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Completed the front dash, I managed to pick up from eBay two end panels hydro dipped in carbon.

 

Before & After images

 

 

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I have an internal dilemma currently. Do I remove the front subframe and have it completely refurbished like I did with the rear of car? I just know if I do then I can probably write off at least 4 months and lots of money.

 

The car is back on axle stands and I am picking off small things at once.

 

The underbody has only two small areas of surface rust, so I have ground back and it is currently being treated with Deox C rust killer. It will the be primed seam sealed and painted.

 

I have also started to correct sections of the front subframe (the worst parts).

 

 

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I removed the power steering pump fan to refurbish it. One of the screws was rotten and had to have a slot cut in it.

 

Some before and after photos.

 

 

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This is what the rusted sections looked like after 24 hours of Deox C gel treatment.

 

Quote of the day from my 7 year old son “Rust is your enemy Daddy”. It has been since it ate away my MG Metro back in the early 1990’s.

 

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First job is to remove the front Anti Roll Bar, clean it up and install new powerflex bushes.

 

I had to get the fire out.

 

 

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Collecting some nuts and bolts to be cleaned up and then laquer and a small section rust on the subframe.

 

The subframe will be shot blasted, rust treated, zinc coated and then painted.

 

 

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Subframe has now been dis-assembled, waiting for delivery to be shot blasted, the steering components will be given  a good clean they appear to be in reasonable condition.

 

Anti roll bar brackets wire wheeled on the grinder and painted, next up for this treatment is the power steering pump bracket.

 

 

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Power steering pump bracket now rust free

 

 

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Amazing attention to detail 👍🏻 Your Mini will be better than when it rolled out of the factory 😉

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Carrying on slowly with the restoration of the underbody and front subframe components. The subframe and ARB will be getting dropped of at the shot blasting company on Friday which when returned will go through the rust prevention and painting treatment. I have been cleaning, preparing, painting and generally laying on the garage floor under the car in readiness for the subframe being re-installed.

 

I am waiting on multiple small deliveries to get things completed, paint, clips to replace broken and rusted items, oil, oil filter, socket to remove the oil filter housing, Dremel scotchbrite cleaning attachments and temperature aluminium tape.

 

All visible surface rust (visible to me) has been removed with a belt sander, rust treated, zinc primed, seam sealed if needed, painted in stone chip and then top coated, until I ran out of paint. I have been removing rusted seized bolts, wire wheeling them and painting in a high temperature laquer.

 

The general condition was good for a 17 year old car, much different to to the rear end.

 

To complete are the bumper bracket mounts, power steering rack, paint the remaining underbody, paint subframe, paint ARB, paint the front wishbone brackets, put it all back together and then on the car, sounds easy probably about a month in duration though.

 

Some random images or what I have been looking at under the car and the current progress being made.

 

 

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I have continued to restore the underbody and removing rust from exposed brackets and bolts.

 

Conducted an oil and filter change also, out with the old and in with the new.

 

The front bumper mounts taken back to bare metal and painted.

 

Subframe and ARB have been dropped off to be shot blasted with the ARB being powder coated.

 

I have sprayed copious amounts of cavity wax into the box sections.

 

I found 3 either factory or dealer fit shims behind the radiator cowling on the drivers side, why I do not know perhaps some mis-alignment on the front bumper, after removing the rust and painting them I will be putting them back on.

 

A nice pile of rust in the corner.

 

Getting close to re-assembly and installation back on the car, with lots of repainted parts.

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Front ARB has now been shot blasted, powder coated (Red) with new powerflex bushes installed.

 

Front subframe collected after shot blasting, after previous experience I asked that it not be powder coated as it seems on highly pitted items it still leaves some evidence of rust. It is currently coated in Bilthammer Deox C gel (rust killer) and wrapped in cling film for the rest of the week. After which it will be cleaned and any final grinding or wire wheel work completed, it will then be coated in Bilthammer hydrate 80 to get to any final rust that is left. Then primed, painted, and all internal cavities covered in cavity wax.

 

 

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Front subframe is now in paint, after the rust killer did it's job, the item was then completely wire wheeled on the grider, covered in Bilthammer hydrate 80, Bilthammer Electrox zinc primer and finished is Por15 top coat.

 

It will be completed today, left to harden for a couple of days and then re-assembly can begin.

 

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Ready to be attached back on the car, I had forgotten that Cooper grease gets every where.

 

 

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I could do with doing my subframes, front and rear. Not sure I could go to the extent you have mind. Great work.

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1 minute ago, Mr Watton said:

I could do with doing my subframes, front and rear. Not sure I could go to the extent you have mind. Great work.

 

Once you start you just can't stop.

 

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On 19/03/2013 at 20:27, RT2002MCS said:

Now in my fifth year of ownership with my daily driver, thought I'd share my car with fellow Northerners.

 

I'm based in Teesside in the North East of England.

 

Modifications from standard

Engine

Alta 15% Supercharger pulley

Superchips Bluefin

GRS Intercooler

Alta CAI (including air top box)

MSD Ignition Coil

Magnecor HT Leads

Denso Iridium Plugs

Miltek Manifold

Miltek Catback Exhaust

GT Oil catch can

Alta 2% Enlarged crank pulley

Newman camshaft Ph2

 

Engine Dressing

Mini Sport Expansion Tank

Mini Sport Aluminium Caps (Various)

GTT Aluminium caps

Craven Speed Dipstick

M7 Air divertor plate

Intercooler snoot boots

Forge coolant hoses

GTT PAS tank

 

Suspension and Brakes

Forge upper brace

Omp lower brace

Cusco rear brace

R56 front calipers (repainted black)

EBC front discs

Goodridge Brake lines

Mintex M1144 front pads

GTT rear Spiroslot discs and pads

Alta 19mm Rear ARB

Alta rear drop links

Alta front drop links

AP Coil overs

GTT mid strut brace

Powerflex Bushes

Upper and lower engine mounts

Gearbox mount

Front wishbone (rear mount)

Rear trailing arm (front mount)

 

Interior

Recaro Front seats

Rear Seat recoloured to match (originally blue/black)

Hamman pedals

Storm Motor Werks Hand brake lever

Momo gear knob (retro from 1997 originally on my MK1 Punto GT) Thats given away my age

All interior bulbs changed for LEDs

Mini Auxilary guages (voltage and oil temp)

Pro sport oil pressure and water temp gauges in Alta pods

JCW carbon fibre dashboard

LG trimming alcantara gear and handbrake gaitors

Carbon fibre downtubes

Top dash covered in leather

3 spoke steering wheel

GTT Armrest

Handbrake centre console covered in leather

R56 cargo nets

 

External

Rota RB 17*7.5 Wheels shod wth 215/40 Toyo Proxy

Colour coded arches

Rear wiper delete

Mini rear clear light clusters

JCW Bonnet Grille

Boot lid debadged

5mm Eibach spacers front & rear

Orciari scuttle vents

GT Tuning Battery Heat Shield

JCW Carbon mirror caps

Crave speed tow hook (powder coated blue)

 

Seems like a close mini community on here, my wife started the mini ownership in our household and has owned 2 R50's an R52 (nice in hyper blue), children came along and so did an R60, now in a volcanic orange F55.

 

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I had to remind myself what it looked like ;)

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Everything is back on the car and looking so much better, I avoided the front subframe for so long believing it to be a task too far for myself but this has been relatively straightforward compared with the rear end of the car.

 

 

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Some maintenance activity, which of course escalates.

 

Thermostat replaced (relatively straightforward) and the MAP sensors cleaned.

 

I then ended up having to restore the rusted MAP sensor bracket and sort out all the rusty bolts by wire wheeling and then applying a coat of laquer.

 

I gave the throttle body and bypass valve a good clean and relubricated the ball joints on the gear linkages.

 

Just waiting for the delivery of some new M4 bolts that hold he MAP sensors in place, due to the rotten original items, then all back together, checked out by the professionals, MOT and taxed and then driven when the weather improves.

 

 

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Date in the diary after all the work, MOT and full alignment scheduled for April 12th

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2 hours ago, RT2002MCS said:

Date in the diary after all the work, MOT and full alignment scheduled for April 12th

 

Well I sure don’t think it’s going to fail 😃

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Dropped off earlier in the week with those I trust at AW Autoworks to check over everything I had done, pre MOT inspection and MOT.

 

 

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