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  1. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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    Not sure if this is any use to you but this scan shows the main suspension measurements.

    I know it's not much use for body measurements, but you can be a bit more approximate with the bodywork dimensions as the cars from that ere were all pretty much hand built, not by choice but because that was where the technology had got to.

    These are the measurements that matter to get the car handling and tracking properly.
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  2. cornflakeMini

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    Thanks Dcal! That looks really useful.

    I haven't been able to get out to measure this week as I've been busy mountain biking & climbing in the evenings.
    I'll try to get some measurements this weekend. I also want to weld in my inner sill patch to get a bit of strength back and then plan the project out properly.
     
  3. cornflakeMini

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    Hi All,

    It's been a while since my last update and the welding is now complete so I thought I'd give you all a quick summary...

    Basically I decided to get the car on a spit and assess the situation. So the car got stripped:
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    And I built a spit out of wood (drew some concerned looks from my friends!).
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    I messed around making repair panels out of scrap at first (didn't last long as the hours racked up):

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    Then I started patching the inner sill and floorpan:
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    Including a repair to the floorpan / toeboard flange where I cut too much off!
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    The passenger floorpan went in ok:
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  4. cornflakeMini

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    Made a repair panel for the rear floor:
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    Fitted the jacking point (not easy to get lined up properly!):
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    Made a jig to line up the heelboard ends (my first decent bit of stick welding here):

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    Attached the doorstep:
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    And got a cool artistic shot of my plug welds:
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    Fitted the heelboard (using my jig):
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    Fitted the outer sill:
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    And repaired the quarter panel:
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    Phew! At this point I was knackered but still had another side to do. Notice how many of these photos are taken at night!
     
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  5. cornflakeMini

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    Like a sucker... I started on the other side.

    Oh dear:
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    New front floorpan (but bigger this time):
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    Another jacking point:
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    Patched rear floorpan (bit of a big gap this time):
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    Another doorstep. Not sure if you can see the hammer marks bbut I had to refold all but one of the returns on this doorstep. Magnum doorsteps are not very good...
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    Excitement!
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    And a new sill!
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  6. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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    Great job.
    You can see your work improving as you do more.
    Some really nice repair panels there and the welding looking good too.

    Keep at it but don't sicken yourself. Sometmes it's better to take a break.
     
  7. cornflakeMini

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    Sill stiffener (aka the most fiddly bit of welding in the known universe!). Helps to have long arms and probably a flexi head MIG gun. I have neither.
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    Another quarter panel repair:
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    Re-did the patch in the wheel arch (waaaaaay better this time):
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    Repaired the boot floor (starting to hate Minis and question the point of my existence by this point):
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    New rear valance:
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  8. cornflakeMini

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    After some more welding, painting and swearing the floor has turned from this:
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    Into this:
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    My brother now has the finished shell and is rebuilding it.
     
  9. cornflakeMini

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    @Dcal I hear you! I was trying to get the car finished ready for my parents to use on the 2019 London2Brighton.

    I didn't get the car rebuilt in time unfortunately but did get the welding done so that my brother can have a good shell to build up.

    My part is all done now so I can relax :)
     
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  10. Dcal

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    Relax but not for too long.
    Definalty have a break, have a look around and then start thinking about another one.

    No point in learning all those skills for just a one off.
     
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