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Old 17-10-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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bought my self a mini a couple of months back with the intention of tittinf a vtec.
heres the car i bought









i then managed to source a mini that had been bumped with a very early watsons conversion at a very resonable price so got that delivered down to me and set about removing everything before scraping the shell.
the car had been stood for a couple of years so all the front end had gone rusty,
in the meantime i purchased a dta ecu/loom from adamsmini on here.
i spent the next few week cleaning all the front suspension and brakes up with new seals, ball joints and other such like.
next was to rip the front end off of my car and clean up things before test fitting the subframe.
this is a big project for me so im sure i will be asking many questions for help.
here is haw it looks at the moment









plans are to respray the full car in white and carbon wrap bonnet/roof/boot and arches.
i also have throttle bodies to fit aswell so need to cut the bulkhead aswell.
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Old 28-10-2010, 10:07 PM   #2
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a little update we have cut out the bulkhead and boxed in the area where the throttle bodies will sit, have made it nice and big so i can fit some kind of airbox to keep the intake noise down a bit at trackdays







and here is what will be filling the gap

i had the manifold cut and welded up at an angle to help clear the bulkhead



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Old 12-11-2010, 11:03 PM   #3
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whilst waiting for the scuttle to be welded i have been sorting the dashboard out ready to send off for flocking next week.
have also ordered my uprated fuel pump and braided fuel lines
my mega miglia arches were delivered today also.
couple of pics as to roughly what it should look like





hopefully by the end of next week i should have the scuttle welded on along with the a panels then i can get on with fitting the fiberglass front end
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Old 13-11-2010, 08:30 AM   #4
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nice build where did u get the dash from?
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Old 13-11-2010, 05:57 PM   #5
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nice build where did u get the dash from?
cheers mate, i got the dash from ebay was 80 delivered with the center consul which isnt in the picture.
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Old 14-11-2010, 06:39 PM   #6
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a couple of pics of bits i have got and done to go on the car

the dash





powder coated and laquered rocker





and the new rims





and my shiney new manifold



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Old 14-11-2010, 06:42 PM   #7
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Old 18-11-2010, 09:42 PM   #8
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thanks, will be much happier when the car is sat on them though lol
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Old 19-11-2010, 09:55 AM   #9
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Ahhh - good to see you on here matey!!...

Nice selection of parts you have collected so far.

Did you use the old razor blade technique to remove the paint from the lettering on the rocker?
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Old 19-11-2010, 10:19 AM   #10
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Ahhh - good to see you on here matey!!...

Nice selection of parts you have collected so far.

Did you use the old razor blade technique to remove the paint from the lettering on the rocker?
cheers mate,
i tried the razor but as it had been powder coated it was a stuborn bi**h so went down the 240 on a sanding block, then had it laquered so hopefully it will stay as is
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Old 19-11-2010, 10:23 AM   #11
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cheers mate,
i tried the razor but as it had been powder coated it was a stuborn bi**h so went down the 240 on a sanding block, then had it laquered so hopefully it will stay as is
Yeah mine has been on powdercoated... noticed a fair few on here had used a stanly blade or similar... might have a go at the weekend...

What are your next stages on the car?? trial fit of engine??.. did you get driveshafts with the old car??
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Old 19-11-2010, 04:57 PM   #12
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Yeah mine has been on powdercoated... noticed a fair few on here had used a stanly blade or similar... might have a go at the weekend...

What are your next stages on the car?? trial fit of engine??.. did you get driveshafts with the old car??
have had the scuttle welded on now and have fit the clutch mechanism and brake servo/master cylinder
going to try sitting the engine in place toeards the end of next week and if throttle bodies clear the bulkhead then out will come the engine so we can spray the bulkhead.
yeah i did get the driveshafts with my conversion so hopefully it shoudnt take to long from now. my aim is to have the bulkhead sprayed and engine in and running by christmas.
optamistic i know but never mind
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Old 19-11-2010, 05:13 PM   #13
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Best of luck fella, first time i have seen the early watsons kit. Totally different. Thorttle boddies look awesome!
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Old 19-11-2010, 07:18 PM   #14
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Best of luck fella, first time i have seen the early watsons kit. Totally different. Thorttle boddies look awesome!
i think i will need the luck as this is a massive project for me
im pretty certain its one of his very first kits that he made
the throttle bodies should sound pretty good, thankfully one of by best friends has a dyno dynamics rolling road and works wonders with his mapping so if i dont see 170 bhp i wont be happy.
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Old 19-11-2010, 07:33 PM   #15
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You use the old Watson kit. The subframe that stick out the front wheels way way out! after your conversion your Mini will never look the same .good luck mate,
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