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Old 09-10-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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UPDATE - OCTOBER 2013 ;

If anyone is just coming to this now, the car has been through a fairly substantial rebuild, which is covered in the latter pages of the diary - this rebuild involved a complete new rear end suspension setup as well as a colour change and lots more fibreglass.

From the beginning though it went a little like this..........




Hi all. I've just got proper member status so can now start a build diary!

these are the only pics i've got on the comp at the mo, so its just a taster!

I painted the shell on saturday, and here it is on sunday morning after it was wet flatted:



and here is a pic of the engine after it was cleaned up...



way more to come once i've uploaded all the pics :roll:
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Old 15-10-2006, 10:45 PM   #2
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got quite a lot done over the past couple days.

finally decided to crack on with a subframe, since i figuired that it would cost me less that £900 and i'd have it in less than 6 weeks...

well i started out by getting the motor lined up in the engine bay, by using lots of pitures of another vaux-mini (thanks bill ) and then took a load of measurements and pictures.

next i went out and got some 30mm rolled square section for the bargain price is £12.50 for 6 metres.

then i just started welding in the new bits on and around the original mini frame (using some photos of other frames as inspiration) until i was left with this:





(this is after about 5 hours of work)

then it was just a case of removing the old frame...which turned out to be more diffucult that i first thought!

in these pics its been trial fitted into the car. as you can see there are still some lumps of old frame that need to be removed, but first i need to buy a new Sawsall, and a few more cutting disks for the grinder :P



also, i need to remove a section of the front cross member and replace it with a bent peice to clear the exhaust.



i dont think thats too bad for two evenings work...

I've got some engine mounts on the way from ebay, so when they arrive i can trial fit the engine and make some brackets to hold it in there. and once that's done i'll sand blast it, have all the joins profesionally seam welded and then powder coat it.

also, i've got a rear beam axle and coilovers on the way from Huddersfield and i'm just about to order a pedal box from 16vminishop :P

the best thing is, by not spending £900 on a frame, i can spend it on some other trick little bits :roll: hehe.






more to come soon...
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Old 17-10-2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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It's a fair old lump the 2.0L XE, I shall be following your progress with interest. I'm contemplating doing the same, but with an A-series metro subframe, which is very similar to the mini one.

Not much experience working with steel, would mind explaining a bit how you went about removing the bits of frame not needed and what tools you used.

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Old 17-10-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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looks very similar to my first attempt, before I decided to start afresh

It looks good though.

Question : whats the big rectangular hole in the bulkhead for ??
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Old 17-10-2006, 11:40 AM   #5
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that will be used for clearance of the gearlinkage lever i would have thought. yes i know chris you did not need one

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Chris- have you kept the stock linkage on the gearbox or changed it?

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Old 17-10-2006, 03:01 PM   #7
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I have the AMT frame & standard linkage and only cut a 2" round hole in the bulkhead & didn't have to dent it at all.

Just cut the 'webbed' strengthening of the original lever thingy, bend it forward & re-welded for strength.

I get all gears and don't bash the bulkhead.

I am of course touching wood that everying is OK with this method, as I have only driven up and down my drive (with some hellish wheelspin and lots of tyre smoke. )

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hi again,

I've just been out in the garage making a few modifications after my first "trial fit", i'll post the pics up tomorrow evening.

also, 99% of the unecessary bits of old frame are now removed.

it was a bit of a pain in the butt removing it tho, i mainly used a hacksaw with a variable angle blade on the bits i could get one in to. and an angle grinder with some thin cutting disks on the other bits. the little bits that are left that i just cant get in close enough to will be ground out using a grinding disk on the grinder...

I've still got a couple of diagonal braces to put in, and i'm still waiting on my cotton reels so i can make the mounts.

yes, the hole in the bulkhead is for the gear linkage, it is much bigger than it needs to be really, but i wanted to make sure that there would be no issues if i had to have the engine in a slightly different place, it'll just mean i have to have a bigger box.

thanks for the interest , Joel.
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I have kept the stock linkage , but made it ' quickshift ' and repositioned it a bit as well. Only a 1.5 " hole in the bulkhead....I even got the hole in the right place first time :P
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I even got the hole in the right place first time :P
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Thanks for the explaination Joel, I know it sounds like a bit of a daft question, but if you don't ask you'll never know.

It's pretty much what I'd have expected, perhaps I'll mark mine up for cutting and take it to a kind soul who has a plasma cutter, then again the exercise of doing it by hand beats going to the gym.

Thanks, watching with interest

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here are some of the latest pics:





as you can see its getting there, still needs some neatening up and some more bracing...

stay tuned!
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Its looking good. keep up the good work .
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Looking great Joel I take it you wont be ringing back in a couple of days
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Have you tried lowering the lump into the frame yet?

IMHO it looks like itís going to be very tight around the offside tie bar mounting you may need to remove more meat there as the lump may not drop down far enough into the frame.

The bottom of the near size tower also gets very tight around the bottom of the diff area. One to remember

Keep up the good work.

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