I've been rebuilding Mini's for 30 odd years now and recently my wife dropped into a conversation that she would love to have a Traveller to take to shows and runs. Now at this point I should say that she doesn't drive so it's a Traveller for me to drive her to shows and runs etc. After spending some time looking around for a suitable car and turning down loads that where (restored!!! Didn't realise that meant loads of filler and a dodgy spray job) I decided the best thing to do was to look for as un-molested car as I could find and go from there. I'd planned to upgrade it a bit, so you can imagine how chuffed I was to have found this diamond in the rough on Ebay. 1275 sprite engine, 5 speed gearbox conversion, uprated/lowered suspension new old stock wood kit as well as a disc brake conversion. All original panels, floors will need a little work as well as a bit around the back. Where does the Minor million come from. Well my wife loves Purple and wants her Moggy to be purple. I don't think I'd want to drive a full on purple car and being a lover of genuine suggested Minor millionaire pink (strange name for lilac I'm sure some one will enlighten me on why it's called that. Anyhow. Picked up the car a short while ago, so it's all steam ahead on opperation Minor Million Traveller (sorry if I upset any total Minor purists)
Well a busy time stripping the car down, but it's all in lots and lots of pieces now. Some parts are worse than expected. It looks like it's had some very interesting repairs to both front chassis legs, but more areas are better than I was expecting so that must be a result. Car is now off to the media blaster for a thorough going over, lets see how much of it comes back???
Well with the car and all the panels off being blasted and not due back until Monday, I thought I'd have a go at cleaning and servicing the axle. Like anything that's nearly fifty years old absolutely caked in muck and oil. The N/S brake assembly was strangely just not there!
So after an awful lot of scraping followed by half an hour of steam cleaning the axle was all clean. Stripped it down. Replaced wheel bearings, ALL the rear brakes including drums, shoes etc and just to make sure I have put new diff seals in as well. All finished off with a nice coat of 2K satin black to withstand stone chips. So with all that done I can sit back over the weekend and see what I get back from blasting
Well the Traveller has come back from the media blaster and I've got to be honest, I'm pretty happy with the amount of steel that's good steel!) that he has given me back. I'm more used to getting Mini's back with 90 percent of them missing. Front chassis legs are pretty bad as suspected.
N/S front floor section will need replacing as well as some repairs to the back end. There's a few repairs on the rear arches. So it's time to drag out the cutting equipment and the mig and gas welder.
Well I thought I might as well start with the chassis legs. I had ordered up a load of parts last week after stripping it down. N/S chassis leg was in a pretty bad state under the huge 3 thick plates that had been badly welded on. Still once I'd cut out all the scab, what's left under is good and solid so have welded on a new leg. A much easoer job that I had thought it would be. Having said that, I'm working on a bare metaled shell ( I did spray the whole lot with zinc 182 when it came back from blasting) sat on it's side in a dry but cold workshop. Not sure how much I would want to do one underneath a complete car covered in muck and gunge.
Well it's been a busy Christmas break. Having a whole 10 days off earning money I've been able to get some real forward motion with the car. Loads of grinding and cutting out followed by loads of drilling holes, punching holes followed by plug and seam welding. It's amazing how a scbby rusty panel looks so much better with the rot just cut out let alone when the repair has been welded in! Rear step was in a bit of a state as you can see. once I'd cut it cut it out and folded up a new step panel, it was just a case of welding in and cleaning up Going to load up more of this Christmases work tomorrow when my fingers have warmed up! it's 2 degrees in my workshop, so time to go home I think