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  • evenbiggerdave
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    So now......front subframe bolted on at bottom.....but nothing to support the turrets. For the time being, I just tacked some 6mm plated triangles in to hold it square.



    Rear end.....



    Got the diff in place, mainly tacked, some strong welds in there too. All 26mm 3mm wall tube for this. Chopped the mg shafts, and got rid of un necessary brackets. Then tried it in the car. Made mounts for the bottom just like the front ones



    Fits well!! Extended the wheel base 2” front and rear! Front was for the steering to clear and the rear for a tiny bit more leg room. I’m 6’7”! [emoji23] this will help with handling too.

    Time to tie it all in to the cage



    well chuffed how it came out! Neat, square, nearly symmetrical haha!

    Ready to weld it in properly now!! Made some floor spreader plates out of 5mm plate I think, welded them in, and welded the main hoop to the 3mm 100x50mm box cross member





    Hard work welding thick to thin, but not much of it to do!
    Added the floor bar in that ties to the front subframe mounts as I mentioned earlier



    and then ran thru to the turrets too. These are cut thru and tacked at mo (not in pic), as I need to put a plate/flange type affair in so that the front subframe can still be unbolted





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  • evenbiggerdave
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    Stripped the mg, that was then put in the bin



    I kept the engine for a few weeks, was 45k, auto, ran a treat, but no one wanted it, so that went in the bin too [emoji23]

    Then offered the subframes up.....this took some thinking! Mounts, widths, steering, ride height etc! And how to tie it all in to the frame



    The 16’s are only on til I get some 15’s/14’s.

    The mini is pretty wide now!! Had to chop the original bits out that the towers bolted thru, they were in the way, I will box it up at a later date.

    I then decided I had better do the floors, inner and outer sills, and door frames! Took it over my mates and cracked on! Should’ve done this before anything, but no, I got excited and wanted to do the cage [emoji849]









    I have more welding pics, but you all own minis, I’m sure you’ve seen replacement panels before! [emoji16]

    Got her home, then used the measurements and made the bottom rear mounts for the front subframe.



    The mounts are shaped to the originals, and they fit well! Captive nuts welded in, then welded and panelled in to the floor. I will box the front in when I roll it back on it’s side



    Quite chuffed with these! The cage is followed thru to the floor (pics later on) to aid strength. Bearing in mind, I think there bout 30hours in so far [emoji1360]



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  • evenbiggerdave
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    So then whilst it was in bits, I had the not so clever idea to build a cage/start the space frame!!







    Really chuffed with it......but the engine wouldn’t then fit because of the x brace [emoji849] more fool me for trying to get ahead!!

    So chopped it up



    I then went parts shopping









    Ended up with a chain driven Sierra cossie lsd, 2 injected blackbird engines (with looms, clocks, 3 manifolds amongst more) and a mgtf for the subframes! This enables a wide track, coil suspension, discs all round, and rear drive


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    Blackbird turbo powered mini

    Hi guys. Been a while since I’ve been in here, but bought another mini (missed my XE one). Plan is the title, cbr1100xx engine, turbo, space frame.....rwd!

    I won’t bother chatting too much unless it’s relevant, and please don’t slate my build, I’m just here to share it, an maybe give others ideas [emoji1360]

    So, I bought a 1983 mini 998, called Mable!!



    As you can see, she’s a little worse for wear....not the nice red one [emoji23]



    I then took it home, stripped it, and cut out the floor (ready for the engine) I mainly used a grinder and a sawzall, just for the rough hole






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