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#31 gretzky38

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

I know I'm late catching the bus with this thread, but I tried this today and would like to thank the OP for this tip.

I am totally new to Mini restoration, yet was able to manage this task following the process detailed here and have to say am very pleased with the result.

Here's to restoration on a budget!!

#32 ToM 2012

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:00 PM

great tip will give this ago myself =]

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:32 PM

Hi guys can you use this method for a door skin, has anybody done so

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#34 minimartin1

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:14 AM

I don't see why not but you would be there forever doing it that way. Best bet is hammer n dolly

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:40 AM

Or buy a door skinning tool. I think Frost have them, but there may be cheaper sources.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:41 PM

Door skinning tools are ok but beware some of them will mark the return lip as the only the skin side has a nylon face whereas the inside section that folds over the lip is quite narrow and has no protection. I would definitely go for the hammer and dolly method and only use the tool where it is difficult to use the hammer and block.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

Thanks for the advise ;D

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:33 PM

Could anyone point me in the right direction to a MK1/2 a-pannel fitting guide? I cant seem to find it via the search.

Thanks!

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:24 PM

This is really good but more pics would be nice.

 

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:45 AM

Do you just fold with seam sealer inside and leave it. I have seen some projects on here where a few plug welds are put in too.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:41 AM

They usually have three or four spot welds onto the hinge pillar. There is one spot weld at the bottom onto the sill/doorstep. From the factory they were actually braised across the top and then there is a row of spot welds where they meet the wing.

For most peole who don't have access to a spot welder substitute "spot-weld" with "plug weld". I also usually MIG across the top - just need to be a bit careful and you need something like a die grinder or dremel to dress the weld off afterwards to make it look pretty as you can't get an angle grinder in as you can with the plug welds on the outer face. That said I treated myself to a TIG set over Christmas so next time I do a set they will likely be either braised or I'll just fuse the edges of the panel to the A-post but again we're getting into equipment that most people won't have at home.

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i would like to beg to differ on this i restore minis for a living and mk 3 onwards as in internal hinge the a panel should have a tiny lip steping it away from the a post and have a little blob of weld at the back end nearest the door then 1 or 2 spot welds on the outside of the folded edge then to the outer lip of the door step then obviously spot/ mig plugged down the wing to a panel seem dont forget to put the little angled plate back on wheel arch lip where the wing and apanel meet

 

regards paul the anorack lol



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:25 PM

I've used this method recently and it works very well once you have started to bend the lip it folds easily and looks factory

I'd recommend giving it a go and will use this method again. :-)

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:48 PM

I used a big set of water pump pliers and a ford camshaft locking tool  ;D  ;D  ;D






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