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#91 Gilles1000

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 08:29 PM

Hello all, short update of the last days' progress:

 

I went further on the floor repairs. Now it looks like a patchwork... Hopefully after grinding it further down and then with a flap disc it will look flush, but I'm pretty happy with how it comes out.

 

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This afternoon I started on the battery box, and decided to change the whole bottom of it, as otherwise I will need to do several repairs to it. First thing was to think how to recreate the rib et its bottom.

So I changed profession and took a piece of wood which I drilled to recreate the negative form of the rib.

On the second attempt I was satisfied with the result and decided to go on. I only cut a big plate out of an old painted panel, and started to strip the paint. Tomorrow's task will be to create the rib, dirll the holes and do the folds. And then weld it to the remains of the box.

But... I forgot to take pictures...

 

And when I get one hour I will paint the calipers so that they can be stored until using them.

 

And I think I can look for a new upper arm, as the knuckle housing is worn. If I remember well the nylon cup was broken, and the knucke has then worn the arm...

 

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Gilles



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 07:23 AM

Here are some pictures I forgot to show in my last post.

 

Here the wooden die I drilled in some hard wood:

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This ended after a first attempt into this metal piece which already looks a lot like a battery box:

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The old one out (in fact it was a good thing to replace it in one part than doing patches)

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And welded in place and ground down:

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That gives a general overview of the rear floor:

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I still have to fix the reinforcing plates for the rear mounts of the subframe, weld the main floor and then I can tick the box "repair the rear floor"

 

That's been a huge work but I'm very pleased with the result and what I learnt from doing it!

 

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 07:23 AM

New update after a few days gone.

 

I went a bit further on the bodywork, the reinforcing plate and valance closing panel are welded in.

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But... As I put the rear valance to check the general fit, I discovered some issue:

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At first I didn'understood why, as I copied the shape of the replacement floor I have. Then looked on the other side to compare:

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Can it be that the shape changed over the years? On other threads I saw a straight line like I first did on later Minis.

 

Anyway, I then banged a little to get this shape:

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And now the rear valance fits much better:

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I also started to repair the rear valance corner. That is a bit complicated to do as there are loads of different curves to follow.

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On the mechanical side, I found complete front and rear subframes less the swivel hubs and transmissions for good money

I then directly stripped them:

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The front one is in a very good shape, the rear one will be better inspected after sand blasting. Has some rust flakes on the usual spots.

 

And I finally gave two coats of heat resistant paint on my 7,5 calipers:

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That much for today, to be continued.

 

Cheers,

Gilles



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 07:28 AM

Small update due...

 

I didn't do much on the bodywork these last days as I was again in Germany for a couple of days. But there I got some jobs done:

 

- I ordered O-rings a while ago for the centre speedo, could finally get my hands on them and finished to assemble the speedo:

I wasn't very happy with the water temp gauge as the paint peeled off when I covered it up to repaint the corner. But it's not that obvious. Have to see once (one day) in the car.

 

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- I bought a front subby with an A+ 998 engine for 80 quids. The subframe is fine, the engine needs a new head (given with the engine) plus a clutch and I think a 2nd gear baulk ring as it springs out.

 

- the wiring harness was in need of a clean up after 40 years, so I took a big bucket with soapy water and spent some time cleaning it up. Asides of one or two connectors to reconnect, the harness seems in a very good shape, all the cables are easy to bend. Even the fuse box is rust-free!

 

- And yesterday I got a bargain, but not really related to my project:

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Front solid subframe and its rear sibbling, for 120 pounds. Both in good shape, although the rear one wants some welding done. I'll blast them and see what's left.

 

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Gilles



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 08:06 PM

excellent mate your getting on really well ,loving the home made dies for battery box etc ,your fabrication skills are an inspiration



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 09:24 PM

Thanks for the comments!

I'm trying to do the best I can with what I have, and trying to show -while learning myself- that one can use everything lying in the shed to make nice panels ;).

Used the die technique from one topic here on TMF. Have to say I'm very happy with the result of the battery box!

 

excellent mate your getting on really well ,loving the home made dies for battery box etc ,your fabrication skills are an inspiration



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Posted 26 June 2020 - 05:44 PM

Sooo, after a long time without bodywork (I ran out of gas and was then a bit fed up with welding, so I mainly repainted axle parts) I'm back into it!

 

Cut and fold

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Tack and check on the body:

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Weld and grind down (and blurred picture...)

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I got delivery of a small but important part:

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And this morning I fibreglassed the four Group 2 arches I will certainly need for the Leyland Trophy wheels.

No picture yet, there are still curing in the molds.

 

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 05:28 PM

Further parts finished or touched over:

 

Gear linkage cleaned, repainted, greased (and now in storage)

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I went on with the rear valance. Now it needs dressing up and drill the hole for the middle bumper mount.

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And... Happy days, first delivery!!

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Two big boxes (25kg) came up!

I ordered some subframe fittings to make a mock-up of the disc brakes and Leyland Trophy wheels to check the need of Gr2 arches.

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Speaking about the wheels, they are at the local garage to check how to paint them. And for how much.

 

Cheers,

Gilles



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Posted 21 July 2020 - 08:52 AM

Hmmm, it looks like it's summer shut down on the project...

 

No big progress done neither on the body nor on the mechanics due to less time available to work on it and difficulties to find motivation to carry on the bodywork.

Still wanting to go further at least.

 

You know when you are hunting parts on the secondhand market? Like looking every day to find good parts?

I'm doing that at the moment.

And found a big bunch of parts. Albeit still assembled :)

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It's basically a sibbling of mine, there is no V5 but I assume as per the bodynumber that it's been built one or two weeks later than mine in 1979.

It'a an automatic, the engine does not turn over, and has the typical rust here and there but is generally quite in a good shape. 

The plan is to get it as soon as I can on the road again to quench my thirst of driving a Mini again. And get back on the main project.

 

Here's the link for it.

 

Cheers

Gilles



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Posted 20 April 2021 - 08:53 AM

Ehm, Hello? Someone still there?

Well, it's been a veeery long time, I've been busy putting the red one running, changed the engine and so on, still strugling with the paperwork.

And Covid situation made the travel from Germany where I live to France where I work on the car quite difficult.

 

But, let's go back to Toto.

Basically, having been away of the car for the most time, I could not do much bodywork on it. 

I could find some interesting parts. Cobra replica seats, nearly new, a 12G295 with some skim and port work done which seems good to be used.

 

My Leyland Trophy wheels are now at a company to be repaired (one is badly scratched at the rim side, another one has been welded in the past). The centre cap cannot be removed, so I first

have to get an adapter made to put the wheels on the machine. This is ongoiong.

 

I sent my Cibie Head lamps to be restored. Went from this

 

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to that

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This was pretty expensive (150€) for Mini Headlamps, but I wanted to stick with the Cibie headlamps and there are NLA, so the only way is to do the repairs. And I am really happy with the result. Now I can clean the small fixings and assemble them back together.

 

Last week I was doing home office at my dad's place, so I could have a look on the Mini and go on with welding work. This time, to get some confidence back, I grabbed the front subframe which needed some work done. One of the top arm axle was stuck in the frame and needed a LOT of persuasion to go out.

 

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And here the to-do list:

 

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So I started with making gussets to reinforce the front wings for the lower tie bar using card board templates and welded them in.

 

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Then I started with the repairs on the upper arm.

 

I got a bushing made out of copper to avoid loosing the pilot hole for the axis

 

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Which resulting in grinding a chamfer to get more access to weld, welding around it and grinding down

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I did the same on the inner side which looked the same (no picture here)

 

And on the front side inside the tower:

 

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And dressing the outer side of the front in between. The steel sheet was bent to the outside, so I hammered it down.

 

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Final check, a used axis could be assembled in the subframe ;)

 

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I finally went on with straigthening the rear wings for rear mounts as they are completely out of shape

 

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The subframe now still needs some dressing, but I want to assemle it on the body to check how it fits.

 

And finally I ground down some factory weld splatters.

 

I am still very happy with the acid bath cleaning, the subframe got the same treatment and looks still pretty good after 1,5 years dry stored.

 

Thanks for reading,

Gilles

 

 



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Posted 03 May 2021 - 08:48 AM

New update with the front subframe :)

 

I took some time to put the car on the lift to be able to remove the rollover jig at the front.

I assembled then the subframe with the solid mounts I already ordered. It needed a bit of persuasion to go in, but it finally went without troubles.

 

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I took the opportunity that the subframe was in the car and every front panel under tension to repair two cracks on the inner wing. It was time to start the restoration as the rear mounts were torn.

 

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Then I reassembled the rollover jig and adjusted it (at first I put it on the wrong way). Now it's much much easier to turn the body to work on it ;)

 

I went on with the rear repairs.

 

The reinforcement bracket has been welded in, I still need to clean a bit the welds.

 

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I am now preparing the rear valance to be put on, and then I will finally be approaching the end of the rear repairs. Yeepeeh!!

 

And as a side thought, I dropped the rear subframe on the car to do a mock-up. Did someone build an undertray for the rear subframe? I thought about deleting the rear muffler and putting only one in the middle to be able to do a better undertray :). Would it be too loud?

 

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same for the front, is there a clever way to build a good aero undertray?

 

Cheers

Gilles







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