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#1 Marco1972

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

Hi all

After being out of the mini scene for far to long and after much searching I picked up this 92 mini City
It looked pretty good and was a decent price

Pics tell a million words
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It had a recent front end and respray and a decent history with the original handbook
Now when you here about oversills and the damage they cause it's all true
I'll let the pics speak for themselves
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As you can see I wasn't too impressed when I took the old sill off no way was I expecting to see the horror that lay beneath

Edited by Marco1972, 24 October 2014 - 09:46 AM.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

ahh nice i also have a 92 sprite that requires the very same surgery along with a new door step, are you going to use heritage repair panels or repro panels?

Keep the pics and progress coming and good luck.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

Hi twisty..

I've herd good things about M machine panels so will be looking into the cost of those tomorrow so will update from there.

Hope to get it looking as near to original as poss it's never going to be a show stopper car but I want it to last for a few years..

Looks like 92 was a bad year for minis lol.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:17 PM

i agree most later minis seem to rot allot more than the earlier ones, mine has also gone across the rear of the boot floor among many other places I will be starting the restoration of mine at some point this year. so will be keeping an eye on your project thread for some tips.

M-machine have a really good reputation on here and when i have ordered and spoken to them in the past they have been very helpful product is always good.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

Well not a lot happening at the moment thanks to the great british weather looks like there hibernating over the winter....

Wish I could

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:28 PM

It's been ages since I've updated this thread so enough excuses I got my overalls on and got on with it.

Well I had no choice as I've ordered my panels from M Machine great incentive spending money !!

The subframe came off with no sheared bolts ( ye I was amazed too !) and now it's been stripped ready for painting or powder coating open to suggestions or recommendations ??

I will be chopping out the rot hopefully next weekend on the list so far is new drivers inner sill both outer sills and repair/ replace the heel board corners plus a few small holes I've found along the way ( that's a growing list )

Well that's it for now I've added a few pics of progress so far.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:02 PM

Did a bit of spot weld drilling after work today

Got to keep at it or it will sit there for another 6 months

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Edited by Marco1972, 24 October 2014 - 09:48 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:22 PM

New panels arrived today from M Machine ( man they pack them well !) took me an age to get them out of the packaging

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Nothing like a bit of new shiney metal to get you motivated so I went out with the grinder and started cutting


Pics to follow soon

Edited by Marco1972, 21 October 2014 - 08:29 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:31 PM

I used mini machine outer sills, jacking points and inner sills to first groove and they fitted spot on, mine came I primer though,

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:34 PM

Oooh I love new stuff !! Keep up the good work fella

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:49 PM

Cheers guys

Ye I thought they would be in primer too ? Another job / cost to add to my ever growing list

Minis for ya I guess....

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:17 PM

A few pics of progress so far

I've decided I hate drilling out spot welds

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All chopped out
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first trial fit got a fair bit of fettling to do yet !
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think I'm going to have to remove the companion box not looking forward to that unless there's another way of attaching the inner sill to the stiffener ?
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:44 PM

Update added.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:36 PM

Inner sill section almost in its final position bit more grinding to go and learnt a massive lesson with the heel board repair
I don't think I needed to remove it all in hindsight I should have just removed 3/4 of it and then joined the new section in.
I hadn't realised that the top section is seam welded so took me an age to gring down the weld and get the dam thing to fit !! Won't be doing that to the other side !!

Had a blast at mig welding today mixed results ..... bit more practice before I go anywhere near the car I think
I will post some pics of my efforts for you more experienced welders to chuckle over
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Your thoughts and comments are very welcome.

Edited by Marco1972, 24 October 2014 - 09:49 AM.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:43 PM

Had a play with the welder today

Very mixed results just when you think your getting the hang of it it all goes a bit Pete tong !!

An attempt at pulse welds
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penetration or lack of it ?

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I was happy with the last set of pulse welds
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These welds were done with a wolf welder 135 turbo with 0.8 mm wire on power settings 3 and 4

Ground it down it appears to be fairly solid
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Comments / suggestions welcome

Edited by Marco1972, 21 October 2014 - 09:03 PM.





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