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Elfie Resurrection

Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:33 pm

Time to show Elfie as she is now.
Once i dig out some old photo's and scan them i'll show how she was before 15yrs of neglect.
I stripped her down intending to start some work but i'm moving house now and need to get her drivable. Suspect 
I was given Elfie in the '80s and then my skills weren't what they are now lol.
I do laugh when i see the first welding i did on her.

Obviously needs the front panel fixing.
The funny thing is the part that Catmint does is mostly fine on mine although the slam panel is a bit twisted,think it's had a minor impact at some point.
It's the corners and below the bumper that needs replacing.
The drivers wing was replaced 20yrs ago and you can see where i didn't paint it properly and it's got a lot of surface rust.
Also i repaired (badly) where the wing meets the valence and then never painted it!! Rolling Eyes 
The passenger wing is original,gone where it meets the valence.





The sides are fine as i did the inner and outer sills,door step panel years ago and DID paint lol.
Also the rear quarter panel was done along with the subframe mounts.





Again i did a lot of work in the boot and painted it but not enough paint to stop water getting through.

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Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:02 pm

Very dirty interior.
Again another thing i regret is starting on sorting a little surface rust in the guttering but not finishing the job. Rolling Eyes 



Dirty lol.
It's funny how the head is painted nicely (under the dirt).
When i was given her she was running on 3 cylinders and the previous owner didn't even know!
"I though it was supposed to be like that"!! Suspect 
Pup,pup,pup lol.
I reconned the head and replaced a valve that had a 1/4 missing haha.
I also fixed a rumbling clutch throw out bearing and stuck on an Alternator.
I didn't trust Dynamos. Laughing 





Wee hole by top shock stiffner and knackered lower inner wing.
Thankfully 99% of the rust on the bulkhead is just on the surface.
Should clean up fine.







A wee repair i did for the previous owner (around 1982) on the inner wing/valence complete with Blue Hammerite paint lol.
These were the days before Halfords did rattle cans of the the right colour code.
Anyone have any ideas what the 4 holes on the inner wing where for?
Are they original?
I've seen these on other '60s Minis.



Again just surface rust thankfully.



That bit broken through the double skin on the right will need fixing.
I do intend to stick shocks on the front to help with pitching.

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Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:25 pm

Hurrah,no rot up here. cheers 
My '89 Mini 30 is rotted through here.
I think the '60s BMC were built better than Rover stuff.
The metal seems thinner on the 30 too.
Again it looks like a repair to the shock mount and that other middle panel is in order along with that wee bit up to the right






Haha.
This is where the fun begins lol.
More lovely blue Hammerite on the right hand side. Laughing 
That horrible mess on the drivers footwell is where the brake master cylinder leaked whilst sat up and just spread out and took all the paint off and then rusted.
This is where i replaced the floor with an "Authentic Austin Rover" panel.
Was the only thing i could get 30yrs ago and was just a rubbish flat panel. Rolling Eyes 
Also the drivers air vent just plated up in a rubbish way.
The nice hole where the passenger air vent was i covered in gaffa tape lol.
Well i was only 18 lol. pirat 


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Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:59 pm

Now this work was done after i had done a full nut and bolt restoration on my old '75 1275GT.
And after i had found out about Mini Machine.
They had a Mini bodyshell made up of different coloured panels that they made all pop riveted together that they took to Mini shows like Stanford Hall.
I was blown away by the great stuff they were knocking out.
AND how they were supposed to be fitted together properly.
To any young members here,you are so lucky to have the internet etc as a source of information and the plethora of companies supplying parts.
But there was FAR more NOS stuff available then i suppose. bounce 
Anyway.
Here i tried to fit proper panels but didn't dress the welds very well and didn't seam seal them so this will need some remedial work to put right.
But i suppose i should be thankful it's in pretty good nick really.






This i am happy with as i can't even see where the welds are. Very Happy 
The crossmember was welded through from below.
This i did spray properly.
Somewhere i have photo's of it all being welded up,primered and top coats.

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Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:15 pm

Yuk yuk yuk lol.
Nice crappy patch on inner wing just stuck on and welded.




Should be a nice easy job to fix this.
Just need to remember NOT to angle grind through the Hydro pipe lol. Twisted Evil 



More yuk.
This inner sill is original but another simple repair.
I will open up the outer sill to get into under the crossmember to clean that up where the brake fluid seeped.



Ah that's where the weld on the passenger side is. Surprised 



Mm.
Bit of a mess here to clean up.
Well the moral of the story is DONT leave yer Mini sitting for 15yrs with Master Cylinders full of fluid waiting for the seals to perish!!! Evil or Very Mad 



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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:30 pm

Really do like this car - it's all there and it's a good project base. Good luck Smile What are your long term plans for the car?
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Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:46 pm

Hi Jared.
Well i'm trying to get it from Scotland to Ireland at the mo.
So i want to get it running and brakes working so i can trailer it properly.
The last time it was trailered it was damaged,bumpers all bent up. Evil or Very Mad 
Once settled into it's new home i am looking at getting it MOT'd.
It doesn't look it but very little needs doing to make it road worthy.
Subframes and mounts are fine.
Brakes are fine,just need master cylinders et c.
If it's running i can use it for a bit then do a bit more work on her.
Obviously at some point the engines coming out and the bulkhead/front done etc.
But if it's a runner it will get done rather than sitting lonely in a shed.
I can do all the work myself.
It will be a long road till at some point it will be ready for a complete respray but it will get there now i'm selling all my other cars apart from my daily driver. cheers 

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Post  Raggerty on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:59 pm

There's a funny story behind these repairs,done in the mid '80s,and NOT something i'd recommend doing by the way lol.
I'd cut out the rust where the subframe sits below the rear seat,had me tea and then prepared to travel from Cambridge to London,down the M11 in my 1275GT.
The GT threw a wobbly at the idea of going to the Smoke so i decided to go down in Elfie.
I stuffed plastic bags in the gaps where you could see the ground to stop water coming in and set off.
Once on the North Circular my rear exhaust bracket broke and as i was bouncing along at 70mph sparks were flying with 2 miles to go.
I got pulled fast by Mr Plod.
He approached me looking very serious.
Reached into his pocket and pulled out a large knife!!! What a Face 
Then out of his other pocket he produced a length of string. Very Happy 
God i was so worried he'd see the ground from inside the car!
"There you go lad" he said and drove off.
Phew!!!
Anyway.....
Not very tidy repairs but it's solid.
At some point down the road i might fit a whole new boot floor and fit it with a spot welder just to make it look good.
Thankfully none of this has deteriorated over the years,just a bit dirty.



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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:57 pm

A car with a story Smile
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Post  Raggerty on Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:45 pm

Yeah,loads of good memories with the old girl.
Time for some loving for her now though. Very Happy
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:43 pm

Raggerty wrote:Yeah,loads of good memories with the old girl.
Time for some loving for her now though. Very Happy

I'll probably also get to that stage with my car one day. Smile 
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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:49 am

great set of pictures - keep up the good work chum  Very Happy
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