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#1 Pataaa

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 11:28 PM

Hello, just bought a mini as a project, had a couple previously but twenty odd years ago and been itching for another probably ever since. Anyhow took the plunge, picked it up on a recovery truck Sunday and got a day off work tomorrow to have a good weigh up of what’s in store. I have looked at it before buying but hope to get a much better idea tomorrow. What gets uncovered will determine the path forward, ideally I would like to get up and running, mot and then keep as an ongoing rolling restoration, possibly a bit optimistic though!!
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:11 AM

Welcome to tmf.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:59 AM

Yeah sure.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:10 AM

Hi tried to reply to this a couple of times, is there an issue with photo’s?

#5 Carlos W

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:25 PM

Looks like a great project

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 05:08 PM

Cheers, I have now had a chance to have a better look around it, looks like a previous abandoned project.

Turned engine by hand, not seized!

Floor and rear end has had welding work, not the neatest but solid, newish rear sub-frame, still in primer though.

Engine bay is roughest looking, the only area of severe tin worm (I have found so far) is the panel that the door straps (used) to attach to.

Inner/Outer wings and front windscreen scuttle panel seem solid though.

 

Any suggestions on best way to tackle it, didn't really want to go removing wings etc.

Any advise gratefully received, cheers.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:58 PM

Take the front upper shock mounts off and see if there's anything hidden behind there

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:52 PM

View from under wheel arch!

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:54 PM

This is the worst bit.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 09:07 PM

New flitch panel needed at the minimum.



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Posted 20 March 2019 - 07:52 PM

Looked up the flitch panel, despite appearance it’s actually solid except for the top bit, I am planning on this project not being a major strip down, I have seen this section patched, is that not advisable then?

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:03 PM

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So that piece which is the scuttle closeout goes here, however with the rust you have got you will need to carry out a repair.

Now for that you will need this panel

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You can cut out of that what you need and add some extra material which looking at your picture is what you will need to do.

 

Something like this

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Then once you have carried out the repair you need to do you then install the closeout panel and you will end up looking like this

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Now this was all done fairly rough and ready to get some use out of the car, much like you are trying achieve.

 

Now the biggest problem you have is the rust goes up further than the flitch repair panel will go, so in that case you will need to try and do this without removing the scuttle or at the minimum the scuttle end section.

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Now you can get up and into the scuttle area with the right tools but its not easy. And by the way the pictures are for reference only and you may not have to remove the A panel for access although i would recommend it as they are cheap.

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 03:38 PM

That’s superb, thanks for all the info, is there any likelihood to weld the reapair in without taking off wing and A panel. It’s a case that if I go digging this car is going to end up in bits in boxes for the foreseeable, really wasn’t intending to go down that route. Again thanks for the photo’s and info.

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 05:34 PM

As long as you are careful then you can cut out the affected areas and patch in new sections.

 

My scuttle was not perfect but there was enough metal for me to weld the closeout panel to. The Flitch was ok and agin good enough for me to weld up as a temporary thing until the resto.

 

The first couple of pictures i could have easily got away without removing the A panel, i choose to remove it for access plus there was rot lurking. The later pictures are of the car in full restoration so everything was removed.



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 08:04 PM

Thanks, I will see how I get on, I’ll keep posting pics for advise if that’s ok. Can I move this thread to a more relevant section?
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