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#16 Eggers

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 11:41 AM

All in all, I'm very happy with this car. I cannot stress this enough, IT HAS BEEN OUTSIDE ON THE ROAD, UNCOVERED for at least 10 years.

I have no idea why it isn't even more rusty.

Having said that, it was driven 5 miles between it's last 2 MOT's.

It starts up nicely, but when I press the accelerator, it just dies. Seems to need a bit of a warm up first?



#17 Viktor

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Posted 03 June 2022 - 04:33 PM

Looks like you have a pretty decent shell there. That is a good starting point for a project.



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Posted 13 June 2022 - 11:15 PM

Managed to get a good amount of work in on Sunday. Not much obvious progress though!

First up, I "accidentally" bought a mobile tool chest from Halfords. I went in to get some primer etc, and came out with a tool chest. Not amazing, it's a cheapo one, but it does the job. Took it to my grandmas, assembled it, and started sorting my grandad's tools into it. He's been in a home for 6 years, and if he were able to, I know he'd be helping me where he could. So I'm making good use of his tools as he is unable to :( 

Last weekend, I picked up 4 wheel stands, 2 axle stands, and a pump jack. The pump jack wasn't working, and the junk shop threw it in with the stands for free. A nice soak in WD40 and it loosened up to working order. It doesn't go down under it's own weight yet, but a longer soak next time will fix that. 

 

After a bit of googling and facebook help, I managed to locate which screws undo the heater, which allowed me to remove the last of the carpet and insulation from the front of the car.

The passenger floor is dented where someone has jacked it up incorrectly, so I am going to try the method that Classic Mini Workshop used on Project Tardis to pull it back into the correct shape. I hope this will work! If not, then probably a new passenger floor panel.



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Posted 13 June 2022 - 11:22 PM

The drivers side has been patched before, and is still rusty in places. It looks ugly. I'm going to replace it with a new panel. Would people recommend heritage, or will a magnum panel be fine?

 

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Posted 13 June 2022 - 11:28 PM

I also began removing the front grill to see what was underneat. Hint: some rust. Should be patchable though.

 

While I was working, I began chatting to my grandma's neighbour. I've known him for as long as I can remember- he and my grandma have lived next door to each other for 50+ years. We were talking about the car, and he began talking about how he used to work in a garage "before they got bogged down with MOT's". In his garage at home, he still has some memorabelia from back in the day. I asked to take a closer look at a couple of his posters (MG 50th anniversary, 1979), and whilst in his garage, spotted one about a mini. He immediately insisted I take it, as it was just getting spoilt in the garage, and it's a nice piece of history to go with the car. I love it.



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Posted 13 June 2022 - 11:29 PM

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It's a bit tattered, but still a lovely bit of the heritage of the car. I'm going to scan it, and will upload that better copy if anyone is interested.


Edited by Eggers, 13 June 2022 - 11:30 PM.


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Posted 14 June 2022 - 02:45 PM

All in all, I'm very happy with this car. I cannot stress this enough, IT HAS BEEN OUTSIDE ON THE ROAD, UNCOVERED for at least 10 years.

I have no idea why it isn't even more rusty.

Having said that, it was driven 5 miles between it's last 2 MOT's.

It starts up nicely, but when I press the accelerator, it just dies. Seems to need a bit of a warm up first?

Obviously you'll need some choke when starting up from cold but have a look in the carb oil dashpot to see if there's the correct amount still in there.

Its an easy first check and could well be the culprit.

 

I think you got a real bargain there by the way - good luck with the restoration!


Edited by Richard_, 14 June 2022 - 02:47 PM.


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Posted 14 June 2022 - 06:05 PM

Obviously you'll need some choke when starting up from cold but have a look in the carb oil dashpot to see if there's the correct amount still in there.
Its an easy first check and could well be the culprit.
 
I think you got a real bargain there by the way - good luck with the restoration!


Cheers, I will check that out.

Definitely got lucky on this car. I'm going to make this one count, it's mine for life.

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 11:51 AM

The drivers side has been patched before, and is still rusty in places. It looks ugly. I'm going to replace it with a new panel. Would people recommend heritage, or will a magnum panel be fine?

 

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Not sure if you can get heritage panels for that bit. They do the whole floor as far as I understand, but I might be wrong.

 

You can get repair panels from Magnum and M-Machine, also available at Mini Spares I think.

 

I would recommend a good clean up with the wire brush to see the extend of the rust. It might affect the inner wing and the heel / toe board (not sure what is the correct name for that piece).

 

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 12:44 PM

I have just done this repair on my daughter's Mini and used this panel

https://www.minispar...|Back to search

I didn't need the inner sill as I had done that previously, just use as much as you need. You will need to unpick the toe board spot welds which is a pain as there are quite a few of them and then plug weld the new panel to the toe board.

Just watch when you are cutting out as the brake pipes run under the floor and you have fuel pipes on the passenger side. Looks a great project, I think if it were me, I would get the work done to get it safe and enjoy it for the rest of the summer and carry on with more major work over the winter.



#26 Ben_O

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Posted 17 June 2022 - 07:51 AM

https://www.theminif...rage-iow/page-3

 

Have a look ar post #33 In the link.

It should give you enough info and pictures to give you an idea regarding the front floors.

Panel used was from magnum and is overall OK but do expect to modify slightly as you weld to get the fit right.

 

Cheers

Ben 


Edited by Ben_O, 17 June 2022 - 07:52 AM.






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