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l_jonez 27-04-2008 09:05 PM

BMH shell build [standard length]
After many months/years reserching and saving up we've finaly started our B16a2 vtec build. We are building our own frame and will be keeping the front as it is

The mini

a 1988 city which we reshelled a couple of years back into a new BMH shell


The civic

93 civic vti


Our frame & jig

started on theses today made a jig which uses the normal subframe mounting points. After a couple of hours we had the jig pritty much finished, just needs fome legs welded onto it to obtain the correct height.
once the jig was done we weldded in a brace across the towers and then set about removing the tie rod brackets so that they can be re used.



will try update with any progrress as oftern as posible, will also be putting my pics here http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/hh21/lrjonez/vtec/

all comments & veiws welcome

l_jonez 29-04-2008 06:56 PM

got the civic booked in for an mot tomorro because apparently you need one before selling a private plate.
As far as we know there is nothing needed to pass so as soon as it gets back the strip will begin :D

thomsonminis 01-05-2008 07:47 PM

private plate
You dont have to have the car mot to remove the plate, if it was sorned and the mot and tax wasnt out for a year then you can remove plate did it with my mini, think this info is correct.

l_jonez 01-05-2008 07:51 PM

Re: private plate
well its been moted and the plate has been sold now

l_jonez 04-05-2008 10:04 PM

well today we started striping the civic and now the engine is ready to lift out, it would have been done today but we forgot to take the lifting straps with us as the car is being kept a few miles away :(

l_jonez 07-05-2008 10:33 PM

hit a dead end with the frame build due to a lack of engine so yesterday it was removed :D


also started to figure out how much has to be cut etc


l_jonez 12-05-2008 10:31 PM

removed the loom from the civic today, didnt realise how big it was :shock:


started to cud it down and managed to cut thru one of the ecu cables and now i cant find the cut off end :evil:

l_jonez 17-05-2008 07:54 PM

spent a few hours on the loom today and excpt for 2 or 3 wires its done, still needs to be re-bound tho


DarrenW 02-06-2008 05:47 PM

Hows it all going, any progress ont he frame or wiring :D

l_jonez 02-06-2008 06:37 PM

havent made any progress for the last week or so :( , as we had to take the other mini of the road due to brake failure + blown head gasket and theres not quite enough room to carry on with the frame.

hopefully tho if mini sport can be trusted i should have my new master cylinder and head gasket tommoro :D which means the mini will be back on the rooad by the evening and we can carry on.

the wireing is pritty much done just have to fit a fuse box in the car and connect every thing up and pray it works :?
will up date with some pics of the frame once we get the mini out of the way.

l_jonez 08-06-2008 09:38 PM

not realy much of an update but today we bought a old shell


its gonna be used for the dummy build so we can ensure every thing fits and work before taking the mini of the road

Pete_H 26-06-2008 10:37 PM

any updates?

you should put the engine in that van you have got 8)

l_jonez 29-06-2008 03:46 PM

Sadly no updates, did manage to get the frame into the shell which showed up a few clerance issues which will have to be sorted,

the build is on stop for now as the van is being moved into the garage for some tin butchery to take place :D

l_jonez 15-08-2008 08:34 PM

after a couple of months break i managed to do do a little be more on the frame today :D as i have run out of gas and cant carry on with the van :(

found out today whilst on full lock and the suspension at its lowest ( resting on bump stops) the passanger wheel just touches the frame :(

its that close that if i had been using slighty warn tyres and not brand new ones it wouldnt have touched

so the frame has been modifyed and we have ample clerance, got a few more modifications to make, maybe tomorrow and then i'll try get some pics up

BATESPEED 15-08-2008 08:53 PM

mini's looking good........ and you'r making good progress, keep up the good work :D

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