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#16 Avtovaz

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 05:58 PM

so progress is slow on the advantage, and i said i was going to show why, so!

 

This is another car i have, its a road rally bmw compact, i bought the mini as i had a little bit of money, and it was either buy 2 front shocks for this, or get the mini which was a little bit more. So the bmw works as is, i bought the mini

 

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Its kept where i work, and today i fitted an arch liner and an idle valve. Im out ont he rally Mon 16-17 september, so i have to get the car right. It wants a rocker cover gasket, and 4 tyres now.

 

 

So came home after that and did a bit to the mini 30..

 

 

The drivers seat was bent, so i took it apart and repaired it...

 

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stripped it right down.

 

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One side had broken off, i didnt realise that both side s of the seat where held by the mechanism, i thought it was just bent. So clamped it into the vice in position and welded it up

 

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I ran out of get on the last bit as you can just see.

 

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All back together, straight and strong. I added a bit more padding, and it seems ok!

 

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Needs a handle for the recline, but otherwise the car is not far off a mot. It wants a hazard flasher unit, and a good clean.

 

 

 

Tomorrow, ill start stripping the advantage if its not raining, or there is a few jobs on my e39 i need to get done, so either way, should be outside tomorrow.


Edited by Avtovaz, 15 January 2018 - 09:59 PM.


#17 mini_matt_106

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 09:43 AM

The one car I wish I'd never sold 😭

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Also affectionately knows as the Dis-Advantage, had all the original vynal, interior, wheel trims and everything, front grill was mk1 but that's the only thing that wasn't original.

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#18 Avtovaz

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 09:48 AM

i cant make my mind up what to do with mine, either put the standard grill back on it, or remove the oil cooler, get a new mk1 grill, paint that nimbus grey, and leave the outer chrome. Also with my back lights, they are with out the reversing light, they look good, but not original.



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Posted 20 August 2017 - 04:23 PM

did a bit more today, but not loads, was quite tired today...

 

 

took everything out of the engine bay i could and removed the headlights. Found that one of the head light bowls was really rotten, and the other was ok, so ill get some more, the plastic ones probably.

 

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after id done that, i took the rad into the garage and started to clean it

 

 

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is this a later rad as it has the low coolant level sensor

 

So they are now painted

 

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see if i can get more done in the week, but it maybe hard. I want to get on with the roof of the car, but have to see how i get on with the 30... Need to get it off for mot after my brother has cleaned it.


Edited by Avtovaz, 16 January 2018 - 08:43 PM.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 05:20 PM

Well its bank holiday weekend, and you know what that means???? CAR WORK!

 

 

So, i made a deal with M&Ms warrington, that they get my SPI trim, i get a roof, and lots of other bits, so i phoned them today, spoke to a guy there, and i can get my roof tomorrow... So!

 

 

Air tools!!!

 

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No roof!

 

 

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Should have taken more pics, but i didnt. Roof off, and it just pulled off, just welded in 4 places really. Then cleaned it up, gutters are ok, but not fantastic, need repairing in a few places. Now, i should cut the pillars, and weld the roof on that way, but maybe its a bit too much work for me atm, and if i get all the rust out i can, weld the new roof on at the gutters, then tiger seal the seams, i think itll be ok.

 

n the pic, you can see i used the de ox gell, and shrink wrapped it. i hope that will stop it drying out over night. How is best to get it off tomorrow? Im going to brush paint 2k epoxy onto the seams before i weld the skin on...

 

thanks


Edited by Avtovaz, 16 January 2018 - 08:46 PM.


#21 Vinay-RS

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:20 PM

I've never seen a Mini without a roof skin. Looks very interesting with those bars across the roof. I hope you can get the new skin installed and looking good :) 



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:28 PM

You could always just weld something to bond to and have a carbonfibre roof

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:42 PM

there is quite a lot of the gutter left, but there is a bit thin in places, and some of the lip is missing, ill have a look at the new roof tomorrow and go fromt here, itll get tiger sealed when its on, so itll be well stuck on anyway.

 

 

I could just tiger seal the whole thing on, but i wont ;)



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:03 PM

I assume you will be removing the headlining before welding on the roof...



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

most likely, i ripped it anyway, just never bothered taking it out tonight.



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:34 PM

Good luck with the roof mate. Have you used M&Ms before?

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:39 PM

yes... some bits they do are really cheep, but ill be giving a full report on what happens tomorrow, we agreed that i gave him the spi trim for 2 halogen headlights plus £200 credit. Ive a list of stuff i want, and hopefully i ll get it all... I may need luck.


Edited by Avtovaz, 25 August 2017 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:56 PM

I went in a few months ago looking for a front floorpan, left empty handed vowing never to return. Maybe he was having a bad day

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 09:22 PM

i have a list ill see tomorrow


Edited by Avtovaz, 26 August 2017 - 08:02 AM.


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 08:03 AM

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still in credit for £30 which is a set of grey door/boot locks... Shall try to get the roof on today or at least somewhere near!


Edited by Avtovaz, 16 January 2018 - 08:48 PM.





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