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#1 Chris C

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 06:03 PM

This is the ongoing story of my vehicle.


I bought the car last april as my first car. I had just gotten my liscense an I wanted to take on a project. After convincing my parents and finally finding a mini (not as easy to find in the U.S.) I picked up this little guy for $3000 US:

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Then I began to strip the car down:

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And recently, I ended up taking the shell out ot be sandblasted and primed. So as of yesterday it is looking like this:

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Also got a shipment in from minispares:

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Plans for the future include me getting it on the road as this is my daily driver! I have been carless for far too long. I'll retain the stock engine since it runs until i get the rest of the car done, then probably go for a 1275 or maybe a FWD motorcycle engine... hehe. should be painted somewhat soon HOK tangelo orange. Lots and lots of pictures and updates on the way.

Edited by Chris C, 13 January 2008 - 06:08 AM.


#2 Simonpeters

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 01:15 PM

Looking good there!

Enjoy!

#3 Mephiston

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 01:30 PM

wow if you bought the shell and did no repairs before sand blasting - thats pretty impressive - not too much rust -- good luck with the project

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 10:45 AM

looks brill mate

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 02:55 PM

very good idea getting the shotblasting i think... it looks like a good project aswell good luck mate

#6 Chris C

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 06:21 AM

ok, I got a few more parts and started going at the body.


Yes the shell is in very good condition. It has its fair share of dents however, as almost every panel has at least a few dings. ah well, its better then rust!

One thing that i didnt get a picture of was all the rust that was along the back part of the boot, and it seems like some previous owner just tried to braze over all the rust holes. thus when I started cutting pieces out i kept finding things like this:
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Its a good 1/4 inch thick right there.

So besides that I recieved my brakes thanks to minispares:
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I am not sure if it will work better then these though...
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That is it for now, waiting on some metal from a friend.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 09:03 PM

very impressed dude! thats a good way of going about things, you have stopped the rot dead then going from there, excellent idea!

#8 Chris C

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 07:05 AM

OK, its been a while. I have been working though...

Yesterday drove a couple hours to pick up the front end:
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and my friend came over and we proceeded to remove the old front end that night:
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Also started repairing the small rust holes in the doors:
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By far the most work that I have done so far was on the boot, almost have it done now. Just need to grind some more of the welds, make the left closure plate and slap the valence on.
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Also got my front hubs built up(new lines too):
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the other hole i need to fix:
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wheels/cage/few other thigns are ona boat that gets here tomorrow. should be at my door late next week assuming there is no problem with customs.

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 08:10 AM

Looks like a great project, keep up the good work!

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 02:48 PM

great work youve done there! think i need to sandblast and prime my car...... but got put off with the body work warping anyway looks good them front brakes look sweet what calipers are those tarox?

keep at her! :P:D

#11 Chris C

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 11:56 PM

The calipers are from minispares.

And actually the car wasn't so much "sandblasted" as it was "sodablasted". There is a place nearby that specializes in sandblasting except instead of sand they use baking soda, which doesn't heat up the panels and warp them. You can read up more on their website, there are places that do this sort of stuff all over.

http://anacapasodabl...ng.com/info.htm

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 08:23 AM

wow,

looks a great project keep up the good work

and keep posting the pics!

cheers

Aaron :P

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 05:21 AM

AFTER 2 MONTHS OF WAITING:


my cage, wheels, tires, and a few other things arrived.


cage and poly bushings

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deep dish superlights, A539 (original, isnt it)

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started painting bits

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i am also pretty much done with the back end, slapped the valence on:

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and then just a thin layer of filler over the welds and it should look good as new:

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i'll keep you all posted.

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 04:07 PM

oh and i am also having second thoughts about what color i want to paint it, at first i wanted to go for a really bright orange, but now i am leaning towards a darker red, something like a darker cherry with a white roof. I have been going through HOK color charts and the cherry they have in their pearls series looks really good. however, i cannot seem to find any pictures of said color applied to anything besides a paint chart...

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 04:32 PM

That looks great mate, top work...




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