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Old 30-07-2016, 08:40 PM   #1
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Hello to everyone and what a great site this is!!!

After many months of reading many builds on here i have decided to build my own RWD mini based on the rover K-series engine and MGF/TF running gear.
At first i managed to purchase a 1982 mini 998 off a collegue at work for a tidy sum of 400euros(work in germany). I thought it was in a reasonable state but i later found out this to not be the case

Any how, January this year i managed to bag a donor in the form of a 1998 mgf 1.8 vvc with 72000 on the clock with a seized clutch, to be fair not a bad car and at 230 i couldnt grumble!!

Iv managed to sofar strip the mini to Aa bare shell, fix some of the rust at the front and mount a front subfrome from another MGTF(not the donor car as i fancy coilovers and not hydrospastic suspension).

Next i cut out the rear seats, boot and parcel shelf and started to look at mounting the rear subframe(again one from a TF), cut the long story short the rear is in and i have moved the centre of the rear wheeks back by 40mm to try and keep Ackermans Geometry as best as i can(the front is also about 80mm further forward than the standard mini wheel centres).

Now, to keep this from breaking its back iv had to mock up a basic cage of which i will be finally putting in place this coming weekafter i have finalised where the rear end will be located.

During the past few months i have been quite busy with work and have only been able to do a few other things with the build. Currently i have repaired the left sills and arch, rear boot at the bottom, scutle panel or whatever the panel at the rear below the boot is, repair the aweful attempt at the last awners deseaming, cut out the right hand side sill, repair some holes in te floor......

upcoming jobs this week:

fit the cage and weld it in, fit the front suspension on the rear(using 13" wheels so need this to fit these)

work out how i am going to fix the rear hubs straight and without having the effect of bump steer

finish the left sill

repair the RHS sills.

pictures to follow once i can work out how to use photobucke because
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Old 30-07-2016, 09:01 PM   #2
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LETS SEE IF THIS WORKS!!

SO heres how she stands today


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Old 30-07-2016, 09:06 PM   #3
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cool, it worked!
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Old 30-07-2016, 09:12 PM   #4
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side view, not the best of pictures as they are from my mobile, LHS sill is 90% complete, just have a couple of holes to do...




some of the repairs iv made, hope the welds hold on the deseamed bits!! what a ballache that was btw!!



here i have the rear subframe and mounts in place and crudeley welded in, you can see the frame and also how the 13" wheels sit quite nicely in !!

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Old 30-07-2016, 09:17 PM   #5
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here is how the LHS lines up, hopefully i wont have to go insane on the wheel arch front but who knows. I also dont have the brakes on here



the LHS is pretty much the same...



oh btw the wheels are from a metro i think
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Old 30-07-2016, 09:19 PM   #6
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now, im thinking of keeping the abs..is this worth it? and i want to keep the EPAS from the mgtf, can the standard mgtf steering column be used of is it too long?
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Old 31-07-2016, 01:18 AM   #7
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good to see it goldenballs.. lol
your hacking away nicely bud ,,
all I can say for defo like is I don't find abs good at all!!!
I never dream of it on a grunt bog ripp mini,
I suppose abs can have its uses but hardly any use on a toy mini funbug,,
don't let me put you off for gould sake!!!
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Old 31-07-2016, 06:49 AM   #8
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With the front frame mounted as you have it it looks like your front wheels will be quite far forward in the front arch, they certainly won't sit centrally. You may have to look at mods to front bulkhead and toe board to get the subframe to sit further back. Find a standard mini and gat a rough measurement from the front edge of the sill under the A-panel to the centre of the hub then measure yours - I'm pretty sure your gonna find a bit of a difference
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Old 31-07-2016, 07:44 AM   #9
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Yea iv deliberately put the subframe this far forward to keep the wheelbase a little longer to keep a bit more stability. Im gonna put a stretched front end on to compensate but i hope it doesn't look too bad
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I was thinking of getting rid of the ABS but was just in the mind frame that its a bit if a safety net for when the (god forbid) wife has a go.....
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Old 31-07-2016, 08:37 AM   #11
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Project looking good. I too think you should of tried to get the wheels more central in the arches but as you have done this for a reason, just hope it works.

I am also a hater of ABS brakes. We get snow in UK an my cars try to kill me every year with them.

I cannot see the need for power steering either. Up to you, but you will loose the feeling of the road if used.

This is my opinion, Andrew.
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Snow in the Uk....when was the last time it snowed lol??? March 2009 wasnt it??
Yea i can disable the powersteering if it doesn't work well and cant see why the abs would be a hinderence? But again worth a try and i could always get rid of it
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I wonder if the +90 fibreglass front end it longer at the front? If that's the case then i could just cut into that when i put it on and hopefully a set of arches will neaten it up a bit?
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I was thinking of getting rid of the ABS but was just in the mind frame that its a bit if a safety net for when the (god forbid) wife has a go.....
fair enuff then, I spend lots of time on loose serfice and then abs takes my brakes away from me,
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I could make it switchable....now theirs a thought.....
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