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#31 mrthumb

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:32 PM

seem welded the front end. I didnt go mad. as those stresses will only be transfered into my windscreen and crack it the first time i mount the kirb. Should be alot stiffer than a standard mini. but not as stiff as a roll cage. but then i didnt want the extra insurance costs and constant road noise coming through the cage..

most of the seals have been fully welded in the past which should also help somewhat.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:43 PM

Off to the sand blasters! (the bloke who was gonna do it let me down so i took charge of the machine and did it myself...)

its unpleasant, hot and dirty work. but sombodys gotta do it :)

there was a few patches of rust holes and filler which i filled in properpley with METAL :D

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:45 PM

time to fill in the petrol cap....

ready to be fillered now...

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:52 PM

Next job is 3 tins of Zinc based primer... zinc being a surface sacraficial anode and prevents rust for the noobs out there.

Then a coat of stone chip
then a coat of dinitrol wax....

should keep the orange demon at bay.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

now that the underside of the car is taken car off i can look at doing other pesky tasks...
I welded the steering collum adapter on today...

Now, I know some of you will frown on it not being pinned. but i did chamfer the metal edges in the lathe before i began. I also done 4 runs of tig welding. I tig weld items most days and im confident this will stand up to a lifetime of abuse. I recon you would need tonnes of sheering torque to break this :)

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

ok guys, the mini was suppost to be rolling todayAttached File  subframebuiltup.jpg   97.87K   85 downloadsAttached File  rolling-mini.jpg   79.64K   55 downloads

I reconditioned, painted and put new brake hoses on the rear subframe i also punched out the old 5/16th UNF studs and welded in some nice new ones so all the bolts and nuts do up and undo perfectley. Everything was assembeled with copper grease so that 10 years from now it will come un done like the day it was put on.

i have hit a snag though. the PCD of the new hubs i got from geoff are 95mm. and my wheels and rear subframe hubs are 100.. what are my options other than getting 2 different wheel sizes?

#37 Rhys

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:25 PM

You are going to have to drill them out and redrill for 100mm. Not a great job jut the only real option I think.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:04 PM

hmm i have the equpiment to do it. but im thinking it would be easier but not cheaper to sell my old wheels and get 2 new sets to match with different PCD... I have found these 2 which i think would be ok....


Type: MINILIGHT
Colour: SILVER HI-LITE
Size: 5.5 x 13
PCD: 4-101.6
Offset: ET 25
Fitment: MINI-MG MIDGET
Body Mods req: NO
http://www.midlandwh...---4x95.25.html


Type: MINILIGHT
Colour: SILVER HI-LITE
Size: 5 x 13
PCD: 4-95.25
Offset: ET 20
Fitment: TRIUMPH
Body Mods req: NO
http://www.midlandwh...---4x101.6.html

the only thing i can spot is the ET offset...

being 5mm difference... what is this? and what difference will it make if any? thanks.

I also ran the fuel lines today...

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Cracking work on the bodywork, like the shot aswell of the mini in the van, or is it a minivan? (taxi for Kam)

Your rear subframe? Is it treated? mine is soaked in waxoyl...

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:58 PM

i cleaned it, brushed it with a wire brush and gave it a coat of enamel... im still considering doing a rear disk/beam conversion at some point so it may come off later on if i got any money left :)

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:01 PM

Nice work!! I'm currently toying with the idea of flexi hoses instead for the fuel lines. Could I ask where you got them from please and how much?

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:06 PM

sure.. it was on flea bay...

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1439.l2649

I got 3 meters and it worked out to be about the right length with a bit to spare.
8mm ID for the main line, and 6mm ID for the return.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:45 PM

I've bought plenty of stuff from that ebayer, all fine

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:29 PM

been messing about with the PCD of my wheels. I want to use my existing alloys as you know. I purchased these second hand
http://www.mikesatur..._5.html#aAW3902 Wheel Hub Adapters

and has it turns out they are not really compatable without alot of modification. they also alter the offset which is unfaverable to handeling with my alloys.. 3x7 et 7 minilites...

So instead of wasting them, I decided to use them as a jig or template to drill the holes in a new position.
I layed the PCD adapter with the new holes in the correct position onto the hub and drill through and opened up the holes. im picking up some new studs tomorrow so i should be rolling by the time the weekends finished fingers crossed.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

Looking good.




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