Rusty Rear Bins
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:59 AM
Been stripped my mini back over the last couple of days to a bare inner shell and noticed both the rear bins are rather rotten at the bottoms.
Is this structurally part of the car and needs replacement or can it be trimmed up a bit tidier, kill the rust and drop in a new plate to cover?
The outside is all nice and solid so don't really want to be hacking away at it all.
Also, are the rear bins actually used for anything other than seat belt mounts? Can these be chopped out to create easier access to the area that needs sorting if I'm going to be installing harnesses on a roll cage?
Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:17 AM
The bottom of the bin is the inner sill, it is structural
Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:25 AM
From the looks of it it's a pretty nasty job to do. Any top tips?
Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:59 AM
Why dont you stick some decent photos up and we can have a look on how your sills, floor and inner sills look.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 11:12 AM
(some people could really take that the wrong way)
Posted 07 August 2018 - 12:24 PM
The old bodge to hide that is oversills, but not really ideal as its only a short term repair.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:05 PM
It's just had respray so don't really want to be hacking it about if I could just trim it back from inside and put a plate in.
As before, do the rear bins serve a purpose other than seat belt mounts as could take them out to make it easier to access as will be getting harnesses with a cage soon.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:16 PM
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:22 PM
You have several options.
1. Remove the bin completely, replace inner section that is bad.
2. Remove the bin completely but carefully if its in good condition, repair / replace the inner sill, refit the companion bin.
3. Don't remove the bin, remove the outer sill, replace the inner sill as far up as you can go. Fit new outer sill.
None of the above are as straight forward as they sound.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:50 PM
I'm thinking I may just remove the bins to make access easier, trim out what is weak and but new panels and cut / weld what's needed leaving the solid parts in place.
Seems like the easiest option?
Guessing if the mot man saw it they way they are it would be a failure?
Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:23 PM
Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:31 PM
Posted 08 August 2018 - 12:26 AM
as you are fitting a cage the bins will need to be removed. and you do not want to be mounting a cage to rotten metal.
i would drill out the spots and cut the seam weld on the bins. then sort the sills out. fit cage and then consider if you want to refit the bins.
Posted 08 August 2018 - 07:05 AM
Thanks for the replies, once again this forum proves more that usefull
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