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Such a good read once all my mods are done I need to take away all the trims off and detail mine properly

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Sunny day today so winter hibernation was interrupted


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I had to replace the MSD ignition coil as number 4 had failed on the original unit, I've also been trying my best to carbon skin the External A pillars, still a little rework to do before I can test fit to the car.


I forgot to turn the car over for a period of 4 weeks and the battery went flat, after fighting to get into the boot (pre facelift without the release handle). I noticed some surface rust in the battery storage area after removing the battery, so removed all that, applied bilt hammer rust converter, and then painted and applied generous amounts of cavity wax, also repainted the bracket.


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.... like the wheels....

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How things escalate?


I purchased a new front bumper lower grille insert to replace my cracked original, removed the bumper and didn't particularly like some of the things I saw on a 14 year old car.


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Crash beam removed and all cabling was wrapped in cloth tape.


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Both horns were extremely corroded


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Rust removed


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All nuts and bolts that were visible were removed cleaned up and reattached with lithium grease.


Rusty and rotten clips were replaced with BMW originals


The lower part of the bumper had plenty of scratches and stone chips.


Prepared for paint


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Primed


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Colour and lacquer applied


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I'll let the paint and lacquer dry for the next week, then I'll flat in back, Polish and reassemble the bumper with the new grille insert and put it back on the car

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How did you get the corrosion off the horns?


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How did you get the corrosion off the horns?


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With a wire brush, 200 grit wet and dry and a lot of elbow grease.


Finished off with Bilt hammer hydrate 80.


http://www.bilthamber.com/corrosion-protection-and-rust-treatments/hydrate-80

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All back together now, I had to respray the lower bumper section again as the paint match was too light, so I purchased the paint from the dealers.


I painted the M7 air divertor whilst is was off the car and upper bumper brackets


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Also managed to get a brand new set of petrol injectors off eBay for a ridiculously low price. The existing items were in solid after 14 years of use.


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Whilst in there I changed the rusty c-clips and petrol injector bolts for stainless items.


I went back to OEM intercooler boots and spayed the clamps with high temperature engine paint


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All back together


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The diamond cut edge on the Rota RB's was starting to annoy me a little they pick up surface corrosion very easily. I have had them powder coated and sprayed Black Chrome.


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Next up will be these Cravenspeed strut tower indurators. Purchased second hand needed some work to get them ready for installation.


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Painted with some home made gaskets


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To be installed with these parts, 14 years worth of corrosion is being removed.


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I like the attention your paying to this, it makes it one well looked after MINI :good:

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The Cravenspeed under tower indurators have now been installed, with all rotten BMW original parts replaced also, I had the top mounts replaced when the coiloves were installed.


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After


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Due to having an upper strut brace fitted, I had to replace the top mount bolts with extended stainless items.


I've continued replacing all the rotten clips and bolts I can get access to behind the front and rear bumpers (I'm trying some plastic 10mm nut and bolts originally intended for number plates.


Next up will be the rotten fuel tank cradle, which is a little more complicated than I originally thought, it will need the exhaust and central heat shield removing, no good for me rolling about on the floor. Booked in for two weeks time to get replaced.


Current condition


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New item with another two coats of paint and two coats of lacquer (the original paint was already chipped on delivery)


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Front wheel arch surface rust


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80 grit emery paper and a flap wheel removed the vast proportion, deep pitting was treated with Bilthammer rust killer.


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Painted with a touch up brush and at least 3 coats of cavity wax.


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Whilst I was in there I replaced the brake caliper stickers and touched them up and re-lacquered.


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All back together


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I have also replaced the long since departed engine bay stickers


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Fuel tank cradle replaced


Old

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New

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Finally completed the carbon skinning of the external A pillar covers, they are not perfect, I'll test fit once the lacquer is cured fully, then flatted back and polished, and then I'll decide if I am happy with them.


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Ever since I bought the car nearly nine years ago the the cylinder head cover bolt condition had been an annoyance, eventually replaced them all today.


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Ive a huge dislike for rusty/marked bolts too [usermention=265]@RT2002MCS[/usermention] , if only i could change them all to coloured titanium ;)

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All things Mini, using spare parts knocking around I've made this (£3.50 for the end of line hooks at B & Q)


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New polished aluminium front speaker bezels installed, took the opportunity to repaint them as well


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Installed

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Mileage milestone reached also

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Brake servo starting to show its age


Rust removed with 60 grit emery cloth


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Primed and painted

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Engine bay all back together

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Eventually started the restoration of the underside of the rear of the car.


Donor parts have either been sourced or are in the process of being found, they will be shot blasted and then painted before installation on the car, with the existing rotten parts being recycled.


Started with the control arms

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Bushes being pressed out

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Shot blasted

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Primed with zinc rich paint, then primed and painted and laquered (BMW bright red)

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Ready to be installed with powerflex bushes and placed on the car

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Rear sub frame waiting to be shot blasted, just waiting on delivery next week on the trailing arms

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Started on the restoration of the underside of the car also, this is the current status of the rear end with the bumper, crash beam arch liners and arches removed to ensure better access

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This is what I am faced with on a 15 year old BMW Mini, not too bad but if I leave it the rust will only spread and cause no end of issues later.

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The rear drivers side arch with 15 years of dirt removed.

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Rust removed from seams, spot welds and mating areas, using a dremmel and flap wheels in a drill.

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Zinc primer applied

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Masked up for seam sealer

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Seam sealer applied

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Stonechip painted on

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Top coat applied

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Whilst I had some red paint left, I have repainted my lower omp strut brace, it was in a rather bad state.image_zpszlbixcnm.jpegLINK_TEXT><e>

After zinc primer, primer, top coat and laquer.

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Completed the drivers side rear arch everything back together with a generous coating of Dynax UC cavity wax.

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Started on the passenger side rear arch, all the rust spots marked out. (Spot welds, captive nuts and seams)

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Ground back (Dremel then decided to burn the motor out) and zinc rich primer applied.

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Seam sealer and then Stonechip coating applied

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Top coat applied and left to dry before putting everything back and applying cavity wax

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This is what started all this off, the battery box, lots of surface rust on the seams, ground back, primed with zinc rich paint and then a lot of seam sealer applied and left to dry for next weekend.

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This was during the grinding

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I then thought bollocks I may as well sort out the area behind the crash beam.

Rust spots sanded away

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The whole area was then cleaned and keyed and masked up, ready for seam sealer and zinc rich primer.

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Fully coated in stonechip

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Top coat and clear coat

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Back together waiting for the crash beam to dry, yes I've cleaned that up and painted it also. I will also need to cover the drivers side box section, where the duct tape was hanging off, sprayed cavity wax in the exposed box sections. I replaced the rusted and rotten fixing screws (Cotswold mini quick delivery)

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Nice work, you're certainly putting the effort in fella. It should hopefully help it go the extra mile (or two) [emoji1303]

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Battery box being painted (the run is no longer there)


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Trailing arm and coil over removed


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What I had to contend with next to the fuel tank?


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Cleaned and ground back, very awkward to get to thankfully the Dremel (new one) can get in there


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Zinc primer, Seam sealer, stone chip and then top coat applied


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Not surprisingly the wheel bearing was not in the best condition


Old v New

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I'm trying to keep as many of the original bolts as possible, although rust has eaten a few, sanded back, zinc primer, paint and then laquer, ran them all through the appropriate die to clean up the threads.


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Anti roll bar removed ready for the flap disc on the grinder


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Back to bare metal


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Repainted and lacquered


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RARB Brackets repainted in Por15


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Brake caliper carrier restored, all rust and contamination removed, primed, painted and lacquered in VHT paint


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Subframe and trailing arms now being sandblasted ready for collection next week (these are donor items and are in better condition than my own)


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The reason I am having to do this now. 15 years and counting


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Wish I had the chance/time to do little bits like this. Great updates [emoji1303]



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