For those interested, this is hopefully going to be a full build diary for the resto of my Mini 25.
So first a history lesson!
I bought the car in 2003 for £30 to save it from the scrap yard and planned to do a few repairs etc to get it on the road as to be fair it was in remarkable condition despite several bodge it and run repairs! However I only owned it for a few days when I was talking to my uncle and he took a liking to it and made me an offer I couldn't refuse! so it changed hands again.
He took it to a local Mini specialist who fitted new outer sills, a couple of patches to the front floors plus a few other minor bits and m.o.t'd it then on the road it went!
He ran it for a few months before being made an offer by his mate so once again it changed hands.
Then it sat in its new owners front garden alongside a donor Metro GTa for 5 years with plans for the K-series conversion but nothing came of it.
I passed by his house in 2008 and could barely make the Mini out behind a mass of undergrowth! Needless to say I was shocked at the state it was in, especially as when it was parked there it had a long M.O.T and Tax. Such a shame.
I decided to knock his door and make him an offer. It was surprisingly difficult to persuade him to sell but after a cup of tea and a chat he decided to sell it to me for £100
I emptied gallons of water out from the foot wells and cut back the weeds etc and managed to tow it home.
The following pictures show its condition at this point.
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Pretty bad but all do-able so I set to work stripping out the interior which went in my mum's loft as it was pretty good!
I threw out all the bad bits and ended up with a rolling shell + engine.
Sadly a few weeks later it was starting to look like I would need to sell again as we were moving from Kent to the Isle of Wight and just couldn't afford to have it transported there so I spoke to my cousin who was looking out for a Mini and he bought it from me for £250!
Anyway, Fast forward to 2011 and I was speaking to him on the phone and he mentioned that the garage he was storing it in had collapsed around the Mini and was in danger of completely falling down and perhaps crushing the mini and he had nowhere for it to go so I did some sums and got some quotes to have it transported and before I knew it, it was outside my house on the Isle of Wight on a trailer covered with a sheet!
I had no idea what to expect as I hadn't seen it again since selling it to him years before and I bought it back blind (Idiot, I know) So I peeled back the tarpaulin and was surprised when I saw what state it was in!
I'll leave it there for now as I have to go out but I will post more updates later.
Comments welcome of course!