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Mini Rebuild

 

Step 56 - Re-assembly continues

 

There isn't a lot of visible progress. I've spent a considerable amount of time working on things that just don't seem like much or aren't visible. Things like rust-proofing hard-to-reach areas. Minis are full of them. I've also got a number of holes that either were there when I bought the car or that I drilled for some unknown reason, and they need filling.

 

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Progress! The rear bumper is on.

 

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The taillights are in.

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The door cards and door bin liners are installed. If I ever need to install Mk1 door cards again I will sawzall the door skins off to make room, then repair all the damage. It truly would be easier than any other conceivable method. Pure hell.

 

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This is the start of the sixth take on seat brackets. Yes, sixth. Getting the seat exactly positioned and with mounts that are up to the task has taken a while. I think I've got it figured out this time.

 

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The pedal cage is in and although just as ugly as before, it is far more secure. It took lots of time but I've managed to bolt the cage to the front bulkhead. I am hoping the entire assembly will have less flex than before. I'll know once the brake system is complete. I'm also working on installing my throttle pivot.

 

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Here you can see I'm working on getting the fuel tanks installed and setup.

 

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This shot shows the rough, matte finish of the LizardSkin coating. It really needs to be covered as it isn't very abrasion resistant. I'm looking into my options there.

You can also see the backside of the fiberglass cover I made for the rear seatback. The cardboard cover that is normally there aren't readily available. Now I just need to paint this one.

 

I've also installed the battery bulkhead connector. More on that later.

 

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I've test-fit the seats. I think they are going to work.

 

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Here is a terrible photo of one of the seat rail mounts. I'll try to get some better photos later, perhaps after they are powdercoated.

 

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I am only test-fitting the floor plates and throttle pedal here but I'm getting close.

 

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This photo shows three things - I've opened up a D-shaped hole on the passenger side of the front panel to match the one on the driver's side. The original is to assist with extracting hot air from the radiator out of the LF wheelwell. I don't know why I wouldn't want additional cooling for the brakes on the passenger side so there you have it. Of course after I finished I held up the front grille and the way it is built it completely blocks the holes on both sides! I'll be trimming that next I suppose.

 

I've also re-opened the hole on the driver's side of the firewall. The steering brace clamp cannot fit onto the rollcage and still clear the firewall so something had to give. I'll work on closing this hole back up with a blister shaped piece of sheetmetal soon.

 

Finally, you will notice the black bolt jutting out of the bulkhead. That is one of the new mounting points for the pedal cage.

 

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Here I've test-fit the rear subframe and exhaust while I begin sorting out the new rigid fuel lines that I am about to install. I've already begun compiling a new list of fittings I need to order. I've had to choose between mounting the fuel lines inside the passenger compartment (something I seen done quite frequently but that I will never consider), running them in the exhaust tunnel or hanging beneath the passenger floor. Although I run the risk of passing too much heat from the exhaust to the fuel I have decided the lines will go in the tunnel. I'd rather work around any heat issues than run the risk of the lines being crushed or ripped open by California's rapidly-deteriorating and trash-strewn roads.

 

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I've also mounted the rear coilovers. Just another tiny piece of the puzzle.

 

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