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1978 Gt - 160Bhp 1.8Vvc K-Series Project - Complete Ground Up Build


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#31 Thelooneytuner

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

Well now I should be nice and safe as I purchased a roll cage last night can't wait for it to arrive.
One of these in red, from safety devices

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:16 PM

that cage looks like it will be a very secure place to be

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:37 PM

I sure hope so Charlie! After being rear ended a couple of years ago in a mini I wasn't going to skimp on the cage!
I said I'd never have another mini but the mini bug has a firm grip!

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:41 PM

I wasn't going to skimp on the cage!

And you didn't
How was the break away by the way?

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:44 PM

Tonight I made some progress! I got the mini on a homemade dolly courtesy of a pallet and some biffa bin castors which made it easier to manoeuvre and work on. I forgot how small minis are when there in the pokey garage of ours.

Got the subframe mounted via the side mount plates, had to make some new ones as the old ones off the previous shell were way out. Sits nice and level :D just needs a little tinkering and the the plates shot blasting and painting. First I'll have to make the bottom mounts up though.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:46 PM


I wasn't going to skimp on the cage!

And you didn't
How was the break away by the way?


The break was great buddy thanks :) much needed and wish I didnt have to return haha!

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:10 PM

Looks an interesting project! How much was the shell if you don't mind me asking? I'm looking for a good one to re shell the missus mini!

I thought the original shell was familiar, spotted it on ebay while looking for shells!

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

I paid £310 for it, very impressed and had to have it. The pictures really don't do it justice. Saved an enormous amount of time.

Yeah it sold once and the buyer made up a bonkers excuse. The current buyer should be turning up to collect it tomorrow fingers crossed

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:58 PM

Tax more progress today. Started refurbing the hubs, started on one first.

Removed hub and bearing
Removed top balljoint, what a pain!!!!!!
Sand blasted hubs ensuring the delicate bits were masked off.
Painted the hubs black with a first coat of POR-15

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:32 PM

looking smart looney

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

Just needs a couple more coats of por15 then a topcoat :)

Just call me Russ :highfive:

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:33 PM

Not much progress today. primed over the POR15 ready for a topcoat

Was going to have a play tonight but pulled my back at work so didn't want to aggravate it

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:59 PM

Boring day today, tidying the garage and plugging the leaks but needs must I suppose >_<

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:45 PM

One hub finished!

Sand blasted
2 coats of por15
Primer
Satin black
Laquer

New bearing
New ball joint
Grease in threads to prevent corrosion

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Just another one to do!!!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:27 PM

project looking good,will be one to follow




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