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Old 13-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #16
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Time for an update I think....
Ive sold the 1989 saloon which I was going to fit the engine into and brought this beauty



So my priorities have now chaged to sorting out the shell rot before getting back on the Fiat engine.
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Old 13-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #17
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Good skills. How bad is the hickup?
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Old 13-09-2012, 05:44 PM   #18
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Niceeeee niceeeee got a lot of time 4 the pick ups!!
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Old 14-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #19
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Good skills. How bad is the hickup?
Pretty much usual rust/rot stuff really.......front floors,inner & outer sills,door steps,inner & outer A panels,both rear arches (complete).
Luckily a previous owner has made a start and replaced the drivers side wing,inner & outer A panels,inner sill and door step and the majority of the other panels needed were included in the purchase.
My plan is to keep it as standard looking as possible by keeping it the original blue (i think its Pagaent Blue) and fitting 4 1/2"x10" alloys or 1275GT Rostyle steels,the load bed is really quite good but will be covered in 3mm ali chequer plate with a custom bike rack for my son and my mountain bikes
A chum of mine is doing a Red top Vauxhall conversion on his Mini and has a sand blaster at his lockup that I will blast all the hard to get at places (underside,engine bay,inner floors ect) once all the welding is done and prior to it being painted.
There are currently 3 of us in the Eastbourne area who are doing various engine conversion (Punto,Red Top & Micra) and our plan is to all be on the ferry for the IMM in May 2013........so we are all going to be a bit busy over the coming months.
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Old 14-09-2012, 07:03 PM   #20
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My lightnened Punto flywheel arrived back from my engineering chum tonight along with a modded front pulley that has had the trigger wheel machined off.







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Old 14-09-2012, 09:19 PM   #21
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Hey mate, I'm in Bexhill these days! I'd love to come by and see these 3 builds in person, maybe help out or something!
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Old 30-09-2012, 07:45 PM   #22
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Just a quick update....
We went to the Miniworld Action Day yesterday and I ve now got nearly all the panels to complete the Pick-Up restoration.
Ive also been trawling fleeBay for the bits im going to need on the Punto engine,ive now got a Mk2 Punto gear lever and cables and a Diahatsu alternator is in the post as I type.
Ive also just won a used stainless steel exhaust manifold made by "SuperSprint" who are a respected fiat tuning firm. I need the exhaust manifold fitted so that I can then fabricate the front mount for the Diahatsu alternator

My plan is to get the shell completed then trial fit the engine and subframe so that I can get the gear change and cooling radiator mounts sorted before the shell is painted, im hoping all this can be done so that the shell will be painted in mid November......so it looks like I'll be a busy boy for the foreseeable future.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #23
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The Diahatsu alternator arrived yeasterday, I knew the were small but this mad....


Diahatsu alternator on the left..........................Mini alternator on the right.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:36 PM   #24
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What Daihatsu is that off?!

I bought a Hyundai Atoz one but it wasn't that much smaller than the Rover K one...
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #25
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Its from a Diahatsu Sirion 1.3,
Brise Motorsport sell them for 175 as racing alernators
http://www.brise.co.uk/alternators.html
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Old 29-12-2012, 10:17 PM   #26
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Awesome work gone into that subframe mate! Hopefully the Speshal K will look as good
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Old 16-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #27
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hows this project getting on??
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Old 18-04-2014, 02:25 PM   #28
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Any progress on this? Been cutting and measuring the beginnings of my second K series subframe today, and reckon a design like this is doable.
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