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#121 Harryrothers93

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 04:56 PM



Good efforts mate! My rollover is still sat in the shed in bits. Could you do me a favour and messure the hight of the roof when its the right way up on the jig. Im not convinced mine will clear in the current garage ‍♂

6foot 4" bud

 

 

had a delivery this afternoon, the contents of said package will help with this weekends job..... stripping the whole underneath of the car and priming !

 

 

 

the note left on the box leads me to believe that some how, they know I require the extra warning haha

 

 

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when nothing other than full strength will do!

 

 

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#122 Harryrothers93

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 04:57 PM

beautiful weather today in the Lake District.... and I spent it in the 'green house' I mean... tent. ( HOT would be an understatement )

 

but before I head out to the beer garden, here's an update 

 

 

rust before treatment (various wire wheels and flap discs oh and acid. don't forget the acid)

 

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wire wheels got me to this 

 

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then started the seam welding 

 

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ended up with this after all the welds were ground down

 

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 finished off with applying some acid 

 

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#123 1330RG

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 06:37 PM

Cheers for that dude 😉

And some wicked progress as always!

#124 Harryrothers93

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 06:07 PM

small update unfortunately... stripping underneath to bare metal was harder Than I imagined 

 

 

 

before I started the paint removal I welded in some bolts ready for the fuel lines and brakes line

 

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with that done I went to work on the body 

 

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finally some primer

 

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#125 Harryrothers93

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:44 PM

long time without an update, I haven't made loads of progress unfortunately.

 

 

cutting out the final bits of rust 

 

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weld 

 

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grind 

 

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rust cut out and new dash rail fitted

 

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then I started closing up the gap between the bulkhead and the dash rail

 

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then I made a start cleaning up the lower Inside bulkhead 

 

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wire wheel 

 

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acid

 

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I did also manage go make a start stripping the front subframe ready for powder coating 

 

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on a side note the engine has come back from having the machine work done, I will get some pictures up when I can 

 

so far its needed -

 

rebore (new pistons and rings)

block and head skimmed 

crank re grind

gearbox rebuilt with straight cut gears

new exhaust valves / valve guides 

new clutch 

 

not to bad for a 98000 mile engine lol

 

 

 



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:58 PM

Getting there mate, excellent job so far.

#127 Harryrothers93

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:21 PM

Getting there mate, excellent job so far.

 

thanks bud, slowly slowly. haha



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 09:22 AM

Good job we don't realise the amount of work required when we start these projects - you'll soon have a finished body, then you'll have to start restoring everything to go back on it!



#129 Harryrothers93

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 06:45 PM

Good job we don't realise the amount of work required when we start these projects - you'll soon have a finished body, then you'll have to start restoring everything to go back on it!

100% a good job ! haha 

 

front end arrived today, hopefully get that sorted over the bank holiday weekend

 

don't remind me ! although I am looking forward to building her back up with new shiny parts.

 

just a mountain of things todo before that...



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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:50 PM

had a couple of hours to play with the Mini, so just made a start tiding the inside a little bit 

 

 

wire wheel 

 

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paint ( haven't spent time cleaning welds up as they won't be seen ) sound proofing and seam sealer will sort it no problem haha

 

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also brought this mess in to the house for a tidy up over tomorrow and evenings this week 

 

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 05:47 PM

advise required please chaps....

 

Saturday and Sunday I will be attempting to weld the front end on to the car. ( scuttle, wings front panel ) 

 

any suggestions on how too?

 

I have got as far as refitting the front subframe, mounting the front panel to it and working from that with bonnet wings and scuttle ?



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Posted 25 May 2019 - 05:50 PM

made a start prepping the front end ready for the new panels.....

 

 

prep for welding 

 

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added some weld through primer

 

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then I cut out the replacement patch 

 

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few spot welds and seam welding, while I was hammering the steel into shape as I went 

 

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all welded and ground back ( for the most part )

 

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primed 

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I did cheat a little with this repair as I did a lap joint... the overlap is only by a couple of MM 

 

but on the inside a ground back the excess metal sheet then seam welded on the inside 



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Posted 27 May 2019 - 02:12 PM

Soo I didn't get anywhere near as much done this weekend as I wanted to.... but some **** did still happen.

 

 

wiring loom progress ( generally re taping the whole loom, then remaking off connectors with heat shrink )

 

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also made up some decent earth straps 

 

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as for bodywork, I managed to get the panels full prepped and painted 

 

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:38 PM

Coming on well mate. Iv not touched mine in weeks 😩

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 11:41 AM

Coming on well mate. Iv not touched mine in weeks

getting there bud, I'm hoping to have the shell finished and painted before the end of summer. 

 

what's holding you back ? get motivated mate! haha






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