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Old 21-07-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hi guys after a long time looking over this forum and reading several build diary's iv decided to post my build. I bought my mini locally after seeing it on eBay back in April. The original idea was to keep it A-series but that soon went out of the window when I won a 200vi on eBay for 250 quid. I'm using a rear subframe from an mgf and the wishbones and hubs from an mgf front subframe as well as the discs and callipers. Upto now the vi has been stripped of its engine/gearbox and loom and iv just bought a few bits like a round nose flip front thats been extended 90mm that im picking up tomorrow and have an mpi pump and tank to be fitted. Heres a few pics of whats happened so far.














Preped bulkhead with POR15 rust preventative then chassis topcoat






After attempting to make my own side plates i ended up getting some made up instead







New scuttle, upper dash rail and flitch panel









Watsons spacers and rack extensions





Todays work found some more rust on drivers side a post, removed all the soundproofing(heatgun and scrapper) and started to brace the shell for removal of both floors front to back, x member, inner and outter sills to be replaced.









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Still alot to do but want to get the shell 100% rot free before fitting the subframe and engine.

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Old 22-07-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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You're going about this the same way as me! There looks to be plenty of welding work to do so should keep you busy...

I bought the Watsons kit. Have you decided how to do the front suspension?
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Old 22-07-2012, 09:16 AM   #3
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You're going about this the same way as me! There looks to be plenty of welding work to do so should keep you busy...

I bought the Watsons kit. Have you decided how to do the front suspension?
Yeh im planning on using the protech coilovers all round, huddersfield spares say they do a set with 400lbs springs does anyone know if they will be enough?
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Old 22-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #4
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You'll need 450lb minimum, I found 500lbs worked best on mine.
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Old 22-07-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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You'll need 450lb minimum, I found 500lbs worked best on mine.
Can you recommend anywhere to get them from?
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:48 AM   #6
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Any progress on this?

It would be good to see another VVC Mini around.....
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:16 PM   #7
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Its been slow progress since I started the build diary. After removing the drivers floor pan from front to rear I decided I was going to need a spit in order to save my self alot of time and effort changing the floors, sills and healboard without one. So I found one on ebay in kit form which only cost me 135 delivered which i thought wasnt too bad, i also added some casters to the bottom with brakes so i can just wheel it out of my single garage making it alot easier to work on. Since having it on the spit iv replaced the healboard and just about to weld the drivers floorpan in place once I convince myself to get into the garage in this cold weather.

Heres some pictures of what iv done









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Old 03-12-2012, 06:38 PM   #8
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good stuff!! nice spit roast to
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Just like mine. You will spend half the build making the shell solid. The actual conversion is the easy (easier) bit!
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #10
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Ye i have considered a few time scrapping the shell and buying one in better condition but at the end of the day you can never be 100% sure of the condition unless you have replaced panels new yourself like this. Its a long learning curve but will definitely be worth it in the end. Iv got the subframe sorted, engine is ready to drop in and iv stripped most of the unnecessary wiring from the rover Vi loom so hopefully it will be just a case of bolting everything on once the shell is finished and tidying it up although things never work out that easy.
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Old 22-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #11
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Just a small update managed to get a dry spell in all of this rain to fit the drivers side floor pan in. Hopefully I will get a chance to replace the other side over the next couple of weeks.

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Old 22-12-2012, 10:06 PM   #12
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Keep up the good work, ive had to do all the same and more on my pickup.
will be worth all the hard work, as you said you cant gaurantee 100% rust free unless you do it yourself haha.

Where abouts in derbyshire are you? Im in mansfield, but work in derby
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Old 23-12-2012, 08:26 AM   #13
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Keep up the good work, ive had to do all the same and more on my pickup.
will be worth all the hard work, as you said you cant gaurantee 100% rust free unless you do it yourself haha.

Where abouts in derbyshire are you? Im in mansfield, but work in derby
Im only in South Normanton, Alfreton, its a small world lol.
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cool only 20 mins away will have to have a drive down when mine is done

Always good to know where people are for help lol
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:11 PM   #15
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Managed to get one of the arches tubbed today. Certainly looks better than it did.







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