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#16 jamesquintin

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 11:22 PM

on a side note, I like to listen to podcasts when I'm working on the car and I use a Bluetooth speaker to connect to my phone

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This Nokia speaker is great!
 



#17 Steve220

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 10:14 AM

Do your motors actually move? I'm sure mine don't as i've tried moving the headlights up and down and there's no difference. They make a lot of noise constantly though. hmm... might start up a separate thread about this!



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Posted 22 February 2015 - 10:52 AM

They did before it went into the garage for repairs...

I found the adjuster screws were not far enough into the motor. Screwed them in a bit and now they fine.

They whole headlight assembly was protruding too far out past the headlight rim. I'll need to get them adjusted when it goes for the mot as i have no way of adjusting them correctly at home.

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 11:25 AM

Woohoo! MOT passed. No advisories 😁

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 10:54 PM

Well I finally got around to fitting the new grille, surrounds and spot light after being reversed into, looks pretty nice to me!

 

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#21 jamesquintin

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:09 PM

I got reversed into again! At least both the front spot lights are shiny and new...

 

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 06:36 PM

Ohhh.... Some updates soon I hope...

 

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 11:03 AM

Not updated this for a while, so here we go!

​I put the Cooper 'S' Kit on last summer, been loving the extra power, but there where a few teething problems...

 

 


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 03:46 PM

The strip down has started...

 

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 10:43 PM

Dear god this is taking ages!

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Got most of the car stripped down

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#26 jamesquintin

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 11:11 AM

Continuing with the strip down:
 

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I then welded some brace bars in before I take out the floor:

 

 

 

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Then got busy with the angle grinder!

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 12:34 PM

Looks like ur doiing fine job on the floor :D good luck with it!



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 09:55 AM

So after poking around with a screwdriver at the back of the car turns out the boot is toast. I could patch it up, but it would only be a small amount of extra work to replace the whole thing, so I bought a heritage boot floor valance etc. and started to prep them:

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Annoyingly the heritage panels don't have any of the tags on their panels, even the ones that are essential like the battery nut/cage on the boot. So I spot weld drilled the old one out:

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Cleaned it up:

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And welded it back on:

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I used the extra long arms on my spot welder:

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I also added the tags:

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They were all lined up to the small square indentations on the new panel, except the last one under the RH light cluster, that was slight over to the left to match the tag on my old floor

​I also removed the long strengthening strip from the old seat base. Again another part that's not on the new panels...

 

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Seat base was a bit of a mess...

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I used the old panel as a template to re-drill the holes for the STS wiring harness that clips under the rear seat. Just waiting for a 25mm drill to do the 4 big holes in the above picture:

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:12 AM

Haha! Brilliant. You show a pretty empty looking garage then all of a sudden the car's stripped, you're chopping out panels and whip out a spot-welder! lol.

 

We're doing the same with a 98 MPI at the minute which is a lot further gone than yours, it's really testing our patience. Good luck!


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:20 AM

I wish the garage was empty, its a pretty tight squeeze! All of the car is pretty much in the loft...

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