Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by never_be_sold, May 7, 2016.
yay! Sorry to hear you're fighting issues with stupid shit, but glad to hear I'm not alone...
i sanded and stained that knob the red colour... its a nice shift knob.
I think the real question is: Have you named it yet?
Also, once it's on the road, please don't hit anything and die (gopher, etc). I hate you less than I hate most people.
Taking it to the next level, usually you are just polishing knobs.
excellent! great job
It’s been a long 3 months since dropping the Mini off in July to the body shop.
I finally have some progress to share.
I’m still out of town at work, so I have seen it in person, but based on the pictures, I’m extreamly happy with how it’s turned out. Can’t wait to get back in the garage and finish the assembly.
Colour is early 90’s Porsche 911, Mint Green.
thats been one of my favorite colors since i saw it on a mk2 gti in high school.
i always wanted something worth repainting to put it on
its gonna be perfect on the mini
You should have it back in time for the heavy snow!
Do they make Blizzak's in 10"? Should make a great winter car.
Also, you gonna die.
Awesome. Now I have to go brush my teeth.
I can PM you my address if you'd like to send it to me to finish assembling for you. I only ask that I can drive it a little bit in return.
Running 12s brah!
Wife picked them up last night.
Holy shit, this is so cool
Looks amazing! Nice vision
How about some updates! May be the longest I’ve gone without one.
Short story long, the last photo was the day I brought it home, and the day I lost all interest for the longest time (buyers remorse?)
A lot of it stems from the shit painter that was recommended by a friend.
I wasn’t told they pulled some of the headliner down to repair the roof, so halfway home I look in the rear view to see the headliner flying out the back like a cape.
Mini wouldn’t start when I tried getting it off the trailer. Killed the battery and pushed the car into the garage. Checked everything, battery, fuel, plugs, spark, compression, tried starting fluid, last but not least...grounds. Still nothing.
On to the paint job. Overspray on wheels,windows, underside of the front flip, hood, coilovers...exposed metal left behind from some welding he had done and some half assed bondo in places.
Straw that broke my back, I was showing the overspray to the wife and I noticed one of the shocks was leaking. On closer inspection three out of four where leaking.
I reached out to the painter, was told to pound sand. Tried contacting MiniTec with no success, even though I felt confident what they were going to say seeing how the coils were over a year old at this point.
So I laughed, cried, cursed, stuffed the car in the corner of shame and avoided going in the garage at all costs.
So it sits for about 6 weeks and I don’t even look at it. Slow day at work and I figure I’ve got time to kill and nothing to lose so I call AFCO who manufactures the coils. I wanted to see if they could explain why there were leaking (orientation, maybe something I did, etc) he asks for proof of purchase, some photos, and says he’ll get back to me. Within an hour he calls me and asks if I would be willing to ship them to him, the engineering department wants to take a look. Explains the Minitec is a low volume distributor and it’s possible these sat on the shelf for years and he seals have all dried out. So I fabbed up some temp shocks so I could keep the car stuffed in the corner of shame.
Here’s the kicker.
I tried the ignition and it fires right up...
Grounds were the last thing I checked, I think that was the issue and that I had flooded it with the constant attempts at starting and checking compression.
Two weeks later AFCO calls me and and says the are going to warranty all four shocks.
Things are looking up! Put an order in from the UK for a new headliner and some other bits....
Nice thing about that project car is you really can just stuff it in the corner. It doesn't take up much space
That's some shithouse luck with that painter man. Sorry to hear that.
When do you get out of jail for beating the painter to death with a sanding block?
Sorry to hear about the shitty painter. I'm with 17.... some vengeance would be required.!
Would you recommend the friend to be a friend, or suggest that friend caught fire?
I would expect that friend to pay for a new paint job, buy me dinner, and then caught in a fire
no reach around?
I've moved beyond the shit paint job, truth is, other then the overspray it's really not to bad (at least that's what I know tell myself). I've also had lots of time to accept it and as my wife pointed out, most of the overspray is on the underside and is easy enough to touchup, the coils were replaced and the glass was easy to scrape clear. In the friend's defence, his paint turned out well (he's still a douchebag though).
Anyway...to continue with the build. This was mid December when the everything was being shipped and we headed to the Philippines for a month. Got back to Canada to the news that my return to work date was being pushed back to mid February, so it was time to get back in the garage...
Carbon fiber Boot Lid with new hinges and seals, new tail lights installed and wired up.
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On to the dreaded headliner and window install...this was a fun. In the end I think it turned out great. Also new visors and rearview and all window and door seals were replaced.
Seats were pulled and sent to the upholstery shop. Way back I picked up some seats out of an Eclipse that was going to fit, but after consulting with my design team we scrapped the idea and decided to go a different direction. Carpet and door cards were installed.
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glad to hear the other things are sorted out, but that paint job situation, especially around the windshield, is disgusting
Hard to tell from the photo, but it's actually the bottom lip of the front end, when it's flipped up it right at eye level, but under normal circumstances you'd never see it.
But yes, it's just a sorry excuse for workmanship.
Carrying on (wife and I don't like to talk about the paint)
So I cleaned up some more overspray...
Installed all the lightwork, finished up the wiring under the hood, modified the headlight bowl to clear the rad, wipers got installed.
Wheel arches put on. This was another thing the painter was supposed to do, he did discount the price in the end because he said it was best to let the paint cure before installing them. In the end he butchered the set I had originally supplied, but I didn't like the look of them (too wide) and went with a narrower set I had. They are notorious for not fitting that well, and they certainly lived up to the hype.
Finally, mirrors antenna, trim, gas cap (which just JB welded to a piece of PVC) and the exterior is pretty much a wrap. Waiting on some new badges and license plate light.
I love this so much
must feel great to see it in this state. Fantastic job!
thank you for not putting stretched tires on it