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#1 gaspen

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 06:28 PM

Hello

 

I have a crazy plan and I am curious what you all think about it  :D

 

For many years this Mini stands in the garden of my friend. He wants to cut it for scrap but I am thinking about the rescue. It is a Mk 3 and it hasn't got any identification : no VIN plate, no documents, no engine, no interior. 

 

My idea to dismantle all panels at the weldings. After cleaning, repairing and priming all of them I should rebuild the body in a jig. There is no deadline for the task.

 

What is your opinion ?  Did anybody made similar restoration ?

 

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#2 Gilles1000

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 06:32 PM

That's a crazy plan but I love the idea :)

You will have a rust free Mini in the end!!

 

But, there is an engine in it? Or are the starter and oil filter flying in the engine bay?

 

Oh, and if you look at the project (66' van - the rustiest ever), it's not far away from a total reconstruction from each panel...


Edited by Gilles1000, 25 November 2021 - 06:57 PM.


#3 gaspen

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 07:06 PM

That's a crazy plan but I love the idea :)

You will have a rust free Mini in the end!!

 

But, there is an engine in it? Or are the starter and oil filter flying in the engine bay?

 

Oh, and if you look at the project (66' van - the rustiest ever), it's not far away from a total reconstruction from each panel...

 

Good point but he took these pictures more than 2 years ago. Since then he sold the engine. As I remember it was a 850 and I saw it running in this car  :lol:



#4 I hate Brian

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 08:04 PM

Think of it as an adventure, my mini took me 8 years to complete !



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Posted 30 November 2021 - 10:44 AM

Think of it as an adventure, my mini took me 8 years to complete !

 

I've finished my Mini in 2 years. This one would be a learning adventure as you said. 

 

Unfortunately I am in the lack of a workshop at the moment :)



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Posted 30 November 2021 - 12:17 PM

I had to restore my mini in a single brick garage, luckily I bought a 360 turn-over jig.


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