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 Post subject: Re: Too Busy's Mk I Mini
PostPosted: September 13, 2014, 7:31 am 
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Briggs - I might as well work on the Mini. The R1 is dead in the water until I hear back from SCDMV. I have a ready to drive car just sitting in the garage. The Mini project takes my mind off being pissed at the DMV

Bob, Minis are popular over here. It's a same that more of them didn't make it to the states, but in their day, they didn't stand a chance against the desire for a big gas guzzling V8.
I've been looking at replacement panels. Looks like anything I buy will have to come from a Mini specialist importer. There are 2 or 3 good ones and a handful of not so good.
Waiting on a shipping quote from New York, found one of the specialists with great prices on Heritage panels.

One more cup of coffee, then time to get dirty.

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PostPosted: September 13, 2014, 8:13 am 
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This outfit are good for panels http://www.minispares.com/shop/classic/ ... .aspx?0307
If you want them crated and sent just ask, I am sure I could find a reasonably priced carrier.

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PostPosted: September 13, 2014, 7:43 pm 
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Today's work in the garage.
I spent the first half of the day getting the subframes out. Dropping the front took a little less than 2 hours. Only 8 bolts holding it in, but like so many other items, it fought me every step of the way. A little WD40 and some heat from the propane torch got them to cooperate.
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I used the engine crane to get it up off the subframe, then lowered it onto jack stands.
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Then under the car to get the tabs off the suspension pipes, battery cable and fuel line.
Put the rear end up on jack stands and pulled the 8 bolts out of the rear mounts. Loosen the brake line, remove the hydro lines, and battery cable.

It's out
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Tis car doesn't need a mechanic, it needs an oncologist. Serious case of cancer that would have been terminal with a couple more years of neglect.
Here's the ugly part at the back. Removed the companion box, the inner close panel, and cut away a rusty piece of the back seat pan.
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It's finally time to start working on the front floor pan.
I cut away the rest of the pan and part of the toe board. Cut away the front part of the inner sill while I was at it.
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Time to offer up the pan for final fitment
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Clamped the brake to the engine hoist to bend the angles.
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And used clecos to old it in place.
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All in all not too bad a fit. I'll tack it in tomorrow and make the toe board reinforcement.
Pretty happy with what I've done so far.

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PostPosted: September 13, 2014, 9:51 pm 
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1) I ran into Dyrk of Classic Motor Works today at Road America....we live only a couple of miles apart but we bumped into each other 1000 miles from home. I asked him about fenders and body parts and he says that he has them in stock.

2) Check out the classic mini front clip for sale here http://www.kijiji.ca/v-auto-body-parts/ ... nFlag=true. It is close to my house, if you want I can check it out for you and get more info and more pictures. Apparently he'll take less for it.

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That looks like most of a Mk3 front clip. Won't attach to my car very easily.

I'm ready for a couple of Tylenol and a good night's sleep. Knees are achy from all the up and down and crawlin around

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That looks like most of a Mk3 front clip. Won't attach to my car very easily.

What??? You're out of duct tape and Gorilla glue???? :rofl:

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TooBusy wrote:
That looks like most of a Mk3 front clip. Won't attach to my car very easily.

I'm ready for a couple of Tylenol and a good night's sleep. Knees are achy from all the up and down and crawlin around


I can see why you need them. That's a lot of work done very quickly. Your floor pan looks very good too.

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Man, really cool stuff so far!

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Spent a few hours in the garage after church today. more working, not so much picture taking.

A little final trimming and tack welded in place.
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the brown around the edge is a light coat of paint to make final trimming easier.

A little measuring and heres a patch for the rotten part of the toe kick reinforcement.
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Offering it up to see if it will work.
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Then I put the cell phone away while I concentrated on making a patch for the inner fender. I'm overlapping the existing inner fender by about 1/2 inch at the top. I'll weld it both inside and out.

Also made a new front inner sill while I was at it.
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It's about 75% welded. Using my 220 volt flux cored mig on the next to lowest setting with .030 wire. It's doing OK, but I should head out and pick up a bottle of gas and do it with shield gas instead of flux core. I could run a little cooler and have it smoother.

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I was going to ask if you were cutting the panels flush to the edge or with some overlap - I suppose if you're welding the overlap inside and out you'll minimize the potential for moisture to get trapped in the overlap and undo all of your rust removal.

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I decided to overlap cause I kept blowing tough with a butt weld. I couldn't get a heat setting where I could squeeze the trigger for more than a split second.

I'm going to button this beast up as water tight as I can get it. Then clean, prime, paint, and undercoat. I hope to get a few years before the tin worm reappears.

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That looks like most of a Mk3 front clip. Won't attach to my car very easily.

What??? You're out of duct tape and Gorilla glue???? :rofl:


Those come later JD. Right now it's mig wire and band aids

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I decided to overlap cause I kept blowing tough with a butt weld. I couldn't get a heat setting where I could squeeze the trigger for more than a split second.

I'm going to button this beast up as water tight as I can get it. Then clean, prime, paint, and undercoat. I hope to get a few years before the tin worm reappears.


I overlapped too because my tack welds are great and my butt welds are not so great. I used seam sealer from the local auto body supply shop to close both sides. I've got almost ten years of driving without any rust reappearing but my Mini lives in a heated garage and doesn't go out in the winter. I do drive it to work regularly during the rest of the year.

Great work on the patch panels! As fast as you are it won't be two years, maybe only a few months.

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What??? You're out of duct tape and Gorilla glue????


Duct tape is too wimpy. Get Gorilla tape.

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It feels like I'm moving in slow motion. The car has resisted so many times already. Rusted bolts, captive nuts that aren't secured, rusty / rounded bolt heads, parts brazed instead of welded or leaded...

The patch panel process is slow and labor intensive. The only good news is I'm getting just a little bit better at fitting stuff by eye or with a couple of reference lines from a sharpie marker. Practicing on parts for TETANUS and the R1 project were a good primer leading up to this.

Next Saturday I HOPE to fit the other front pan... we shall see.

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Looks good. I'm following this one closely. I always thought with my new found rudimentary metalworking skills I've acquired building the Locost, I would tackle replacing floors and other simple flat surfaces on a rusty vintage car. Minis are on the long list of potential cars I always have an eye out for locally. Keep updating the facebook page. I may not comment much, but I'm enjoying the updates when I can't get on locostusa.com.


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