Dodgysam's wifes 1980 Mini thou.
Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:16 PM
Just thought i'd post up some pics of the mini that im attempting to do up for the wife.
Its fun cos I havent really done any kind of resto before so I'm learning as i go along.
This was how she looked when I got her.
Looks good but there is a fair bit of work under that Ford blue paint.
Front flare test fitted and the disc brakes from a 2000 mini fitted. No more drums for this old girl!
I dont know if its very original but i shaved the boot. So there will only be the numberplate/recess and a lock.
Also I just tacked up the new high stop brake light.
Looks ok considering it still has the weld burns and is just tacked in place so not finished off in this pic.
And the reason its there is cos it is the wifes car and shes a dodgy driver at the best of times and i figured this was better than just sticking one in the already tiny back window.
Also i mounted up a new aerial and welded up the old hole.
Got the front windscreen out and that also shows the crx seats all fitted and mounted.
The drivers seat has been rebolstered so fits like a race seat.
The brake light and aerial. The brakelight is moulded in so it doesnt look so huckery. Still needs some finishing sanding but you get the idea. And the aerial is all wired in and ready to be powered up.
I found quite a bit of rust around the fuel filler spout so i removed the tank and cut out the rust. I completely welded over the fuel filler hole, filled it and then redrilled the hole so it looks all fresh and new.
And lastly i moulded in the drivers side rear wheel arch. Looks a bit tidier than just riveting it to the panel.
I filled the indicator recess and moulded in the front wheel arch.
As you can see i had a wee bit of a gap between the arch and the bodywork...so i glassed it up.
This is the drivers side arch after it was glassed and filled and primed.
The parcel tray behind the rear seat is like swiss cheese so instead of trying to fix it I've just cut the whole thing out and am making up a whole new one from a sheet of steel.
Thats about as far as i can go on the body work till it gets sent off to the panelbeater on Monday to weld up the major rust holes for certification.
Once its back i will post up some more pics as i keep going with things.
Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:44 AM
Under the petrol tank...
Drivers side of the boot...
The missing parcel shelf...
One of the rust holes in the passenger side front wheel arch, its right next to the door hinges so this is why im not too happy to do it myself.
And this is the new stromberg carb thats gonna get fitted once it gets rejetted and given a good service.
Posted 06 December 2009 - 05:14 PM
I have been hunting for months now for the perfect exhaust tip but couldnt find what I wanted...so stuffit...I'll make it myself.
So its a 45mm inlet and about a 5inch outlet which is about an inch high.
And of course its not a mini unless it has a centre exit exhaust so I figured this would look a wee bit different.
Also lets play a game.
Lets play "spot the numberplate lights"
So now apart from a paint the boot lid is all finished...YAY ME!!!!
Posted 10 January 2010 - 07:29 PM
Made a new rear parcel shelf from some sheet steel yesterday.
the shitty old rusted cut to shit one!
...and today took off the skin of the passenger door...
I tell ya its not too pretty inside them doors thats for sure, but it could've been a whole lot worse!
So tomorrow i will try to weld in some new metal to replace the rusted mess i cut out of the frame.
Its all a learning curve i tells ya but it was gonna cost me $1200 for a panelbeater to do the doors and i just dont wanna pay that!...(I guess thats the penny pinching Scotsman coming out in me).
And incase I didnt show Y'all earlier this is the zorst thats gonna go on the mini...a good old RC40 mini box with my home made tip...all attached to a straight pipe of course!
Also did some welding on a guys stepdaughters car yesterday...turns out he is an autosparky. So now hes gonna rewire the mini for me and sort out the earthing probs...sweet...more money i dont have to spend...YAY ME!
That is all!
Posted 11 January 2010 - 04:45 PM
Will get pics up when they are all mounted n stuff.
That is all!
Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:41 PM
Just need to weld the retaining nuts in place.
I even managed to find a set of belts with the factory covers...just like my dads old Austin Allegro had when I was a kid!
I over engineered the mounting so it shouldnt have any probs come cert time.
Its just a retaining nut through the sheet steel from factory so I figured this would be a safer option for anyone who was unfortunate enough to be riding in the back seats.
Also it looks just a wee bit different from the average mini...which is what I was aiming for.
That is all!
Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:53 PM
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:58 PM
Stripped out the hardware in the doors today ready to swap into the new reco'd doors.
Thats the last bit of the body work to do on the minge.
Now all I gotta do is strip the roof and inside the cabin, remove the engine and strip that too.
Then its paint on!
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