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Old 24-06-2010, 08:49 PM   #76
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Hi,

That looks bang on mate!

Good luck with getting it finished.

Take it easy

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Old 28-06-2010, 07:03 PM   #77
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Well, here it is, done and finished and stuff, alongside the Missus' pride and joy.





















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Old 28-06-2010, 09:35 PM   #78
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Great that you've got it finished mate, if i'm honest i don't like the arches but that may be only me but as long as your happy with it that's all that matters. It's your car at the end of the day. Other than that i like it a lot .
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Old 29-06-2010, 10:43 AM   #79
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You're not the first to dislike the arches to be honest. At the end of the day though, I just needed it to be road legal, and I like miglia arches so I had these made for me. They're not 100% how I'd envisaged them, but you can't have everything!

Besides, I didn't build it to look nice, I built it to drive it!!!!
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Old 29-06-2010, 11:04 AM   #80
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Those arches would look loads better if you put an slight angle at the front like miglia arches. Same sort of angle as the back of the front arches. Other than that it looks very tidy. well done.
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Old 29-06-2010, 11:36 AM   #81
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Those arches would look loads better if you put an slight angle at the front like miglia arches. Same sort of angle as the back of the front arches. Other than that it looks very tidy. well done.
i agree.....but hey it's your car and if your happy with it then don't listen to peeps...maybe something to look at and improve on later on in the year
looks nice tho... enjoy...
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Old 29-06-2010, 04:52 PM   #82
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I did actually think about putting an angle on them - they're aluminium so I can cut them with the tin snips easy enough so I'm may well do that later on.

For now though, I'm just looking forward to taxing it on Thursday and then going out and kicking its head in!!!
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Old 29-06-2010, 11:21 PM   #83
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You could try some black tape on the arch to give an idea of what it will look like. Change it until you're happy and when you are then you'll already have a line to cut to. The equivalent to 'measure twice cut once'
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Old 30-06-2010, 08:12 AM   #84
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It's a nice car and very clean conversion...if you like the arches keep them
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:57 PM   #85
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Taxed, filled with fuel, driven, alternator fail, new alternator, fitted, win!

All going well, one small coolant leak but I can sort it easy. Drives exceptionally well, is quick enough to be entertaining (at least for now) and is a damn sight quieter than it was with the A Series!!!!
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:24 PM   #86
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Well, after putting some miles on it, and ironing out a few bugs, I'm happy to say the Mini is running extremely well and is definitely going to the showdown this weekend.

It drives far better than any Mini I've had previously and my ears no longer bleed whenever I drive it!
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:25 PM   #87
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Well done, Now you can rest and enjoy driving it!
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Old 16-07-2010, 01:11 PM   #88
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What colour paint is this? Its a really nice silver, not to shiny
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Old 17-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #89
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Believe it or not, its Hammerite smooth silver!!! Mixed 2:1 with Hammerite thinners and sprayed from a gun.

I did it because its mega easy to paint with, doesn't require any primers, and will keep the rust at bay. Plus, its different!


After the comments regarding the arches, and looking at the car more myself, and the other cars at the Showdown, I've decided to change the look of the car again as I'm just not happy with it. I'm going to ditch the silly offset Wellers, and stick a set of Metro 6 spokes on with either group 5's or Sportspack arches and then drop it a bit lower. Might be a little while before I can do this though, as first I have to actually find a cheap set of 6 spokes which seems to be quite difficult!
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Old 20-07-2010, 04:54 PM   #90
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With the impending MOT, and with 500 or so miles done on the car, I decided that it was time for a general check over.

So I took today to do a spanner check - checked over all the bits that have been changed with this build and retightened all subframe mounts, engine mounts, suspension, brakes etc. Whilst at it I checked that all the lights are still working properly, and finally put my decals on my switch panel so that its clear what the switches do without having to remember!!! I also fitted the essential final MOT bits that I always neglect when I first put the car back together - the horn (a new one, as the old one was cracked and had got water logged so was more of a squeak than a honk!), and also refitted and plumbed the windscreen washer bottle.

I also fixed something thats been annoying me for ages - since refitting my windscreen last year with new seal and locking strip, its never quite sealed properly in the corners - a lot of people use sealant on them but I've never had to in the past so didn't bother this time. Because of that, I've always have a bit of a drip on the drivers side onto the dash and then down onto the floor. Upon close inspection, it was clear that it was coming between the windscreen and the rubber, rather than the rubber and the body, so I've completely sealed the windscreen in all the way round with Sikaflex - no way is that leaking any more!

So, MOT on Monday - fingers crossed!
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