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#1 YorkshireMini

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:58 PM

I am looking for any genuine recommendations for someone, anywhere in the UK that could help me get on top of saving my 1992 Sprite.

I have had it for 14 years (since I passed my test and didn't know a thing about cars) and have learned as I have gone along mechanically. But I am losing the will with the bodywork side of things. I just don't have the skill, knowledge, space or equipment to do what's necessary. I just can't get on top of it. I have been thinking for a while that I would just take the plunge and pay someone that knows what they are doing to strip it down and completely restore it.

A couple of things:
1) I know it's not worth it! I know I'll probably end up spending more in the restoration than it's value but I love it and want it done.
2) I know it won't come cheap. I have a bit saved up that I can throw at it BUT I do have a limit. I know the full scale of the job won't become clear until it's been stripped down so don't expect an exact quote, but I do want a rough idea.

If anyone could help me with some recommendations for someone that won't Rio me off. I don't need it doing quickly, maybe over 6 months or so.

Thanks very much, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 rich_959

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 01:01 PM

Top man would have to be Ben O (see his many project posts with customers cars). If money was no object, and I didn't mind sending my car to the Isle of White, that's where it would have gone.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:32 PM

Top man would have to be Ben O (see his many project posts with customers cars). If money was no object, and I didn't mind sending my car to the Isle of White, that's where it would have gone.


Thanks Rich. It's a long way but I'd happily take it there if I thought it would be in safe hands. Does Ben have a website?

#4 JXC Mini GT

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:46 PM

https://www.google.c...NIoqrGdH4z3VPvL

Either use the website above or send him a pm on here.

 

I can vouch for his excellent work at reasonable rates, and with the bonus of spending time on the lovely isle of Wight

http://www.theminifo...-isle-of-wight/


Edited by JXC Mini GT, 09 May 2018 - 02:46 PM.


#5 YorkshireMini

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:46 PM

https://www.google.c...NIoqrGdH4z3VPvL
Either use the website above or send him a pm on here.
 
I can vouch for his excellent work at reasonable rates, and with the bonus of spending time on the lovely isle of Wight
http://www.theminifo...-isle-of-wight/


Great thankyou :)

Edited by YorkshireMini, 09 May 2018 - 02:47 PM.


#6 nicklouse

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:48 PM

http://www.theminifo...-isle-of-wight/

http://www.theminifo...oad-garage-iow/

http://www.theminifo...and-rusty-mini/

 but there are some good companies in Yorkshire. (or were).



#7 rich_959

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 03:11 PM

 

Who did you have in mind Nicklouse? I asked the question on here a while back (Yorkshire Bodyshops/restorers) but drew a blank. I've already sent the car to a local place, but would be interested to hear who you recommend.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 04:30 PM

DJ Autospray/Cumbria Classic car restoration. Just used them for some work and they are very good! They specialise in VW Campers but do everything. Escorts, karmaan ghia etc etc. One lad who works there has 3 or 4 minis. And his estate was in mini world.

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#9 Ben_O

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 04:44 PM

Thanks to those who recommended me. :-)

 

I would be happy to give a quote for the work. My e-mail address is [email protected] if you wanted to send over some photos and a list of what you want doing.

 

Cheers

 

Ben



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:28 PM

Top man would have to be Ben O (see his many project posts with customers cars). If money was no object, and I didn't mind sending my car to the Isle of White, that's where it would have gone.


I’d second Ben O
First class work carried out by a true mini enthusiast

#11 Ben_O

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:46 PM

 

Top man would have to be Ben O (see his many project posts with customers cars). If money was no object, and I didn't mind sending my car to the Isle of White, that's where it would have gone.


Thanks Rich. It's a long way but I'd happily take it there if I thought it would be in safe hands. Does Ben have a website?

 

We do now have a website although not brilliant, it has all our details

 

http://www.millroadgarageiw.co.uk/

 

Ben



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:54 PM

Ben currently has my car. (And bike bits)

#13 jamesmpi

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:39 PM

Not used them myself but I read good things about the Real Mini Company who are based in South Oxfordshire.

Still not close to you might be worth contacting them for a quote...

http://www.therealminicompany.com

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:46 PM

Not used them myself but I read good things about the Real Mini Company who are based in South Oxfordshire.
Still not close to you might be worth contacting them for a quote...
http://www.therealminicompany.com


Would have to disagree with this, from first hand testimonials!

#15 jamesmpi

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:56 PM

Not used them myself but I read good things about the Real Mini Company who are based in South Oxfordshire.
Still not close to you might be worth contacting them for a quote...
http://www.therealminicompany.com

Would have to disagree with this, from first hand testimonials!

Fair enough




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