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1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:07 pm

This is the start of my project. I bought it from someone local who had started restoring it but given up.
It already has a few panels fitted and some 'repaired', not to a high standard though so I'll be replacing the repairs and refitting panels as required.
I'm not doing a nut and bolt rebuild as I don't want a concourse car, just something that looks nice and I can use.
I'm not going for upgrades, (maybe with the exception of conversion to Alternator). I've decided to drive it as it was intended.
Below are some pictures as I purchased it before I start any work.

I am trying to have it on the road for late summer, BUT I'm not in a rush and I have to re-learn welding etc.

Wish me luck, I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions and any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby The vast minority » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:23 pm

Good luck with it,
Some real bodge work there to undo, I. Sure you can make a good job of it.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby woodywoodchipper » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:33 pm

Ah the bog and fibreglass fairy,

wondered where she had gone, :lol: :lol: :lol:

that will keep you busy, ;)
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:46 pm

Started by taking the front panel and wings off to clean the old gunge off and was met with this.

The worrying thing is, the same person has part replaced chassis legs too.

Maybe summer this year is a bit optimistic for completion.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby woodywoodchipper » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:32 pm

thats bloody awful,

think you are going to be replacing a lot of metal work,

good luck with that one,
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby tickman » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:43 am

The good thing is you looked at it and knew it was awful.

There are plenty of DIY welders that think they do a good job and you have an example of one!

Good luck, one bit at a time.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:51 pm

There are places that aren't as bad such as the floor and doors. Like you said, one bit at a time.
I'm retired now so not in a rush, but I'll do it right so it doesn't need doing for a long time to come.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:23 am

At the beginning I said I wasn't doing a nut and bolt rebuild but the more I delve the more I find.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby et_in_black » Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:32 am

This reminds me of that song by Orange Juice from the early 80's ... "Rip It Up And Start Again ..."
Looks like you've got a very big job on your hands - good luck with this!
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:37 pm

Not done much for a few weeks due to holiday then being ill for a while.

However, I decided to take some more bits off today and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. Scraping filler off underneath it now looks like the drivers side floor needs replacing (probably be the same on the passenger side) along with the bits in the previous photos. There are patches on patches on patches. There is far more work than I originally thought.

So I have a question.

Is there a recognised order for replacing panels to keep strength and avoid distortion?
e.g. Front corners first or say, floor and sills first?

My other option of course is to let someone else do the welding professionally. I can't even guess the cost of that.

So any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:26 pm

I had a couple of hours to spare today and as I'll be taking the gearbox out tomorrow, I did some prep work today, taking the inside cover off etc.

Some of the cover screws were a real pain to get out. That was mainly because someone had forced self tappers into the threaded holes and then rounded the heads off, they were no match for a hammer and mole grips though.
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Anyway I got it off eventually and while I was in there I thought I'd take the clutch pedal assembly out as it had a lot of play on it. The shaft is very corroded, so that's on my list for replacement.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby Panky » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:29 pm

I could never understand why there isn't a greasing point on the shaft - or is there and I've missed it :shock:
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby Giz » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:43 am

Panky wrote:I could never understand why there isn't a greasing point on the shaft - or is there and I've missed it :shock:


The shaft doesn't have a grease point as standard but it's not unknown to drill, tap and fit one. The peddle set in my 2 door has one. You need to drill the brake master cover plate for access but then grease it up like any other.. Certainly makes sense when rebuilding..

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby jimmy-d » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:10 am

Think your going to have lots of opportunity to re-learn your welding skills!Im just about to take on a rusty Morris Panel Van so just as I thought I had escaped most of the welding with my current project,looks like I may be starting from scratch again,good luck and keep at it.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby The vast minority » Wed May 18, 2016 4:45 pm

What's the latest here Bigboy?

It's a seriously big job, are you still with it?

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