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 Post subject: Re: Too Busy's Mk I Mini
PostPosted: September 9, 2014, 1:13 pm 
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Thanks for the votes of support guys. Minimalist approach got Wifey Dearest's vote as well.

Note to all: The home made patch panels will not be attempts at perfect reproductions of BMC parts.
They will instead be aimed at being A) Safe and B) Functional.
They'll be made from 18ga mild steel from my local metal recycling yard where they buy over runs and off spec material from the mill.
They'll get stiffening beads if they need stiffening beads.
They'll get flanges rolled to the edges to make installation as user friendly as possible.
Where welding suits, they'll get welded; where brazing is a better / easier option, they'll get brazed.
They'll get buttered with Bondo to make them pretty for paint if they're on the outer body.
They'll be ground "close enough" to smooth if they're under carpet, or behind / underneath another part.

When it comes time to sell her, whenever that may be, I'll let the buyer know if they want a nuts and bolts resto car, they need to look somewhere else. But, if they want a solidly repaired fun car, this is it.

Decision made, moving on. :cheers:

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PostPosted: September 10, 2014, 8:38 am 
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I've been trading e-mails with Rob Eastwood at Mini Sport Ltd in the UK. That man knows his Minis inside and out, top to bottom.
A handful of e-mails back and forth and he's given me some fantastic advice for keeping the car from going all wonky when I take panels out and put new parts in.

Working with him on shipping costs, DHL delivery, gets here quick, costs more than the panels I want. There needs to be another option than 2 day air


Putting together a spreadsheet to run delivered cost comparison on the critical bits from Mini Sport, Mini Mania, 7ent, and GB Car Parts

back to indecision....

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PostPosted: September 10, 2014, 12:57 pm 
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Mini Sport has about the best prices on panels around, problem is, they're in the UK. I talked to my shipping guy at work and even if we manage transport, with our discounts, the shipping charge is INSANE.

No matter how I slice it or dice it, it doesn't make sense to buy panels from the UK. That leaves me with Mini Mania, 7ent, and GB

So far, there's maybe $25 difference between MM and GB delivered to my door on a slew of parts from a $100 total order up to just under a grand...

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My experience was that it took at least 2 weeks to get parts from Mini Mania where GB was a few days. GB has slighly better prices (which you already found out) but Mini Mania has loads of information and a larger number of parts in stock.

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My experience was that it took at least 2 weeks to get parts from Mini Mania where GB was a few days. GB has slighly better prices (which you already found out) but Mini Mania has loads of information and a larger number of parts in stock.


GB customer service on the phone is pretty darn good. They do have limited stock on hand and no new front panels in stock.

I wish I could find a way to make shipping from UK work. Rob Eastwood at Mini Sport is a wealth of information.

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If you are not in a hurry for the parts just have them crated and sent via shipping freight consolidators . It will be a fraction of the air freight charges and it will only take about four weeks, crated also means less chance of damage . We do this all the time.

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You should Dirk at Classic Motor Works a call. http://www.classicmotorworks.citymax.co ... 875856.htm

He builds some incredible mini engines and stocks lots of parts both new and used. I understand from my brother, who races a classic mini and uses Dirk's motors, that he gets regular weekly/biweekly shipments from England so may be a good solution to your shipping problem.

I have no affiliation to or interest in his business other than the connection stated about. You could tell him that you got his name from the brother of the yellow #72 race car.

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Congrats on your mini, just got the blue one at the end, but yours has a lot less work,
Good Luck, :cheers:
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which blue one? which end? ;-)

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Nice glass molds there. Tell me more about those.

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The molds are for the one in gray, mechanicals are early Toyota MR2
Are you keeping your mini original?
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Right now the plan is close to original. Im not going to pull my hair out over a nuts and bolts restoration, but I do want a nice solid car.

I decided that at a minimum I'm making my floor pans myself. I haven't decided yet if I'll wheel out some body patch panels that are needed. I KNOW I don't have the skill set or the patience for making whole fenders, so that's either patch or buy new. A nice glass front end could be interesting... just can't find a decent one here in the States so far.

On to today's work. since I plan to make floor pans and small bits, better get some steel. off to the metal recycler and came home with this. A piece of 18 gauge that's a little thick, slightly over spec, that's why it was at the recycler.
4x10 sheet for $40.82 including tax... steel prices are up this week. :wink:
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Both rear blanks marked for bead rolling
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Both front blanks rough cut
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Started marking front blanks for bead rolling.
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All 4 panels marked
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3 hours from the time I got home with steel I had 4 floor pans bead rolled and hammered back flat.
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Time to start fitting. First a part of the right front cut away.
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Dang, no choice, I'm going to have to pull the front subframe. The hydraulic lines wont come out without pulling the subframe.
c'est la vie

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Might as well offer the front pan up to the hole and rough mark the outer and inner. The red line is were a filler strip will weld to the inner A panel. The black line is were I'll cut and weld to the inner fender.

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I squirted WD40 on the subframe bolts and called it a day. Tomorrow morning after coffee, the front subframe comes out

:cheers:

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Super Jelly of the car, not all the work involved.... haha.

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I never realised the mini had such a following in the states. We used to miss spend most of our youth mashing different engines in those cars. The last one I did I fitted an austin maxi 1750cc engine and 5 speed gearbox, plenty of chopping about but it did wake them up a bit :)

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