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#1 The B team

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:42 PM

Hi everyone! 

 

First post on here! thought I'd share the rebuild of my Mini Van, I'll warn you in advance it's going to be a slow project...i'm just terrible at getting things done!

 

The Van was originally my granddads and was getting into a bit of a sorry state after being used by him as a daily driver for some 40 odd years and always being kept outside, Somerset county council originally bought it new and He drove it for the school meals service, a few years later when they were selling it he bought it from them so effectively he knew the car from new, in 2015 I decided I was going to have it restored for him but sadly he passed away during the bodywork side of things, as much as I wanted to do as much as I could my self bodywork isn't my thing so I left it to a local mini enthusiast after it initially got butchered by a garage claiming they would do a good job...amazingly when metal work was initially cut away it had 7 layers of over sills on it!  O_O all nicely rusting away!

 

Anyway enough talking here's some photos of when it came back from the crap garage, only the floor had been touched at this point:

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The work that the trusted guy did...couldn't have asked for better!

 

The pile of scrap he cut out...

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And a bit of a change to what it is now:

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Bit of photo spam but speaks louder than words!

 

Feel free to comment, hope you all enjoy!

 

 



#2 Northernpower

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:46 PM

Welcome to the forum, great looking project. Given the hosting problems we now have with photobucket I'd suggest you use imgur from now on.

#3 The B team

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:03 PM

Thanks, and thanks for the heads up on pb I noticed recently all the photos seem to be loading ok from there and didn't think it was an issue  :huh:



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

Thanks, and thanks for the heads up on pb I noticed recently all the photos seem to be loading ok from there and didn't think it was an issue  :huh:

They're ok at the moment but photobucket is not a long term solution.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:14 PM

I'd also suggest you subscribe to the forum and become a TMF+member. It only costs £5 and it entitles you to various discounts from suppliers including 7.5% off MiniSpares and more importantly it supports the forum as well.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 09:21 PM

That looks great!!!

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 10:36 PM

That colour is amazing! :o

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:39 AM

Welcome,

 

Wow that is a awesome looking van and a nice bit of history he would be very proud to see it now. Nice work. I will check in to see the build process.

 

Good Luck



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:50 AM

Looks great, but why did you stone chip the load bay floor..?



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:03 PM

thanks for the comments, the load bay is coated with a sprayed on polyurethane liner, as is the underside of the car, it was initially used as a truck bed liner but it seemed quite a good idea for the car as its completely water proof and you can physically hit it with a hammer and it just bounces off, remains flexible too, I intend on getting the car as original as possible but still to be used all year round so this seemed like a good way to protect it and if you chuck tools in the back it doesn't damage the floor



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:51 PM

Fantastic story and the van looks really good. Definitely a keeper!





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