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#1 ArnieWallace

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:04 PM

Newbie with his first thread.  Currently making a mid engined 20VTurbo Mini, it need a fair bit of work so I decided to mid engine it as I always wanted a turbo Mid engined Mini.  Hope everyone approves.

 

One Mini needing a bit of loving.

 

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Replacing the scuttle, flitch and step.

 

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Inner sill repairs.

 

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30mm heavy wall box run up the inside of the sills.

 

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Floor repairs.

 

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Cage mounts fitted along with main hoop, main strap for the suspension and engine mounts.

 

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Cage bars installed.

 

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Rear seat base, heel board, boot floor and rear arches removed to make rear triangulation points.

 

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Donor engine removed to test fit.

 

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Strengthening hoop for the rear.

 

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Rear valance fitted.

 

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Diagonal cross bars fitted.

 

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Gussets added to the diagonal ends and the rear hoop.

 

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Will update with more soon.  Thanks for looking.
 

 

 



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Posted 11 July 2020 - 07:34 AM

Interesting project  :proud: Good look with it.



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Posted 11 July 2020 - 07:45 AM

Solid graft well done.. keep it up.

What drive shafts/ rear brakes you planning?

#4 ArnieWallace

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Posted 21 July 2020 - 10:34 PM

Solid graft well done.. keep it up.

What drive shafts/ rear brakes you planning?

Going to be running shortened VW shafts, VW MK 5 gen 3 rear wheel bearings with VW MK4 rear discs and calipers. All have been redrilled to accept the 4 x 101.6 pcd.



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Posted 29 July 2020 - 03:45 PM

Great work in such a short time looking forward to the end result
Keep up the hard work

#6 ArnieWallace

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 10:27 PM

Sportspack arches test fitted.

 

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Goodies purchased

 

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Rear arms tacked together to test fit with coilover shocks,  rear tubs also modified and test fitted.

 

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Checking the fitment.

 

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Sills fitted. I know they are over sills, hopefully shoud be ok as no rot under them and will be well treated with cavity wax.

 

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Front fitted.

 

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Checking out the ride height.

 

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#7 ArnieWallace

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Posted 12 December 2020 - 09:22 AM

Things have slowed down a bit now, but still battling on.

Got an Astrali wheel.
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Seat subframes fabbed up.
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Seats and harnesses test fitted.
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Front mounted Rad test fitted.
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Rear mounted intercooler.
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Fuel cell waterjetted out and tacked together and testing the fit.
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MK1 retrofit grill fitted, now has a face.
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Its a runner as well!!
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#8 bpirie1000

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Posted 12 December 2020 - 08:54 PM

Interesting rear arms..

 
Rear arms tacked together to test fit with coilover shocks,  rear tubs also modified and test fitted.
 
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What mounts to the heel board are you going to use?

#9 ArnieWallace

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 01:50 AM

The mounts are VW type ones used in the Mk5 platform front wishbones. 12mm bolt through the centre and fit into a 38mm tube welded onto the swing arm.  Have used the rubber standard type for the mean time, if they are too flexible they will be changed to polyurethane.



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 09:11 PM

Small update.

 

New discs for the front brakes.

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Fuel cell tested and all fittings mounted up, fitted a 275LPH pump.

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Gaz shocks and brakes fitted.

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Rear calipers fitted.

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Driveshafts back from being shortened and fitted up.

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Thats it for now cheers.


 



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Posted 24 January 2021 - 10:54 PM

As everyone loves swaged holes on a car.
 

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Posted 07 February 2021 - 05:51 PM

Finally started on repairing the doors.

Removed and stripped out.

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Crusty in places, so a good call to reskin them.

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New bottom repair panel fitted.

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The ends closed in and some protection sparayed on.

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Skin fitted on, welded and edges rolled, happy with the result.

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Posted 20 February 2021 - 10:47 PM

Other door being reskinned also, bottom replaced and welded in
 

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Edges rolled and skin welded on

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Fitted up and gaps set
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Made a start on the closing in panel mounting plates for the rear parcel shelf/firewall

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Posted 21 February 2021 - 11:20 AM

Interesting build and should make for a quick mini. Just an observation, now that you have changed the scuttle, trial fit the windscreen before you get the car painted. The right hand corner looks slightly off although that could be from the angle of the picture.

Better to do now rather than messing with new paint.

#15 ArnieWallace

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Posted 21 February 2021 - 05:45 PM

Interesting build and should make for a quick mini. Just an observation, now that you have changed the scuttle, trial fit the windscreen before you get the car painted. The right hand corner looks slightly off although that could be from the angle of the picture.

Better to do now rather than messing with new paint.

Thanks sonikk4 for the advice and the positive comments, I was worried that the screen might not fit after the scuttle work.  Thankfully I have trial fitted it in and all fits and lines up ok so hopefully crisis averted.






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