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#1 72clubman

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:40 PM

So I've been after a certain set of wheels for almost 4 years now, came close last year but it wasn't meant to be. So while browsing Ebay at the weekend I saw a 1275 GT wearing said wheels. I emailed the vendor asking if he'd consider selling them seperately, but to no avail. After getting a few more details the idea of buying the car for the wheels didn't seem so silly. so I did. so I present to you my new 1979 Mini 1275 GT.

The body has been repaired in the past, and have stood up well although they weren't treated after so lots of surface rust. Plan is to get it roadworthy and use it, although it has't been on the road for 14 years so a bit to do! 

Oh and of course I think the wheels look perfect, but they'll be treated properly. they'll be painted and shod in new tyres as soon as possible. to do them justice.

 

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Didn't last long.

only picked up the car last night, and the last picture was about 2 hours ago. wish me luck!

 

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Arches gone, not a fan personally. 

 

 



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:51 PM

Love the wheels and love the gt!
Nice buy :) looks like it will tidy up nicely

#3 TheMiniDream

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:53 PM

Without being to mosey did he/she cost you much?

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:20 AM

Challenge wheels!!!! HOMYGOD LEDGEND

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:47 PM

Suppose its no different to buying a set of wheels and then buying/building a mini for them to go on :whistling:



#6 72clubman

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:59 PM

Thanks for your kind works. I think the challenge wheels are worth the hassle, I paid 1500 for her and I was quite pleased with that. Got a bit more done today, found a few holes, but that was easily rectified. DSC00133_zps06a7c3f5.jpg

 

 

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All welded up. Welded up the arch holes as well, this is going to be a no arch GT.

 

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quick blow over with some primer.



#7 Daviewonder

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:10 PM

Awesome, gotta love a Clubby thread. If only they had a separate section so they were easier to find.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:04 PM

I SO want my old 79 GT back. One day... one day... :w00t:



#9 72clubman

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:42 PM

I've added a clubman tag in the title to help people find it.
Her stable mate is another 79 GT, building up a collection!
Haven't managed much today, sorted out the passenger door lock and the boot lock as neither worked. A lot of WD40 later and its sorted.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:57 AM

So I'm having to leave the GT for a week or so, as I've got a packed work schedule.

 

 

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She's now wearing an early grill, which i think looks the absolute nuts.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 11:26 PM

Time for more pictures I think.

 

So what appear to be rotten floors

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Actually are remarkably solid! 

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If anyone was wondering on the original colour 

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In need of a refurb, but i finally have a set, even have a spare!

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:26 PM

So I've finally got back to the GT. After looking down the spark plug holes the tops of the pistons looked like something had been living in there! So to be on the safe side off the head came.

 

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The wheels are off for a sand blast and fresh powder coat. So should look amazing when done.

 

Took 2 days to get this bugger off! the head had grown very attached to one of the studs.

 

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Clean pistons, next to untreated, definitely worth taking the head off.

 

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The bores are excellent, as are the pistons, all standard size. The cylinder head came up brilliantly as well, although i didn't take any pictures. Should be running tomorrow!



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:28 AM

Looks like you've got some work to do :)

It's a sweet clubman and I love those wheels! Keep it up :)



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:50 AM

cant wait to see more on this build!



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:15 PM

Finally hit major rust, it was always going to happen! The passenger side is not pretty. Inner wing is toast, shock mounting is made out of dust, the door step is really ugly, and the rear quarter has been patched by a baboon. 







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