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Postby tickman » Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:52 pm

Right background info:
Had a Vectra which was a pain, couldn't find any faults so it would always have to go to the garage. Got fed up and decided to get a Minor.
Watched ebay and loads of other places but not too many come up local (within 100 miles).
The budget was low, £700 max on the car and then bits to keep it on the road.
Finally one came on ebay in Fife so off I went to look at it.
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The guy was the second owner and had bought it to go to shows with his wife when it had been done up. His wife thought this was the worst idea in the world so it arrived on ebay.
I ended up winning it for £500 with 5 months MOT.
We drove it around and when MOT was due went with Pete (Plastic Orange) to the station he uses, it passed with one brake cylinder being replaced so we drovw it some more.

After about 10 months it was starting to look a little more scabby so it got some attention with a wire brush in an angle grinder which found the frilly bits in one rear arch.
With the best intentions I started on this bit and promply knackered my knee, this was last christmas, this put every thing on hold as I could not get around on the floor!

After a lot of physio and a lot of time it was getting better so we trashed the back garden and put a massive patio down ourselves.

Finally I decided I was up to getting cold and dirty in the garage so she was brought back across the road from the neighbours and out came the angle grinder again to produce these two holes:
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and
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2nd hole from outside
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Obliously these needed to not be there and after my play with the stainless rail and the welder I decided to fill them so now they look like this
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and
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Following this sucess? I decided to try and take off the sill covers.
I had not managed to get these off before so after a lot of bolt breaking I discovered this
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Well chuffed with that.
The car is amazingly solid throughout because the underside is covered in at least 8mm of oil, grease and dirt all mixed together.

So that is where I am up to so far.
I have to change the two gaiters on the steering rack, one off at the moment, and a few other little jobs and then back on the road hopefully :?

Updates will be slow like the work getting done!

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Postby Guest » Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:02 pm

Excellent wheel arch repair onto good solid steel. Sills are great. Great bargain at £500 well done.
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Postby DaveS » Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:33 pm

Great stuff,love lots of pics of guys work on their Moggies
I for one will follow your progress with much interest.
Enjoy :D
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Postby Orkney » Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:22 pm

Wow that is incredibly sound !  Hope your going to invest the time and do a proper job of the undersealing etc.
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Postby rv8 » Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:53 pm

good old uncle pete :lol:  :wink:
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Postby mrbenn » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:26 pm

Great story John  8)  Looks like a really nice solid car you have there, and some very neat welding!
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Postby markc » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:42 pm

I agree looks a bargain
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Postby plastic orange » Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:40 pm

Looking good John.

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Postby tickman » Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:50 pm

Next job on the cards was the steering rack gaiters (spl?) as these were both split.
So moved her over in the garage to get better room to work and used a ball joint splitter then unwound the track rod end to give me this
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Then make sure all the old one is off and we have this
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New one on
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Then all back together and move car over and do the same on the other side.
Need to put oil back in to the rack, need to find out what type and how much first.

All in all took me a leisurely 3 hours. Probably should have been a lot quicker but was the first time I have done these and didn't want to screw it up. Also cleaned up a lot of muck in the area which took a lot of the time up.

Next job which I also did some of is to get the wipers working again as I'm not getting power at the motor. Had the motor running on a 12V battery so that is fine.

More to come eventually!
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Postby Orkney » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:24 pm

1/2 a pint of hypoid the manual says for it.

Youve reminded me to write down cheap ball joint splitter on the garage wish list, bloody handy things they are !
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Postby tickman » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:37 pm

Orkney wrote:1/2 a pint of hypoid the manual says for it.

Youve reminded me to write down cheap ball joint splitter on the garage wish list, bloody handy things they are !

Cheers have plenty of the stuff.
Ball joint splitter is ace. Cannot recommend one highly enough. Bought a decent one and the rubbers on the track rods were not damaged by it at all!

A bad workman always blames his tools............all my tools are rubbish!
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Postby alex_holden » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:14 pm

Orkney wrote:Youve reminded me to write down cheap ball joint splitter on the garage wish list, bloody handy things they are !


Guess what, just this lunchtime I was looking for something in an old toolbox in the garage and found my old ball joint splitter. The one I lost and had to buy a replacement for when I needed to change the TREs on Fenchurch. :roll:

Want it? :D
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Postby Orkney » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:27 pm

Want it?

Does a duck quack ...
Do i scavenge pallets...

Thats in line to be nominated for daftest question of the year when we get the boards 1st annual awards underway next month :-)
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Postby smeggy » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:05 pm

Orkney wrote:1/2 a pint of hypoid the manual says for it.

Youve reminded me to write down cheap ball joint splitter on the garage wish list, bloody handy things they are !


you dont need one 3 or 3 whacks with a lump hammer gets em shifted(but only if you do it right ) :)
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Postby tickman » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:10 pm

smeggy wrote:   (but only if you do it right ) :)


That was the problem, I did try :?
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