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    Hi guys, i am in the middle of restoring a 77 mini, and i am now up to the body work stage, and having no experiance i thought it would be good to practice on something, i recently found this for free



    Then i found these pics,




    And i thought that building this out of that rusted shell would be some good body work practice, i will need to make some rust repair sections for the boot floor, i plan on making a cheacker plate parcel shelf (parcel shelf was missing when i got it) i also plan on painting it myself to see if i'm any good, then i can decide if i want to paint my own car
    I plan on de seaming the couch as the seams are stuffed and i am going to de bumper it aswell,
    Should start cutting on sat
    Last edited by 123grosso; 06-10-2011, 10:57 AM.
    1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

    http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

  • #2
    you'll be amazed what you can do with some MDF, fabric and a staple gun

    Take lots of pics along the way so we can see what you did!
    My 300kw Skyline Drifter

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    • #3
      Yer, it should come out alright, and i am undecided on colours, my mini is going to be yellow with brown/cream interior
      1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

      http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

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      • #4
        Had fun cutting her up, pics to come soon
        1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

        http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

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        • #5
          that looks like a mad project cant wait to see the end result
          My Toyota SECA
          http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...Toyota-SECA-SX

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          • #6
            this was as far as i've gotten, having someone in the house studying for y12 isnt much of a help when you want to be using a grinder,



            i have made the line i want cut it at on one side, need to take a few measurements and get the line the same on the other side. I am thinking using a nibbler would be a bit easier to use than a grinder.
            1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

            http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

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            • #7
              Oh that is awesome! Good luck! Can't wait to see the final build

              G oes
              O ff
              L ike
              F ireworks

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 123grosso View Post
                this was as far as i've gotten, having someone in the house studying for y12 isnt much of a help when you want to be using a grinder,



                i have made the line i want cut it at on one side, need to take a few measurements and get the line the same on the other side. I am thinking using a nibbler would be a bit easier to use than a grinder.
                if i can make some suggestions:

                where you have that hole (im assuming a speaker was there) what if you keep it and make it a hole for the home theatre sub/speaker. it can be hidden by the cushions and what not, or exposed if you invert it or whatever (not 100% on how home theatre works). if you have a sub in there, it would vibrate the seat, giving it a 'real life movie experience' :P

                also for the base, if the car is on an angle, you could put a block of wood with that non-scrath stuff they have at bunnings (so you dont scratch your floor) and the block of wood will help support the frame of the over hanging bits, so it doesnt buckle.

                /2c


                its a mad project tho! would love to see how it comes along! i would def have one of these in my house if i could lol
                Parallel lines have got so much in common. It's a shame they'll never meet.

                IF IT'S TOO LOUD, YOU'RE TOO OLD

                My N16

                'how-to' de-badge your car

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                • #9
                  i like where this is going
                  http://forums.mightycarmods.com/group.php?groupid=30

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                  • #10
                    That hole isnt from a speaker, it came like that from the factory, there was also one in the firewall, they put them on a spit so they could get to the bottom of it,

                    With the base of it i am thinking of getting 4 pistons and welding them to a rear subframe with the non scratch thing on the face of the piston, if you can imagine that

                    Thanks for you input though, i may put the bit of wood under the pistons so it can be a bit more stable
                    1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

                    http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

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                    • #11
                      Had a chance to have play with it as my car decided to give me trouble

                      I've set it all up to have a play with my grinder, then use some wire wheels and stripping discs.
                      Guna start cutting chunks out soon
                      1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

                      http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

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                      • #12
                        so here are a few pics of the work ahead

                        this is how i want the wheels to look, well, maybe a bit higher





                        i took the seam cover off my car to look for rust and the seam cover is guna be re used here



                        i put it on the side to see what work is ahead



                        i'm going to replace this whole bit with checker plate





                        surprisingly the battery box is good



                        most of the boot floor is good





                        this is where most of the rust repair is needed



                        surprisingly this is only surface rust



                        so that is where i'm at now

                        1977 mini sunshine: the slow build continues

                        http://forums.mightycarmods.com/show...cooper-s-specs

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                        • #13
                          hahaha such an idea, should look mad when its done
                          Originally posted by fitridebmx
                          break it off and put it back on with zip ties
                          Originally posted by Jenga
                          So we don't have to remove our A-holes anymore? Where's the fun in that

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