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#16 StefanPieter

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 07:48 PM

I bring you a bit of an update...

 

I was undertaking final preparations for welding up of the right front shock absorber mount and paining of the left front mounting area. Whiles using the flapper disk to clean up the rust on the left side I noticed that the weren't any sparks followed by shiny metal. It turns out that the surface rust turned out to be a cake of rust.

 

I managed to cut out the rot and prepare the surface for just like I did the right.

 

Top Layer Cut Out 

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Second Skin

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Next cleaning up and prep for welding

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Weld No2 primer

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All is ready for making the template and welding these holes up.

 

One this that has been irritating endless every time I look in the engine bay. The cover plate on the bulk head for the heater hose was caking with rust so much so that I would compare it to a double patty burger. When I tried to get the nuts of I would that having a one man show while you try to undo a nut in the engine bay and the bolt head on the car it was never going to work. So I resorted to cutting the nuts and bolts in half with the grinder. I bit of cheating but it worked like a carom.

 

Cover Plate

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The bulk head is in surprisingly good condition considering what the plate looked like.

 

Bulk Head

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The next step is to make a template and get her sorted.

 

Another thing I picked up while running over the car is that the rear right wheel has been rubbing on the shock as swell as the swing arm. I am not use why this would be as the wheels has spacers on and the bearings are in good condition.

 

Rear Right

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Any ideas or advise as to what the rubbing might be as a result of??


Edited by StefanPieter, 07 December 2014 - 07:51 PM.


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Posted 07 December 2014 - 10:48 PM

Swing arm bushes?? Or tyres too wide??

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 07:02 PM

Swing arm bushes?? Or tyres too wide??

 
Thank you for the direction.
 
As the tyres are standard 140/70/R10 tyres I don't thing they will be the resulting the rubbing.
 
When you talk about the swing arm bushes are you referring to item No 15 below

 

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As I can't spot the swing arm bushes on the arm assembly drawing
 
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Posted 08 December 2014 - 07:41 PM

It could be item 15(in first pic) or could be item 16 (bottom pic) also has it been lowered??

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 07:51 PM

It could be item 15(in first pic) or could be item 16 (bottom pic) also has it been lowered??

 

I will get the crowbar in there to see if there is any play before reporting back.

 

The car has not been lowered and was standard when the scrubbing took place.



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 08:06 PM

It could be the drums, they don't look to be spaced which could be the root cause of the rim/tyre scrubbing ?



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 10:49 PM

It could be the drums, they don't look to be spaced which could be the root cause of the rim/tyre scrubbing ?

 

The drums aren't spaced but the rims were fitted with spacers so don't think it to be the cause.

 

This evenings progress....

 

After a long and hard think I decided to undertake more of a restoration than I initially considered before taking her on the road again, In light of this I decided to take the interior out to inspect the floor for signs of steel worm.

 

First thing is first make some more space

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Take out the interior and inspect the work to be done.

 

First impression aren't too bad

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Found a few rust spots

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Nothing major in the back then...

 

The front

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Driver's side

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Some work will be required here.

 

Next I discovered to my dread that the previous owner fitted oversills!! We all know what that means. ROT. these will becoming off very soon.

 

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A preview of what lies underneath...

 

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While I was disconnecting the battery I discovered what seems to be crash damage. Underneath the rear subframe is also bent... Not good! It seems like a hole section was cut out and replaced. that wasn't something that come up during the sales talk...

 

 

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It is amazing how this list of fixes keep on growing.



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 12:00 AM

You remove one panel to replace and you have to change the panels it attache too! Its a never ending progress but very addictive

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:58 AM

O yes, it seems to be world of mini. If rust was worth gold this would be a forum of millionaires.

I have a feeling pulling the oversills off is going to reveal nest of rust worm.

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:10 AM

Arrr!! Yes the dreaded oversill's I'm going through the same thing with mine! Better safe than sorry

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 10:19 PM

An update on the oversill situation...

 

I managed to drill out all the spot welds on the left side oversill to peel it off and found this:

 

Peeling off of oversill

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What remains of the original sill

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A hole in the support box

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A hole straight through the chassis in the back seat buckets

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From the inside of the car

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Man I hate oversills!!!

 

 

Some cleaning, cutting prepping, template making and welding is to follow. This is after stripping the right side oversill of course. On a good tone the wheel arch seems to be in good condition.

 

I have also investigated why the wheel was rubbing and it seems to be result of worn swing arm bearings as there is excessive play on the arms.

 

The shopping list will need to include:

  1. 4" sills
  2. Jacking points and supports
  3. Rear swing arm repair kit
  4. Unsure what else? 


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Posted 10 December 2014 - 03:15 PM

You might consider using some M-machine half floors to repair that or at least, inner sill to first groove as i have done. Would make life much easier.

 

Nice work though.

 

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 07:04 PM

Thanks for the direction Ben. Where would be the best and cheapest place to get panels from?

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 08:13 PM

Thanks for the direction Ben. Where would be the best and cheapest place to get panels from?

M-machine would be best. They have an online catalogue but you need to make orders over the phone. Doreen there is very helpful and will sort you out.

What i do is find the part on the catalogue, jot down the part number(s) and then ring up and place the order.

 

Delivery is swift too

 

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:18 PM

Thank you for the advise Ben.





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