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1981 Mini City 1000

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ctwomey
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Whats your location?: Ballybrittas, Co. Laois
Region: Eastern
What Minis have you?: I owned a 1978 Mini 850 when I was in my late teens. I owned a 1986 Mini Chelsea that I imported from the UK. Also owned a 1982 MG Metro that was bored out to 1293. Restoring a 1981 Dublin Mini City.
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey »

Bought this burr in Wurth in Portlaoise to tidy between the corner of the rain gutter and the vertical seam on the rear panel.

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It cleaned it up really nicely and it was super sharp.

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Next up is rebuilding the lip on the corner patch from the donor roof. I have finished welding the lip but this week I will need to reshape the edge and tidy up the visible weld on the other side.

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If you are at the Portlaoise Classic Car Show with your Mini and you see someone examining your roof gutters in great detail it's probably me ... so apologies in advance :-)


ctwomey
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Whats your location?: Ballybrittas, Co. Laois
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey »

I attended the Portlaoise Classic Car Show today and managed to pick up this brochure.

It's the BL Cars Mini Brochure for the 1980/81 models

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The last double page has the Mini City I am restoring albeit in a different shade of red (Cinnabar - CMT) compared with my own (Emberglow - CMN).

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ctwomey
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey »

Started the blending of the weld through on the other-side of the new lip of the patch panel.

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Job done.

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Final sizing and cutting of the patch panel to fit the roof. I will give it a coat of weld-through primer on the backside before welding to the roof.

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colinf1
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by colinf1 »

You don't see too many of them about with that original style grille.

How close you hoping to get to original spec?

I think you said that you'd be adding a few essentials like temp and oil gauges....
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ctwomey
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey »

colinf1 wrote: Mon Oct 30, 2023 4:06 pm You don't see too many of them about with that original style grille.

How close you hoping to get to original spec?

I think you said that you'd be adding a few essentials like temp and oil gauges....
The car didn't come with a grill so might have to go looking for one. Alternatively, there is a black 11-slat one that Mini Spares do.

Other changes will be chrome bumpers, mirrors and wiper blades. The Interior will be the same except I will need to find a way to mount the oil pressure and water temp gauges. The oval centre console might be the easiest solution, but would prefer to retain the round one.

I will have to change the wheels as I have Cooper S discs and wider rear drums, so either Cooper S steel wheels or a suitable alloy that doesn't require arch extensions. 4.5 x 10 or 4.75 x 10.
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

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Only new to the group, and to Mini ownership so I'm playing catch up on the work you've done, but its exceptional. Great work.
ctwomey
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey »

Marktoby wrote: Tue Oct 31, 2023 2:22 pm Only new to the group, and to Mini ownership so I'm playing catch up on the work you've done, but its exceptional. Great work.
Thanks a million. There is a wealth of knowledge and support on the board so please don't hesitate to ask questions.
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