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by ctwomey
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Clubman Estate Decal / Stripe Colour ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1121

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: 1121

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 117
Views: 12151

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 127
Views: 17954

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: 127
Views: 17954

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...
by ctwomey
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Rotisserie is looking good! The amount of bits that are rattling inside the shell as you spin it! Anything good fall out?? Looks fairly solid all over, have you got your replacement panels for it or are you holding off til you have a good look at everything? Hi Colin Yes, I found a 1980 one pence c...
by ctwomey
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Had a good look at the underneath of the shell. It's in very good condition. IMG_3871.jpeg IMG_3873.jpeg IMG_3874.jpeg The main damage is around the driver and passenger footwells. Looks like it was badly jacked in the past too. IMG_3877.jpeg IMG_3878.jpeg The rear valence contains mainly surface ru...
by ctwomey
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Very productive day today. Finally got the mini up on the rollover jig. I still have a few items to complete on the jig including adding castors to the stands, joining up the two ends with 60mm x 60mm box section to make it more stable and adding a mechanism to lock the rotation in any angle. IMG_38...
by ctwomey
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Not looking good on the Brexit front for people getting Mini parts in the future. Looks like we might be getting hammered with VAT and Duty unless some business in Ireland starts stocking the parts and imports them properly i.e. B2B. Managed to get most of the panels I needed but still need a front ...
by ctwomey
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 117
Views: 12151

Re: 1983 Mini City

Need to invest in my own mig, thinking the Clarke 135 TE turbo, should be good enough for panels? The problem with the Clarke is it only has four voltage settings. An Inverter MIG welder would have a variable voltage that would offer better control on settings that will be required for body panels....
by ctwomey
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 117
Views: 12151

Re: 1983 Mini City

I am using an R-Tech MIG 180. Loving it so far. Great reviews and 3 year warranty. Can weld up to 6mm. So far have being welding 2-5mm with 0.8 wire. Haven’t tried 20 gauge with 0.6 yet. I installed a 16A socket too in my garage so I can use it on full power when needed. Obviously 250A would require...
by ctwomey
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 117
Views: 12151

Re: 1983 Mini City

Colin, You have your work cut out for you there. All I can say is slow and steady taking your time. You will need quite a few panels. I hope that after the UK complete leaving the EU there is some arrangement on goods that is not too punitive. Imagine trying to import some of these parts from a non-...
by ctwomey
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

The box section is (70 x70 x 3mm), the supports are (50 x 25 x 2.5mm) and the circular tubes are (88.9 x 5mm) and (76.1 x 5mm) used for the inside. Given the length I used for the outer tube is only 200mm long I was able to use an air grinder to grind away the weld seam so the inner rotates without ...
by ctwomey
Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Some progress on the roll over jig

Made the stands and happy with the outcome. Need to get some more steel to finish it off.
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by ctwomey
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

This was the drawing I threw together for the rollover jig clearance.
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by ctwomey
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Are you using plans for the roll over jig or just making it as you go? No plans Colin, but have looked at lots of videos and pictures of similar jigs. The one measurement that is a bit of a guess is the center of gravity for the shell. The closer you get to this the less effort and more stable the ...
by ctwomey
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1981 Mini City 1000
Replies: 127
Views: 17954

Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Finally got my welder setup this week. I installed a 16A socket into the garage. I was fortunate that I had a spare 20A MCB that was serving a single 13A socket that I replaced with a 16A one. Got myself a decent 20L tank of 95% Arg / 5% CO2 also. Welded some of the rotisserie together. Welds are ok...
by ctwomey
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 117
Views: 12151

Re: 1983 Mini City

The DAM5626 gearbox is the preferred casing for high powered motors. This gearbox casing only uses 3 bolts to hold in the C bracket for the main shaft bearing, while all previous casings used 4 bolts, one of which had a tendency to crack. "It would be interesting to see if the main cap is center loc...
by ctwomey
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Projects and My Mini
Topic: 1983 Mini City
Replies: 117
Views: 12151

Re: 1983 Mini City

Hi Colin,

Sorry just seen the engine picks. That isn't a 99H791PZ engine/gearbox combo. I wonder when writing up the logbook they made a complete mess of it.