I'm totally new to this forum and just wondered how young other people were when they first started doing full nut and bolt restorations on their minis? I'm 23 and have had my 1985 Austin Mini since i was 19, it was my first car that i bought with my own money and i'd been saving for sometime. I had it on the road for two wonderful years but the wet got to it, and it needed a lot of bodywork doing as i picked it up quite cheap.
Long story short its been on the jig for the last 9 months getting around 20 new body panels (silly me thinking it just needed new sills!). I've learnt so much from the car already and have found the whole process fascinating. Can't wait to have the car finished as im now in the rebuild phase and its back on its wheels. Can see me having several other projects in the future, but this one will do for my 20's.
When was your first full nut and bolt restoration? How long did the car last you afterwards before it needed more attention? And maybe most importantly, would you ever do it again?
Any experiences or stories you have would be great to hear,