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#1 Jase

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:32 PM

I sort of started this a while ago but have lost the thread. It didn't have that much info so I thought I'd start putting up some pics etc.

 

Always wanted to build a new 1275 if possible. When I was a kid we had a Mini Clubman which my father loved and it was the first and last car we worked on together. He always wanted a faster version but we could never afford it.

 

Anyway that was back in 1983, here's the inspiration:

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:34 PM

Spent quite sometime looking for a donor car which was beyond repair, picked up two a 76 R plate and and a 78 S plate:

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:36 PM

I was lucky enough to pick up a new BMH shell:

 

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:38 PM

So what have I done so far, I've stonechipped the underneath, I've cut the front wings as I want to fit 13 inch wheels. Felt sick cutting into a new shell:

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:40 PM

Test fitted the wheel arches from Huddersfield:

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:41 PM

Painted new front and back subframes ready for fitting once I have primed and painted the underneath of the car:

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:42 PM

Painted the engine bay so I can refit the spit to paint the underneath:

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:45 PM

Wow, did you buy the BMH shell new ?  :o



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:47 PM

Yep, about two years ago I think.



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:54 PM

:shy:  jeeze, you must have deep or now empty pockets :lol: .

 

Looks like a nice colour in the engine bay, is that the body colour i presume ? will look stunning.

 

Following this project thread jase.

 

Looking forward to your next update

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:03 AM

Wow heritage shell nice!

 

Just wanted to ask a bit randomly - the donor S reg wasn't UYR 70S was it?

I know its so unlikely but every time I see a black 1275gt on an S reg I always check :)

It was my mums and I would love to find it/just know what happened to it......

 

Anyway good luck :D :thumbsup:



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:28 AM

The colour is Bracken, looks better in the flesh.

 

Empty pockets now O_O though.

 

I'll try to keep this updated but I warn you it is slow.

 

I have however purchased most of the parts including a new engine and gearbox.

 

Next job after painting the underneath is assemble the rear subframe so I can wheel the car around.

 

I need to dismantle one of the donor cars (the black one) and use things like the dashboard. Also need to exchange the rear radius arms as I have a £110 deposit waiting for the old ones back.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:29 AM

Wow heritage shell nice!

 

Just wanted to ask a bit randomly - the donor S reg wasn't UYR 70S was it?

I know its so unlikely but every time I see a black 1275gt on an S reg I always check :)

It was my mums and I would love to find it/just know what happened to it......

 

Anyway good luck :D :thumbsup:

 

I'm not sure, I can check next week. I know it is a one owner car, resided in the Heathrow area. Driven onto the drive in 91 and left to rust. No GT decals down the side if that helps.

 

I'll check.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:07 AM

That would be great if you could :) the car was around heathrow area and 1991 was when it was last taxed but I think it would have had more than 1 owner.....
Its a long shot but you never know unless you ask! :D

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 01:30 PM

No problem, it did have two owners, mixed it up with the other one. I haven't got the car at home so will check next week. All the photos I have I have blurred the number plate out. It does have a few estate agents stickers on the back windows and has the brown cloth interior. Any help?






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