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#61 Vudu

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 12:45 AM

A little bit of time this evening and a little more progress.

 

The front subframe came out after I cut it free from the inner wings. A previous owner decided to spotweld the inner wings to the subframe.... O_O

 

48674186988_d755934f2c_k.jpgIMG_8189 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

 

48674699387_aa127f0086_k.jpgIMG_8192 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

 

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Future home for a D16z6 Honda VTEC engine.

 

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#62 Mini Waco

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 01:34 AM

welding the inner wing to the subframe.. that's a new one on me...  love the progress.. 



#63 Vudu

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 11:23 AM

Front subframe disassembled and parts loaded into a storage container to keep things organized. Unfortunately, most of these grimy, crusty bits are being replaced with new parts so I suppose I'll just close the lid on this and keep them for future use.

 

48715833643_0ff1f079da_k.jpgIMG_8200 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

 

The removal of the wings was a mixture of careful cutting and outright hackery. The wings and front panel were replacement panels and in very good condition however in the past someone welded the wings to the scuttle panel. That combined with the bubblegum welds holding on the inner wings meant that a lot of cutting would be involved and much of it not very pretty.

 

Since the scuttle panel is going to be replaced, I cut into the corners. The underlying closing panels had been crudely tacked into place but welded solidly enough in some areas to hold water, debris and the wings.

 

48716338052_9a96750385_k.jpgIMG_8202 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

48716338382_bf7fe97e12_k.jpgIMG_8208 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

The inner wings were cut away ahead of the bulkhead and not just because they were a dented, welded, rusty mess...the new subframe and Honda engine requires more room and custom inner wings will be fabricated at a later date.

 

48716338332_3ec1a17410_k.jpgIMG_8207 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

48716338157_0899ef6a40_k.jpgIMG_8203 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

Free at last.

 

48716338422_dc0af7560f_k.jpgIMG_8209 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

48716165891_a344b7ecda_k.jpgIMG_8210 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

48716338577_9373134841_k.jpgIMG_8212 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

 

The remnants of the inner wings are next on the list of bits to cut away. They may not look that bad and in fact they are mostly rust-free, however the Frankenstein patches, warped sections and bubblegum welds all add up to a mess that is better replaced with some fresh panels. I know that they wouldn't be seen but I'd know that hackery was there .  :mmkay:

 

48716165926_355b7b0ad1_k.jpgIMG_8211 by vudufl, on Flickr



#64 KTS

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 07:35 PM

nice work

 

before you pack away the old parts, might be worth checking the state of the suspension knuckle boots - if they're not split or perished consider re-using them.  the new boots seem liable to perish in a very short space of time



#65 Vudu

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 10:22 PM

nice work
 
before you pack away the old parts, might be worth checking the state of the suspension knuckle boots - if they're not split or perished consider re-using them.  the new boots seem liable to perish in a very short space of time


There was only one left and it’s split in two. I’ve placed a rather large order with MiniSport that includes everything for 2 complete front suspensions (one for the van and one for my ‘91 saloon). Soon, I’ll be swimming in suspension bits!

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 10:19 PM

More clean-up and disassembly...

 

I started on the task of cutting away the snarly remains of the inner wings with a goal of assessing the condition of the bulkhead in mind.

 

48739513538_7981ed5850_k.jpgIMG_8219 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

Its a start but the more I cut away, the more nastiness was revealed.

 

48739513608_f6d692a113_k.jpgIMG_8220 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

The installation of new inner wings some time in the Mini's past caused more harm than good. All of the welds are very poor quality and the placement and the size of the welds ruined the core panels. Giant gaps (1/4") in between panels were filled with some sort of caulking while other gaps were left to catch moisture and debris. The results are not too pretty. I haven't even started on the other side, which is arguably the worst of the two, but I've made the decision to purchase and install a completely new bulkhead assembly. There is no point is messing around with corroded pieces here and there or hidden rot which would reveal itself at a later date.

 

Meanwhile, the inside is looking a little more open after removing the pedal box, steering column and portions of the dash.

 

48739513853_c20a96348f_k.jpgIMG_8222 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

48740025417_8423043e5d_k.jpgIMG_8221 by vudufl, on Flickr

 

The stock Mini dash design is being trashed in favor of a new design which will still respect the lines of the car but also bring in a competition inspired style. More on that later...







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