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#1 minimikej

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 11:40 PM

Full rebuild about to start. A very original car. I'll be taking lots of photographs for reference.

#2 minimikej

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 11:46 PM

28827113458_2f4ee6f161_k.jpgDSC_0001 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 11:55 PM

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#4 minimissions

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 06:59 AM

So glad your doing a thread on this, loved this car from first time I saw it.

 

Looking at those pics she crying out for a bit of love cant wait to see this come along...



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Posted 10 June 2018 - 07:00 AM

Hi,

Wow that looks amazingly original and not massively rotten either!  :D

They can be really nasty under the wood though  O_O

Cheers  :proud:



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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:59 AM

Nice to see another woody being done, is it a smooth roof like mine?

 

Looks like it needs alot less panels



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Posted 10 June 2018 - 04:31 PM

@fiestaharry yes it's a 1961 smooth roof. Needs quarter repairs, all the front panels and a full floor at least. Cheers

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 07:34 PM

The instrument binnacle is like I've never seen before. On the left hand as you look at the speedo face there is a toggle switch with the red/white wires attached so I'm assuming that's the instrument lighting, but there was another identical switch on the opposite side. Anyone know what this one is for?

 

Also a first for me, there is a rheostat / potentiometer where the choke cable would normally be.



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 04:27 PM

Hi,

I think the other switch is an additional switch for something. They originally just had that one for the clock illumination I think.

Cheers  :proud:



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 09:51 PM

I will be following this with great interest. Big fan of the early mini travellers! Good luck.



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 08:00 PM

Carried on stripping out the car today.

 

I was fretting about struggling to remove the rear side windows. I shouldn't have worried in the end, there were no screws on the lower rail whatsoever on either side. I'm not sure what kept the windows in!

 

42839861701_21bd6d43d5_k.jpg20180616_135629 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

42839853481_d6239e5b02_b.jpg20180616_135640 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

Original (?) manual
28966813978_fa92d34daa_b.jpg20180616_135704 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

Rotisserie mount

41029151820_3c0019a73c_b.jpg20180616_135744 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

Window frames definitely not as bad as I'd feared

27970718447_066cb3e15c_b.jpg20180616_135803 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

42839815171_88d6875bf0_b.jpg20180616_135807 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

Rear seat back looking really good. Sadly, base got chewed by mice

41029134400_47be3a1df9_b.jpg20180616_140607 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

42121871154_ff62b22dfb_b.jpg20180616_140620 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

Some rot above heelboard, could be worse

41938725605_d9401ee587_b.jpg20180616_140747 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

Significant rot in bins, both sides

41938721335_5b341dd19e_b.jpg20180616_141043 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr

 

 

Floor disaster. Will be replacing this with an M-Machine full pan

42791214052_5c8b71c4a6_b.jpg20180616_141133 by Mike Jackson, on Flickr



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Posted 17 June 2018 - 06:53 AM

I will be honest she needs work by not half as much as thought the last time I saw this! So cant wait to see her done! You keeping her original?



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Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:00 AM

I will be honest she needs work by not half as much as thought the last time I saw this! So cant wait to see her done! You keeping her original?

 

I'm not particularly worried about the state of the body (yet!). Original as is practical. I will probably build a 1098/295 that I have but will retain the 850. Interestingly, when I cleared the parcel shelf out I found new valve stem oil seals and also a new bmc baulk ring so I'm guessing the original engine and box need some work.

 

The front seats and rear seat base are tatty, chewed and torn. it would be nice to find some original replacement covers. The Newton ones are nice but I would rather retain some character.



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Posted 17 June 2018 - 03:45 PM

Hi,

The wood keeps the rear windows in  ;D

Cheers  :proud:



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Posted 18 June 2018 - 05:27 AM

 

I will be honest she needs work by not half as much as thought the last time I saw this! So cant wait to see her done! You keeping her original?

 

I'm not particularly worried about the state of the body (yet!). Original as is practical. I will probably build a 1098/295 that I have but will retain the 850. Interestingly, when I cleared the parcel shelf out I found new valve stem oil seals and also a new bmc baulk ring so I'm guessing the original engine and box need some work.

 

The front seats and rear seat base are tatty, chewed and torn. it would be nice to find some original replacement covers. The Newton ones are nice but I would rather retain some character.

 

No after your mk1 she doesn't look to bad at all. The 1989 Mini I am doing now is far worse than this everything but roof is getting replaced and even the roof needs welding...

 

I like the sound of having a slightly bigger engine in there for the practical use side, those rear seats look nice and maybe you could glue some of the wholes back together to retain its character.

 

Newton ones are great but bloody expensive and I think can make a mini look over restored sometimes.






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