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Old 16-03-2011, 09:16 PM   #31
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wow, fair play for doing it yourself. looks like you'll have a whole new car by the time you've finished, whe you planning on getting it finished by?
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I think a new shell would of been easier! but didnt realise how bad it'll be.
I wanted it ready for September as theres a classic car run thats always held And iv always been. But i have a feeling it might run into next spring!


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looks good mate. Just one thing, is that 3mm plate your mounting the cage on? Should be 3mm as an absolute minimum (msa and general safety)
Balls'd up there, checked and its 2mm so il have to re-visit that when i go back up, probably should of asked! but at least youve mentioned it before paint etc

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did you brace the shell when cutting out the door step to stop the shell from twisting? I have to do this to my mini soon and i have seen most people use a brace. They say use one in Minisports "Bogus2" build mag.
I braced it from each door piller about halfway up, if it was going to take longer than a day and if i needed to get into the car i would of braced it from passengers to drivers side too. If i were to do it again id brace it from pillar to pillar but so that i could still get the door on as i was unable to check if it fitted once id tacked the step on but luckily it was ok.


Had another day up there, back at work for 5 days then il be back on it again

Grinded down the welds on the door step


Skim of filler


While that was drying i started taking the paint off the cage ready for respraying


Spot welding and finishing door step off






Just needs a quick sand-over and should be good for paint

Passengers floor welded up , messy welding still :/


Still needs a repair on the flitch where you can see the bit cut out but an easy fix
ohhh and my old door step was full of expanding foam aha!

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Old 19-03-2011, 11:20 PM   #32
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loads of work going on here - fair play.. i fear mine will need a heap of work next year
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Old 20-03-2011, 10:06 AM   #33
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Did you know that you would have to do so much bodywork before you started.

I thought I had a good sound shell, then when I took it apart I kept finding more and more rust holes.
The "I've just gone this far so I may as well do it now" turned in a full restoration.
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Old 20-03-2011, 03:12 PM   #34
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Did you know that you would have to do so much bodywork before you started.

I thought I had a good sound shell, then when I took it apart I kept finding more and more rust holes.
The "I've just gone this far so I may as well do it now" turned in a full restoration.


Not at all aha! at first i thought itd be a quick engine swap and just a little work on the back end and then 2 thousand cut out pieces of metal later and im still not finished!

I went to the autosport show at the nec, saw all the carbon and stripped out racers and decided that as i had just spent everything on the conversion i needed something to do and keep me busy untill funds came back in so i just started cutting and stripping things out!

Drivers side floor being done not this weekend but the one after plus scuttle panel a bit on each flich the bulkhead and bulkhead box and then i have one nice solid shell and things can start going back together!

Cantttt wait!

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Old 23-03-2011, 10:20 PM   #35
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Update again...

Still trying to get the new door step nice and smooth with minimal amounts of filler as i hate the stuff!


Then filler neck hole welded over and filled. New filler will come through the parcel shelf and into the polycarb window


Tank fitted and all hoses, fuel pump located underneath rear valance,will grab a photo once finished


Holes in floor weded up


Drivers floor repair done, still needs inner sill doing, didn't but a new floor pan as it was a waste when i had loads of metal sitting around, admittedly a bit gutted that i lose a groove but it will be hidden by the seat anyway. Will update more pics once the sills attached and finished. Also seam sealed everything,well almost, looks kinda funny, like a coulouring in aha!




Seat will be ordered on friday so i can fab up the frames for it, going with a Kirkey or Ultrashield one.

Also ordering A harness Bar from Jon and getting my rear beam from Atchi


To Do - April:

fully welded shell
primered ready for paint
Cage painted and in
inside painted up
Lay fuel/brake/power/fire extinguiser lines
driver seat in with harness and harness bar
Start on wiring
rear beam fitted

Maybe more but well see!

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Old 25-03-2011, 09:01 PM   #36
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Small update

picked up a whole new scuttle and drivers side front floor pan, no more panels to buy now
omp cage brackets for my door bars
Customised Rear beams paid for just awaiting delivery
And all the paint and bits needed for the respray which will be mid April


Not sure about what seat yet, Kirkey economy,Kirkey intermediate or Ultrashield pro circle track
Need to dig up the specs to see which ones lighter but i think the cheaper economy ones weigh 6kg and the ultrashield more expensive but better looking but double that!
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:25 PM   #37
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Ok another update, weathers been on and off but didn't let that stop me, bit of a nightmare with welding and wind but made a makeshift tent and it all went well apart from a bit of singed hair!

Pictures as usual

My mate peeing around!


More body prepping sanding filling etc





My rear beam trial fitted from Atchi on here, really pleased with it.


More work on the floor and flitch





Then Scuttle work and flitch
















Underseal and barcoat on and Nearly ready for paint



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Old 01-04-2011, 11:40 PM   #38
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Nice work mate.come and help me.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:46 PM   #39
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Nice work mate.come and help me.
nooooo........ come help me might give me some insentive to get out and do the last few bits on mine
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:14 PM   #40
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Your both pretty local so maybe we could help each other if needed best thing is i work four on four off
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:37 PM   #41
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Riteo...few more updates before i go to work for a few days!

Nice new diddy washer bottle fitted to go with my diddy fuel tank!
Chuffed, was about a tenner and even came with mist spray jets win win


Welded my omp brackets onto the cage for the removable door,sill bars,hope iv got the angles right!



Then welded the drivers side rear quarter repair section up, i really need to invest in a joggler






Rear heelboard now finished and painted up happy days



Floor and sills finished woo hoo! just the drivers front section to do the scuttle a few odds and sods and then the welder can retire to the shed



Rear beams at the powdercoaters till wednesday, need to drop them my radius arms and front frame but il do that soon even though it would of cost pretty much the same price but engines in it atm doh!

Waiting for my harness bar off Jon too which should be end of week maybe next.

Then next to buy

race lightweight battery
plumbed in fire extinquisher
mpi rad and an expansion tank
exhaust
coilovers
seats
lots of wire,heat shrink and connectors/fuses and relays
carbon shelf roof and valance!

Training at work this week so half days woops

will have more updates soon
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:41 PM   #42
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looking at my axle stands i really need to sort them out! didnt realise they were so uneven!
Scrap man came down the driveway earlier too so im half expecting everything to be gone in the morning!
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:51 AM   #43
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bricks and axle stands don't work well either, I tried that once and the brick broke in half!
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:18 PM   #44
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bricks and axle stands don't work well either, I tried that once and the brick broke in half!
Going to sort it when im next up there, want to get it back on wheels asap though!

Right- training at work so only doing 8-3.30,none of the usual 12hour shift nonsense so iv had a bit of a tinker today,

Rear beam picked up from the powder coaters, brilliant service A*

Then fitted it on the car,



Then messed about with the cage for a bit and got it all sprayed up minus the diagonal bar which you'll notice i haven't done yet. Also Lacquered my carbon arches and over-riders while i was there but didn't take any photos damm





Going back up for half a day on friday so im hoping to have all the inside painted up although my welding mask has gone walkies and i need to finish the front drivers footwell.

not sure what to do on payday either-spend money on the rear to get it back on the floor
-pedal box and seats
-engine stuff,rad,expansion tank etc
front suspension stuff
-carbon panels

decisionssssssssss! only got about 500 squid spare this month as iv had to fork out for a holiday well i say had... but its self inflicted!
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:13 PM   #45
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What cage is that? who makes it?
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