm you kept for the gaps?

 

Mmm good question, the gaps i have on Erm are approx 4 mm. Cant check at the mo as the car is covered in the garage and my clubby is next to it. A £1 coin thickness would be about right though.



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:25 PM

Thanks mate, this is my next task!

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:44 AM

Thanks for this thread, folks.  Put new set of doors on the Mini this weekend and discovered a large gap at the top.  Figured something awful wrong with the doors or the car itself.  Now I know...and how to fix it.






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