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#31 MaximMini

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:40 AM

Hello Everyone,

 

It's been over half a year since my last post :ohno:. And a busy time it was ..

 

We moved. My friend I I have moved to a very nice, very clean new workshop which meant lots of work of course. we started with a blank canvas and went from there, building walls, doing a full electric, installing shelving and finally reinstalling the hoist or lift (depending on where you come from).

 

And finally, my Mini Cooper have moved in on the hoist again

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In parallel I have continued working on my project engine(s) and gearbox(es) which you may follow on a separate thread.

 

Cheers from the Pied Pipers Town


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#32 johnR

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 10:40 PM

I like your little rear wheels - this is what Minis would have looked like if Issigonis had gone ahead with the original plan of 8 inch wheels!



#33 MaximMini

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 07:54 AM

Hi John,

 

This flintstone type rear axle is intended to keep the body shell moveable while I'm far away from refitting the rear subby. We are three mates sharing one hoist until we eventually get hold of a second one.

 

 

Cheers,

Christian



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:18 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

Having spend some hours in the workshop on Friday, this is what I got done.

 

Firstly I made good use of the low temperatures when I entered the workshop in the morning and chipped away the sound deadening from the floor pan where I will have to weld patches in.

 

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The front floor panels where bend upwards on both sides which I rectified using the big persuader.

 

Next I focused again on the back of the shell where I will hopefully be able to actually weld in the floor pan section which I have fabricated more than half a year ago :shy: .

 

To help with access an because I plan to replace the lower section of the rear panel anyway, I took some measurements before I cut away what was not needed any more. While cutting the steel I found that the rear panel had been repaired after a slight damage in the past which meant that I cut away some more material on the left hand side.

 

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And began to fit the rear floor section before I had to call it a day.

 

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My mates comment: "I'm really looking forward to the day when you actually stop chopping body parts away and start adding panels" :ohno:

 

 

Cheers from the Pied Pipers Town



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Posted 04 February 2020 - 06:49 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

It's been awhile (again).

 

The cold weather meant that I have been busy at home, cleaning and organising engine and gearbox parts (update on this thread will follow soon).

 

After my last visit in the workshop I was very close to welding in the repair section to the boot floor. Then, something bad happened. A friend of my mate crashed his BMW 2500 into my Mini :ohno: . Now I need to add a new bonnet / hood to my shopping list. Luckily the front is pretty much completely disassembled and the only other part that got damaged at the front is the upper beam of the front panel. Let's see what I can do with this.and again I was lucky because the new repair section for the boot floor wasn't in the car when the mini was pushed backwards into a cupboard. The spare wheel well got damaged and I spend an hour to massage it back exactly where it was so the the repair section would fit again.

 

Next I welded the little fixings for the loom and the tank on:

 

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The repair section clamped in place:

 

 

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And finally welded to the boot floor:

 

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And that's when I had to leave ..

 

 

Cheers fro the Pied Pipers Town
 


Edited by MaximMini, 04 February 2020 - 06:52 PM.


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Posted 08 February 2020 - 08:26 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

More progress made on my project.

 

I started with welding up some pinholes before grinding back the welds.

 

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Next I fitted the rear subframe to make sure the bores where still at the right spot. With this confirmed I removed the floor to wheel arch brackets and brought the rear valance closing panels in place.

 

All welded in (room for improvement on the welds :shy: ).

 

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And ground back:

 

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This is five hours of work including half an hour of cleaning and fixing tools and another half an hour of organising and cleaning the shop.

 

 

Cheers from the Pied Pipers Town

 



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 09:51 AM

Hi Everyone,

 

I spend another few hours in the workshop on Friday.

 

First I cleaned the floor to wheel arch brackets, mounted the rear subframe again and positioned the brackets so that the fixing holes would line up the best I could get it. Then I welded them in using plug and seam welds similar to what the factory had done.

 

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Next I took the rear valance and hold it on to see if I would still be in the ball park and for some motivation.

 

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Next followed some grinding and some primer to make things looking a bit nicer and to push motivation for the next workshop session.

 

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And that's where I left it to see another Mini enthusiast who helped me preparing some parts for my gearbox rebuild.

 

 

Cheers from the Pied Piper's Town



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 03:25 PM

Lovely panel fabrication skills! 



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 08:01 AM

Hi Alex,

 

I took the opportunity to attend a four day workshop on welding and sheet metal fabrication which was a big improvement on my skills. Now it's mostly down to my patience.



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Posted 01 March 2020 - 04:24 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

Another day spend in the workshop :D

 

Now that the boot floor is back in again and I can't see how I could improve it any more, it was back to the rear back panel. The idea had been to use the lower half of the panel only to have the weld lines as low as possible where any distortions would not be that prominent. Careful reconsideration and the fact, that my Mini had received a slight back crash in the past, led to that:

 

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And lots of grinding to that

 

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I was very tempted to pull the trigger (on the MIG) but than decided to better carry on with the preparations and leave the welding to another (fresh) day.

 

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It will soon look like a Mini again :D :D :D.

 

 

Cheers from the Pied Piper's Town

 

P.S.: Check out my engine and gearbox project if you are interested in this as well



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:24 PM

Hi Everybody,

 

Even if it seamed like I would just have to weld the rear panel on, I spend another four hours only readjusting and prep work and more adjusting and more prep work

 



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Cheers from the Pied Piper's Town


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#42 MaximMini

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 04:34 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

Welding time :D

 

With rear panel still clamped in place I made a start with the repair pieces to the side panels.

 

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Yes, this is my second try :shades:

 

And closing the gaps after removing the rear panel

 

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I'm using a flattened piece of copper pipe here.

 

Followed by another careful readjustment of the rear panel

 

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I made a start on plug welding the rear panel to the parcel shelf

 

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And that's where I run out of welding wire :shy: . Luckily it's easier to get hold of than toilet paper these days. I will opt for SG2 Ti this tie which is supposed to work particularly well for car restorations where you come by rust and zinc plated metal surfaces.

 

 

Take care and stay at home everyone.







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