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#965606 - 6th Jan 2006 8:42pm turbo_stu : mini *****
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right here goes......
bought this mini off ebay back in september, and for the past several weekends i have been slowly restoring it. it had quite abit of rust on it including round the sills, and front. all thats gone now, most of the welding has been done. was only supposed to be a small restoration then saw several flip front mini's on the web and thought i'd have a go. one word of warning to anyone wanting to do a flip front mini, its alot of work! mine wasn't the best of fits and before you ask no it wasn't a cheaper version. its made by curley specilised mouldings. its top quality sh*t but its sort of like universal fit.

heres some pics



the many different locating holes i had to drill to line up the hinges



i also have a smoothed boot but its not what you think........



its a fibreglass skin which i mated to the skeleton of the old steel one



i also thought i'd update the suspension of this old relic so i opted for a power coated beam and some rear coilovers





of course coilover being slighty wider that the original shocks meant i had to use abit of positive camber! as can be seen below

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#965607 - 6th Jan 2006 8:44pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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near future i plan to re-bumper the rear to blend in with my sportspack arches. and obviously continue to fine tune the fitment of the flip front. which brings me to my future mods. alloy minifins with built in 1" spacer, front coilovers, bucket seats, 6 point rollcage, 7x13 deepdish ultralite alloys..................this list is pretty much endless! learn and this dam cold weather!! :snowman: )

all comments/critisims welcome,Iíll keep ya posted
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#965608 - 6th Jan 2006 10:10pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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True Pocket rocket! me licky! smile

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#965609 - 6th Jan 2006 10:45pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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You will have a fantastic topic to look back on if you can keep us updated with
Pictures, Problems, Progress...

I know i guy that took 7 years to make his the old fasioned 1967 one.

He had problems finding original old parts.
But he sold it for a packet thumbsup
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#965610 - 7th Jan 2006 2:57am Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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Quality, I love the mini. The possibilities are endless.
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#965611 - 7th Jan 2006 3:42am Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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nice one, i used to own one with a 1325 mg engine init, wide body kit mini lites the full works, very fun car.
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#965612 - 10th Jan 2006 3:53pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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Yo boss, hows the little min?? have to show ya me new 2.2 sri astra bud. when u next out kid?

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#965613 - 13th Jan 2006 6:21pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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finally found some pics of it before the 'surgery'. quality isn't good as i got it off my mobile!





will be re-bumpering the rear with a new panel within a week or so.
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#965614 - 14th Jan 2006 12:32am Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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i still cnt beleave u had over 120 mph on the way home when u got it thats jus mad

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#965615 - 14th Jan 2006 12:52am Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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well actualy that was in my escort! in my mini on the motorway only got 85!
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#965616 - 14th Jan 2006 12:59am Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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SHHHH dont tell every 1 jus wnted to see wot people said

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#965617 - 14th Jan 2006 1:16am Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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oops well it might do that down a hill with the wind behind it!
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#965618 - 15th Jan 2006 6:55pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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latest developments...............



flip front is now 80% complete so i started to fit the front arches. need to do alot more development on the arches though.





got the bonnet pins on, gonna have one in each corner. i've made it so the bonnet come up with the flip front so you dan't have to take it of everytime you want to flip the front. tease



and finally the fastners i am using to hold it all in place. they are dzus counter sunk type, pretty hard to get hold of! thats it for now!
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#965619 - 23rd Jan 2006 8:49pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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this week i rebumpered the rear. i chose to install a new rear valance as the old one had more filer than metal on it! i chopped it off with a grinder cleaned around the area i intended to weld, preped the surfaces and treated the surrounding area. once the new panel was tacked in the right place i welded it on. i chose to seam weld it rather than spot weld (having a mig welder and all). the only problem i have is it sits a little too high so i'll have to shave the bootom of my hinges but isn't a fuss. finished of with abit of filler which i will smooth in so you won't even know! i know my welds may look like pigeon sh*t but they used to be worse! just try welding thin body pannels with a clarke 205te welder! heres some pics













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#965620 - 24th Jan 2006 7:12pm Re: stu (steveobennet) : mini
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Another Mini man! hi

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