I wondered if I would ever have a project thread here, but since my last MOT failure I figure now is the time to start one!
Mr Mini is a 1990 Midnight Blue City, and I have had him for... around 10 years now I would say. Off the road for a few years - firstly for new panels and a respray (not by me) and then while I sorted out cleaning and rebuilding the carb and a few other bits. Then the MOT happened and the rest is in Is It Time To Say Goodbye?... (http://www.theminifo...to-say-goodbye/)
First - a couple of pictures:
Welding - the subframe mounts and the inside of a wing need doing. I have never welded before so this is a big challenge. I have access to the space I need, and a MIG welder etc, and somebody that knows what they are doing, so hopefully with practice I can get it done. I have bought the Haynes Restoration book which hopefully will be useful too - as well as this place! I still have some things I need to work out, including:
- How to get to the underneath of the car - whether I need to buy/make a spit or if there is another way
- What to replace - whole panels or just cut out the bits that need doing
Here's the problem areas:
These may need redoing - solid but looks grim:
and what looks like a crack in the subframe - not sure if fixable (wasn't picked up on the MOT)
Electrical - Sidelights and rear fog not working - although I could have sworn the sidelights were... Also the wipers - shouldn't be a problem.
Bearings - Excessive play, again shouldn't be anything big... hopefully.
So - after I have worked out how to get at what I need to get at, what exactly I am going to cut out and how to do it, it'll be all go!