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Getting The Rose Family Mini Back On The Road! (After 5 Years)

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#271 cp2708

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 06:33 PM

I’d keep the original and patch, as others have said. You can’t put back the originality once it’s gone. 



#272 Gilles1000

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 06:38 PM

Looks good :)

 

You forgot them:

https://www.minispar...px|Back to shop

 

They seem to be available in two parts at M-Machine (page 34):

11.41.07.03/04

11.41.08.03/04

 

And do not forget the discount at M-Machine!!



#273 Ben Rose

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 11:37 AM

Has it really been two months since I update my build thread?!  :shy:   I've been dealing with a few things in life recently which has meant the mini got put on the back seat for a while.  Also had delays getting panels.
 
I didnt quite realise how much I had to learn in terms of bodywork and panel repairs.  I've made mistakes and have already learned a lot.  I am glad I started on the rear of the car because if I make a complete botch of the repairs I can at least just replace the entire boot floor and it is a great way or practicing.
 
Before I start I am aware that when drilling out the spot welds I should only drill through the panel I want to replace however the repairs sections, valance etc will be attached so the holes where I drilled out spot welds are hopefully going to be where I plug weld.  :shy:
 
So on to the update...not as much progress as I would like but I am learning as I go.
 
More grinding to see how the boot floor is.  Glad to say the majority is good but some sections will need to be repaired.

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Feel like I am sweeping up constantly. Ended up having to get a better broom!! Things I am having to learn.

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PANELS ARRIVED!!!!!! M Machine and particularly Doreen were great, the delay came because of a magnum boot repair panel which was delayed so I had to wait 2 or 3 weeks.

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Down to some repairs. I am definitely a complete novice when it comes to this so learning as I go but I am broad shouldered and quite ready to get criticism!! Constructive hopefully.

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Rust in the seams!

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Some tools for welding and repairs. I have been loaned a welder but needed some clamps.

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Not sure if I prefer an old school centre punch.

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Maybe a new battery box I'm not sure yet.

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Still a lot of fettling to do but thought I would clamp on the repair to see how it fitted.

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I will cut out the section of boot floor next but for now it seemed to fit OK albeit not cut out the floor yet.

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So the next update will be the section of floor cut out and the new repair panel prepped, fitted and welded in. I will certainly try to not leave it so long between updates and working on the car. Subject to life not getting in the way again!

Thanks for reading.


 



#274 cooperd70

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 01:09 PM

Glad to see you are still at it Ben. Sure BenO will leave some.tips as and when he gets to read your latest updates.

Life is always going to get in the way...as long as it's always in the back of your mind it will be completed at some point in the future.

Good luck and look forward to updates soon 😬😬

#275 Ben Rose

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 01:16 PM

Glad to see you are still at it Ben. Sure BenO will leave some.tips as and when he gets to read your latest updates.

Life is always going to get in the way...as long as it's always in the back of your mind it will be completed at some point in the future.

Good luck and look forward to updates soon

Appreciate it and thanks for checking back in on my build.   :highfive:  I'll try to keep progress to at least snails pace from now on!  Not promising though.  :D



#276 Gilles1000

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 01:53 PM

Nice to see you back on the car again ;)

 

Now you have plenty of toys to work steadily on the body, that's cool!

If you do not have, I would get a flat piece of copper or brass which will help you welding up holes or bigger gaps without blowing holes at the first touch.

I bought two pieces about 100*40*20mm, I cut one in two parts and I shape them as I need.

 

The way you go with bringing the repair at first is good, now you can cut the old panel smaller. I'm loving the motto "cutting 3 times and still too short..."

 

Cheers



#277 Ben Rose

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 02:55 PM

Nice to see you back on the car again ;)

 

Now you have plenty of toys to work steadily on the body, that's cool!

If you do not have, I would get a flat piece of copper or brass which will help you welding up holes or bigger gaps without blowing holes at the first touch.

I bought two pieces about 100*40*20mm, I cut one in two parts and I shape them as I need.

 

The way you go with bringing the repair at first is good, now you can cut the old panel smaller. I'm loving the motto "cutting 3 times and still too short..."

 

Cheers

Definitely a good idea with the copper, I'll get some picked up.  Thanks for the tips and checking back in on the build.  I'm taking it slow to try to reduce the mistakes.  :highfive:



#278 tankertanker

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 08:49 PM

Great progress ,keep going looking fab

#279 Ben Rose

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 11:15 AM

So I am still working on the boot floor.  Ben_O and others were damn right that it is much quicker and easier to replace the entire boot floor.  But if I did this I would miss out on the hours of drilling, grinding and swearing that I have been enjoying!
I am telling myself that it is good learning and I'm improving my skills as I go.
If I'm not happy with what I'm left with I may even replace the boot floor but at least I will have had all the experience of doing it.
 
Bit of prep on the repair panel first...cleaned, lightly ruffed up and then primped with decent Zinc etch primer.
 
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Now a load of random photos of me working on the boot floor to remove rust and prepare for the new panels.

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Old repair stuck over a rusty hole is now cut out...

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Just a few layers of metal to contend with. I am trying to leave this bracket in place so I can use it as reference for the sub frame mounting holes.

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Bracket nearest seat back.

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I need to get rid of the bump stop panel for the hydrolastic suspension my car doesn't have. Lots would keep for originality but I just don't see the point. Full of rust underneath too.

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Whats left of the closing panel on the other side of the boot floor. I need to get this removed so I can see how bad the floor is underneath and also so I can trial fit the repair panel for the boot lip.

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Lots of rust appearing...

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So many spot welds...

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And its off. That was a battle.

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Hopefully I will be able to rust cure the panels soon and then start to trial fit the repair panels before welding. Every little bit is a step forward.
 



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 11:56 AM

Are you deliberately drilling right through both spot-welded panels (as on the battery box)? Using a spotweld removing drill bit means you only need to drill through one panel, leaving the other to re-weld to. just a thought that may save you some hassle.



#281 Ben Rose

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 12:36 PM

Are you deliberately drilling right through both spot-welded panels (as on the battery box)? Using a spotweld removing drill bit means you only need to drill through one panel, leaving the other to re-weld to. just a thought that may save you some hassle.

Hi John, thanks for the input.  I have on some as the repair panel will be the solid piece.  The hole I have drilled can then be used for the plug weld.  Some of the spot welds will only be drilled through the top layer.  Last few images for example.



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 02:55 PM

Doing well. I like your methodology of doing it slowly but concisely. Patience is definitely a virtue in this game  :proud:

Keep at it, good luck  :thumbsup:







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