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BronkoMini 30-01-2018 04:28 PM

B16 Mini Meight
 
Hi thought id start a build thread on here. originally i had planned to go the turbo a series route but my brothers van blew up so we're putting the turbo engine in that instead. ive always wanted to go the vtec route so thats what im planning to do.
currently in the process of fixing all the rust issues. so heres some pics of him as he stands today:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4674/...ecd180ae_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4607/...018c5ae1_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4741/...ea502c84_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr

BronkoMini 30-01-2018 04:33 PM

Wire brushed down some of the rust today
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4602/...533a2c96_z.jpg by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/...55f509cf_z.jpg by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr

BronkoMini 30-01-2018 05:09 PM

Not going to build a frame but buy one from allspeed

BronkoMini 05-02-2018 06:41 PM

Did some more body work today. took ages to get the panel the right rough shape and size. Not used my welder for ages. no gas was coming out so i put a new bottle on, and still no gas, so for now i just tacked the panel in place. need to have a look on the web to see if theres any advice.
Cut out and cleaned up the floor;
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/...7b7b4ebc_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr
Did some fetling to the panel:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/...beb4c51b_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr
Finally tacked into place:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4652/...8cd900d9_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr

BronkoMini 05-02-2018 06:42 PM

Anyone know why the pictures come up so big?

Red Riley 05-02-2018 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BronkoMini (Post 377041)
Anyone know why the pictures come up so big?

Yeah, I think I know what's happening.
Looks like you're hitting the Share button on Flickr and using the BBCode link at the maximum size (the first option that pops up). Instead use the drop down options and grab a medium or small version.

BronkoMini 05-02-2018 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Red Riley (Post 377045)
Yeah, I think I know what's happening.
Looks like you're hitting the Share button on Flickr and using the BBCode link at the maximum size (the first option that pops up). Instead use the drop down options and grab a medium or small version.

Ah right. Iíll have a look at changing them when I next get on my computer. Thanks for the help

KSM 06-02-2018 08:07 AM

To solve the gas problem:
It is probably either the pressure regulator or the valve inside the welder.
So first detach the hose from the welder and check if there is any gasflow if you open the bottle. If not, gently tap the regulator with a plastic hammer and see if gas starts flowing.
Fully turning the regulator up and down might help too.
Once that's all good, have a look at the internal valve. Cause here might be mechanical or electrical. First check if there is any current fed to the valve / clean contacts etc. Then again it is oil/tap/ until the valve does what it is supposed to.
One of my welders had a similar issue after years of non-use. Turned out to be the internal valve.
By the way, do yourself a favour and clean all of the joins in the floor to bare metal prior to welding.

Oz 06-02-2018 08:40 AM

Is it just me or has the car already had a part floor repair ? If you look at the cut by the toeboard it looks double skinned and along the top of part of that cut where you've ground back appears to be spot or plug welds.

If that is the case then it might be best to remove the old repair as you'll probably get water getting in and rusting between the two skins

geachy87 06-02-2018 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oz (Post 377048)
Is it just me or has the car already had a part floor repair ? If you look at the cut by the toeboard it looks double skinned and along the top of part of that cut where you've ground back appears to be spot or plug welds.

If that is the case then it might be best to remove the old repair as you'll probably get water getting in and rusting between the two skins

Looks like the original floor to me, the double skin is the part of the original floor and the toe board under it that it's spot welded onto, unless I'm missing something

BronkoMini 06-02-2018 10:14 AM

Yeah I was being lazy and just cut out the rusty bit and not drill out the whole panel, so itís just double skinned where the old panel is. Iíll be welding it from both sides skmthat should stop any water ingress issues

BronkoMini 06-02-2018 10:15 AM

Also meant I had some thing thicker to weld onto as I always have issues burning through.
Also at some point I’m probably going to have to replace the whole floor. But currently I just want to get him back on the road.

BronkoMini 06-02-2018 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Red Riley (Post 377045)
Yeah, I think I know what's happening.
Looks like you're hitting the Share button on Flickr and using the BBCode link at the maximum size (the first option that pops up). Instead use the drop down options and grab a medium or small version.

Cheers for that you were right. All pictures now in medium size. Thanks

BronkoMini 06-02-2018 05:15 PM

Did some grinding of previous welds and did some more wire brushing.
Found a scary piece of rust, theres nice fresh metal on top but all rusty behind, i have a feeling that when this was "proffetionally" restored 5 years ago that they just welded a new panel on top of the rust, really not sure how i should sort this issue out, any advice welcome.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4753/...9528685a_z.jpgUntitled by Bryn Kinsman, on Flickr
I was orignally set on leaving him as a fixed standard round nose, but dont think that will be easy enough, so im gonna have to do some research on how to flip front it.
Also need to look into tubbing the rear arches, think im gonna go for a beam axle and coil overs
Didnt do as much as i wanted to do today, only had surgery last week so im felling pretty sore, that and the fact it started snowing made me give up haha
Ordered a new gas regulator for my welder as it looks like its that that's causing the issues

Red Riley 06-02-2018 07:08 PM

I've got some pictures in this album showing how I opened up the shock towers for coilover shocks on my half-Elf trailer project if you're interested.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/fMzwEEFiwRRqIma42


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