Final picked up my new project. 1993 1275i Mini Cooper

  1. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    Cheers @octo0072000 Im sure I’ll know soon enough. I’ve already purchased the heel board repair section from M-Machine. It’ll get whatever it needs. Do it right, do it once.
     
    octo0072000 likes this.
  2. Matchless

    Matchless I started with nothing, still have most of it left

    Messages:
    1,628
    Location:
    Essex UK
    and this is a rolling restoration! amazing how the grow............ been there, done that, twice..
     
    slim_boy_fat and Exuptoy like this.
  3. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    Haha, it really did look better than the amount of work would suggest :D, but as I keep saying , do it once, do it right.
    If it had been a purchase, tidy up and quick flip then it may have been a quick turn around but I’ll be in no hurry to sell it once it’s done.........unless a cheap 911 comes along! :D
     
  4. octo0072000

    octo0072000 Member

    Messages:
    5,444
    Location:
    south yorks
    but what about that poor camper van still on it's side in one of your garages when will you get back to that ?
     
    Exuptoy likes this.
  5. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Repeat after me...."Must forget that notion....Must forget that notion....Must forget that notion...." :scared: :whistle:

    The words "cheap" and "911" are mutually exclusive. :D
     
  6. minimutly Member

    Messages:
    1,509
    Location:
    Pembrokeshire Wales
    Neat work
     
    Exuptoy likes this.
  7. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    I know, I do feel guilty now and again but now my garage is done and the mini is underway I’m sort of enjoying fabricating stuff so once this is done I will get back on it. Crazy really as a week or twos work would see it back on its wheels and me getting into the bodywork!

    Cheers pal. Nice to hear from a fellow mini fanatic. I must be doing something right.
     
    octo0072000 likes this.
  8. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    That’s ok Slim, that’s dream time not a realistic notion.
     
    Nick DV, slim_boy_fat and octo0072000 like this.
  9. duncans

    duncans Member

    Messages:
    683
    Location:
    leicester
    blimey I bet your Mrs never sees you mate looks as thou you your working every night
     
    Exuptoy likes this.
  10. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    I’m home for two weeks at a time and probably get 6-7 days in before going back offshore. Haven’t been up there this week yet. Been pissing about with the focus but need to get back on it.
     
  11. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    Been putting this job off so haven’t been in the garage since getting home from work. Been stressing on if I should strip the subframes out and turn it over on a spit.
    Decided to flatten the lips on the rearmost end of the sill to allow it to sit under the rear subframe which means I can re-attach the new sills on the floor. Maybe when theres more strength in the shell I can rotate it, so started cutting out along the floor. My door brace is still attached to the crossmember so nothing has moved.

    7D3F5054-AF06-414E-8D7B-16A9225B2107.jpeg

    4142C1B7-A985-4E50-9511-46067E939786.jpeg

    39936F37-1270-41D7-97B3-6C7F308EB717.jpeg

    That’s a lot of rot gone. Also scored a win on a secondhand exhaust for £50. Turned out to be a stainless steel RC40

    22DAEEF7-8C9D-472C-B628-32D6C9D1006A.jpeg
     
  12. jpmillermatic

    jpmillermatic Member

    Messages:
    1,062
    USA-NY
    brave work, there! I feel your angst on this for sure. sometimes a lot of the work is the mental preparation we have to do before any physical work can get started!

    JP
     
    Richiew and Exuptoy like this.
  13. lchris21

    lchris21 Member

    Messages:
    1,523
    Location:
    South Wales
    looks like you got a spot welder afterall?
     
    Exuptoy likes this.
  14. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    I borrowed one (not for the first time) from @Mike J from this very parish who lives just up the road from me, although I have just agreed to purchase one from a guy on the mini forum just this morning. I’ll not be selling this one!
     
    Nick DV likes this.
  15. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    Removed the subframe bolts of which both of them snapped! Cut the subframe mount panel out with various tools in the confined space under the seat pan. Then I trimmed down the part, pushed the cut bolts thru the new repair panel and copied the shape then cut and welded in place but only after positioning it with the subframe bolts through the mount.
    Next a few spot welds all on the doorstep to check the fit of the door (door skin is shot so it looks worse than it is).
    Then I marked a point 60mm in from the inboard edge of the sill with a steel rule and transferred that mark back 60mm on top of the floor, held my breath and cut out with a grinder at 45 degrees Fitzee style, this allowed me then to cut a wooden wedge 140mm high and block up the inboard end of the sill and spot weld along its length. Not finished yet but not too much to do on the sill itself and the integrity of the shell is almost as it should be.

    21F71330-1898-43E3-9404-781F9EBDA021.jpeg D5D4580D-1DB3-4923-B559-4EFED0056C0B.jpeg E6D33954-AFEA-449E-AC0F-C8A09878F7C1.jpeg
     
    • C4F45B4D-C1B1-42E7-A8A5-BCA387407024.jpeg
  16. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    Got my SH spot welder this morning from a guy who had emptied a body shop and this was surplus to requirements. It’s a Clarke CSW6T and I got it for £300 which isn’t amazing but I don’t think I’d lose on it.

    55F32206-9579-4096-B48C-D99DDF8AD9C4.jpeg

    Also started welding up the seam in the floor and grinding it back. Just gonna give the underside a flash over with a grinder and seam seal then Gravitex stonechip. Then I cut out the door brace followed by the seat crossmember. Just in the process of welding up when the crossmember was.

    655CCA58-35F7-4A35-80AA-2A7192750030.jpeg

    0A45839B-9E24-4B09-A05D-0E8745E1C8D0.jpeg
     
    Olderisbetter and Nick DV like this.
  17. arther dailey

    arther dailey Member

    Messages:
    4,120
    Location:
    England
    think contradiction is more the word your looking for:whistle:
     
    Exuptoy and slim_boy_fat like this.
  18. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Possibly
     
    arther dailey and Exuptoy like this.
  19. minimutly Member

    Messages:
    1,509
    Location:
    Pembrokeshire Wales
    Door will need reskinning...
    Good work though, send me some vibes so I can start on one of mine.....
     
    Exuptoy likes this.
  20. Exuptoy

    Exuptoy Member

    Messages:
    2,524
    Location:
    Maesteg, South Wales
    Nice to hear. Get stuck in pal.

    Got the inside of the bits done to afford it some protection.
    No filler on anything just yet. Will sort all that when I’m prepping for paint.

    696030DC-CF82-4F56-B53B-BD462CF4CBBD.jpeg

    E5836F37-836A-4A42-9176-B28F0B11FC20.jpeg

    DBAF72F7-CDF6-44FD-B5C4-3CEEF3BDAE59.jpeg

    82EC7A6C-E936-480C-97F4-5190854A6B92.jpeg

    E7425A6B-7F50-4272-B71D-DA38A0F445FF.jpeg
     
    Olderisbetter, Farside, jsf55 and 3 others like this.
Advertisements