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Old 14-04-2017, 05:48 PM   #31
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By the way...where can I find these "clips" and what are they called?
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They are sheet metal panel or butt-welding clamps. Do a google search, lots of different brands out there. You should be able to find them on ebay or somewhere. I get mine from Eastwood, they seem to be a better quality than others.
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Old 14-04-2017, 10:45 PM   #32
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I'v never seen the need for this sort of fixing, plus, when amateur welders try to bridge a gap, the results can be hilarious.
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Old 15-04-2017, 05:14 AM   #33
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By the way...where can I find these "clips" and what are they called?
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They are sheet metal panel or butt-welding clamps. Do a google search, lots of different brands out there. You should be able to find them on ebay or somewhere. I get mine from Eastwood, they seem to be a better quality than others.
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Old 16-04-2017, 10:40 PM   #34
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Handy clamps to have. Holds the metal in place when tack welding, no different to a welding magnetic tbh. They create a 0.8mm gap allowing for a good penetrative weld while holding the panels flush. Saves on additional filler work. If someone can't bridge a gap with weld then I would worry for the integrity of their build.
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Old 16-04-2017, 10:58 PM   #35
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Started the engine, sounds powerful. Had to shut it off though as my neighbour decided to land round and yell at me. In complete fairness to him it was 10.30pm on a Sunday night. Lesson learned.
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Old 16-04-2017, 11:52 PM   #36
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Old 17-04-2017, 12:26 AM   #37
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A lot of work in such short time. But you've no bodywork to do..... I done mine in 4/5 months but that included rebuilding the whole car... all new panels. Days and days of bodywork and sanding. Blocking. Priming.sanding.blocking...... a real pain the the A$$ .. but to get the loom. Engine. Interior in and running took a week so not to bad for 3 to 4 evenings a week 4 to 5 hours a nite you'll get there and by the looks of it your nearly there... are you doing imm17 Ireland???
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Old 17-04-2017, 10:06 PM   #38
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. are you doing imm17 Ireland???
I sure am, tickets bought, tent bought, just need the beers and a working mini
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Old 29-04-2017, 03:49 PM   #39
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Took sick the last week so haven't been as productive . First time ill in a very long time

Moving on, got the engine started as per last post, pulled the whole car apart, completed all the welding (apart from the extended bonnet) and am now mid primer coats as i type this.

Old wheel arch holes welded up





New clutch fitted & timing belt & water pump. Rocker cover powder coated in the oh so stereotypical wrinkle red






I then riveted in these threaded nut inserts, great for bolted wheel arches on. No screw chewing into the body work



Then prepped the car ready for primer.....










More to come in the next few days. Dave.
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Old 30-04-2017, 10:41 AM   #40
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I used rivnuts as well for my arches, great job. Did you use M5 or 6? What gun did you use as I keep breaking mine with stainless rivets. Also where did you get the rocker cover done? Mine is the same but bought it new as couldn't get the crackle red done anywhere.
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Old 30-04-2017, 05:16 PM   #41
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They are definitely worth the hassle. I used m5 as I felt M6 was getting too big. The gun I use is just a generic one from ebay. Im using aluminium nuts, used plenty of paint before fitting so should keep the reaction between aluminium and steel at bay. A company called ic powder coating, just outside Donaghadee /Bangor did the cover. He has several wrinkle finishes and colours available at approx 40 per cover depending on condition of original item.
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They are definitely worth the hassle. I used m5 as I felt M6 was getting too big. The gun I use is just a generic one from ebay. Im using aluminium nuts, used plenty of paint before fitting so should keep the reaction between aluminium and steel at bay. A company called ic powder coating, just outside Donaghadee /Bangor did the cover. He has several wrinkle finishes and colours available at approx 40 per cover depending on condition of original item.
I used M5 as well, but was considering M6. Thats the gun that I use but it doesn't like the stainless rivnuts. Thats great, thanks for that I have a couple of rocker covers I need done but couldn't get anybody to do the wrinkle finish.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:12 AM   #43
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Great work, it must have been horrible cutting into that shiny paintwork
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Old 15-05-2017, 02:15 PM   #44
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any updates? and you you gonna make IMM?
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:50 PM   #45
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Ahhh yes, an update. I made the deadline, with half a day to spare. It was tight and hand on heart I will never set such a tight deadline again!

Made it to IMM in Westport and zero niggles along the virgin 500miles. Thats correct, I didn't drive one single mile before setting off

Following on from the last post....

Primer laid down, guide coat, block sanded to 600 wet and then hit with the willow green....















Pics are in no particular order but you get the rough idea...

Engine was popped in before the final coat just encase i had an opps moment with metal on paint...










Frame was painted at some point, its all a blur now and bonnet cut, stretched 50mm, filler and painted. On a side note, I am going to make a plug of the bonnet and make a carbon fibre one over the next month or so.













I then made the 40mm spacer for the honda master. Having now driven the car I can honestly say i like the stiff pedal, its not much stiffer than my cable operated daily. Those that suffer leg fatigue need to maybe stop skipping leg day at the gym Started bolting bits back on, lights, grill, loom etc. made up the driveshafts and hubs.













Gave it a very quick cut and polish to get the worst of the garage dust off the paint. And yours truly looking like a prick having just completed the build in lightning fast time...







And last but not least a few pics from the drive down and the show!



















hope you all enjoyed the build. It was as rapid as the honda engine in this mini !
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