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#76 Steve220

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 08:49 PM

Cheers Jay,

 

The car is far from mint. The body has typical MPi rust all over the place which is what i'm currently saving to restore. I'm tempted to do what you've done and almost start from scratch on the rebuild but i have a tendency to throw money at it and get carried away >_<



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:20 PM

Finished the centre console, really happy with the outcome!

 

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:23 PM

Very tidy mate, good job :thumbsup:

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Edited by FlyingScot, 05 March 2015 - 07:23 PM.


#79 Ben_O

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 07:05 AM

looks fantastic!



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 08:54 AM

Maybe start a small production run?! Great job!

Edited by Redjohnno, 07 March 2015 - 08:57 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 02:53 PM

All I did was remake the sides and recover the whole lot. Its very straight forward to do however I wouldn't have the time to do it for others. But thank you for the compliment :)

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 04:56 PM

I'll take one in black suede please ! ;-)

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 05:12 PM

Sod off Jay :P if I do you one you can weld my car lol

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 01:13 AM

Only a slight update with barely photos i'm afraid. I got a package through from minispares (thank you Simon!) containing new discs, pads, hub ball joint, cork gasket adjustable tie bars and lower arms as well as some other stuff i've probably forgotten and is sitting in the garage still. Replaced the driver's side upper joint as it was frankly falling apart. Straight forward to remove. New one lapped in, greased up and fitted.

 

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Callipers were whipped off to find that i barely had any pad material left. Lucky really as i'd only bought the new stuff as a precautionary measure.

 

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Removed the rocker cover to replace the cork gasket as it was weeping. Turns out the old one was split in several places and held in place by blue hylomar sealant that had gummed up. Nice.

 

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I also had issues with my headlight levelling motors. When you turned the lights on you could hear them buzzing away without doing a great deal. No matter where you positioned the switch the lights never moved. So, where to begin? Checked the motors themselves and they were both serviceable. Checked the earth, cleaned it up and still they buzzed. On a whim i purchased a new switch for £16 which arrived this morning, took the plug off the old one (contortionist wrists to get to without removing the dash face), shoved it in the new one and after a bit of buzzing and proper motor noise they stopped! All positions work and they do indeed adjust the level nicely. Dead chuffed :)



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 12:37 AM

Loving the progress mate. Getting on fantastically.



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 04:18 AM

Cheers Smuff. Got a few plans for her now. She won't be red in the future!

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 11:03 AM

Cheers Smuff. Got a few plans for her now. She won't be red in the future!

Ooh, what are you plans for the colour? Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. 



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:03 PM

Finally getting mine sorted out i hope Steve. Always said i was going to change the red but lately been thinking of leaving it as it will be done quicker! 



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 04:11 PM

Like any project I do, I always end up waiting for parts. Some longer than others. In the mean time I'm starting to collect parts to sort the sagging front suspension out as well as buying some new alloys! Although I found out today they're going to be another 6 weeks. Rather disappointing. In the mean time I bought myself a DA and had a play on the audi, it came up quite well! But the biggest success was on the mini's chrome bumpers. These kept going grubby and ended up with spots of rust so cleaned them up and gave them a once over with some meguiars 105 on a CG white pad then gold liquid wax. Result?

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 12:42 PM

With the car now running sweet as a nut, I decided to do some minor planning and collect parts! I've really enjoyed the ownership of this little car so far!

Bought a Mini 500 gearknob in need of some TLC. So. Got the drill out, stuck an 8mm drill bit and covered it in a cloth and rammed the gearknob on top. Que some 800, 1200 and 2000 grit wet and dry paper and 300rpm!

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With the hotter weather, I treated the car to a very basic compound polish and wax. Scrubs up well!

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Oh yeh, a little change of plan for the engine. Just bought some low compression 1293cc pistons and one of these :twisted:

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Overall idea is to use an SC MPi inlet system as this will simplify trying to program an ECU with the siamese style firing of the MPi's injectors. It will also mean i won't have to mess around with custom manifolds. I have just placed a large order for parts from the ever reliable Minispares :) and the ever present minisport. Oh yeh, still waiting for my new wheels 3 months on.






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