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#1 DJC MINI

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 07:50 PM

Hi everyone,

 

My Mum had one, my Dad had two and my Brother had one. Now its my turn! 

 

Posted a few things on the forum but thought it was about time I posted about my Mini. I first decided on the idea when I met up with my mate who had a Mini Neon with a crazy exhaust. After seeing it on the road I fancied some Mini action, so the search was on to find a mint rust free example. I really love the way the Cooper Sport looks. However after searching, I realised that I'd have to increase my budget to find the right car.

 

After looking at a few scabby ones, I came across this one.

 

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I bought it from Cambridge Mini Works back in July with 44,000 miles on the clock. Very tidy car with next to no rust at all which is what I like. The plan is to only use the car during the show season, so I wanted it looking good. 

 

After I'd collected the car, I started by cleaning underneath and rustproofing everywhere. I was lucky as the previous owner had it rustproofed every year. I then began on the paintwork, by using a DA polisher to reduce any swirl marks, before sealing it with a coat of Carnauba wax. I absolutely love driving it. No car I have driven comes close to the mechanical driving feel that you get with this car. I have a Youtube channel about the car and my daily car, a Suzuki Swift Sport (link here: https://www.youtube....r/Daniel6345100)

 

First Stage: Cleaning, and Protecting

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Second Stage: Machine Polishing (Sorry about the photos being the wrong way up)

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Final Stage: Drive It!

A few edited images of my car along with my Swift Sport.

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If you've got this far well done!

 

The car is now in storage for the winter to keep the miles down and to keep it away from the salty roads!

 

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More updates to come.

 

Thanks for looking.


Edited by DJC MINI, 24 December 2017 - 10:37 PM.


#2 Haygate

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 07:58 PM

That looks a great car. What a shine too.

#3 ukcooper

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:29 PM

looks better nick than mine watch ya scuttle dose not got or it reck the dash with water leaking on it



 



#4 the.stroker

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:43 PM

Nice example, and another 10bhp for painting your calipers red.....

#5 g111mds

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 11:02 PM

Thats absolutely lovely! Any more pictures?

#6 LionelMonza

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 03:08 AM

my dream, unfortunately I lack the courage to come from France to buy one and bring it back to mine ... a day can be ...

 

 
I know that in general we do not often talk about money, but to have an order of idea ... how much does it count for such a beautiful copy?
 
I no longer believe in Santa Claus at my age, but you never know I will put it on my list ... or on that of my children ...

 



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 08:34 AM

Very nice!

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 02:28 PM

Lovely car you've certainly done a good job detailing it. One suggestion I would make is to become a TMF+ member, it only cost £5 and entitles you to various discounts at our supported suppliers including 7.5% at Minispares. More importantly, it also supports the forum as well. :xmas:



#9 DJC MINI

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 10:36 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments. I have just become a TMF+ member!

 

*****UPDATE*****

 

A few jobs done on the mini this weekend. 

 

While the car isn't being used through the winter, I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to spruce up the engine bay and add some colour. 

 

I degreased everything dried it all and added 4 coats of engine lacquer. 

 

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After

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The pictures certainly don't do it justice.

 

More updates to come as I next tackle the sills and arches, as I plan to paint them red also. 

 

Thanks for looking.


Edited by DJC MINI, 26 December 2017 - 04:46 PM.


#10 DJC MINI

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 05:36 PM

****Another Update****

 

Painted all the underside and arches red.

 

Really pleased with the results

 

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Ordered a Car Coon, to keep the dampness away.

 

Just a few finishing touches before its ready for show season!

 

Thanks for looking.


Edited by DJC MINI, Yesterday, 11:06 AM.





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