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#1 KTS

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 08:30 PM

Hello - about time i introduced myself properly, and by way of introduction i thought i'd take a wander down my personal mini(ish) memory lane...(..hopefully i've got the image links set properly..)
 
First car was a '72 Mini 1000 Deluxe - 18th birthday present from my brother in law and we spent the summer putting it back on the road.  First mod. was to replace the cross-ply's with radials !! cornered much better after that..
 
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..next up a real basket case of an 850 pickup in red-oxide primer - came as part-exchange it for my first car (in a lay-by up near whipsnade if i remember rightly) and used as a temporary run-about whilst i was doing my first solo rebuild
 
..also came with 12months MOT and lots of missing bodywork (not a good picture, but you can just about make out most of the bottom of the a-panel has been replaced with a hole)
 
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..in the meantime, rebuilding a '77 Special Edition 1100
 
..at the beginning (..glass-fibre flip-front didn't make it past the mock-up stage..)
 
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..looking smart in Dorchester grey with a white roof..
 
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the finished item - still a big fan of the de-bumpered look.  Fortunately (..for me..) my rebuild co-incided with ERA closing down, so i managed to get hold of a full interior, two brand new doors and a fully built front subframe when the contents of their Dunstable operations were disposed of
 
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at some point i ditched the denovo's for 5x10 wellers and A008's, and invested in a set of hi-lo's to get it set just to my liking
 
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fast forward a few years and the urge for something new (..but familiar..) took hold, and the mini was replaced with a GTM Coupe
 
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..frightening how low down you were in that car, and it had an alarming tendency to lose the back end in the wet (didn't help having 225/45xR13's), but was huge fun
 
After buying a house, getting married and the arrival of kids, the Coupe's days were numbered - something a little more practical was required, so 2002 saw the departure of the yellow peril and the arrival of a (..fairly recently restored..) '81 Austin Morris 95L
 
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Other than dropping in the engine from my wifes Metro GTA (..i did ask first..) i didn't really do much to it, and used it as it was intended - a general utility vehicle; dump runs, endless trips to DIY stores etc 'til 2008 when it failed its MOT with a rotten passenger sill.  patched it up and ran it for another year and then retired it from active duty with the intention of a full restoration when i had the time and money to do it properly.
 
that time is now, so i'm looking forward to starting up a new project thread and getting a bit more active in the forum (..as a giver and a taker !) in the coming months
 
Pat

 



#2 panky

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 08:45 PM

Hi and welcome. Nice history, looking forward to Pup resto, there's a couple going on just now so you can see what you're letting yourself in for ;D


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#3 KTS

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:44 PM

Thanks Panky - i'm telling myself that mine isn't going to be as challenging as some of the current restores.  a quick rubdown and respray should do it

 

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#4 g111mds

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 09:53 PM

Nice history. So, its the pickup you have that youre going to restore? Any recent pictures? Looks nice in the green. :)

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 10:54 AM

yep - full restore.  as with most of the other pickup restore threads i'm working on the assumption that the only panels that won't be replaced are the b-pillars and roof...

 

unfortunately not as much progress as i'd like - strip down started last year and then got put on the back burner due to work/domestic commitments.  now need to have a good clear out so i can strip out the front&rear subbies before sending it for a media blast.  think i'll be investing in a man size box of tissues for when it comes back...

 

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 05:58 PM

I have tried several times to introduce myself with a newbie post, but no matter how I click, nothing happens. I don't think the forum likes me, because it somehow knows that I'm an oldie?



#7 KTS

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 07:58 PM

I have tried several times to introduce myself with a newbie post, but no matter how I click, nothing happens. I don't think the forum likes me, because it somehow knows that I'm an oldie?

 

hi  - welcome to the forum

 

whether you be newbie, middlie or oldie I don't think you'll find anyone really cares as long as it's mini !

 

i can't offer much in the way of advice as to why you can't seem to start a new topic can (obviously) post to an existing one - i just hit the 'start new topic' button at the bottom of the 'Introduce yourself' page and went from there (don't forget to 'post' when you're done)

 

good luck



#8 Northernpower

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 09:48 PM

I have tried several times to introduce myself with a newbie post, but no matter how I click, nothing happens. I don't think the forum likes me, because it somehow knows that I'm an oldie?

Try it again and we'll see what happens



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 02:02 PM

Hi All !

 

The name is Gilles,

 

31, Male, Belgian and since last sunday the proud owner of a '97 mini. Unlike a lot of you guys this one is my First. 

My dad used to own one when i was little but i cant even recall taking a ride in it.

 

That will be it for now , i guess...



#10 Ben_O

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 09:26 PM

Just seen this Pat.

 

Nice Mini History and great to see the PUP before it was stripped!

 

Cheers

Ben






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