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#31 Ben_O

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 05:01 PM

 

Great stuff so far Ben!
Did you manage to get hold of genuine arches in the end?
 
For those of you wondering, yes this MPI lived a rather charmed life before I got my grubby hands on it...
 
It lived in a heated, carpeted(!) garage for all of its life, owned by an older couple who averaged about 200 miles/year in it since new. Probably just took it down to supermarket and back each week.
 
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welcome to the forum Rich :-)

 

Yes I managed to get hold of genuine arches in the end but it wasn't easy. Nobody stocks a set anymore and individually they only seem to stock all but the l/h/f for some reason.

 

The careful storage of this car really shows through. It really has been cherished. The minor rust on the car has been caught just in time before it became a problem.

 

Cheers

Ben



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Posted 01 August 2019 - 05:28 PM

Christ I wish our MPI was a pampered in its previous life....

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Posted 02 August 2019 - 05:11 AM

A life of luxury then! No wonder the condition is so amazing!

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Posted 02 August 2019 - 10:34 AM

It's good for comparison. I can see how things should look.

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Posted 02 August 2019 - 03:39 PM

I had a few hours on the mini this afternoons o continued on with the prep.

 

Both sides and the rear have been prepped now

 

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I also test fitted the new spot lamps as 2 extra mounting holes needed to be drilled

 

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Cheers

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:58 AM

Continuing on with the underside prep, I have started to remove a majority of the factory sealer.

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with it and it was all thoroughly sealed up but it looks to have been applied hastily and is very heavy, bulky and scruffy in places.

 

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So I removed it using a combination of wire wheels, Roloc discs, single edge blades and a wallpaper scraper combined with heat to warm it up first.

 

All the scruffy bits were removed 

 

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And then a flash of etch as I go to keep everything covered

 

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I stripped back and primed the rear valance

 

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And then removed the sealer from the other side of the boot floor

 

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And that completes the back end

 

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I shall work my way forwards cleaning and priming as I go.

 

More later

 

Ben



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Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:30 AM

I'm surprised you leave the seam trim clips (and the short trims behind the arches) in place, or do they come off later?



#38 Ben_O

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:34 AM

The seam trim clips and the short trims will come off later as planned but I have left them in place for now so they don't get lost/forgotten.

 

I have had the seam trims off already and behind is just shiny factory epoxy with zero rust.

 

Cheers

Ben



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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:47 PM

That factory sealer looks shocking! Seriously, what's the point in sealing one area and leaving an adjacent bit without so the water can creep into the joint and wreak havoc underneath the sealer. May as well just leave it all bare, at least it would dry quicker when it had been wet. 

 

It is a nice car though, can't wait to see it done, and as said before, to see one in this un-welded condition is special, in the UK anyway!

 

Keep up the good work!



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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:30 PM

So much sealer at the front  O_O

 

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But underneath was absolutely mint

 

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Scraped out this join and all good in there too

 

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Did the other side too

 

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And then straightened out the floor pans from the jack damage

 

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And then primer to protect for now

 

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That's as far as ill go right now. I shall get the inside prepped and the roof and then ill give the whole shell a couple of coats of epoxy primer and then reseal the underneath with fresh neat sealer and apply a coat of gravitex which matches closely to the factory stonechip

 

Cheers

Ben



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Posted 09 August 2019 - 03:58 PM

I have had the front arches back on this afternoon to finalise the positions so that I can drill the retaining fixing holes in the sills.

 

One on

 

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And then after marking the position, I drilled the hole, zinc primed, added some sealer and then installed a riv-nut

 

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Arch back on to check

 

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I did the same the other side

 

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Cheers

Ben



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 03:46 PM

I removed the glue from the roof left by the stickers and then prepped it

 

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Then I prepped the inside of the shell. Plenty of old adhesive to try and shift which is always a delight...

 

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Once that was done, I set about flatting back the temporary primer I had applied

 

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Tomorrow, I shall apply the epoxy primer so that I have a clean single colour canvas to work from.

 

Cheers

Ben



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 03:53 PM

It's great to watch you work Ben. Oh how I wish I had sent my Mini to you. Mind, it would have been considerably worse to work on than this fantastic example. 



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 11:27 AM

Bye bye blue

 

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Cheers

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 11:35 AM

:gimme: Sooo nice!  :gimme:






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