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#16 country clubman

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:20 PM

Im currently trying to rebuild the rear end on my 75 clubman, its got the same problems as yours, but ive not even started yet. have you  purchased a panel for the lower quarter panel, or made your own up?

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The lower quarter panel corner was a shop bought one, it's a magnum panel from dsn classics, horrible e-coat if you can even call it that, if not fully removed affects weld badly and metal seems soft, makes it easier to shape but hopefully it is good enough quality, deffinitaly be plenty of wax oyl on inside, but this one has the lip that goes all way around, others stop at corner which is probably more correct if you have a inside corner! and I might have done it little different if realised inner corner was supposed to close of inner and lip go around, but corner I started on was completely gone and patched up badly. Anyway it still needed adjusting though, it has a lip that folds around to rear door aperture which needed re folding and the corner needed the lip cutting so it would bend around better, will still need a little filler for better shape to finish with. The lower valance worth getting genuine as better shape than none genuine, did try none genuine valance as genuine has more holes in than needed for this age and none genuine cheaper of course but just didn't match up to the lower valance corners!



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:33 PM

Managed to get the rear valance finally welded on, painted the inner part first and weld through primer on the edges to be welded, oh how a spot welder would have saved so much time shame don't have enough money for one of them, so plug welded on and the joy of grinding all welds down, not the neatest on the narrow part but after ground down makes no difference.

 

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 08:55 PM

Managed to do more work on the mini today, started by getting rid of the old arch/valance closing panel, cleaning the area up and preparing the new one for fitting, this is a M-machine one, was bit bigger than needed but that was good as gives you more room for play and easy enough to cut down.

 

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I started on the lower section between arch and front door, cut it away ready  for new lower panel,  rather rotten inside but not that bad looks worse that it is, once cleaned up and rust treated won't be that bad(hopefully!).

 

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Then started on repairing the subframe trunion mount section, the lower inner captive nut had gone, as condition not that bad there decided to try a threaded insirt instead of making a whole new section, got a insirt bush that was rather thick so give me room to grind down to shape, photo below shows the shape ended up with, then drilled a hole in the side of the sill and the bottom, fitted trunion so would hold in place whilst welding on, then welded around the hole, ground down welds re tapped incase any welding spatter  managed to get inside thread. As the lower side section was off managed to get the insirt via the side, but if the side wasn't off then simply making the hole big enough to slide the insirt through would have done the job as well.

 

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Nice ashtray!!

 

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 09:27 PM

Looks like a beautiful mini

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:11 PM

Looks like a beautiful mini

Looks bit of a mess at moment but maybe one day!



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:19 PM

Decided to put proper sills on as it has had the wider replacements put on, bit of shame to have to remove em as look solid but not the proper type and give me chance to look at inner sill better, so managed to grab a minute and cut the old sill at top and peeled it back wow what a load of rust underneath, will have to decide best plan of action now, with limited time and limited funds.

 

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:38 PM

Managed to brace the car(might not be needed but little extra strength puts my mind at rest), ready for drivers side floor and sills chopping out, and I chopped a little of the rear floor out. Photo's show how bad the floor is and in desperate need of sorting properly.

 

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:09 AM

Did more chopping on it yesterday, managed to cut more of the floor out, cut floor away from cross memeber and took inner sill of the door step panel, plus cut the front foot rest floor out. Don't want to go too crazy till get the new panels have ordered them so should be here any day, went for m-machine ones and a genuine outer sill, they kept insisting that their sills are as good as genuine, they might be but I've never used them and when you can get genuine I don't think it worth the risk for a few quid extra.

 

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At least as this isn't been worked on every day gives me chance to get rust treatment on and for it to work better, got the inner door step panel treated and the cross member, so next photo of these will be nice shiny metal hopefully!

 

Inner doorstep panel, looks rather rusty but not as bad as it looks.

 

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Inner cross member, again bit rusty and some places will need repair but not too bad again.

 

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 11:24 PM

Santa came today with some goodies, just need to get round to fitting them now!

 

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 05:17 PM

Looking good.!!

 

Get some paint on the m-machine panels soon get surface rust on them!!!



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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:53 PM

May I ask where are you getting your panels from??
It looks like yours will turn out to be yet another stunning example. Good Luck with the build.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 10:48 PM

Looking good.!!

 

Get some paint on the m-machine panels soon get surface rust on them!!!

Definitely be getting em painted, the companion box closing panel came with a little bit of surface rust on! but will clean of easy enough, be getting the etchweld through paint on.

 

 

May I ask where are you getting your panels from??
It looks like yours will turn out to be yet another stunning example. Good Luck with the build.

The panels are all from m-machine directly, they do sell genuine ones as well as there own and you get a discount if you mention your member of this site. Hopefully it will all turn out good, not done a mini floor myself before but it looks straight forward.


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 10:32 PM

Been a while since had chance to do any work on it, but got a days work on it today, nothing much to show as it was just more prep for the new panels, cutting more rot out and carefully getting rid of the spot welds in parts. But it was nice to offer up the floor panel to see what it would look like.

 

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 05:37 AM

Looks like a nice project nice to see another clubby estate getting some love :)



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:28 PM

There was a change of plan on the subframe mounting panel, instead of repairing what was there as I did earlier, decided to put new end repair on, idea is that it should be easier to fit floor/sill than the old bodged end, plus it had been patched up.

 

Managed to cut it to correct size and weld it on today, just need to clean up the weld and hopefully shouldn't be able to tell it's an end repair. It's the cutting and measuring that takes time this has to be put on in correct place, I do want to put subframe back on at some point! lol

 

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