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#46 mini_matt_106

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 12:16 PM

I've got gas! Hehe
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Regulators on its way

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:21 PM

Can anyone help me with what is supposed to to be going on at the rear of the sill?

Everything is a bit rusty and there was what's left of some metal that fell out.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 10:39 PM

Had some time in the garage this evening, just some grinding where the oversill was welded, the inner sill is very pitted and thin in some places so not sure if I need to patch it but it seems still strong and has survived the 'jab it with a screwdriver' just a couple of pin holes where the old oversill met the floor.

my regulator and new mark turned up so everything is ready on the welding side, although I now need to make a trolly to hold the gas bottle so it doesn't fall and take out a wall!

I've set myself a deadline for the MOT before the end of the year, another YouTuber and TMF member has a car they picked up around the same time as I got mine moved so we've got some motivation to beat each other.

Currently the engine is still seized but ive left diesel filling the cylinders for a week now so hopefully that's doing some good, I've got a buddy coming to visit who said he will get it sorted so that's awesome!

Right, let's have a to do list:
Patch o/s inner sill
Finish welding in o/s/f floor pan in
Patch o/s heelboard/flitch area
Patch o/s/r 1/4 panel
Weld in new o/s sill

Cut off n/s oversill
Repair what's under it (to be discovered)
Patch n/s/r 1/4 panel
Repair n/s flitch
Weld in new n/s sill
Patch n/s wing (headlight surround)

Unseize engine
Fit exhaust system
Run new brake lines front to back
Refurb/replace brakes (possibly disk upgrade up front)

I'm sure there will be more that I've forgotten but that's the short list

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:31 PM

Let's add patch in boot floor to that list :/
I went poking with a screwdriver
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There is also a patch in the boot but I might leave it alone for the time being.
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After getting my gas bottle I was worried about knocking it over so I bought myself a trolley, meaning I can move the welder around the garage easily.
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I've been spending as much time as I can in the garage, grinding and welding and grinding some more, I definitely spend more time grinding welds off than I do putting them on!

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I picked up this awesome old toolbox full of imperial spanners and a socket set which should help me later on.

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Part two of the video is coming along well and planned for the end of the month.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 02:39 PM

Great find on those old imperial tools! Should do you a world of good when working on your Mini. 



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Posted Yesterday, 03:40 AM

Had some more time in the garage this Friday and Saturday so got cracking on the boot floor repair, struggling to get to grips with the welding, what was left was quite thin so had a lot of blow-throughs and then ran out of gas because my torch constantly leaks! I need to replace an o-ring and epoxy a plate piece back in to fix it.

Cut out
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Template made
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Fresh metal cut
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Welded in
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Painted
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Definitely not finished, a few pin holes to fill but the welder wasn't happy by the end so rather stop now.
Far from the prettiest, didn't want to grind too much off, plus seam sealer will cover it anyway.

One thing I'm really struggling with is the rear off side brake drum is stuck solid and I cannot get it off no matter how hard I try!
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