How To Bend The A-panel Lip Around Without The Right Tools.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:02 AM
as for tools. i wish i read this a year ago. i was stuck for something to use so in all my wisdom found an old pair of mole grips and looking for a peice of something to use like wood, i failed, so i welded an old coil bracket to the top face of the grips.... i have used this soooo many times since then and cannot fault it, who would honestly buy a *skin fitting tool* dont bother, as like most *specialist tools* make one!!
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:03 PM
I am totally new to Mini restoration, yet was able to manage this task following the process detailed here and have to say am very pleased with the result.
Here's to restoration on a budget!!
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:45 AM
Do you just fold with seam sealer inside and leave it. I have seen some projects on here where a few plug welds are put in too.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:41 AM
They usually have three or four spot welds onto the hinge pillar. There is one spot weld at the bottom onto the sill/doorstep. From the factory they were actually braised across the top and then there is a row of spot welds where they meet the wing.
For most peole who don't have access to a spot welder substitute "spot-weld" with "plug weld". I also usually MIG across the top - just need to be a bit careful and you need something like a die grinder or dremel to dress the weld off afterwards to make it look pretty as you can't get an angle grinder in as you can with the plug welds on the outer face. That said I treated myself to a TIG set over Christmas so next time I do a set they will likely be either braised or I'll just fuse the edges of the panel to the A-post but again we're getting into equipment that most people won't have at home.
i would like to beg to differ on this i restore minis for a living and mk 3 onwards as in internal hinge the a panel should have a tiny lip steping it away from the a post and have a little blob of weld at the back end nearest the door then 1 or 2 spot welds on the outside of the folded edge then to the outer lip of the door step then obviously spot/ mig plugged down the wing to a panel seem dont forget to put the little angled plate back on wheel arch lip where the wing and apanel meet
regards paul the anorack lol
Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:25 PM
I'd recommend giving it a go and will use this method again.
Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:48 PM
I used a big set of water pump pliers and a ford camshaft locking tool
Posted 19 October 2018 - 02:28 PM
putting a couple of door skins on and was debating on getting a folding tool, but after seeing what one did to a door skin of Alice's (wasn't me)
used the hammer and dolly method described above on the last skin I did. came out a hellova lot better than the tool.
Got the brain thinkin
didn't think that much as made it left handed
but it works really well not a ripple on the outside edge of panel
offset welded 15mm angle and set it so it crimps it the top edge
made it extra long so it didn't warp anything, could well be shorter
a sight quicker tan hammer and a lot quieter, Yippee
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