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#46 BUNYIP

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:32 AM

Thank you ! 

 

i have fitted the bonnet once, but i was not all that happy with the gaps. down near the grill there was only a very small gap. (around 3mm) but near the windscreen surround it was far form that. (around 8 mm)   - so I'm thinking little on grinding the wing a little where it meets the innerwing.. 

 

i don't have a pic of it. but i can take one later or tomorrow 

i had this problem also, i ground the lip of the wing to pull the gap in worked out ok, although i had the gaps set at 4 - 5 mm. i also had to panel beat the wing around the scuttle area to accommadate 'pushing the wings in'.

 

with regards the A panel.  the contact lip between wing and a panel i plug welded every 50mm, may be over the top but better that than it coming apart. were the a panel is folded around the door pillar i but a little stitch weld approx 5-10mm every 75mm sprayed with etch primer and then tiger sealed all joints.  hope this helps



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:56 PM

I will try to get some pics Mk3 cooper s, but i haven't welded it yet. so not much to see on the pics.. 

 

Bunyip. Thanks ! :)

 

ill have to such a bit more. because i really wonna weld it just like they didt it in the factory :) but yes i agree, don't want any thing to crack or fall apart when its done ! :) - again thanks. :)



#48 Matt Zane

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:56 PM

Fantastic work so far! Keep it up!



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 01:10 PM

So new update, i started one with welding the front after weeks of adjusting. finally I'm happy with the gaps.

 

i just blasted these, so i could trial fit the subframe

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almost the same

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this was the old gaps. IMG_4310_zps37814e36.jpgIMG_4563_zps5eeb3965.jpgIMG_4564_zps0fc59b19.jpg

straightened the inner wings and made holes in them

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i finally got happy the gaps by welding the thiny spot between my front wings to the scuttle. near the bonnet. and then strapping them down to the right position. 

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happy ! so i started :) :D

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Thats if for now. I'm replacing the LHD door skin before welding the other a panel :)

Hope you guys enjoy !

 

cheers Nino 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 07:41 PM

Hi again :) 

 

i swapped the new door skin with a complet great condition LHD door my father had today.

i just fit'd much much better then my old door.

 

so i could finish the welding on the front today :) 

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so now i am going to grind the welds down.

Pics will come in a few days :) 

 

I only need to weld the outer sills and the rear valance and then there is a finish'd shell :D ! ! 

 

Cheers Nino



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 08:08 PM

Very nice work, I'm hopefully going to start work on my Mk3 this weekend.
The weather has finally turned nice so I can get outside, unfortunately I don't have a garage or workshop which certainly helps when trying to restore these Minis.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:42 PM

Thank you very much Harryspadge :)

 

yes its just a lot easier when you have a nice garage for it - do you have a thread on yours ? :) 

 

- Nino



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 01:12 AM

Very nice build Nino, would love a MK3 myself to restore.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:35 AM

Superb work nino , I've just started on my mk3 after 5 years of ownership...... I'm going to weld all the braces in this weekend ready for surgery...... Your pictures will help a lot

Cheers james

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:10 AM

Thank you both very much, glad you're enjoying :) 

 

MR J

do you have currently ? :)

 

 

jpw1275

Thats kinda like me, mine was taken apart by me and my father about 7 years ago(when i was 14 years old), and then he didn't have time for it. So i just got my own garage and started September 2013 :)  - i just wanted a Mini for IMM '14 :) 

I really hope that the pictures will help you out, the 3mm square iron tubes really work'd well on mine :)

 

Kind regrads Nino :)



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 10:33 AM

This is looking great. You have made good progress on the bodywork. I struggled a bit on mine and i had a lot less panels to replace.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:39 AM

This is looking great. You have made good progress on the bodywork. I struggled a bit on mine and i had a lot less panels to replace.

 

Thanks NZMini1275 :) 

 

i have also had some hard weeks with the body work. but i gotta say that the front was the hardest.. it took a looooong time before i was happy with all the gaps :) 

 

- Nino :)



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:19 PM

MR J

do you have currently ? :)

 

 

 

I have a 94 Sprite spi and a low mileage original 88 Jet Black, also a 87 MR2 Mk1b.

 

Really like the look of a proper Mk3!!



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:56 PM

 

MR J

do you have currently ? :)

 

 

 

I have a 94 Sprite spi and a low mileage original 88 Jet Black, also a 87 MR2 Mk1b.

 

Really like the look of a proper Mk3!!

 

Cool ! do you have any threads of them ? :) 

 

A proper Mk3 i very lovely with the right parts, but well, i would always want a MK1 :)

 

-Cheers :) 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 08:45 PM

 

 

MR J

do you have currently ? :)

 

 

 

I have a 94 Sprite spi and a low mileage original 88 Jet Black, also a 87 MR2 Mk1b.

 

Really like the look of a proper Mk3!!

 

Cool ! do you have any threads of them ? :) 

 

A proper Mk3 i very lovely with the right parts, but well, i would always want a MK1 :)

 

-Cheers :) 

 

 

Here's a thread for my 94 Sprite.

 

http://www.theminifo...sprite-rebuild/

 

Here is my Jet Black, really need to update this one as I finished it a year ago.

 

http://www.theminifo...ck-garage-find/


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