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Old 21-04-2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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well just picked up my donar car its a rover 200 vi 1.8vvc .and only cost 45 from ebay bargn!!!!!

so as off saturday my 1996 1.3 spi is off the road and getting prep for the transplant

im going with the watson frame (told thats the best ?) not ordered it yet but they say only 2 weeks to make

i will be running the 200vi for a while as ive found some holes on the heal board that needs weilding so might as well do everything while she is off the road

the front is already cut as ive got a curley frontend already

i will post some pics of here before / during and after i start the transplant

fingers crossed i should have everything done in a couple of mnths (work permiting lol)

ive never done anything like this before so if anyone can give me some direction that would be cool

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Old 24-04-2008, 01:35 PM   #2
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Alright Mate,

Will have to pop round with mine so you can see what sort of thing you got ahead of you

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Old 27-04-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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hi all

these are a few pics of wot she looks like right now, before i start the conversion lol










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Old 27-04-2008, 12:32 PM   #4
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once ive done the conversion im going to give her a toal respray inside and out

i have decided to change the colour so once completed she will be LAMBO GREEN with the same white custom roof

ive just painted the radius arms and superfins i def think the green stands out lol


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Old 27-04-2008, 12:36 PM   #5
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i now have the roll cage painted as well


the rear beam and rear anti roll bar are both now lamo green to

ive been painting all i can whilse im bored at night,(i have no electic in the garage so cant do any of the conversion antill im next off work )

i will post some pics of the donar car/engine as soon as i can.
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Old 27-04-2008, 01:06 PM   #6
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heres a few pics of the donor car, im driving this for next month or so so i can get some bits weilded on the mini
might as well do every thing needed to the mini before i put the engine in








and of course the must important part of the donor car



im going to try and use the complete wiring loom from this car in the mini, also im going to try and see if i can make the dash fit so i have the clocks and airbags
was thinking of cutting the mini boot floor out to so hopefully then i could squeeze the rover tank in . this way i should have no fueling probs as the fuel pump and electics for it are all there
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Old 27-04-2008, 01:22 PM   #7
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Airbag! I say that would be a BAD idea.

I believe the bags are designed for the individual car/seat position. Putting a R200 airbag in your mini could cause a greater injury in the event of a crash.

But each to thier own!
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Old 27-04-2008, 01:55 PM   #8
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cheers for that pickup

glad u told me as i never thought of that
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Old 27-04-2008, 05:04 PM   #9
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That donour car looks to good to cut up.
What frame are you going to use and what gearbox?
Are you keeping standard front? sorry for the qustions just intrested.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:07 PM   #10
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well i made a start today front end off and stored away and started to remove the engine



got my best mate DAZ(between use we have managed everything on our minis, no job to big lol ) helping me with this project
as he is HELPING me do this project think its only fare to give him some credit and not do like SOME people i no do and take all the credit lol

to answer mates question, the frame im going to use is a watson hopefully with a bit of moding (oil filter etc ) i will not have to use a extended front, esp since my front is carbon ,hoping i can still use it lol but will have to wait and see
as for gear box im not sure yet, im told im best to use the one on it but also been told it will be a very very tight fit lol so again i will just have to wait and see when i get there
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:16 PM   #11
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well now im totaly grapesed off

i was in a rush as had to go some where and i lowered my trolley jack realy quick

BUT DID NOT COMPLETELY REMOVE AN AXLE STAND

NOW MY CAR LETS IN WATER



DOES ANYONE NOW WILL I GET AWAY WITH PLATING THIS? PUT OVER SILLS ON? OF TAKE THE PLUNGE AND DO THE LOT FORGET OVER SILLS OR NEW SILLS AND JUST REPLACE THE ENTIRE FLOOR FROM FRONT TO HEAL BOARD???????

also does anyone no how hard it is to put a flate boot floor in? also would this be best metal or carbon fibre?
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:15 PM   #12
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well since my last post ive been working non stop, but to day i managed to get a few hours to play on her

at last the engine is out (came out so easy it was just finding the time lol )




as you can see i just dropped the lot, engine , frame and running gear
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:19 PM   #13
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once the engine was out, the fun started lol wires and cables everwhere



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Old 01-06-2008, 08:25 PM   #14
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getting the dash off to get to the alam ecu ,relays and rest of loom ect. to push it out the bulk head was fun NOT!

its the first time the dash been out in years and all but 1 bolt snapped but at least now i can get to the loom



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Old 01-06-2008, 08:30 PM   #15
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all gone

the loom etc is out so now i can start fixing the hole near the air vent ive found



and start preping the bulk head for painting once brake & clutch servos are removed

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