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Pooky67

543 posts

45 months

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Wednesday 18th July 2012 quote quote all
Or those bolts with LED's in them? I have used them on my Mini in the past. They do keep the lid much tidier.

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Wednesday 18th July 2012 quote quote all
Bolts with led's in them for holding the number plate on is what I'm planning to do.

c00mes

5 posts

27 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
loving your project very useful any new updates?

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Not much to report between getting my daily driver ready for an mot and a couple of lads weekends away I haven't had much time on the mini. I will get back to it this weekend though so there should be more to report then.

c00mes

5 posts

27 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
hi,
i have just got some hinges very similar to yours mine are off an e39 but they are really stiff and feel like the pressure in the gas part is to high?
when you fitted yours can you close them easy when the front is not attached as mine are really hard and just spring open again???
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RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
There almost impossible to shut without having something attached to them. You need to remember that it's all about leverage with them.

c00mes

5 posts

27 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
oh ok cheers, sorry im a bit of a novice at all this smile

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
No problem if you dont ask you will never know. Be prepared for a steep learning curve though its a fairly tricky job for a novice.

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
A bit of work done today.

Fabricated and tacked in the finishing pieces for the inner wings. I will weld them in fully tomorrow.


04/08/12.8 by russell.grant, on Flickr


04/08/12.7 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Then I decided to rub down the wheel arches and filler primer them, before test fitting them to the car.


04/08/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


04/08/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


04/08/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr


04/08/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Then finally cut the front arches .


04/08/12.5 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Sunday 5th August 2012 quote quote all
Today I added a couple of extra hidden fixing points to the front wheel arches where they are cut to allow the front to fold up.
Then I drilled the holes for the side repeater wiring and sat them roughly in place to check how they look.


05/08/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


05/08/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Next I finished the inner wings and dressed everything off ready for spraying with stonechip.


05/08/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr


05/08/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr

Then the inside of the front end got the same treatment in preparation to stonechip that as well.


05/08/12.5 by russell.grant, on Flickr

miniman

17,091 posts

148 months

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Sunday 5th August 2012 quote quote all
Too late to rethink those repeaters?

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Sunday 5th August 2012 quote quote all
miniman said:
Too late to rethink those repeaters?
No it's not a big job to move or change them. Just haven't been able to think of anything better.

miniman

17,091 posts

148 months

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Sunday 5th August 2012 quote quote all
RussellG said:
miniman said:
Too late to rethink those repeaters?
No it's not a big job to move or change them. Just haven't been able to think of anything better.
They just seem so "aftermarket" compared to the hand-crafted feel of everything else. Could you build something subtle into the wing mirrors?

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
I ordered the side repeaters with the intention of hacking them up and modifying the to look more of a custom fit into the arches. But when they arrived I discovered there wasn't much I could do to them. I might revisit them at a later date in the hope I come up with a better idea

guru_1071

2,584 posts

120 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
russ


please throw those side repeaters away, they look terrible!!!

i think id either use the std rover ones, or the earlier 1100 special ones (which stand more proud, might not suit your car)

FWDRacer

3,261 posts

110 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
The car is looking great. Do not fook it up by using those hideous side repeaters. OEM all the way.

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Sunday 12th August 2012 quote quote all
Over indulging yesterday at the races meant that I didnt get into the garage till mid afternoon today, but I did managed to get the bulkhead, frontend & a few other bits and pieces prepared and stonechipped up ready for paint.

Some Before Pictures


12/08/12.1 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.2 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.3 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.4 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.5 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.6 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.7 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.8 by russell.grant, on Flickr


RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Sunday 12th August 2012 quote quote all
Now the after pictures


12/08/12.9 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.10 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.11 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.12 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.13 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.14 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.15 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.16 by russell.grant, on Flickr


12/08/12.17 by russell.grant, on Flickr

RussellG

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590 posts

71 months

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Sunday 12th August 2012 quote quote all
I also had a new idea for the side repeaters, something a bit more custom that should look a lot better. But I wont say anymore till I try and make what I need first incase it doesnt turn out how I imangine.

guru_1071

2,584 posts

120 months

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Monday 13th August 2012 quote quote all
russ

i hope your going to shorten those cage bolts!

the ones in the rear arches will catch the tyres and the ones on the floor can cause some real damage if you catch them on a kerb

ideally there should be no thread stuck out the nut
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