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Charlie's build - R50 Cooper

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Figured I'd better start a build thread. So I have.

This is my r50 Cooper, with the JCW sound kit. Picked it up a few weeks ago for the massively expensive price of £350.

So far I've replaced all the front joints and bushes, as they were all worn out. Also replaced the offside lower arm as it was bent after the previous owner tested his limits in the snow. Also replaced a rear control arm as that was mangled.

Did all that and got the tracking done as it was atrocious, although not anywhere near as bad as when I drove it home after buying it (never going to do that again!). It's not perfect and there's still a few more bits to do on the rear suspension to get the toe correct but it drives nice and pretty straight, if a little noisy and vibey over 60.

Will get some more pictures up when I can, but here's how it is now.


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Bargain !


The rear quarter is worse than I expected, but you should be able to access the area from behind the light cluster. 1x 10mm nut (winds off a long way) and 2x clips in opposite corners should allow the light cluster to just slide out. Failing that it’s rear seats out to remove the interior panel

Nice base, especially for £350

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Had the rear panels out at the weekend to swap out the rear speakers. Going to wait for a dryer, warmer day to do the dents as the paint is cracked so then I can get it painted up.

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Plenty of work/mods to be done. Will be an interesting build thread [emoji1303]



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Paint wise, I'm thinking going Matt black below the belt line, and leave the roof as it is, with either gloss or Matt black on the chrome bits. Or keep it the same colour (both the same amount of work to do). Wheels either black, black with a polished lip or go for another colour such as lime green or orange. Mostly because I can't be bothered to change the colour on the log book. :lol:

Opinions on the matter would be appreciated, it's going to be a little while before that gets done.

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Personally I’m not a fan of black wheels, it hides too much detail. As for the colour for the car, blues always work, especially the dark ones with a nice metallic fleck or pearl.

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wow bargain that


look forward to seeing the buld :)

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Haven't done much this week, apart from change all the crappy paper speakers for something a bit better that I had kicking about from another mini based project (a classic one I've had for years, currently in storage). And swapped the head unit so now I have Bluetooth and stuff. Just been enjoying driving it really.

Here's some token pics of all the bent stuff I've replaced

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And one of my other mini.

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