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#1 OFFLINE   jackytwoshoes

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:23 PM

When I moved down to Laaaaaandaaaaan I gave this car to a mate who has subsequently had loads of children and run out of time space enthusiasm so it's coming back to me.

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It's in a better state these days- it runs and drives but is still very rusty.

I'm looking to move to place that has a garage so a meaty project could be on the cards. My x1/9 is my true love and needs some TLC but rather than tackle that as my first resto maybe this would make a good first.

I've always wanted to build a marcos or similar and given that this has been sitting in a filed after doing about 20,000 miles it would probably make a good donor for oily bits. BUT! The car was given to me by a dear friend on the condition I give her the private plate back once it's (finally) MOT'd. So the potential of building a kit and not getting to use the original number plate would be very very bad. I've looked into it and hopefully by using all the bits from this on a marcos shell would constitute enough of the original car to keep the plate. I think.

Also, I'm open to options. I looked briefly at moke-like kits. What else should I contemplate?

Only problem is using a fibreglass shell i wouldn't learn the skills needed for restoring my X1/9.

Anyway. Suggestions please!

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:30 PM

Flog the plate make £££££'s invest in a HSBC account,sit back and enjoy.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:31 PM

Lolz. How does one flog a plate without an MOT these days?


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:38 PM

Any kit, such as a Mini-Marcos one, that uses all the mechanical parts of the Mini would retain it's identity.

Even less hassle would be a rebuild/swap into a Mini shell of the correct era, no need to worry about SVA etc.

Unless you use a new Heritage shell, there will still be a chance of welding action as all Minis rust and the youngest is 15 years old now.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:42 PM

Good shout. Can't imagine they're cheap though. 


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:52 PM

I have a gallon of petrol and a match available.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:55 PM

I have a gallon of petrol and a match available.

 

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:00 PM

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:01 PM

How bad is the rust?  If you just want to do this for restoration practice and to get an MOT for the plate you would surely be better off bodging up the Mini than throwing a few grand at a fibreglass shell.

 

Once the plates transfered off you can transfer the oily bits to a nice Metro or ADO16


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:18 PM

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:32 PM

I like it! I wouldn't flog it either way. I'm just thinking about the cheapest funnest thing to do with it.

Can't remember how rusty it is tbh, but I think it's saveable.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:33 PM

It's a Mini. Restore it properly, preferably in a decent colour!
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:51 PM

Engine-rape it for a metro, and make sure you post on all the mini forums you can find detailing the work.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:13 PM

Ohhh a car - Thought you had found a pic of my Hampton on a neferious site

 

was gonna say rub it up, and it becomes a maxi :mrgreen:


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:28 PM

Pack it full of filler and brush paint it in red Hammerite. It's a Mini so it'll still be worth £10k regardless.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:31 PM

I will be the sole defender of the colour then, pink cars are for winners.  I vote to cut your teeth restoring it rather than turning it into a kit, anything it needs can be bought new, as restoration projects go Minis have to be one of the easiest when it comes to parts sourcing.  Once done, sell for £LOLZMEGABUCKS and buy a proper car or invest your new skills and cash into the Fiat Lace Curtain.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:37 PM

No No No Pink is not cool - No - No No :shock:

 

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:38 PM

It won't stay pink. I think it might be already half hammerite red. Ideally it'd be old English white.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:40 PM

It won't stay pink. I think it might be already half hammerite red. Ideally it'd be old English white.

 

Good colour Old English White - Im now fully on your side

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:45 PM

For some reason, which is lost in the mists of time in our household ( 4 daughters) when they were little the word mini or Minnie was used when referring to,how shall I put this? The female um,err... Well you know?
Anyway, since then much hilarity is had whenever someone mentions Minis in certain ways , this thread title for instance. Unfortunately my mother has a Bini Cooper S and a few months ago I thought the whole family was going to literally die laughing when after a minor RTA at a roundabout she told us ' This bloke just rammed into my Mini from behind ! '
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:47 PM

For some reason, which is lost in the mists of time in our household ( 4 daughters) when they were little the word mini or Minnie was used when referring to,how shall I put this? The female um,err... Well you know?
Anyway, since then much hilarity is had whenever someone mentions Minis in certain ways , this thread title for instance. Unfortunately my mother has a Bini Cooper S and a few months ago I thought the whole family was going to literally die laughing when after a minor RTA at a roundabout she told us ' This bloke just rammed into my Mini from behind ! '

 

Whole new thread somewhere in there !


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:53 PM

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:59 PM

Good shout. Can't imagine they're cheap though.

Last time I checked a heritage shell was about £3k

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:03 PM

You could try one of these:

 

http://www.minispare...breglass-shell/

 

Time saved on welding would be lost spannering though.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:05 PM

I like what you've done there. Most people would upholster the area behind the bulkhead.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:08 PM

You could try one of these:

http://www.minispare...breglass-shell/

Time saved on welding would be lost spannering though.


That looks like a shell for a space frame chassis imho. Awfully cheap otherwise.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:12 PM

Chop it in half and nail both ends to some MDF in a Bowenesque style. Then attempt to sell the ends as mini bars on ebay.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:14 PM

Or sink it in your garden pond, it will make a wonderful artificial reef and improve your green credentials.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:17 PM

Chop it in half and sell each half for an "ironic" twenty grand to some god awful Shoreditch hipsters to create a feature of their town pad.

Seriously though I second the old English white suggestion. With a black roof. Or safari blue with white roof. Anything but red or BRG!

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:26 PM

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