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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey »

Nice penetration from the backside of the doorstep

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The finish came out well

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Two more to do to finish the step then onto the quarter panel

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Impressed with how neat you managed to get the old bits cut out!

Door step looks great!
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Thanks Colin.

A high-speed air grinder with a tungsten carbide head plus a sharp 1/2-inch wood chisel goes a long way to clean up the initial cuts into the old body panel.
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Last two holes tacked in place. Can never have enough vice grips

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Welds blended up nicely. Spot welds in place too

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Motoring along now Conor!
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Repairing a crack in the existing spot weld. I ground back to the metal underneath and then pluged it.

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Also repaired a rusted spot weld on the A post

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Here is the workshop in all its glory. It's a bit cold today but I have a propane heater on.

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Including the mandatory safety gear

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Repaired the passenger flitch panel

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Looking good Conor, nearly ready to get that sill on!

Sheds looking tidy, plenty of space for another mini....
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Theres always room for another mini, and even if there isn't it never stopped us from buying another
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Yes, plenty of room for more minis. I think I could fit 4 of them in the space. However, I want to get this one finished first and start enjoying it.

Colin, I want to repair the driver and passenger floor areas first before I attach the outer sills. They should be easy enough to install. I also bought some epoxy primer too that I can use to spray in the sill cavity before it is closed up. I have the passenger quarter panel to replace next.
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my painter told me to not just prime the cavity's as primer absorbs moisture, put some sort of top coat on it.
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Yes, normal primer is very porous, especially 2K primers. Fortunately, epoxy primer is a sealer and isn't porous. It completely seals the surface. I might cover it with an aerosol of colour-matched top coat to finish it off.
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Finally got around to working on the mini over the holidays.

The first job was to weld in the jacking point bracket. A little challenging when the upper sill is in place. I could only get three plug welds on the upper plate but there will be eleven in total when completed so should be solid.

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I removed the passenger side quarter panel as I have a heritage replacement. The old panel was badly corroded around the usual quarter panel window opening.

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I exposed the rear wheel arch closing panel which will require a patch repair before I replace the quarter panel.

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The slowest part is always cleaning up the old spot welds as I am trying to not remove any of the arch lip material.

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Your quarter waist rail panel looks pretty good! As does that section of the wheel tub!

Yes, very slow and messy to as I remember, then trying not to put too much heat into it either! But your getting there
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Cut and trial-fitted the quarter panel

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Happy with the cut on the B-pillar. Always a worry that you will cut too much

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C-pillar requires a bit more fettling to get the window's inner curve correct

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I will put the quarter panel aside while fixing the arch closing panel.
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Bit of dolly work and it will be spot on.

Are you planning on keeping the fixed windows or upgrading to opening ones?
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Hi Colin,

I am going to keep the original fixed windows. A couple of good days in the garage so far. I am off the remainder of the week so hopefully, keep the momentum going.
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😡 I'm back to work tomorrow, only good thing is I've a few parts that I can get in the sandblaster at lunchtime!
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Posted on wrong thread :P :P
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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

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Time to repair the arch closing panel on the passenger side

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Hopefully, the subframe won't rub on the inside. I still have a bead of weld to put between the closing panel and the heel board

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I think I am going to weld up all the holes in the floor like the one below

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The initial round of welds

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Ground back so I can get access to the pinholes

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Finished off

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Touch of etch primer for now. Looks the same on the backside too.

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A couple more holes welded up

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Finally ready to weld in the quarter panel

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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

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Very tidy prep, looking forward to seeing the panel on, should have it done today?
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