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#1 Dutchdave's25

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:09 PM

Hi All,

 

Since I truly enjoy reading about all your rebuilds I decided to give you a peek into mine.

I bought this car back in 2008, drove it around for two years and than put it away in garage because rust was making it impossible to keep it roadlegal.

As you can see the car had been redone by a previous owner, not the best work i've seen and missing a lot of the original parts.

the only original interior parts were: the rear seat and the dashboard.

 

Eventhough i have collected most of the original parts I am not going back to original, the plan is:

1275 SPI engine

black MPI interior (including MPI dash with magnolia cauges)

sportpack wheelarches

13 inch performance supalite

Platinum Sylver ( MNX ) (mini 40)

 

 

This is what it looked like on its last ride: (not my wedding)

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started stripping down the car:

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Time for some chopping:

 

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first of all a new floor, doorstep, etc.:

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fitting door with new door skin:

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like i mentioned before, there will be a SPI engine in it, so the bodypanels that go with it are fitted:

 

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from the inside:

 

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front going on:

 

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Edited by Dutchdave's25, 23 July 2018 - 07:08 AM.


#2 Dutchdave's25

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:58 PM

onto the rear:

 

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preparing the front wings for sportpack arches:

 

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ready for the sportpack arches:

 

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#3 Dutchdave's25

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:58 PM

ready for some coats of paint:

 

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making a start with the inside ( treating it with rx5 and rx10 )

 

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RX10 applied:

 

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same treatment for underneath:

 

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sanding it down for a second coat of rx10:

 

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second coat:

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Sanded down the bottom last week ready for epoxy and primer, and yes this side will be in colour.

 

i am thinking of covering the wheel arches and other vulnerable areas with a clear undercoating, maybe you guys have some suggestions for that?



#4 Northernpower

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:06 PM

Looks nice work, over what time period has it taken?



#5 MasterD78

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:26 PM

Looks fantastic!  Great work.  Like mentioned above how long did this take?  



#6 Dutchdave's25

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:05 AM

Thanks! :)

started with the bodywork in 2016, most work has been carried out this year though.

 

I meant to quote you both, but I worked it out after I posted this :P


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 01:55 PM

I have finished work on the engine some time ago,

It's a 1275 SPI engine, complete with wiring harness and all injection parts.

 

Overhauled the gearbox, fitted a central oil pick-up pipe.

faster cilinder head with bigger valves and high lift rockers.

I didnt do any work on the pistons, cilinders or crank. looking at other projects I wonder if I should have..

 

anyway here's the engine I bought:

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after:

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#8 johnR

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 03:44 PM

good progress - helps that you've got plenty of room to work in that's well lit!

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 11:16 AM

good progress - helps that you've got plenty of room to work in that's well lit!

 

it may be well lit, but I live 2 hours away from my car  :shy:



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:43 PM

Ahh - not so good!



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Posted 21 December 2017 - 01:35 PM

Nice project! Good to see some other projects from The Netherlands here :-) .

 

I had the same issue with the distance to my Mini, but moved it some while ago to another place, only a few minutes from my home. It has speed up the project significantly :-).



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:29 AM

Nice project! Good to see some other projects from The Netherlands here :-) .

 

I had the same issue with the distance to my Mini, but moved it some while ago to another place, only a few minutes from my home. It has speed up the project significantly :-).

 

Thanks :)

 

I guess its easier to move once you have it painted ;)



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:43 AM

Been working on something else in the meantime.

I bought a MPI dashboard including magnolia gauges for a 100 euros.

The veneer was not fit for restoring so I striped it all off, forgot to take pictures of this.

i filled in the radio hole with plywood, because radios are ugly things (and from another century).

then sanded the whole thing, needed some filler for the radio hole.

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the drilled the two extra holes for the 52mm magnolia gauges. (oil pressure, clock, volts)

 

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I have to say I was more than a bit nerveous drilling these, so worried I wouldnt get them in a straight line...

But I guess you all agree I could not have done a better job ;)  

 

also the bottom of the car is painted in epoxy and primer, so more on that next time 



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:53 AM

Looking nice 👍

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:57 PM

great work







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