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#1 Ian T

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Posted 26 January 2022 - 01:04 PM

Hi everyone

I hope this makes sense.

Having just moved and from loads of space to a tiny single garage, she made me do it, I will have to try and get the body shell into the back garden to work on it in one of those machine mart garage type tents.

The only way it will fit through the space is if I roll it onto its side, it is a rusty old shell and needs a lot of work, but my dilema is if I roll it onto its side and put it on some sort of dolly, most probably a couple of pallets on coasters do you think this would screw up the the shell and make it distort. I could of course weld in some bracing as described in lots of the posts and will probably have to do that anyway for some of the panel replacements.

I just don’t have room in the single garage because it is full of her moving junk so at this time a rotisserie which was what I was going to get is not an option.

So on its side would or could it screw up the body shell please.

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#2 panky

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Posted 26 January 2022 - 06:55 PM

Not speaking from experience but well braced it should be OK but I'd take the engine and interior out to loose some weight, you'll also need plenty of padding (old mattress?) to prevent damage to the body panels and plenty of help and more packing to stop it flipping over onto it's roof. Just a thought, will it be coming out the same way once the restoration is complete? Seems a bit risky to roll a nice new shell on it's side O_O

Might be better if you put the wife's junk in the Machine Mart tent. Make it all nice with net curtains and a carpet and she won't be able to resist ;D



#3 nicklouse

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Posted 26 January 2022 - 08:18 PM

Brace it first. Then get an old mattress  and a fire extinguisher.



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Posted 26 January 2022 - 09:31 PM

The Missus or the mini, one will have to go  :rolleyes:



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Posted 26 January 2022 - 11:13 PM

The Missus or the mini, one will have to go  :rolleyes:

My wife said that to me, I told her I would miss her :-)



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Posted 27 January 2022 - 01:37 AM

Brace the hell out of the car first. Tie in some diagonals as well just for extra rigidity.

 

I box in, so A post to A post, A post to B post, B post to B post, B post to A post. I then do another brace directly over the floor crossmember and then add two drop downs to the crossmember and tack weld them. 



#7 Ian T

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Posted 27 January 2022 - 06:21 AM

Brilliant and thanks everyone

I sat her down last night and gave her a bloody good talking too, told her what’s what and shared your kind suggestions.

She looked at me and I think her reply involved a jolly good bracing as well, but don’t think she meant the car.

So it looks like I am garden bound.

Harsh very harsh.

Thanks for all the advice it is so helpful.

Cheers

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Posted 27 January 2022 - 11:24 AM

rolled my car onto side to weld up. just as said braced and matress underneath was fine, just dont set fire to matress like i did !!



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Posted 28 January 2022 - 12:32 AM

I wonder if a spit rollover on wheels would be the best idea, both for getting into the yard and for working on, moving around etc etc.

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Posted 28 January 2022 - 07:36 AM

Thanks everyone

The rolling on the side bit is to just get it through the side gate, it is already an empty shell, so the cunning plan was:

1. Roll it on its side onto like some suggest an old mattress which will be on top of something like a pallet on wheels or some other flat rolling device. Push it through the side gate then set it up properly for the work, loads of room in the back garden. It’s just to get it through the gate, nothing more.

2. Get a divorce.

Mind you I never knew mini ownership would enhance my sex life. I keep banging on about the mini, mini, mini all the time according to her and last night she said “Brace yourself”. I thought this must be foreplay. Oh how wrong I was.

Cheers

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Posted 28 January 2022 - 10:25 AM

Do you have a plan B for getting it back out once you have finished the rebuild?

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Posted 28 January 2022 - 12:20 PM

Blimey thought you were on about the wife then (smiley face)because I don’t know how to put one in.

Yup this is only to do the cutting, grinding and new panels, then back on its side through the gap then I can use the drive in front of the garage, I will have built the carport by then.

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Posted 28 January 2022 - 10:16 PM

or cleared out the Garage at least. ;-)



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Posted 29 January 2022 - 12:38 PM

Or get couple of friends round to carry it through. Couple of straps to hold on to, one each end one inside through the door opening. No need for pallets, wheels etc.
will need the bracing which ever option




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