How To Flip/removable Front End A Mini.
Posted 16 December 2007 - 07:34 PM
First up remove all the then front end exterior parts, such as the wheel arches, side repeaters, aerial, bumper, grill, bonnet etc… Then removed the headlights and indicators units, i left the wiring in place as it will make re-wiring the front end easier for me later.
Once all the removable exterior parts are removed you should now be ready for cutting the old font end off, but before you do this make sure that the mini is on level ground, then cover parts you don’t want to get damaged, like the windscreen, body panels that you wont be re-paintings. Once you are at this stage its time to start cutting the front end off.
First off cut the wings off. I just used and angle grinder for this, for the time being I just cut around the wing leaving about an inch of metal. When cutting the wing off be careful not to damage anything underneath the wing. You could use a spot weld remover drill bit along the inner wing, but I just ground this section off.
Then undo both the front subframe mounts. And cut down both the inner wing section and the front valance could then just be lifted away.
Then i removed my electric fan and moved any parts that could get damaged out the way and cut the inner wings back, you can take it back to about an inch before the shock mount.
Now that the front end is completely removed, Its time to fit the brace bars. To fit these bolt the bottom section of the brace bars to the subframe, to do this put one nut and bolt through the brace bar and old subframe mount hole, Then drilled another hole through the subframe and put a nut and bolt through the other hole in the lower part of the subframe. Now this was done I could then see where to drill through the inner wind at the top, so drill the holes here and bolt the top section off the brace bar in place, Then repeat this on both sides.
I then re-located the washer bottle to the outer side of the drivers side inner wing, by doing this it gives more space in the engine bay and keeps things neat.
As I was changing the front end, I though I might as well change both the a-panels as they were starting to look a bit scabby. Whilst doing this I added a tab to each a-panel so that I can attach the front end to them.
Then as I would be fitting the bonnet using bonnet pins I had to add some tabs to the inner wing/scuttle section. As I wanted it to be kept water tight I added a little tip to the tab.
Now that this was done I test fitted the front to try and get a good fit. My initial plans were to have a flip front, so I fitted some my hinges, however I couldn’t get the front end to fit well at all so after a lot of messing about with it I just decided to fit bonnet pins.
So I fitted some pins where the front subframe bolts should usually be, i then test fitted the front to see how well it went together.
Now that I had decided to use pins at the front I decided to use duez fasteners at the rear of the inner wings. First up I fitted the duez clips to the tab I welded to the a-panel. Then I drilled the holes through the wind so that everything was held in place well.
Now this is done, expect to send a lot of time getting everything to fit nicely, and make sure that the removable wing doesn’t touch the scuttle, because if it does it will take the paint off after a bit of driving.
Then I sent off to get re-sprayed and I was really with how well everything came out. Then re-fit all the bits to the front again.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 12:34 PM
very nice job. i need some advice... I'm wondering; if i fit a round-nosed flipfront onto a clubmans body, will it look the same as the classic round-nosed mini? Are there any differences in the dimensions of the clubman, besides the squared bonnet?
basically, i want to buy a clubman for the 1275 engine and fit the round-nose kit to make it look like a classic mini. the kit would also obviously make the mini lighter.
I don't want to buy a round nosed mini and swap it's engine with a 1275 because that means i must either buy two minis or i need to search for a second engine. i live in South Africa, so finding a suitable round-nosed mini and engine could turn out to be tricky.
Posted 01 June 2008 - 02:45 PM
i got mine from minispares for about 27 quid
Home made brace bars, or does someone supply them?
Posted 01 June 2008 - 03:05 PM
Looks fairly easy so may give it a go first.
Thanks for the info.
Posted 18 June 2008 - 08:23 AM
Big Sam..........Have you a link to that brace bar making post?
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