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#1 Bens mini 66

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 10:21 PM

I am a 14 year old in British columbia Canada, and I have three project minis. One mark 1 and two mark threes. I am making one car out of the 2 mark 3s and restoring the  mark 1 later. Anyways the green mini in the photo is the keeper and I plan to cut the roof off of it and put the good roof(on the brown car) on the green mini with really good floor panels. I am not really sure where or how to cut the roof. Is it worth cutting off the roof or am i better fixing the  brown mini which needs new floor panels new sills, new scuttle panel and probably more. Any advice helps and if you know where to cut the roof, please tell me!

 

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#2 nicklouse

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 11:53 PM

the green one looks like it needs new side panels as well. and the front dont look too happy either.



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 10:50 AM

The green one looks too twisted to repair.



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 11:15 AM

Hi Ben - welcome to the forum, and good effort - that's quite some project you're starting !!

 

the green one does look pretty beat up, and it's likely the body isn't straight any more (..or less straight than when it left the factory anyway..)

 

One option at this point might be to take the roof off the green one anyway (cut toward the tops of the posts) and then put the body on a level surface and start measuring up to see just how much the body may be distorted 

 

if you can post some more pictures of the best/worst bits of each car it may help

 

good luck !



#5 Bens mini 66

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:25 PM

thanks!



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 05:44 PM

Ben what is the brown one like? thought about using the floor from the green on to sort that one out?



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:13 PM

How did the shell get damaged like that? I take it not by a roll?

 

Id go for it personally, Id cut the roof so i had all the pillars seperate, try to get them in about the right position, and have a measure of the shell them. If it isnt so bad, put a roof on it..

 

 

this is how i did my roof half way down

 

The shell is either scrap or it gets saved, you have nothing to loose at this point?



#8 Bens mini 66

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:45 PM

that would make sense to me too.

 

here are a couple photos of the bad things about both the cars and then the last photo is the good floor in the green one

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:50 PM

thanks to avtovaz for the advice. by the way, the person i bought it off told me that the original owner rolled it . i do live in the canadian rockies so if you were driving in the mountains you could roll it pretty good. How bad was you roof before you cut it off?



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:56 PM

kind of a random question but do you need a spot welder to put together the seems on the car?


Edited by Bens mini 66, 19 March 2019 - 08:58 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2019 - 09:03 PM

my roof wasnt bent it was rotten, someone had done a bad job at fitting a skin although the gutters were made of filler, it was a mess.

 

Have a good look around the shell  first for damage, then decide. Maybe worth making some form of jig for the car to sit on as you know the door gaps etc arnt right atm. You also have the other mk3 to take measurements off before you cut the roof off of it



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 09:36 PM

if the green shell is too badly twisted or bent to re-use, as Nick mentioned above you could always transfer the floor pan over to the brown one

Worth bearing in mind that the roof may be holding the body under tension, so if/when it's removed the bodywork may move back toward its more normal position. or it might move even more out of shape!

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 08:07 AM

You're still going to have to repair the floor on the green one even if you transplant it to the brown one. It would be far easier just to get a whole new floor for the brown one and you'd at least have something straight and true to work from...

 

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 02:02 PM

I think its worth noting that the brown shell is earlier... and more desirable



#15 Bens mini 66

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 02:32 PM

thats true







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