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#1 Chappers

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 02:30 AM

Hi all,

Its been a long while since I was part of the mini community, and its been a few years since I lived in the UK.

The last involvement I had with Mini's was back in 2007 when I took part in the North West Mini Club and the rolling road shootouts featured in the mini magazines. It was loads of fun! icon_biggrin.gif 

Then life got in the way, you know the normal stuff; house, marriage, children, work, then moving all the previously mentioned to another country and starting over again! hehe

Anyway, once we we got settled over here, I realized it would be great fun to have another project again. And being in 'Merica, surrounded by cheap trucks and V8s the obvious choice was.....well I hadn't really decided to be honest...

Then one day while idly scanning the classifieds I spot a chap not too far away selling a 1961 mini Cooper!
Now this is the middle of Indiana, the redneck epicenter......picture country music on every radio station, V8 pickup trucks, copious amounts of camouflage clothing worn, guns etc...
Who the heck has a classic mini here?

I just had to have a look, plus it was cheap. 

The chap was called Bill and he was a lovely old gent, he had cars all over, one of those old yellow New York checker taxi cabs, a 1940s hotrod, an old Austin bug eye sprite, he even has (and I don't think its going anywhere fast) a mini woody traveler!

Now this is where my heart maybe ruled my head...
The car is a rolling shell; the story is he found the car in a farmer's field in early 70s, he put in a rear roll cage, welded in a completely flat floor covered it in fiberglass and he used it for autocross racing for a couple of years.
Then, I guess in the pursuit of more speed, he cut off the front end to make a fiberglass front.....then stopped...put it in his barn in 1975 and it lived there ever since. Until September '14 when a strange Englishman bought it. icon_lol.gif 

I've received the Heritage Certificate for it from British motor Heritage museum.
Turns out its an Austin Seven, built in March 1960. LHD exported to the US.
Came in Farina Grey with whitewall tires.

 

longer term, it will receive a FWD Yamaha R1 conversion with my own sub frame and drive system.
And will be repainted in that farina grey paint icon_biggrin.gif

 

So far I've stripped the whole car to a shell, made a rotisserie and I'm ready to attack the rusty shell.

 

I had to make a shelf above the mini where I could stash the parts for now. The double garage is only 22'x22' and I have to fit 3 cars in, but its also quite tall at 9-10'. So plenty of storage to be had hanging stuff off the ceiling.

Pulling things off the mini I was really surprised by 
1) how many bodges the PO had made, like welding a sheet of steel to the underside of the rusty floors, bent up and over the sills (i will take some pictures and get them posted up). Fiber-glassed over the top of the rusty floor inside so that it makes a nice rusty sandwich then mature 40 years, cut the front end off, no extra bracing though, the front sub frame rear mounts were non existent so the sub frame was only held in by the tower bolts, oh and while he was cutting the floor he sliced right through the rear of the front frame so i think that's pretty knackered.
2) how many rust holes there are, probably every panel needs repairing to some extent. I priced up $1000 in panels.
3) How easily EVERY bolt came undone! literally every bolt unscrewed without hesitation icon_eek.gif I even forgot to use any PB blaster or WD40 on the rear sub frame! freaky

 

I'll let some pictures do the talking...
 

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Edited by Chappers, 30 September 2015 - 02:36 AM.


#2 Chappers

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 02:38 AM

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#3 Chappers

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 02:40 AM

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#4 Chappers

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 02:44 AM

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So in summary there's some crusty bits, some surface rust on lots of inside surfaces because it was stored for so long without windows, and some surprisingly nice and solid bits like the bulkhead and inner arches which look as good as new... and time will tell as I start to really start to strip the paint/rust off....



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 02:58 AM

Awesome! Goodluck mate

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 06:09 AM

Looks excellent great work so far (wish I had a bigger garage). Will be watching this one good luck and welcome back to the world of mini.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 08:28 AM

Wow looks like an awesome build and good to see another mk1, you have a great space to work with as well..... But omg those floors they have seen some repairs .... Looking forward to seeing this one done :)

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 08:36 AM

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I was about to congratulate you on the size of your exhaust pipe :lol:



#9 James_eaton_thewholething

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:25 AM

I would say only a tad rusty. Looks like it's going to be a fun adventure for you but will be nice once done will be looking out for updates

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:54 AM

Nice one!!!  Great little (quite big actually) project there.

 

Not the biggest fan of the R1 idea.....mk1's and engine conversions never sit right with me.  But that is my opinion and it is your project so i'll shut up......but if you can make every modification you do reversible then if in the future you wish to put an A series back where it should be then no problem eh?

 

Will be following this project so the very best of luck to you.



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 10:00 AM

Nice find !

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 05:33 PM

Looks excellent great work so far (wish I had a bigger garage). Will be watching this one good luck and welcome back to the world of mini.


Thanks, the last mini I had was 998 turbo, it's on Turbominis forum.
Think this mini found me in a way.
I already think my garage is too small! Haha
3 car garages are the norm in my neighbourhood.
But I realize this garage is a lot bigger than my single garage I had in the UK.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 05:35 PM


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I was about to congratulate you on the size of your exhaust pipe :lol:

I work for a company that makes exhausts so there plentiful supply of scrapped pipes.
My whole rotisserie cost $80 including the caster wheels ($40)

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 05:54 PM

Nice one!!!  Great little (quite big actually) project there.
 
Not the biggest fan of the R1 idea.....mk1's and engine conversions never sit right with me.  But that is my opinion and it is your project so i'll shut up......but if you can make every modification you do reversible then if in the future you wish to put an A series back where it should be then no problem eh?
 
Will be following this project so the very best of luck to you.


Thanks Dave, and it a privilege you want to follow it, as I've been looking through your rally clubman build and I bloody fell off my chair! Excellent workmanship and ingenuity!

I see what your saying about the mk1 and A series. But my dream when I used to own minis in the UK was an engine swapped one.

When I found this one, like I said it was a rolling shell anyway left to rot in this guy's barn for 40 years, it didn't even have any paperwork to road register it, I've been through all that, a year long process, but I now have the all important title or the car. That's why I was reluctant to start the rebuild process ($$$$) until now.

However don't worry this is going to be as classic as it comes, original color, cooper S wheels, simple interior with 4 seats. But it will have some strategic splashes of modern. Think of the Singer 911.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 06:10 PM

That rollover spit is smart, I might try to knock one up myself




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