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#1 WoodlandsMini

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:00 AM

Went to pick this up yesterday, 2 hours on the train to Barnstaple.
 
Arrived at the train station to find the previous owner, I was told to look for the Army green hippy van/ambulance... and that it was... a renault traffic I think, to be honest I wasnt paying too much attention.
 
Paid for the car and speed walked to the post office. Back to the car onto the road... now how do I put the tax disc in without a holder... I borrowed some tape from a local shop and added it to the window, went to the petrol station as I wasnt sure if the petrol gauge would work... it doesnt! Only £13 later I left the petrol station getting the looks you get in a rusty old mini, grinding the gears as you go.
 
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Got it back home and took a closer look over it, engine wise its great runs well, could probably do with a service and a slight adjustment, but nothing major, most of the electrics work too, just an issue with a relay on the front lights, and of course that dodgy fuel gauge, oh and the horn, that doesnt work either... but I was happy.
 
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On closer inspection its relatively solid it has its patches of rust in the usual places. The boot looked a mess, stickers had to go... and the colour is definitely not what I would have chosen, so it seemed the boot would be the best place to start, not the worst part of the car but something that would be quick and easy and make a big difference.
 
So off came the boot:
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Pulled all the bits off:
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First layer of primer:
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I think this is the first layer of paint:
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Then fitted back to the car:
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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:04 AM

WOOO BARNSTAPLEEEE



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

yay studio 2! and its a nice colour if its not faded :D good luck fixing it up!



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:38 PM

Changed the front bumper yesterday, and had the bonnet taken off to be worked on, I took the back bumper off the car and had a poke to see how bad it was, and although its not that bad, I think fixing it on a driveway would not be ideal.
 
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So I've got a garage again, its nothing special but has electric and a roof, and no one will complain about the noise :)
 
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... so it needs a little work, but its cheap :)


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:39 PM

A little bit more work today, removed the rear valance as it was rather crusty... and removed the bonnet for some work, more on the bonnet another time... let the pictures do the talking...
 
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Its only been held into place at the moment, as there is still a bit more to remove first and some tidying to do :)


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:41 PM

Bonnet has not been completed sanded on the outside :) ready for some paint soon-ish...
 
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Also started to make the repair panel for the boot
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Bonnet has not been completed sanded on the outside :) ready for some paint soon-ish...
 
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Also started to make the repair panel for the boot
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:42 PM

yay studio 2! and its a nice colour if its not faded :D good luck fixing it up!

 

Thanks :)

 

Its a nice colour, but will be changing soonish :)



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:37 AM

A bit more work to the bonnet today
 
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Its not quite finished yet, needs another sand and small amount of filler to sort a small dent, then more primer, more sanding and some paint :D


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:01 PM

A bit more today, more filler on the bonnet...

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Roof is being prepped for etch primer

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And fixed a few holes where the boot meets the rear wheel arch, looked at the top of the boot and seen this.... oh dear, looks like another days work, but will of course be worth it in the end

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 03:21 PM

Bought some Genuine rover minilites for this, it was difficult deciding whether to go back to 10s but with conversion kits costing £300 it was a no brainer, should be picking them up tonight :)
 
Just deciding on a colour to paint them, I think it will probably be silver, so as not to add too many colours to the car, white could work too, but with no intentions of painting the roof its likely to be a grey/silver.


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Posted 27 May 2014 - 10:06 PM

New wheels, which of course need a refurb, but will look good when done :)
 
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:15 PM

Little photoshop of the colour change, its not the full finished item, as it will have a chrome grill, different wheels, mirrors, handles, wipers ect.
 
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:53 PM

wow you don't often see that much rust under the rear parcel shelf!

Hopefully it will be sound once the flakey bits have been removed.

 

Good start though mate.

What you using to strip the paint?

 

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:14 PM

Uh oh, thats not a good thing, oh well...

We're using a DA sander on the car, and unsure on the wheels, may have to hand sand them, not a massive fan of nitromors, but may have to try the stuff...

More tonight :)



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:20 PM

Quite a bit more progress this evening, the roof is nearly ready for a final sand (by hand of course) I attempted to sandblast the wheels, but the media I have is way to fine, so no progress with that really, but the roofs coming along nicely, hopefully have that in etch this weekend... have a roof picture, its just the front drivers side (further away in image) which needs doing :)
 
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