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by ctwomey
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Irish Built Mini History and Research
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Irish Built Mini History and Research

I'm so confused! And where are you guys finding the decoding info for Irish built Mini's? I'd love to even have a vague source since the UK info doesn't seem to match up. I read somewhere that the VIN plates came with the CKD kits so don't think that we had our own VIN numbers. The attached image b...
by ctwomey
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Irish Built Mini History and Research
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Irish Built Mini History and Research

Is it possible that that the X-A251-24513E is in fact X-A2S1-24513E? where the first '5' is really an 'S'

This would make it a plate off a 69-74 MK3 Mini 850
by ctwomey
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 115
Views: 10496

Re: 1983 Mini City

Quick question regarding the inner wing and outer sill. I had thought it went behind the inner wing as I cut off a bit of the lip, but now realise it goes on the outside of the inner wing and the step goes on the inside?? Correct and the A panel I believe joins up with the outer sill on that lip th...
by ctwomey
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Would you recommend the Cleco clips or could you get away with plenty of vice grips? Great for pinning panels where you can't get a clamp to the back of them. However, the best is that you can align two panels together, drill the 3.5mm Cleco holes and every time you take the panel off for tweaking,...
by ctwomey
Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

I cut out all the rotten floor in the driver's rear corner IMG_5020.jpeg Made up a carboard template of the patch panel IMG_5019.jpeg Cut a patch panel out using the old outer skin of the door IMG_5021.jpeg All Cleco'd up now with just the plug weld holes to create. Should weld it all up this weeken...
by ctwomey
Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 115
Views: 10496

Re: 1983 Mini City

No much time spent on the mini over the last few weeks ... Same here, I have been tipping away doing a small bit of patch panel welding on the rear floor in each of the corners and at the seam which meets the rear panel. Slow and steady as they say. Wasn't happy with inner wing repair panel so I've...
by ctwomey
Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 1971 Mini
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: 1971 Mini

I see that the car is using a 1990’s shell, what remains of the original 1971 car despite the logbook, registration number and possibly the chassis/commission number? You may need to elaborate to support such a statement, many restorations update and modernize minis. Sure, just from these 3 photos ...
by ctwomey
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 1971 Mini
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: 1971 Mini

I see that the car is using a 1990’s shell, what remains of the original 1971 car despite the logbook, registration number and possibly the chassis/commission number?
by ctwomey
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Started to tackle the drivers side of the boot floor. Really need an air saw to cut some of the lines. 4 inch angle grinder is too rough.
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by ctwomey
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 115
Views: 10496

Re: 1983 Mini City

That came up like new. Nice one.
by ctwomey
Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Being a couple of weeks since I have had some time to spend on the garage. Managed to repair the rear subframe which included replacing two captive nuts and a small section that after blasting had lots of rust damage 6FD0CDF7-4C3C-4C71-A5B5-08992BE4BA8B.jpeg I used a washer and a nut first welded on...
by ctwomey
Mon May 17, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

The drip rail is not the gutter, it sits below the gutter on '70s cars. Personally the holes in the roof I would fill with weld as they will be covered with seam sealer. If your fitting the plastic trim on the gutter that will also cover anything you do. Has anyone tried lead loading instead of usi...
by ctwomey
Mon May 17, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Don't think you want to go down the route of a full roof replacement? Hopefully not, but it would make it easier to repair the external gutters. Anyway, it will be the very last thing that I do, plenty of work to keep me busy over the coming weeks. I will start small i.e. rear valance and boot floo...
by ctwomey
Sat May 15, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

How for the roof ... argh! this is going to be really tricky to repair Any ideas?
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by ctwomey
Sat May 15, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Cont... Some photos of the tail of the boot floor from underneath 11 IMG_4781.jpeg 12 IMG_4782.jpeg 13 IMG_4783.jpeg Driver and passenger floor area 14 IMG_4757.jpeg 15 IMG_4758.jpeg Some additional areas of the floor that need repairing 24 IMG_4784.jpeg 25 IMG_4785.jpeg 26 IMG_4786.jpeg
by ctwomey
Sat May 15, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Ok, have the shell back and I have had a chance to fully examine the work to be done. Most of it is straightforward, but the roof will be tricky, so any advice on the roof would be greatly appreciated. Back on the home made rotisserie 1 IMG_4759.jpeg Drivers side quarter panel window 2 IMG_4748.jpeg...
by ctwomey
Wed May 12, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Some photos of the car during blasting. Hopefully will pick it up tomorrow. The red primer is Novol's Bodywork Primer. These photos are relatively low res. I will post some high res closeups at the weekend. Feedback is that the car is completely original and that only the bonnet was ever repainted. ...
by ctwomey
Sun May 09, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Don't forget the plastic sleeve when rebuilding the radius arm as it's hard to remove a new bearing without damaging it in the process with the washer technique. Yes, the existing ones had split and there is a ton of LM grease inside the arms. Cleaning it out is the messiest job I have ever done. O...
by ctwomey
Sun May 09, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Pulling the bearings out of the rear radius arms was easier than I thought. Below is the procedure I used which doesn't require a tool. 1. Find a M12 washer, dimensions shown below: 1 IMG_4734.jpeg 2 IMG_4736.jpeg 2. Grind off both sides so it just fits in the bearing 3 IMG_4717.jpeg 4 IMG_4720.jpeg...
by ctwomey
Sun May 09, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Dropped the shell off to the blasters on Friday evening.
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Cleaned up some parts with my small blasting cabinet over the weekend.
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Used glass bead for the aluminum and garnet for the steel parts.
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by ctwomey
Sun May 09, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 115
Views: 10496

Re: 1983 Mini City

The two bolts on your handbrake cable bracket also hold on the backplate with a washer between them if I remember right. I just dismantled mine this morning and confirm the 5/16" washers behind the hand brake bracket. Worth also buying a bunch of new bolts and nuts as those rusty ones have lost the...
by ctwomey
Mon May 03, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Who did you go with for the blasting? It will be good to see it blasted and primed, hopefully you don't get any surprises! Chris in Classic Car Welding Dubin in Newcastle. It's a quick smooth drive up the motorway from here in Laois. Yea, looking forward to seeing it after the process. We are going...
by ctwomey
Mon May 03, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Being busy arranging to get the shell vapour blasted and primed. Finally, it's getting done next weekend. I tried to rent a 5ft wide trailer, but very difficult to source one locally. Back up plan was to adapt my 4ft unbraked trailer to take the shell. I removed the side railings and welded up a ste...
by ctwomey
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Seam sealer from bins done on both sides. Metal not too bad for 40 years old.
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Small hole on passenger side that was caused by the removal of the outer sill. I will need to weld it up.
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by ctwomey
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 16822

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Working through the painful task of removing the seam sealer. I know blasting will get rid of most of the light stuff but I wanted to remove it myself to see what lies beneath. 0043D03C-CF38-4F8B-9C89-48835298A246.jpeg 14190B1C-19C2-42AB-ADC6-5399503BD35F.jpeg Heat gun and 1/2 inch chisel seems to b...