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#16 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 04:26 PM

your car will be something to check out at a show when you've finished fiddling😁

I'm just looking for another excuse to take my mini back to mainland Europe 😁


Thx! To be honest i am not going to any shows or even clubs. I think often they got it wrong. Those things are meant to be driven :)

#17 cooperd70

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:03 PM

your car will be something to check out at a show when you've finished fiddling😁

I'm just looking for another excuse to take my mini back to mainland Europe 😁

Thx! To be honest i am not going to any shows or even clubs. I think often they got it wrong. Those things are meant to be driven :)

I agree completely! As soon as I bought my mini I drove across northern France into Switzerland, over the Alps into Italy, around the Italian lakes, down to Genoa then back into France along the coast and then back to the UK 😎😬😬

Wish there were more meetings that are driving get togethers rather than shows.

#18 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:48 PM

Hi guys,

 

did not want to mess the categories of the forum. usually place here the parts I am customizing, but the next one is a dashboard, so I wrote it in the "styling" section, you can find all about it here:

 

http://www.theminifo...oden-dashboard/

 

with sources of parts and stuffs :)



#19 beardylondon

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:50 PM

I thought the term "cafe racer" normally applies to motorbikes, not cars, I see David Brown has some Cafe Racer inspired Minis for sale and from googling I found the below link. Before now I had no idea people were applying the term to Minis, we live and learn!

 

https://www.classicd...ther-set-wheels



#20 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:54 PM

Actually you are correct. The term applies to motorbike following the british 60's leather jacket mouvement, ton-up boys, 59 club and so on.

So it is not canonical so to say. But it does not mean we should not get inspiration :)

#21 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:57 PM

You can also check this superb vid from Steveston MotorCo :
https://youtu.be/MbT3Vkkac3o

#22 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 07:13 PM

Allright, after a LLLOOONNNG summer waiting for my parts from the chrome shop (you know, french people, holiday, no work and all...), I got my parts from the chrome shop ! and well, It looks quite good ! 

 

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was not cheap, but it's made here locally near my place, and quality is quite good I think.  :proud:

 

next step is to put those on my car... as soon as I get it back, that is... 



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Posted 01 October 2019 - 07:20 PM

sounds like the French are like the Italians 😬

To be honest I'd rather wait and get back some quality parts than a quick turnaround and shoddy bits.

They look amazing B. Looks like you're a bit of a photographer in what other little spare time you have...the photo shows the parts off to a T 👍👍

Edited by cooperd70, 01 October 2019 - 07:20 PM.


#24 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 07:25 PM

sounds like the French are like the Italians

To be honest I'd rather wait and get back some quality parts than a quick turnaround and shoddy bits.

They look amazing B. Looks like you're a bit of a photographer in what other little spare time you have...the photo shows the parts off to a T

 

thank you Cooperd70 ! I agree with you! I'd rather wait a bit and get it done properly. my car is 30yo. I have it for 15y, so what's the point in rushing and cut corners. 

 

and thanks for the photo compliment. as a matter of fact, I'm a photographer as well. turns out that for some reason, many people in mini-world have photography in their blood too. don't know why. but if you take a look at instagram for instance, you can see a clear difference between the mini girls and boys and the lambda car tuner. :)

 

have a good evening mate ! 



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Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:49 PM

They really look great mate good effort worth the wait.

#26 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 09:47 PM

Thx!

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 04:25 PM

allright, got some news !

 

after my initial prototype above, I was still not very happy with the adherence I got of the chrome on the handles. the handles are pot metal which is difficult to chrome. So I went back to the chroming shop with this time brand new handles that I have drilled. that way I'm sure of their state before processing.

 

Of course, being little obsessed with the precision of my work, I made a "drilling template" to be sure the handle stays firmly in place while drilling. that way I always get the same result every time.

 

so here is a perfectly fine door handle before I ruin it  :proud:

 

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here it is in sandwich with the drilling template:

 

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the previous one was dry assembly. I did had some paint of the lovely "gardening tool-Green" tone so I finished the rig accordingly  ;D

 

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Now I can process as accurate as I want. The handles (from Minispares actually) were then sent to the chrome shop with a new formula: chrome on brass, which offer better adherence apparently. here is one finished:

 

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it is a much more accurate result than what I had before. 

 

now it's time for reassembly, with a brand new set of keys and locks that comes with the new set:

 

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and tadaaaaaa !!!!  :proud:

 

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Now I will weather test those things on my car. I want to be perfectly sure it behave correctly under stress. the only weather I have to offer is right now cold (substantially) sub-zero Alps weather with a bit of heavy rain on the side. I let you know if that survives well.

 

cheers guys !!!

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:52 PM

so I guess everybody is in lockdown and therefore is doing something to his mini. It has been a long time I gave you some news about those door handles and here they are finally mounted on the car!

 

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and the mechanism works. I did not break anything. (this time)  ;D

 

I think they came out quite nicely. I did everything I could to keep things local:

 

the original handles are from UK (but I doubt it's still manufactured there)

the design is mine

the drilling and machining is home made right here in the french alps

the chroming is done on a local shop as well (in Saint Etienne, France)

 

Now I'm gonna see if it can live with the weather we have here. snow is apparently expected by monday. :)

 

cheers and have a good week-end !

 

 



#29 RustyAutoCityE

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:55 PM

You have done a nice job with them, I hope they hold up well for you.



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 05:14 PM

A very nice job BD! Love the drilling and the chrome work, v nice indeed! 👍👍




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