I always keep metal I cut of the mini, when replacing a panel the whole panel cut out isn't always all rotten, just cut the rot out and keep the good metal. Can be used again for making things.
That's a good one.
I always keep any removed steel from the Mini in my scrap box. You will always find when fitting new panels that the new one might not have a bracket or mounting hole with it so you can always refer back to the old panel to see what goes where.
Just recently i had to dig out my old inner wing so that i could use the washer bottle bracket and bonnet prop bracket on the new one.
I have also saved the old wings for taking measurements for Ariel holes etc.
The old inner wing also came in handy as the new one came with too many holes pre-drilled which the old did not have so i was able to replicate the old one by welding up the unused holes.