1960 Austin mini Seven

  1. Jay Hicks Member

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    Hi all, I’ve been over in the beginners mig section getting some great advice so thought I’d start a build thread.
    A couple of weeks ago I picked up a 1960 Austin seven, the lower 6 inches are pretty rotten
    I’ve stripped most of it out including the engine.
    Have braced the shell and
    Ordered a fair amount of panels and have started cutting out the drivers side floor.
    I wanted to get most of the floors in and some repairs here and there as it’s not structurally sound enough to get up on the roll over jig yet. anyway a couple of pics to start.
    Take care
    Jay.
     
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  2. garethp Forum Supporter

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    Is that a tow bar on the back of it?
     
  3. MoreWellie Member

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    that will keep you busy for a while, at least the windows don't look rusty :laughing:

    I remember a friend loaning me his when he wanted to borrow my long wheelbase transit. I got out of the transit and in to his mini with a steering wheel the size of a tea plate and found it to be enormous fun once I got the hang of it
     
  4. garethp Forum Supporter

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    My first one was great fun until I did somersaults over a crash barrier and down an embankment.... 2nd was just a much fun but not practical for attaching a bike/s or carrying camping gear :(
     
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  5. Jay Hicks Member

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    Yep ‍♂️
    It’s bolted under the boot floor and rear seat you can imagine the state of the rear floor.
     
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  6. Jay Hicks Member

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    They are fun.. this is my 7th mini, I’ve got a mk3 (1976) that is on the road thankfully
     
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  7. Jay Hicks Member

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    The glass is about the only decent bit on it
    I’m 6ft4” and find them surprisingly roomy inside.
     
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  8. marlinspike Member

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    Wow. I thought my Saab was rusty once I started digging about with a screwdriver but it was Concourse compared to that. Great project though and at least the panels and bits are still available.
     
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  9. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    My first car was a 1960 Morris mini. Spent more time fixing it than driving it. After couple of years the rear sub frame was attacked by the metal mice. Decided to cut my losses, sold the engine & wheels, chopped up the body with an old axe then flogged it to the scrap man.
    Good luck with it, not one of BMC’s greatest offerings in my opinion.
    RonA
     
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  10. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    Frightening to think of the Mini being over 60 years old. Lord knows what repairs you will find, '68 lamps already fitted. Save yourself a load of hassle and cash, build a little trolley for the Mig and gas bottle as you will knock it over at some point and smash the regulator. :thumbup:
     
  11. Mr Fixer

    Mr Fixer Member

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    That’s a cool project you’ve got there. You’ll be on a steep learning curve with the welder. Best of luck with it
     
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  12. minimutly Member

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    Shame about those rear lights, unless of course someone swapped it into a Mk2 shell. Push button start puts it as an old un though.
    Swap out that box as well, it will be red rust inside it
     
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  13. Jay Hicks Member

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    Thanks for the tip, home made trolley coming up :)
     
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  14. Jay Hicks Member

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    indeed.. it’s going to be a long learning curve but I love a challenge:)
     
  15. Jay Hicks Member

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    yes it apparently got a new panel in the 70’s to get a mk2 look. It was not the best of jobs, the whole rear panel is hanging off. Fortunately the rest of the shell is correct, chassis plate and fe number are original:)
     
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  16. Jay Hicks Member

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    I like a challenge! As you say most panels are available, hopefully it’ll go well.
     
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  17. Jay Hicks Member

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    Did similar to my first mini in the 80’s
    I know where you’re coming from, although it’s nice to have a car I can work on without having to plug in a laptop.
     
  18. mylesdw

    mylesdw Member

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    The Binky videos on YouTube have a bit about rusty minis.

    Dare I mention 'new body shell' ?
     
  19. Melvyn Best Member

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    Bet it’s not the original engine? For the first year or eighteen months of production the Mini had an oil feed through the crank for lubricating the primary gear , there was an extra oil seal inside the flywheel in an unsuccessful attempt to stop oil reaching the clutch, there was a modified primary gear with self lubricating bushes and a tapered pin to block off the oil feed. This was called the Deva bush conversion. Later engines from around 61 this became standard until around 64 when the crankshaft nose diameter was increased and a diaphragm clutch fitted .The cooling fan was 4 bladed with the fan housing being a one piece item making water pump replacement an engine out job , the fan was changed along with the housing around 61 . The original gear lever didn’t have the bend near the top either? Other things on early cars were the hand brake quadrants on the radius arms were originally a conduit , the front floor pan to bulkhead joint was constructed so that water ingress was guaranteed , later changed so the floor pan fitted on top of the bulkhead flange . the door sills were originally filled with foam on very early cars
     
  20. KemppiFrog Member

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    MB, that all sounds horribly familar..
     
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