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#1 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 03:10 PM

While looking for a 1275 block and transmission, I ran into a guy who knew a guy who was selling his 1976 Austin Mini Pickup.

I knew I had to have it. $4500 later, it was mine. 

It was not in any good condition at all. Its 1100 ran on 3 cylinders. There were holes in the fenders. The floor had been cut out and replaced with a single piece of sheet metal. There was no weather stripping around the doors. The sliding windows were nearly stuck, I was afraid to move them. 

But it was my first real project so I was excited

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And here she is driving her around the house

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#2 pdaykin

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 06:38 PM

Willpower is overrated anyway.

And it would be rude to turn down a good project

#3 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 12:41 AM

So I have actually had this Mini Pickup since around June 2014. 

After owning it for a month, it was torn down to the shell and sent off to the media blasters to reveal what was beneath

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When it came back, it was WORSE than anyone thought. The original doors were shot, so I picked up these.

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And there is sat in this conditon for a couple years since I had moved into a new place shortly after. I wasnt allowed to work on it at the new place.



#4 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 12:55 AM

Alright, Fast forward to Summer 2016. My friend bought a house with a two car garage. He let me crash there and park my Mini in his garage.

So let the teardown begin

Started with the wings

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You can see the bodge jobs on the filtch panels

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Then i turned to the rear

Whats left of the lower valence

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Then I cut out the remaining pieces of the filtch panels

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Got a sandblaster to help with the process. Also a giant order of MiniSpares Panels

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Now I know the feelings of the fiberglass front ends, but it was a good deal so I picked it up from Canada (8 hour drive) I may or may not use it

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#5 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:04 AM

Now Fall 2016, I moved again to my own place. Has a nice little garage so I tucked her away again. But didnt take long util I was outside playing in the garage

Just look at this mess!!! It all had to go

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There was so much media from when it got blasted hanging out in the layers of oversills that it almost caught on fire while cutting through 

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I love this picture because you can see how holey the load bed is

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#6 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:09 AM

While at work, I was able to find the time clean and rebuild the transmission. THANK YOU youtube

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Very pleased with how it turned out. I just hope it works and that I didnt break anything

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#7 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:26 AM

Started with the floor

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#8 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:30 AM

Then I lost motivation for a couple months.

It was a warm Christmas Day (high 40s) so I decided to get my butt in gear and get going on this project

So I put the floor under the cab (well what is left of it)

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#9 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:37 AM

And that my friends, brings me to yesterday and today.

Started wrestling in the filtch panels

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Took a lot of massaging to try and get them somewhat close



#10 Richie83

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 07:31 AM

Looking good. Will be watching with interest :-)

#11 g111mds

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 08:39 PM

Some major work ahead, but look forward to following your progress. Currently on the hunt for a pickup too.

#12 FlyingScot

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:13 PM

Great progress!
G111MDS pickups can be found if you have the time and money ;-)

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#13 jamesquintin

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:12 AM

What YouTube videos did you watch to get that gearbox so clean...?

#14 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:15 AM

I used a POR15 degreaser letting them sit over night. Then using a scraper, I chipped away what was left of the paint and grease to the best that I could. Then I actually stuck all the transmission casing parts in the sandblaster. Then used a wirebrush, some elbo grease and decent amount of running water to ensure everything was clean. Finally masked up all the gasket surfaces and painted with 2 coats of silver metallic and 3 good coats of a clear.

For the internals, I also used a wirebrush and some scotchbrite to get them looking nice and pretty. 

I assembled using the MiniMania Transmission assembly videos. Very easy to follow

 

 

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#15 DR3AM-W3AVUH

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:24 AM

Well nothing much to report. I took one step forward and two steps back today. I had welded in the middle section of the firewall, but when I went to mount the subframe again it I couldn't get to fit. Turns out I had welded the piece a 1/2" out. So out came the grinder and cut it all back out again. That was really frustrating. But in some good news, I did get a new Welding Helmet  :lol:  :lol:

Hopefully I will get it all welded tomorrow and post some pics






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