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1966 Mini Van (The Rustiest One Yet?)

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#1 fiestaharry


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Posted 03 May 2021 - 09:28 AM

On a bit of a whim, i placed a bid on a mini van ending on Ebay. Knew it was going to be pretty rough, but didnt expect to have to replace the whole bulkhead/ cross member. Anyway i will let the pictures do the talking:
How it arrived:
I cut the bulkhead off from the tops of the A pillars as there was no structure holding anything together:
Bit of pulling, squaring up and some bracing, made it look a little better:
Cut out what was left of the old subframe:
Did some paint stripping this morning on it:
It is the rustiest car i have taken on to date, but except for the bulkhead and cross member replacement it is no different than any other early mini i have done. 
Planning on doing with magnums new bulkhead and cross member, a heritage full front scuttle and outer pillar section and then a bunch of bits from m-machine and hertitage.


#2 fiestaharry


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Posted 03 May 2021 - 09:29 AM

A small video of how it arrived in the garage:

#3 wile e coyote

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 09:43 AM

bloody helll! - hope that came with a complimentary dustpan & brush ;-) you sir are a far braver man than I  - but  cracking progress already....

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 07:05 PM

You know its bad when the front subframe has rotted into two parts.


You must need a wheel barrow to carry your cahonies around in!


At least all the panels are available, it will be an epic journey :-)


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:51 AM

I hop it was cheap

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 08:52 AM

Perhaps the front end slipped into another space time dimension. Maybe if you manage drag it back into this dimension we are all in there will be someone sitting in the drivers seat.

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 08:56 AM

Youre braver than me but we do have one thing in common, same workshop hoover  :D

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:07 AM

My van was in similar state, I have a pile of salvageable panels and will be eventually rebuilt

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