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1984 Mini City E - ready to de-engine


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My first mini was a 1275GT. An early one from 1972, K.reg. It had 10 inch wheels with a remote servo and disc brakes. Paid 50 quid for it but spent more than that  with Avenue Panels over a few weeks buying all the replacement panels it needed. This was in the days before MIG welders so Saturday afternoons after work I'd drag the Oxy-Acetylene bottles out of the workshop and practice gas welding the new panels onto the mini. 

When I eventually scrapped the car I kept the driveshafts, hub assemblies, discs and calipers and the servo. The wheels went on my next clubman. Twenty years later I listed these parts on Ebay and they sold for more than what the car cost me over the years back in the 80's.

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1 minute ago, meggersdog said:

My first mini was a 1275GT. An early one from 1972, K.reg. It had 10 inch wheels with a remote servo and disc brakes. Paid 50 quid for it but spent more than that  with Avenue Panels over a few weeks buying all the replacement panels it needed. This was in the days before MIG welders so Saturday afternoons after work I'd drag the Oxy-Acetylene bottles out of the workshop and practice gas welding the new panels onto the mini. 

When I eventually scrapped the car I kept the driveshafts, hub assemblies, discs and calipers and the servo. The wheels went on my next clubman. Twenty years later I listed these parts on Ebay and they sold for more than what the car cost back in the 80's.

My 1275GT was an H-reg but unlike you I sold the lot including the cool 10" four spokes for £300 after it had been left rusting in a field. I bloody loved that car. 

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It is good to see another mini on these pages. I've got a thread for my 1989 Austin Mini Designer project.

It all looks saveable to me, every panel is available but the price soon ticks up. I've used heritage panels where they are on show (sills, wing, wheel arch) but for the floor and inner sills I used the magnum ones. I just couldn't justify hacking a heritage panel in half given the cost of them.

Not sure about the rear subframe, it looks like it came off the titanic! 

I agree with keeping it standard, thats what I'm doing with my '89 Designer and '97 Cooper.  I really enjoy seeing the original cars at the mini shows. Yes, you could put a 1380cc A series in it or a fireblade engine but that has been done many times before by nearly everyone. The number of unmodified mini's is actually quite small and I believe that they retain their original ethos of cheap but fun transport.

Good luck :-)

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3 hours ago, Blake's Den said:

It is good to see another mini on these pages. I've got a thread for my 1989 Austin Mini Designer project.

It all looks saveable to me, every panel is available but the price soon ticks up. I've used heritage panels where they are on show (sills, wing, wheel arch) but for the floor and inner sills I used the magnum ones. I just couldn't justify hacking a heritage panel in half given the cost of them.

Not sure about the rear subframe, it looks like it came off the titanic! 

I agree with keeping it standard, thats what I'm doing with my '89 Designer and '97 Cooper.  I really enjoy seeing the original cars at the mini shows. Yes, you could put a 1380cc A series in it or a fireblade engine but that has been done many times before by nearly everyone. The number of unmodified mini's is actually quite small and I believe that they retain their original ethos of cheap but fun transport.

Good luck :-)

Completely agree, and thanks for your videos - I've really enjoyed the ones on your rusty Designer!

Given I've got sills and floorpans to do, which do you do first? Work from the outside in, or floors first and work outwards?

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8 hours ago, meggersdog said:

My first mini was a 1275GT. An early one from 1972, K.reg. It had 10 inch wheels with a remote servo and disc brakes. Paid 50 quid for it but spent more than that  with Avenue Panels over a few weeks buying all the replacement panels it needed. This was in the days before MIG welders so Saturday afternoons after work I'd drag the Oxy-Acetylene bottles out of the workshop and practice gas welding the new panels onto the mini. 

When I eventually scrapped the car I kept the driveshafts, hub assemblies, discs and calipers and the servo. The wheels went on my next clubman. Twenty years later I listed these parts on Ebay and they sold for more than what the car cost me over the years back in the 80's.

My first car was a 1976 Harvest Gold 1275GT, fitted with Denovo run flat wheels and tyres, a walnut dash and a Webasto sunroof, purchased in c1991 for £100.

That’s me on the left.

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20 hours ago, Blake's Den said:

Not sure about the rear subframe, it looks like it came off the titanic! 

Given some of the Mini Rear Subframes I was asked to "just weld up quickly" in the late 90's/early'00s, that one looks astonishingly good.

You can look at it and say "yes, it's a mini rear subframe" rather than "what's that pile of rust supposed to be?"

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This looks very similar to the 79 I picked up about 6 weeks ago. I am yet to do anything with it though as the damned MGF I currently have is stealing all my time. Im also hoping to go for the rough and ready look. I love seeing original old Minis looking like theyve just survived the savaging of time. Most are too shiny and modified nowadays.

Good luck with that roof. I hate doing roof welding...

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22 hours ago, Peter C said:

My first car was a 1976 Harvest Gold 1275GT, fitted with Denovo run flat wheels and tyres, a walnut dash and a Webasto sunroof, purchased in c1991 for £100.

That’s me on the left.

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Corr..... that gleam in your eye matches mine when I stuck the key into MrGetz, to drive off 'the lot'!

*steaming pile/pocket rocket with some 'retro charm'!

Nice MiNi, m9

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On 10/1/2023 at 5:33 PM, N Dentressangle said:

Completely agree, and thanks for your videos - I've really enjoyed the ones on your rusty Designer!

Given I've got sills and floorpans to do, which do you do first? Work from the outside in, or floors first and work outwards?

Floor first as you need that to attach the inner and outer sill to.  Get the strength back into the floorpan then you have a good starting point for the rest of it.

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