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#1 Cookiez

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:21 AM

Hiya Everyone

 

Been reading everyone's project pages 

Its about time I created a page for our project

My son Jack has wanted a Mini since he was about 5

in 2009 we sourced one in need of some work

 

At the time we decided that we will do most of the work together as something we can both learn from.

I have never welded before, something I was keen to have a go at.

 

The Mini we won via ebay was located in North Wales

Early one Sunday morning we made the trip to bring the Mini home.

 

 

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Once on the drive, the fun started removing everything, we tried to bag & label as much up as we could

Yes, of course we found a few holes

 

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And yes, it had over sills

 

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Engine & Gearbox came out

 

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More bits were chopped off

 

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At this point we decided to get it sandblasted

A few more pictures of the condition of the shell

 

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So we tried to remove as much rust & panels that were going to be replaced as possible

 

 

More pics to come
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Cookiez, 05 November 2015 - 11:14 AM.


#2 joezone2001

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:37 AM

Hi. Welcome to mini ownership! Looks like a great little project. I like the colour of it. What's the plans for it? It's amazing how they still hold together with all that rust! My mini was the same (and it had an mot!)
Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming..
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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:15 PM

That colour is perfect, lovely. Can't wait to see your progress :-) 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:30 PM

Plans were

 

Colour Change - Jack has always wanted (yea you guessed it) a red Mini with a white roof

 

Keep it pretty much standard (Keep Mr Insurance Man happy)

 

Try to make it as good as I possibly can, I hope this is something that Jack will keep.

 

Just as a note

The pictures I've posted are from about 3 years ago when we started the project 

We are very near the start of putting everything back together

 

I will let the pictures do the talking

 

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And so off it went for sandblasting

 

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While it was away, a new Garage was built

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So as they say, Let the cutting & welding start

 

Just as soon as I learn how to do it......


Edited by Cookiez, 05 November 2015 - 11:16 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:38 PM

The plan was to start on the under side, where I could practise welding.

And then work my way forward, leaving any bits that would be seen till later

 

More Pictures

 

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Edited by Cookiez, 15 September 2015 - 12:41 PM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:55 PM

Having progressed from the boot floor & rear arch area

I then set about of the rear floor

 

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Garage Dog comes to inspect from time to time

 

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I kept telling Jack I was gonna save bits like this and make him a key ring out of it

 

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Edited by Cookiez, 15 September 2015 - 12:50 PM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:58 PM

Good work! Nice garage too.  :proud:



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:05 PM

We were progressing well with the rebuild
My welding was getting a bit better

On to a bit that would remain on show now

 

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:43 PM

Cracking work mate! Such tidy work and I love your workshop! This will be a great little car when it's done.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:55 AM

Flitch

 

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Cleaned up & plenty of weld through primer

 

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Held in place with home made intergrips

 

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A few welding tacks then removed the grips

 

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Plug welded & cleaned up

 

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A few little plates to be made up to fill these bits

 

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More holes for plug welds

 

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Edited by Cookiez, 15 September 2015 - 03:34 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:18 PM

Sills

 

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Cut down Over Sill.

 

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Rare Pic of Jack doing some work

 

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Plenty of paint brushed in the sills, Weld Through primer on the edges

 

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Painted the underside of the sills

 

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Once again, More to follow


Edited by Cookiez, 15 September 2015 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:23 PM

Front end, what a horrible job
 

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Clamp everything in place, check, move, clamp, check, move,

 

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The front wings were clamped in place for a day, then moved into place a little more, clamp them wait & move.

 

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Boot fitment, Got it somewhere, then changed to chrome hinges & had to do it all again..

 

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Mini outside for some sunshine

Jack wouldn't make brummm brummm noises tho.

 

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Plug welding the under side of the wings

 

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Another visit from Garage Dog

 

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Only one of us could get under the wing.

 

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Edited by Cookiez, 15 September 2015 - 03:44 PM.


#13 Cookiez

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:54 AM

Boot Lid

Jack wants the holes for number plate blocking up

There are a few bits of perforated metal where its rusted, chop these out & put some new in

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That looks better

 

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Edited by Cookiez, 15 September 2015 - 03:46 PM.


#14 Carlos W

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:16 AM

Very impressive, and very fast progress!



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:25 AM

Its not fast progress

We have been doing this for the last 4 years

I never got round to starting a project thread as we were doing it







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