1975 Classic Mini Project (Pic Heavy)

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  1. never_be_sold

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    I'll try and keep this updated as I (hopefully) make progress.

    Quick back story, we bought a 71 a few years ago, I started tearing it apart, we bought a house and the garage wasn't finished yet so I decided to sell it. Wife wasn't happy about it, I kept the bonnet and hung it in our (later finished) garage just as a reminder for her.

    She's always bugged me to get another one and while randomly surfing kijiji this one popped up one day. After lots of back and forth with the owner, lots of questions and beating him down on his price we decided to check it out.

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    That weekend I clean out the toy hauler and make my way to city to go pick it up, stopped to pick up Mikey and sure enough, walking back to the truck I notice coolant leaking all over the place. Having just painfully doing the water pump and rad a month earlier I feared the worst and thought I fucked up the water pump install. Turns out it was a punctured rad house.

    So we switch trucks and continue on our way.

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    I was a pretty tight fit in the toy hauler, but we made it work.

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    Got it home and in the garage, this would have been 3 weeks ago.



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    That's going to be stupid fun. Those motors are awesome.
     
  3. never_be_sold

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    Here is the worst of the rust, there is one other spot near the bottom of the A pillar as well, rest of the car is rock solid.


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    The subframe was already mounted so that the car could be moved around.

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    First thing I did was pull it out so I could mount the motor.

    Of course I don't have a engine hoist so I had to improvise. Luckily for me I only needed a couple inches to get it mounted and I have a motorcycle lift that would just barely do the trick.


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    Mounted in Mini Tec subframe.

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    Next up, since I was going with a front flip kit, was to cut off the front end and pull everything from the engine bay.

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    Finally time to see how it all fits!

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    It's extremely tight around the rad and I have to get the lower outlet moved a few inches, but I was able to fit a very low profile fan. Also the alternator bracket supplied by Mini tec needs to be modified a little for the alternator to fit, but all pretty minor considering.


    Next up was to pull it all out and start on the real work. Undercoat removal. This was a first time for me, after reading lots of horror stories online about torches and scrappers, grinders, wire wheels and various other terrible sounding methods, I discovered the osculating multi tool, takes if off in fairly large chunks that just fall to the floor, also leaves the majority of the paint/primer behind. It's still not a fun process, and a lot of work but it's been going fairly well.

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    Somewhere along the way I gutted the interior pulled the doors and the rear subframe.

    Next major task, getting to the underside. After a little research, I settled on the redneck rollover jig.




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    How it's currently sitting as of right now, once I get the damn undercoating off, I can start repairing the few holes, and start prepping to bedline the underside.

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    very cool - great to see others doing work on cars (and that they're much cooler than mine :lol:)
     
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    Guess I forgot to include that detail eh? JDM B18C Type R
     
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    Thats gonna be nuts.
     
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    95% of the damn undercoating is off, starting to prep for spraying the bed liner, hopefully next weekend.

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    Cutting out some of the larger rust areas.

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    First time welding sheet metal, its tough, and I'm learning that when you think you have enough of the rust cut back, go another 1/2" all around.

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    More cut out, POR 15 everything I could reach to help slow the spread of further rust.

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    Patches cut, bent, and tacked in place.

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    Still lots of clean up to do on the welds, but most of the leg work is done. Still a few little spots to address, but this was definitely the worst of it.

    Made a very large order Mini Tec last week. Rear sub frame, coilovers all around, hood flip kit, pedal kit, ecu, harness, a few other odds and ends. Should start to see some real progress in the coming weeks.
     
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    also, when we do my suspension, we might have to drop in a new motor
     
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    Sounds like a fun filled weekend.

    When are we doing this?
     
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    Getting destroyed really ate you up, didn't it beaker...
     
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    I am no expert on this stuff but I feel like if you have the car in the position to be able to remove the rust like that, I'd be going way overboard and getting rid of every spec :o
     
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    i will be faster then you someday
     
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    hopefully in a few weeks. suspension is on its way so i gotta pay bills, then pay off that, then buy a motor.
     
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    Then I will purchase a supercharger.
     
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    A lot of it is surface rust. Take off any loose scale and a coat of POR 15 will stop it from spreading. High quality bedliner will seal the rest from developing any further rust.
     
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    stop being a baby and buy that 700hp diesel rat rod thing.
     
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    Well it's been about a month since I updated any progress. Hit a major setback...work. They've decided to keep me around for a few more months, and they switched me to days for the last month, which really makes it hard to find extra time for projects, but I am going back to nights this week for the summer, so I should be able to pick away a little more regularly.

    Most of the work I've done has been time consuming and not very rewarding. Lots of welding, grinding, sanding, cleaning, painting.

    More patches.
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    Primer

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    This was pretty exciting, picked up some seats. They are a tight fit, but I think I'll be able to fab up some brackets and make them work.

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    Got the underside lined. Pretty happy with the results.

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    Goals for the next few weeks, get the interior and the engine bay lined. Waiting on an order from the UK so I can start doing some assembly. Would like to have the rear subframe completed and mounted, as well has the front subframe and motor back in and brakes installed.
     
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    Monthly update. Progress is continuing slowly and steadily.

    Interior sprayed

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    Redid this area, turned out much better the second time around

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    Firewall and trunk got coated

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    MiniTec rear subframe, with new wheel cylinders, wheel bearings, shoes and drums.

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    Subframe installed

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    rear coils.

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    Front coils and new steering rack. Old rack leaked, but was also meant for 10" wheels, this one is designed for 12" wheels (limits the travel to prevent rubbing issues)

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    Started putting some interior pieces back in.

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    That's where I'm at now. Goal for next month, get the front subframe and motor in. Build my drive shafts and assemble the front brakes, order some wheels, get the shift linkage figured and hopefully get the front flip hood done.
     
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    Why drums in the back no Disc conversion?
     
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    Yeah my question as well
     
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    The conversion is about $1500 before shipping, isn't compatible with the MiniTec rear frame, and the general thought with Minis is that unless you're racing, there really isn't much advantage to rear disks over quality drums and shoes.
     
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    When this is complete I will come visit
     
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    I imagine with a car this small a set of good discs on the front will pretty much make it nose-stand anyways negating any amount of braking in the rear other than to keep the wheels from spinning when they're off the ground ;)
     
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