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#1 sonikk4

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:35 PM

Being a glutton for punishment and also wanting to make a few quid to spend on Paddy i have taken on a 79 Special which is owned by Will one of the lads from our Heathrow hangar.

 

He got delivered to the workshop at the beginning of the week by one of his mates. Overall condition is not that good and by the looks of it nearly every external panel needs to be replaced along with both outer sills and i think some of the inners. The floors were badly pushed in but a large block of wood sorted those out.

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The scuttle looked good funnily enough so less work to do there then????? NOT it was rusty underneath

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The boot is not bad apart from the cornersIMG_1913_zpse1f086d0.jpg

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The r/h rear arch is toast though

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Very poor picture but the r/h heelboard end is not looking good, its bulging out

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The l/h rear quarter had been replaced in the past due to a shunt but not done well as they forgot to sort this out

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and all of the spot welds had holes through them, very strange

L/h inner sill in the companion bin is crusty

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L/h door step is gone as well

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and some pony repairs to the lower flitches both sides

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#2 sonikk4

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:47 PM

Day two.

 

Time for some panel removal so off with his front end

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and the scuttle taken off to see all of this 

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Not bad for the original scuttle i have to say.

Then onto the bulkhead especially under the hinge mounts

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The flitch bottoms under the scab patches

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Now onto the bulkhead hinge mounts

Old metal cut out and new metal tacked in place

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Metal in and bracket pinned in place waiting to be plug welded 

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Day three

 

L/h side welded in

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Both mounts are in but no pictures

then onto the l/h shock mount. It looked really good so i thought a clean up would be all it needed but no the meatl was still pitted

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cutout and behind was not that bad

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just surface rust and cleaned up very nicely and welded up well

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:48 PM

This is so cool! I used to have one of these. Mine was a pale blue one with black vinyl roof. I loved that thing!!

 

Cheers

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:51 PM

The car has been in his family from new i believe and has been stored in a shipping container for sometime which is a shame.

 

The front end had been replaced in the past which he thought was strange but considering the wings were basically tack welded on and then the seams filled with filler speaks highly of whoever did the job. It was very very easy to remove.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:00 PM

Solid little thing! nice work so far mate. Looking very nice. Will be watching closely



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:47 PM

Little bit more progress today.

 

First thing was to knock up some bracing for when / if i have to replace the inner sills.

 

Started with a cross brace over the cross member.

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then the support pads for the crossmember

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Welded 

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Then the front and rear cross braces

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Onto the car and the back is crusty

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Its going to need a full width hinge panel and also a boot repair panel to go along with the others already on order.

Next week the outer sills are coming off to see whats hiding behind them.

 

Cutting along.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:23 PM

This will be a good one. Best of luck.  :-)



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:39 PM

There's really not much wrong with this one! And Special Roses were notoriously crusty! Love the 1100 Specials.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 12:14 PM

Good swift project. Nice example of how to repair typical mini corrosion.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:32 PM

Cheers Jagman not so sure about swift but it will be a lot faster than Project Erm, anyway upwards and onwards.

 

Got the rear valance close outs off and most of the rust in those areas, the outer section of the inner arch has to go this side as well.

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then it was off with the l/h sill which was worse than it looked but we did get a free pencil

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and surprise surprise the inner sill is shot so will be needing a M Machine inner sill down to the first flute on the floor. And a new jacking point as well. Going to trim off the rear slinging point to see how bad the rear subbie attachment bracket is. 

 

And a couple of measurements to make sure i can refit the fuel tank strap mounting bracket.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:50 PM

The r/h side got its just deserts today and was pretty much a carbon copy of the other sides sills

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The doorstep looked good but underneath was a different story

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so thats both sides to do

then it was time to do some localized rust and damage repairs on the r/h inner wing, this being the front lower section where the front panels ears fit

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and this rust just behind the cutout for the front subbie

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and cut out

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and finished

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:35 PM

Coming on well matey! do you have the interior? Ie dash and center console?



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:41 PM

Coming on well matey! do you have the interior? Ie dash and center console?

 

I think Will has Craig as they stripped the car before sending it to me.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:42 PM

Oh fair enough, otherwise I may be able to help with a center console from a friend in Holland :thumbsup:



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:50 PM

I can ask him if needs another.






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