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The MIGHTY mini (pic heavy)

Postby Juan the dealer » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:54 pm

So to begin with I'm not sure if this is even in the right place. But anyway...

So my brothers little mini is due for a paint and it will be changing colour. But it has some rust problems along the gutters.

As it is 49 years old and it is a restoration project selling is out of the question. I believe it is also a relatively rare model.

As these cars are prone to rust. Even if painted properly it still find it's way back.

How do we go about ensuring that it rust doesn't come back.

This is the problem that keeps returning ImageImage

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Postby EX-DOHCTOR » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:57 am

Cut out the affected section and replace with new metal. Rust is like cancer, if you don't kill it properly the first time it will keep coming back.
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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:15 pm

Figured.

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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby MrMazda » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:33 am

Rust on that specific section of the Mini is common, but I think it's going to be difficult to replace. GL

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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:21 am

This is the problem that we have. A new body panel costs something like £250 > and there are way to many panels to make it feasible. Not only that but we will have to import so add a boat load of tax and shipping.

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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby EX-DOHCTOR » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:17 pm

Another option, although an expensive and time consuming one would be to grind away the rust until you have good metal and then rebuild the panel by welding in replacement sheet metal. Reproducing that seam and gutter would need to be done as close to spec as possible.

Might be a job for a professional though.
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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:25 pm

That's probably going to be the best option. Will look into it

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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:58 pm

Eey so we started stripping her down today and we are almost ready to drop the front subframe and motor. So before we started
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And some during the process
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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby EX-DOHCTOR » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:33 am

Looks very neat bud.
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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:49 pm

Thanks. Fortunately there is very little rust if you exclude the gutters. Also work is going to have to be limits to weekends until holidays start.

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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby EX-DOHCTOR » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:51 pm

Juan the dealer wrote:Thanks. Fortunately there is very little rust if you exclude the gutters. Also work is going to have to be limits to weekends until holidays start.

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I know that feeling guy, I am also limited to weekends and maybe the odd weeknight for working on my 2 door.
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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:19 pm

Eey it's painful.

But here is an update. We were very fortunate to have a day during the week.

So the head is now off. Wipers and motor. Boot lid. Bonnet. Electrics are mostly labeled. Interior is just about totally out. Starter is off. Alternator. Both carbs are out. Exaust is mostly out. Oil is drained. Filters are all off. Lights are out. All the trim is off. Some of the engine mounts are off. Also turns out that the car has a very hot camshaft = veeery big smiles. And also explains why it goes vurp ... vurp .... vurp when it idles. On top of having a big exaust tip and no cat.

So it's going very well. Image

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Must add the we found significant evidence that this car was on the track. It was originally a 1000 cc and it is now the 1275 with twin SU's. It also explains the cam. And we also found spots on the floor that suggest that was a rol cage and 4 point safety bealts in it at some time. Not to mention it came with a race steering wheel.
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Re: RUST!!!!

Postby Juan the dealer » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:21 pm

Also can a mod please move this to build threads.

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Re: The MIGHTY mini (pic heavy)

Postby Reegz » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:31 pm

Looks like a great project. Hope you guys have fun with it.
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Postby Juan the dealer » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:37 pm

Thanks.

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Postby EX-DOHCTOR » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:16 am

Neat little car mate. Looks to be a in generally good condition. A fantastic base to start with!
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Postby Aslam_MK4 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:35 am

Loving this project


Please go for a color that will make it pop
I mean like oem type of color
And all chrome trim needs to be put back
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Re: The MIGHTY mini (pic heavy)

Postby EX-DOHCTOR » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:39 am

British Racing green with white roof and white bonnet.
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Postby Juan the dealer » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:49 am

British racing green with a white roof And two white stripes on the bonnet it shall be. And yes we will definitely put all the chrome and trim back. We are also looking to put a dash in that is similar to factory.

The only 4 things that will not be going back to factory spec bar the engine will be the wheels. The breaks. And the wheel arc kit as this is due to the car being fitted with disks in the front with spacers so that the rims fit and thus the wheel arc trim is only there to Finnish it off with a clean look but still keep the lines of the car. And then the seats are not original but they have been upgraded to some nice adjustable ones that have a good quality leather vinal that is just light cream and is a wack lot more comfortable and they don't stand out as being aftermarket.

Thanks for all your opinions. I will try keep you all up to date.

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Postby Juan the dealer » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:02 pm

This is one of the ones we are basing it on. ImageImage

Please note this one has the square back lights. My brothers has the round ones. They only made the round ones on the mk 2 for 2-3 years and it was the last variant to have round ones. So this particular car is pretty scarce and we were very fortunate to get it from a guy who didn't really know what he had and what it is worth.

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Postby Juan the dealer » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:13 pm

Aslam_MK4 wrote:Loving this project


Please go for a color that will make it pop
I mean like oem type of color
And all chrome trim needs to be put back
As a side note I respect to the originality of the car. As far as we can tell the car was factory white. But white is such a common colour amongst cars in S.A. that it will merely blend in. So do forgive us for not setting everything back to factory spec. But it's how my brother wants his car and I can only agree. The green does the car justice as well as being a reflection of this cars history as a racecar be it rally or track. As well as it's pokey little attitude.

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Re: The MIGHTY mini (pic heavy)

Postby Aslam_MK4 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:54 pm

Juan the dealer wrote:
Aslam_MK4 wrote:Loving this project


Please go for a color that will make it pop
I mean like oem type of color
And all chrome trim needs to be put back
As a side note I respect to the originality of the car. As far as we can tell the car was factory white. But white is such a common colour amongst cars in S.A. that it will merely blend in. So do forgive us for not setting everything back to factory spec. But it's how my brother wants his car and I can only agree. The green does the car justice as well as being a reflection of this cars history as a racecar be it rally or track. As well as it's pokey little attitude.

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No need for forgiveness it’s your guys car at the end of the day.we can merely give our suggestion.

I think any oem color will be better then that color currently on the car

Are you going to do the 4 lights on the grill or did your model not come with that?
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Postby Juan the dealer » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:39 pm

Thanks.

So the added spots on the grill were a factory option. One could have 2 3 or 4 lights. Unfortunately there is no way of telling what the car came with. But it will probably end up with 2 added spots. Also there were many aftermarket varieties of extra lights for minis. Even a single spot light that attached to the roof.

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Postby Juan the dealer » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:31 pm

So a small update. Today we were able to do some work. We managed to get the front half of the wiring harness and the fuel tank out(bit of a bastard and then somebody told me it was empty so I plucked the hose off and it pissed fuel all over the place)

Hopefully we can get the rest of the harness out tomorrow as it shouldn't take long. Then it's the fuel lines and pump. Followed but the front subframe along with the motor. But we do have to find out what we have to do about the hydro elastic bags in the front. It's a little bit (actually a lot) more complex to work on than normal suspension because there are no shock absorbers or external springs and the front is linked with the rear but each side is separate.

And here are some pics of the exhaust. ImageImage

Although we are probably going to cut the tip off and put one on that is the same diameter as the the rest of the pipes.
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Postby Unobeat » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:33 pm

What a project, awesome work so far.
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