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by ctwomey
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Fantastic thread on restoring a classic. I'll being doing my own restoration shortly and a lot of very valuable info in this. Thank you very much for taking the time to document the build. Quick one regarding the crankshaft endfloat. You said you have it .003" which is what the Haynes manual would ...
by ctwomey
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Good day in the garage today working on the mini Removed all the seam sealer off the bottom of the car. Just a small bit in the engine bay and then the interior to do IMG_4268.jpeg Cut out a repair patch for the inside front wing on the passenger side. IMG_4269.jpeg Sometimes the gap looks big but y...
by ctwomey
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Average cost of a late 70s early 80s Original Irish Mini?
Replies: 2
Views: 899

Re: Average cost of a late 70s early 80s Original Irish Mini?

Hi Brian For a restoration, the amount of money you will spend on the car will be insignificant compared to how much you will spend on restoring it. Rebuilding an engine just to clean it the costs will be low, but once you start machining, buying pistons, ancillaries, gearbox bearings, camshafts, cy...
by ctwomey
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

colinf1 wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:59 pm
General consensus is operator ID, then Week 07, 1981
That makes sense. The car was registered in early April ‘81
by ctwomey
Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Busy few weeks with work and homeschooling like so many others, so haven't had as much time for the Mini. Managed to get out today and removed the driver side outer sill. IMG_4238.jpeg To get the piece of sill that is inside the rear closing panel you need to make this small cut in the corner to fre...
by ctwomey
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 77
Views: 4883

Re: 1983 Mini City

Are you using one of those disposable bottles? If so get yourself a 10L or 20L bottle from stargas instead. Remember with MIG the current is controlled by wire speed and arch length by the voltage switches. Also switch to 0.6 if you are not already using it. And practice, practice, practice. All tho...
by ctwomey
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Looks like your making good progress! Inner wings are looking good, have you much to do around door frame? Have you a company in mind for blasting? The blaster I used said it was pretty hard to get the epoxy off for welding prep, but I see plenty of people using it so can't be that bad? Driver side...
by ctwomey
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Some metal will need to be cut from the inner panels and replaced with new metal. Too badly damaged to repair. 9C61841B-60B0-4E75-9912-8EA7C4A1BB5D.jpeg D5DE829E-09A0-494A-8224-CE6CBB9C2294.jpeg Surface rust on Outer sills were suspicious and a quick blast with the wire wheel revealed some rust hole...
by ctwomey
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Small amount of old collision damage that I will need to cut out of the inner wing at the bottom. Some brazing had been used to attach the outer wing to the inner one but that has been cleaned up now. Other side is spot welded correctly. Those inner wings are a weird shape. Hard to determine the ori...
by ctwomey
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 77
Views: 4883

Re: 1983 Mini City

colinf1 wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:05 pm
Picked up the subframes that got reblasted, but it's too cold to take them from car to shed, so they can stay in the car for now..
Oh it’s cold alright. Even in my garage using an air tool I can last about 1 hour. Ordered one of those propane blast heaters to warm the space up.
by ctwomey
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 77
Views: 4883

Re: 1983 Mini City

That's great Colin. It's an absolute pain to remove. So I can just concentrate on the repair areas for now.
by ctwomey
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?
Replies: 15
Views: 611

Re: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?

Sticky Fingers (Martin Cull) is the man for decals. Many of us know him personally from attending IMMs over the years. He will do either standard or custom decals if you want. I used him for the side stripes on my Clubby estate. That's great Billy. I will keep the old wings with the decals on it fo...
by ctwomey
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?
Replies: 15
Views: 611

Re: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?

colinf1 wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:51 am

Yours gonna be the City and Stripe 10, 11, CTWOMEY?
Yes, that's the one. Exactly same model as you dad's Nautilus Blue but in Emberglow Red, same colour decals.

Thanks for sharing, lovely photo to have.
by ctwomey
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?
Replies: 15
Views: 611

Re: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?

That's a very handy site, its good it even shows the correct carpet type! Yes, for ages I couldn't figure out the correct colour code for my shade of red for my mini until I saw this site. There is no stamp on the VIN plate for the colour code or trim. Screenshot 2021-01-02 at 18.14.32.png Emberglo...
by ctwomey
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?
Replies: 15
Views: 611

Re: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?

Don't know what year your Clubman Estate is but this resource is very handy

https://www.infomininl.org/TTV3/kleu8082.htm
by ctwomey
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Removing seam sealer would make you cry 😢
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by ctwomey
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 77
Views: 4883

Re: 1983 Mini City

Just a quick question, did the shot blasting of the shell remove the seam sealer everywhere ?

Just seen your latest post. Great work today.
by ctwomey
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

I am going to reuse these ones. The closing panels are separate to the rear valence. There is only a tiny bit of surface rust on them that can be cleaned up. The area I need to replace is a small section of the floor that joins with the rear panel. It is perforated in a number of spots.
by ctwomey
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

It’s a bit too cold in the garage today but managed to remove the passenger side end of the rear valence E2AC3BE0-36D4-4C9B-85A0-92CCD8D95570.jpeg Some additional small areas of the floor to be repaired in the corner. Lots of hidden rust in these cars. It’s like an iceberg what you see is only 10% 6...
by ctwomey
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Installed the battery box. Took ages as it was my first attempt at plug welding. Running the welder slightly hotter and getting good penetration. The boot is a difficult space to weld inside 😀 40A22EB5-3711-4472-BA8B-8D819283BAD2.jpeg Started removing the old rear valence. Discovered a rusty area on...
by ctwomey
Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Finally got the battery box spot welds removed. One or two holes to fill but marking out where the plug welds will be made. 1953DE65-784E-4D7C-866E-F71A18BAA636.jpeg Switched the welder over to 0.6 wire and trying out some butt welding on some off cuts. Very different beast welding 0.8mm steel. 177D...
by ctwomey
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Added castors to the legs and a stabilising bar between the two ends and now it can be moved around the workshop with your little finger. Delighted with the outcome.

Total cost of materials was about €200 plus I learned to weld 2mm - 5mm thicknesses
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by ctwomey
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Finally created a locking mechanism for the roll over jig.

A lot safer now.
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by ctwomey
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 83
Views: 11104

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

did you go genuine or pattern panels? I went genuine so far for the simple reason this is the first car I am restoring and I didn't want to introduce extra challenges that sometimes the pattern panels could present. A seasoned restorer would know what is good and what isn't. However, I will go with...