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#16 rally515

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:39 PM

I saw this message just before i left the house a while ago now and still no comments ? :o

 

Well, i would be happy for you to show me dave ;D



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:42 PM

Nice paint stripping that took some dedication ill be following this one great story too a few of the guys I served with ended up with PTSD not a nice thing to suffer from. All the best mate, Darren

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

Yes please - let's see what you plan and how it all turns out.

 

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:23 PM

Possible spec.

Not definitive and not to everyone's taste, but individuality lends itself perfectly to the mini scene.

I've not named everything here but I'm sure like most people, there will be plenty of spendature at the usual mini places! My local one is MiniSport and Tom who works there is a top bloke and I only tend to deal with him.

Ok so here it is in basic form.

Peugeot Grey body with Candy Apple Red roof, may put a little flake in the clear coat for the candy.

All steel flip up front using BMW hinges so it hinges up towards the roof.

Custom brace bars welded to the front not bolted.

Mk1 door hinges, Mk1 rear lights, Mk1 boot lid and bonnet.

Stainless bumpers, over riders and grill.

Red leather interior with cream piping.

Cream headlining and cream carpet with red leather binding.

Red leather sun visors with cream piping.

Same matching red leather for the boot liner.

Right hand fuel tank.

Burr walnut dash, centre console, arm rest, door furniture etc etc.

The front and rear subframes will be rebuilt with new dampers, adjustable ride height adjustable camber, billet alloy red calipers etc etc.



So I purchased a mini model and some paint to see what my paint scheme would look like. As most will know car paint is not the cheapest especially candy so it's works out better to go small scale ( just like they do on Mythbusters ) lol


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I'm happy with it. Candy was really hard to paint such a small area so hopefully it will look better full size. The grey looks like it has a green tinge to it but I'm pretty sure this is the lighting in the kitchen. I left the bonnet dull because I was originally going carbon fibre but that's not the case now!



Engine spec, again not definitive

7-Port 1380cc with Twin Webers

1380cc A+ with Omega pistons

EN40B steel crank, cross drilled nitroided ect etc

Steel rods - shot peened and stress relived

Block stress relived and drilled out 5/16 gearbox bolts 11 head studs drilled

Centre main strap

All new acl bearings though out

Arp bolt though out

New MED flywheel, back plate, clutch, dynamic crank pulley

Belt drive kit

296 billet cam

Alloy 7 port ( possibly from America as I'm in the states in September )

double valve springs

MED roller rockers

Twin Webber 45s

Maniflow exhaust

Mega jolt

Hi-torque starter motor

SCCR gearbox with 1.1 SC drop gears with semi-straight cut LSD


I know the flip front will cause controversy and a lot of no's but my mini my choice and for that I don't apologise lol each to there own I suppose.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:21 PM

Gonna be a beast Dave!
Are you going to round the door bottoms off with the mk1 hinge conversion? If your going for the full look I'd be tempted to change the gutter holes and fit the drain strip things.
Also what paint type are you gonna use, are you doing the colour yourself or getting it done in a booth?

Gonna be ace, gonna have to take me for a spin round the block with the 7 port lol

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:21 PM

Quite a spec Dave although the 296 cam may take a bit of hanging on to!

 

Will watch with interest.

 

Bob



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:35 PM

Only thing I would be careful with is the brace bars, even welded in the popular position they do very little in an accident and could end up with issues in that scenario so I would look into carefully designing the brace bars to put similar load on whats left of the inner wings as the original front would have done, or possibly keep the inner wings as that will also help keep the engine bay cleaner avoiding all the muck from the wheels to be kicked up into the bay.

But other than that it sounds like a billiant project and will be an amazing car when done ! good luck!



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:38 PM

Let the welding begin!

So the shell as it turns out isn't to bad after all. A few patches here and there on the body in general and then the usual......

Door skins
Both wings
A panels
Front panel
Sills

I think you get the idea.

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Then the little fella popped in for his weekly inspection. Did I mention he loves minis too.

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#24 Davethepioneer

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:39 PM

More welding!

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Another visit! He has a fascination with my welding helmet. So he's either going to be a butch welder or a dancer (flash dance) I think it was called lol

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Offering up and checking fit.

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I decided to weld up the holes where you would normally get the rubber bungs.

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#25 Davethepioneer

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:41 PM

Gonna be a beast Dave!
Are you going to round the door bottoms off with the mk1 hinge conversion? If your going for the full look I'd be tempted to change the gutter holes and fit the drain strip things.
Also what paint type are you gonna use, are you doing the colour yourself or getting it done in a booth?
Gonna be ace, gonna have to take me for a spin round the block with the 7 port lol


No mate no doing the full door conversion but will be welding plates in to carry the door weight. I will also be converting the glass to the sliding plastic stuff from a company who's name I forget.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:42 PM

Quite a spec Dave although the 296 cam may take a bit of hanging on to!
 
Will watch with interest.
 
Bob


I'm more than happy to take any recommendations for a cam

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:43 PM

Only thing I would be careful with is the brace bars, even welded in the popular position they do very little in an accident and could end up with issues in that scenario so I would look into carefully designing the brace bars to put similar load on whats left of the inner wings as the original front would have done, or possibly keep the inner wings as that will also help keep the engine bay cleaner avoiding all the muck from the wheels to be kicked up into the bay.
But other than that it sounds like a billiant project and will be an amazing car when done ! good luck!


Thankyou fella. The brace bars are already done, it's just been a while before I could get things posted up here.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:54 PM

Sam, sorry fella, yes I'm doing the painting at home in my garage. It will be etched primed, primer filler, 3-4 coats of base and maybe 4-5 of clear. On the roof it's basically etch, prime, then a silver base coat and then candy apple red over that, the more coats the deeper it will become and the less opaque and then it's clear coat again. I prefer to give things a go myself, it will never ever be a pro standard but I will do my best.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:15 PM

My my will this welding ever stop!

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:16 PM

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It was at this point that the wife told me we were expecting our second child, so the mini had to take a back burner because we had New York to go to and she wanted the house decorating top to bottom for when the new arrival came!





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