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#1 JayKay

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:49 PM

I've recently been offered a 1977 car that needs quite bit of work. Front end boot floor and rear valance being the worst. Scuttle is solid as is the floor, roof, door shuts and cross member.Engine is good.

I've never done any welding work so I'd be learning as I go. I already have a 1994 mini that I did very light restoration work to but that car was rust free.

I,m just interested to hear from anyone who restored one with no experience and how difficult they found it.

#2 Carlos W

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 07:36 PM

I started with no experience.

My advice would be take photos of everything, label everything you take off.

You can teach yourself to weld with practice or do an evening class or something

#3 JayKay

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 07:49 PM

I started with no experience.

My advice would be take photos of everything, label everything you take off.

You can teach yourself to weld with practice or do an evening class or something


Thank you for the reply. That's a thought with the evening classes. I have a MIG welder ordered,I work in a builders providers so get good discounts on tools etc. It will be my third mini so I'm fairly comfortable with how they are put together. Guess I'll go for it.

#4 Pairaminis

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 11:54 AM

I restored a 1980 salon with quite extensive welding required with no prior experience.  I just bought a Lincoln MIG welder, practiced a bunch and jumped it.  Made myself quite proud afterward.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 06:18 PM

good man! i'd never welded a car before I started on my project either.

to be honest I enjoyed the resto immensely



#6 blacktulip

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 06:49 PM

I think if you are practically minded and have a patient mindset then it isn't that difficult. There are plenty of great projects and members on here who will keep you on the straight and narrow.




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