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1989 Austin Mini 'Designer' special edition project


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On 4/27/2021 at 10:18 PM, Blake's Den said:

So...... I've entered the WD40 Fix It challenge with Project Designer. I decided to include the video of the rear subframe removal as it does feature WD40. However as it's a public vote it makes no difference 😆

So Autoshiters assemble! Please can you vote for me? Here is the link:

 

https://thefixitchallenge.wd40.co.uk/voteme/904629/646671516?lc=eng

 

Thanks 😊

I tried to vote but eh Confirm I am not a robot tick box is not appearing for some reason. I turned off the add blocker and allowed cross site cookies to try and resolve the issue. But I failed. Nothing will make the tick box appear. There are a lot of entries. Most (of what I looked at) are have not got a great presentation. Let us know how you get on.

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14 hours ago, Remspoor said:

I tried to vote but eh Confirm I am not a robot tick box is not appearing for some reason. I turned off the add blocker and allowed cross site cookies to try and resolve the issue. But I failed. Nothing will make the tick box appear. There are a lot of entries. Most (of what I looked at) are have not got a great presentation. Let us know how you get on.

Yeah, it's a nightmare to vote! It turns out that you need to use your Facebook ID to let you vote. That probably means you'll get spammed with WD40 adverts!

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11 hours ago, Blake's Den said:

Yeah, it's a nightmare to vote! It turns out that you need to use your Facebook ID to let you vote. That probably means you'll get spammed with WD40 adverts!

I do not do FB.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hello all

Some more small steps have been made with the rust elimination.

I fabricated a repair patch for the boot floor and I tried to make it look as subtle as I could. Not quite a hidden repair but close to it. It will be hidden by the fuel tank anyway.

Just as I was finishing that off I started poking around at some previous accident damage in the boot floor. There was a small pinhole that I’d thought gob a bit of weld on – bad move! The floor disintegrated and the hole got much bigger. So I ended up putting a patch repair on that part too.

I was quite happy with the end result. As I always say, I’m not a professional 😊

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks to all those who watched my last video.  I'm quite enjoying the interaction that YouTube gives. I'm no hub nut (and never will be!) but it is fun watching the comments and likes come in. 

If you haven't already subscribed then I'd appreciate it if you did. It doesn't cost you anything 😁. I'm having a bit of a push to get 500 subscribers for no reason other than it is a round number.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I haven't made much progress lately as I've been busy with other projects. Plus it has been a bit warm.

I had a memory pop up on Facebook saying it had been three years since I last had the mini running. So armed with a homemade temporary fuel tank (the normal one has been removed) I thought I'd see if she'd run. She did and she ran sweetly too. 

Hopefully I'll be making more real progress soon.

 

 

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To my surprise I seem to have hit 500 subscribers! That means that 500 random people actually want to watch videos of me making a mess of fixing things 🤣.

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Thanks to everyone at AS who has subscribed. If you haven't then why not?!

www.youtube.com/c/blakesden

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I watched that. It is great that you are doing some audience participation.

I just wish I could have the same enthusiasm for my Westminster.  I have been doing it bit by bit. I don't have a garage just a bit of land open to everything. The latest rust exploration for me may put an end to the project. I just cant get with it. A complicated section where two box sections join with two diffident floor levels. Hard to access areas which need patching. I cant get much in the way of panels and where I can they are so damn expensive,  plus postage cost.

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46 minutes ago, Remspoor said:

I watched that. It is great that you are doing some audience participation.

I just wish I could have the same enthusiasm for my Westminster.  I have been doing it bit by bit. I don't have a garage just a bit of land open to everything. The latest rust exploration for me may put an end to the project. I just cant get with it. A complicated section where two box sections join with two diffident floor levels. Hard to access areas which need patching. I cant get much in the way of panels and where I can they are so damn expensive,  plus postage cost.

There is no harm in knowing when to stop. I tend to do the work in bursts but it does help having a garage. I'm very lucky in that respect. I've fixed cars on driveways and on the street before and its just no fun.

What I keep telling myself is that I'm nopt Superman. I can't do everything so don't get grumpy when it goes wrong. I'll give it a go and if I succeed then thats a win.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Evening all

I finally made some more progress at the weekend. I've been quite busy the past few weekends so haven't really been able to get into the garage much.

I decided to strip down the rear subframe. As you can see in the video, it was well rotten! It actually didn't look too bad on the Mini but it definitely failed the old screwdriver test. I'm probably going to buy a refurbished one from ADO Equipment and drop that in. My radius arms are both OK and I'll rebuild the brakes before re-assembly.

I’m looking forward to doing the mechanical bits more than I was for the bodywork. I've still got a few little bits of welding to do on the body but I've definitely broken the back of it.

 

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1 hour ago, Remspoor said:

Got there in the end a few hours ago.

Yep a subframe like Swiss cheese it looks like the end of that one. Nice change of wardrobe part way through. 😁

Well done on spotting the continuity error! I started off in the overall but got too hot, hence the costume change 😅

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