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#31 Deathrow

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:02 PM

Haha, I told you it was going on my log at the time chap ;D.

Just spent a further £66.44 on Mini Spares. Indicators, side repeaters, inner sill repair panels, a doorstep panel, indicator rubber boots, and those lenses you wanted for the back of yours.

I think tomorrow I might have an easy day and start unwrapping and organizing the wiring at the front end. Might get those circles cut out of the scrap inner wing ready to weld up the fresh air vents. We'll see, but I'm feeling a lazy day is in order.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 01:06 PM

I did do some work on the Mini yesterday but I forgot my camera so its not been documented. Didn't do alot mind, I split the bootlid frame from the its skin and started cleaning the bootlid up ready to have the new skin bonded to it. Other than that I just cleaned up some welds I'd made.

Mini Spares have posted my order like the stars they are, UPS say they'll deliver it on Monday, so hopefuly on Monday I'll start patching my driver side inner sill and door step :(.

Once again, thankyou Mini Spares:

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 10:29 AM

looking good mate. Nothing like ripping off old rusty panels but then you gotta get new ones back on. Not as much fun. How's your front gonna flip, up or out? Can't beat TDk stuff can you. Just wish all my stuff came from him.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 10:47 AM

Haha yeah, chopping them off is the easy part I guess. Not got up to putting stuff pack on yet, had some emotional stuff to deal with this week so I've not touched the Mini, trying to pick up my strengh to settle at Uni on Sunday :(.

The front is going to flip forwards and out (so the grill and lights face the floor). Yeah TDK's stuff is great, I think it's a bit thin at times but I keep forgetting that he said it'd stiffen up alot when I fit a grille.

I bought some new indicator assemblies the other day, didn't bother making a post about it because it's not that interesting, but since I'm posting anyway:

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I also bought some clear lenses that I'm considering smoking but I'm not 100% yet.

Thanks again for your comments ginger_monkey :D.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 03:09 PM

yep it does seem a little floaty when nothing is fitted but when you get you lights and grille and stuff in it'll stiffen up nice.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:17 PM

Made a little progress the weekend before last, welded up the shock absorber mount that was a bit rusty but that's all.

Didn't get any work done this past weekend because I had to help my mum find a new car after she had an accident in her old one. The good thing about this is I managed to get her to buy a 1996 Rover Mini 1275cc MPi :thumbsup:.

In other news, I opened the Novembers Mini Mag today to find this:

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I am very happy to see it in there :thumbsup:.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:08 PM

Any update on your project mate?

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 05:37 PM

Any update on your project mate?

Hello! I'm glad someone is showing interest.

Yes, a small one, I'll just write it up now :dontgetit:.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:07 PM

Apologies for the fact that there hasn't been any updates in a while, this is primarily down to the fact that I'm now working towards degree in Computer Science at University, so I only have the saturday of each week to do any work. On top of this, the last 2 weeks have been used to do a bit of work on my mums new MPi so my poor Elliot has suffered a bit of neglect :dontgetit:.

Anyway! That was not the case this past saturday as I had been itching all week to get my hands on something to do with Minis! I didn't get masses done as my cheap as chips angle grinder bit the bullet, started making some awful noises, I used it right until the smoke started pouring out of it :D.

I got round to my friends garage ready to start work, we did a bit of a garage clear out so we had more room to work with over the winter, this consisted of my wings, some other bits of scrap metal and my old bootlid skin. When we got back I started cutting the floor pan repair section I got from Mini Spares down to the size I required (I don't want to cut out any original metal that I don't have to.

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Floor pan repair roughly cut to shape, it would be finished and ready to weld in if my angle grinder hadn't died.

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I cut out a circle from the material I removed from the inner wing, I used this to patch over the driver side fresh air vent.

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Patched vent from the inside. You can see good penetration, which made me happy. Think I'll be happy welding structural panels now.

That's all I've got picture wise I'm affraid. Sorry about the quality, my phone camera in the dark is pants.

I've ordered a new grinder, went for a Clarke one as reccomended by Mini Magazine, I got a hand nibbler while I was at it, worth a go for under a tenner.

I also stumbled across a thread by Adcuz recently when I was looking for paint methods and it inspired me to buy 2.5l of black Rustoleum CombiColor, that should all be arriving this week ready for me to get cracking on with the bodywork.

Until next time, comments appreciated, it's always nice to know people are reading.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:58 PM

Nice welding :dontgetit:

Makes you wonder how it got the MOT?

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:11 PM

Nice welding :dontgetit:

Makes you wonder how it got the MOT?


£20 extra normaly does it....lol

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 08:18 PM

Haha, I have to confess, it looked alot better when I bought it with 12 months MOT. Although, it did have two MASSIVE holes in the boot floor, which were quite obviously an MOT fail. Heh.

Thanks for the comments about the welding, I think I'm getting there, they still need alot of dressing though. Definitly not bad for gasless :dontgetit:.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:40 AM

Small update to add, I didn't get masses of work done today because of more messing about with angle grinders, long story short, because I had some really badly balanced grinding discs I thought my new angle grinder was faulty, packed it up ready to return and went and bought another from a local store. Then I found that the first one was fine, so now I have two, oh well.

Anyway I got the passenger side air vent hole welded up.

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Vent with all the bolts and nastyness.

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Cleaned up ready for patching.

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Welded up, happy with my welding here, much flatter than before.

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Back side, good penetration.

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Welds roughly dressed.

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Etch primed, this will all probably come off again though because I want to strip all that nasty underseal off.

Thanks for looking :thumbsup:.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:59 AM

Coming along! When do you hope to have it finished by?

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:29 AM

I would like it back on the road by the time summer comes round, so about May. I'm not sure that's realistic though, haha. We'll see how we go, as my confidence increases I think my progress will too.





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