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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:51 pm

Thanks! That's the problem. Shipping prices out to South Africa are insane on some parts. I might be able to get one locally if I have a little bit of luck with a second hand parts supplier for local Minis. So, hold thumbs Very Happy 
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:34 pm

This what I did to the arches to make them fit the bumpers of the car.

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Had to slot and file away at the lower front section.

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Had to just file away so it fits nicely.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:38 pm

Fitted the bootlid up today :



Still need to fit the seal, but it should be fine for the paint shop.
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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:07 pm

your bootlid fits better than mine (on Rusty) - I'm jealous! Very Happy
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:25 pm

It is a nice tight fit Smile Except it sits a little high on the driver's side, but I can live with that (I think).
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:19 pm

Not much in the way of progress, been trying to make some headway with the bumper and spoiler to line up. Rather than get irritated about it, I left it for a little and went and did some work on it today. It'll be going back to the paint shop next weekend for some touch ups, a polish and the roof to be done in a pearl to match the body, just have to decide what colour to go for.

Got these today :

998 Cooper speedo :



Early 'S' rearview mirror :



Got them for some good prices too.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:03 pm

Gave the parts a bit of a clean up. Didn't want to make a big job of it, I like the patina that they have about them as is.





What the gauge pod now looks like :



And a vacuum gauge my brother gave me :



Last few things to do on the fiberglass items and then give the car a good clean and she's ready for the paint shop.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:43 pm

This is what the front spoiler looks like now. You can see the cutouts for the number plate brackets and the extension pieces for the over riders. I think I'm going to make it black, but can't decide between satin or gloss black :



This is what the bumpers currently look like. Managed to straighten the front one out as best I can, but you can still see how bashed up it is. I need to give them a proper polish, new rubber strips and some paint underneath.

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Rear :





Will update with some pictures soon.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:14 pm

Polished up the chrome on the bumpers.

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After :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:36 pm

This is what the front bumper looks like now :



It's pretty much as good as I'm going to get it. Fingerprints are going to be the death of me!
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Post  humph on Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:57 pm

Looks great, job well done. Remember your car is nearly 50 years old, it's patina is part of it's character and history, don't make it too perfect or you'll lose that history.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:59 pm

humph wrote:Looks great, job well done.  Remember your car is nearly 50 years old, it's patina is part of it's character and history, don't make it too perfect or you'll lose that history.

That's the thing I love about it. It'll never be perfect. The idea that each part has it's own history is what I want. Smile
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:08 pm

Had someone come and sort out the little bit of seam seal on the fender today. She'll be going for definite this Friday. Flatted the arches and spoiler this afternoon - they'll be painted the same colour as the car to make it easier. Also, the roof is more than likely going to be a Toyota or Mazda pearl white to match the blue.

Hopefully I'll get something back, that I've had made for the car, in this week or next.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:23 pm

So she went in this afternoon to the sprayers, will be going tomorrow to help them out. I didn't get a picture of the car on the trailer unfortunately. I also might have to settle for a plain metallic colour at the moment as they're struggling a bit with the pearls.

Here's the seam seal :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:28 pm

She had some work done on her this morning. Fixed up the main area which was the front fender and then the dashboard. Did a few touch ups here and there.





The front fender before :



The front fender after :



Also got some colour on the arches and spoiler (the booth was dark by then, sorry for the bad quality) :





Needs a good cut and polish now! Yet to decide on the roof situation though.
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Post  SAMK3 on Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:17 pm

Looking great.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:40 pm

Thanks Mark Smile
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:48 pm

Went and had a look at the car today. The polishing has made a real difference - nice and deep now. The arches look good too! Hopefully I get my made up bits next week.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:30 am

Forgot I had these extensions, so slipped them on last night :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:07 pm

Got a box today :



And this came out of the box :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:40 pm

And she's back home :





Just have to get the arches and spoiler back on Saturday after a polish.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:09 pm

So I had a few minutes after studying today to fit the tail lights :



Forgotten how good her bum looked :



She needs a really good wash and a vacuum now, then I can start adding some bits here and there in my free time.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:51 pm

Bought some replacement over riders for the rear bumper. They're much better than the originals :



As as some replacement refectors. Now I can pick and choose between these and mine :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Nov 01, 2014 8:29 pm

Well, the front bumper and four reflectors are on, but it got dark, so no picture. The plan is to get the rear bumper on tomorrow with the new over riders etc. Looks like nothing has been done though . . .
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:16 pm

Fitted up the bumpers and got everything bolted up. Used brand new bolts and cleaned up the originals on the over riders :





Also fitted up the correct reflectors in their holes, as well as a new and correct boot rubber.
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