Jump to content


Photo

1968 Mini Van Restoration Project


  • Please log in to reply
53 replies to this topic

#1 owenlcr

owenlcr

    Stage One Kit Fitted

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Location: Angus, Scotland

Posted 15 January 2015 - 08:33 AM


Hi folks, I am a new member to the forum having purchased a 1968 mini van. The previous owner started modifying the van but decided to sell part way through his project. My plan is to make it as original as possible and keeping as an interest and investment.


Prior to starting the project~

20150111_114407.jpg

20150111_114430.jpg

20150111_114445.jpg

20150111_114454.jpg

20150111_114501.jpg

20150111_114517.jpg




After 2 days of stripping

20150112_172529.jpg

20150112_172535.jpg

20150112_172542.jpg

20150112_172602.jpg



Now ready for blasting to find any hidden problem areas, and the i can then order any replacement/repair parts


Edited by owenlcr, 21 May 2020 - 10:02 PM.


#2 Gadgets

Gadgets

    Speeding Along Now

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 471 posts
  • Location: Somerset

Posted 15 January 2015 - 09:16 AM

Ooh another nice van project, we have a group of Mini van owners on Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/groups/547726491913780  

 

I look forward to following your build.



#3 minimissions

minimissions

    Up Into Fourth

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,427 posts
  • Location: North West
  • Local Club: M.M.O.C

Posted 15 January 2015 - 01:51 PM

Looks like a really good build the shell doesnt seem to bad either :) good luck :)



#4 owenlcr

owenlcr

    Stage One Kit Fitted

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Location: Angus, Scotland

Posted 15 January 2015 - 02:20 PM

No the shell looks reasonable, the only obvious part that looks poor is the main floor which is more like a patchwork quilt so I have decided to replace the whole floor assembly, the rest will will be easier to spot once it arrives home from the blaster.

 

20150115_111207.jpg

20150115_111157.jpg

20150115_111145.jpg


Edited by owenlcr, 15 January 2015 - 04:41 PM.


#5 Vinay-RS

Vinay-RS

    Put's foolish ideas in peoples heads

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,985 posts
  • Location: Cape Town

Posted 15 January 2015 - 02:54 PM

Very nice looking project. Good luck with the restoration :)



#6 SAL 821X

SAL 821X

    Camshaft & Stage Two Head

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,884 posts
  • Location: Hinckley
  • Local Club: Leicester Mini Owners Club

Posted 15 January 2015 - 08:24 PM

Nice looking project that. Good luck with the blasting hopefully it wont unearth any nasty surprises.



#7 owenlcr

owenlcr

    Stage One Kit Fitted

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Location: Angus, Scotland

Posted 13 February 2015 - 09:25 AM

Well its Back from blasting and it has reveled alot more battle scars than i first thought, looing forward to the challenge, will be starting surgery next week so will add more info here throughout.

 

 20150207_133921.jpg

 

20150207_133909.jpg

 

20150207_133903.jpg

 

20150207_133858.jpg

 

20150207_133850.jpg

 

20150207_133842.jpg

 

20150207_133836.jpg


Edited by owenlcr, 13 February 2015 - 09:25 AM.


#8 SAL 821X

SAL 821X

    Camshaft & Stage Two Head

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,884 posts
  • Location: Hinckley
  • Local Club: Leicester Mini Owners Club

Posted 13 February 2015 - 09:40 AM

Blimey! Pigeon poo covered Edam..... 

 

 

Nothing a fresh panel or three can't sort though. 



#9 Ben_O

Ben_O

    Mill Road Garage

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,950 posts
  • Location: Isle of Wight

Posted 13 February 2015 - 10:37 AM

Quite a few nasty old repairs there!

 

Good luck with the project mate

 

Ben



#10 java gt

java gt

    Mini Mad

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 120 posts
  • Local Club: Irish Mini Owners Club

Posted 13 February 2015 - 09:32 PM

Nothing worse than undoing poor bodges that were all that a van merited when it was a low value work vehicle but at least all the panels are available and you can see what you have to do after it was blasted.Happy grinding and welding.

#11 owenlcr

owenlcr

    Stage One Kit Fitted

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Location: Angus, Scotland

Posted 21 March 2015 - 08:57 PM

Well thats the van garaged and work has commenced, afraid to say it's going to get worse before it gets better but that's all part of the fun i suppose, 

20150320_161243.jpg

20150320_161252.jpg

20150320_161304.jpg

 

 

 

First to go was the main floor

20150320_181559.jpg

 

But M-Machine to the rescue

20150320_170555.jpg

20150320_170546.jpg

 

then night time homework begins

 

 

20150321_204207.jpg

20150321_204258.jpg

20150321_204317.jpg

20150321_205444.jpg


Edited by owenlcr, 27 March 2015 - 08:30 AM.


#12 Ben_O

Ben_O

    Mill Road Garage

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,950 posts
  • Location: Isle of Wight

Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:30 PM

Did M machine supply that floor assembled or did you assemble it from bits?

 

Ben



#13 slidehammer

slidehammer

    One Carb Or Two?

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 812 posts
  • Location: Surrey
  • Local Club: LSMOC

Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:32 PM

Great project, I love the commercials. It is still a lot more sound than what a lot of people are starting with. Undoing other peoples bodges is a real pain as you can always work out how the panels were meant to join etc. Keep the updates coming



#14 One step at a time

One step at a time

    Mini Mad

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 282 posts
  • Location: Staffordshire

Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:31 PM

Great looking project. I take it you sorted the subframes out whilst the shell was being blasted.
What's your ideas for it?

#15 owenlcr

owenlcr

    Stage One Kit Fitted

  • TMF+ Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Location: Angus, Scotland

Posted 22 March 2015 - 08:50 AM

Ben - the subframe arrived as per the photo, i have had a measure of it and looks mm perfect.

Slide - To look at the floor it wasnt that bad until it was blasted then the true condition was revealed, most panels from the scuttle down have been poorly repaired at some point.

One step - I work out of the country so only get limited time to work on my commercial, the subrames and seats have been a good indoor project as all parts are in new condition.
I plan to make the van as close to concours as possible but with a few personal tweeks made throughout as enhancements, such as cooper S discs, polly bushed, hilos but importantly nothing that cant be undone to completely original.

Thanks folks




3 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 3 guests, 0 anonymous users

Mini Spares