Supercharged Mini

  1. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Oz, I wasn't implying that you were punting for business :hug:. I thought I'd pop that link to the forum in my post just because it might interest people and also if anyone wants any specialist parts or advice they'll now know where to look.
     
  2. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    Cool thanks mate;)
     
  3. shiftyseamus Member

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    shropshire
    Hmmmm, I'm sure I've seen this car before on another forum!!!

    Have you finished it yet?

    Seamus
     
  4. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    I've never seen a project where so many panels have been replaced. Looks like the shell is 80% new.

    Must have taken a bit of thinking to work out how to keep everything straight there. Make sure the door gaps and corner weights remained even. Was it done bit by bit with the braces in the photos or did you think up something more cunning?
     
  5. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    Hi Malcolm...I have to say you were a little to blame for me taking so many panels off...lol I been on your site a few years back and saw a jig you had made and I thought you the hell not...lets have a go, hehe I have a full set of originals with all the mini's measurement so made my own jig (not a scratch on yours) and just did a bit at a time bracing and measuring as I went alone...It's the straightest mini you will ever see and all the gaps and panels were fettled to perfection before the paint went on. It runs coil over shocks all round and a fully adjustable beam axle instead of a sub-frame! so any slight mis alignment can be easily sorted, however it is mm perfect to the original design give or take a few modifications here and their:laughing:
    Just in case anyone was wondering what I did with the roof panel...well I cheated :laughing: A good friend made me some thing special;) :cool:

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  6. onzarob

    onzarob Member

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    It's valentines day and I'm falling in love with your car:hug:

    here one I did earlier...18 years ago:D

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  7. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    very cute mate love the early cars. Was it tartan red?
     
  8. onzarob

    onzarob Member

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    Yes Tartan Red, restored in 1989, By me , my dad and brother, I was 18.

    Sadly no more:(
     
  9. Spot the welders dog

    Spot the welders dog Member

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    @ Oz1275

    "Wow, that's lovely!" clap.gif
    Considered running a blower some years ago after being bored by the turbo and all the heat problems: not to mention the killer torque steer :(

    Do you have any more info on the 'spit roast'? :hug:

    Is the car 'balanced' on the turn-over if using the speedo mounts & rear seat swab?
    I have seen various adaptations over time, all using different mount points.....

    Would you be able to advise on making the 'spit'.... :welder:

    Ta muchly
     
  10. Spot the welders dog

    Spot the welders dog Member

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    Is this an 'axle stand'?

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  11. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    well spotted it is indeed a pair of old axle stands... the only problem with my spit is you can only really use on a flip front car with no inner wings! angle iron across the front shocker mounts and the same at the rear...it rotated loverly by hand. Took about an hour to make ;)
     
  12. Spot the welders dog

    Spot the welders dog Member

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    Cool: Thanks Oz...

    Using the rear shock mounts sounds like a plan to me!!
    I supppose I could pick up the front on the subby top mounts instead of the shock mounts....Hmmm

    :D

    Good luck with the mini: perhaps I'll see it in the flesh on the mini circuit soon :laughing: "I'll be the one with his head under your bonnet looking very :vsad:" :laughing:
     
  13. Nial Member

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    Are the rear shock mounts stiff enough laterally to take the weight of the car without
    distorting when the shells on its side?

    I'd have thought that if you were doing boot floor repairs the whole thing would distort
    quite badly?


    Nial.
     
  14. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    Yeap you are dead right... it would NOT have enough structual support to remove the boot floor. I only used it after all the main bits were seam welded in. It was more for painting the shell really but did come in very handy for a few other jobs on the car.
     
  15. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    here's a few more images of the Mini

    Modified bulkhead

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    And my one off front end brackets to do a reverse flip front

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    and the rear beam axle which again was hand built

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  16. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    That is great work Oz, I can feel a mini coming on. I fancy doing a rwd one just for the hell of it, maybe even a 4wd one (i've seen one somewhere with sierra XR4x4 running gear shoehorned in) :)
    Would have to sell my mx-5 to make room for one in the garage though :vsad:
     
  17. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    I love the MX5's Woz mega little cars. There are loads of rwd mini's about most using motorbike engine like R1 or that mental Hayabusa engine crazy things them...
    Here you go check these out http://www.zcars.org.uk/mini/index.htm
     
  18. Oz1275

    Oz1275 Member

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    A quick update for yall, fab up my door bars and welded in all the brackets with the mig...still not quite up speed with the tig yet and didn't want to make a mess lol Also finish off the exhaust which came out really good...well pleased with myself.


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    next job on the list is to fit and paint the carbon front end :laughing:
     
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  19. very skilled ;) i'm getting me one of these little suckers soon .Honda power mine though

    wicked stuff you have any more pics .like 100's of them ?
     
  20. looks like pretty tight quarters. nice job!
     
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