Lets get started

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Lets get started

Postby boro590 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:39 pm

Hi peeps, Well my project starts here, I have never welded or re-sprayed before so this should be fun. I am going to call my moggie "Tango" As once finished it will hopefully be Focus Orange, Trying to keep it a bit of originality and slightly modified, I have already started this project prior to finding this site, and my wife has already claimed this car once finished, The main part is to get her through an Mot, The car that is lol. My welding is not great but if it gets through then i'm happy. So a few pics to start with and so on as she progresses. Hopefully ;). Wasn't sure if this car was worth saving, but being a novice I thought what the hell, if I can do this then the world is my oyster lol.

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Re: Lets get started

Postby boro590 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:50 pm

A few more pics as work progresses,

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Re: Lets get started

Postby boro590 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:58 pm

and some more.

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Re: Lets get started

Postby woodywoodchipper » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:05 pm

seen some salt in its life,

:lol: like the patchwork quilt effect,keep at it, ;)

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Re: Lets get started

Postby rv8 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:30 am

10/10 for effort but have to say,thats not safe ,sorry.
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Re: Lets get started

Postby rv8 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:38 am

just some advice if i may,have a look at what panels sre available for the car,this will give you an insight into how its put together,and even if you dont buy the panels,you should then have enough info to fabricate the parts required and carry out a more structuraly safe build. its difficult learning to weld as it is but would be better to practice a bit more on something less demanding and then using your experience to complete your project.please dont be afraid to ask here for advice or help,theres plenty experience in the forum.
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Re: Lets get started

Postby plastic orange » Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:26 pm

I've got to agree with Scot's comments as you really want to end up with a car that is structurally sound, and whilst your repairs may see you through an MOT, they certainly won't last. A minor is quite a complex structure, and that's what you've got to replicate in repairs - putting the lost strength back in. There are numerous threads on the forum showing how repairs are done, and also show you how rotten some cars can be. If you don't repair the front spring hanger correctly it will be through the floor before you know it, and the sills have to be constructed properly to give the strength to the centre section of the car - covering them up just won't suffice - that's why so many minors are no longer with us.
We are all here to give constructive advice from a position of having done these jobs ourselves, and don't want to see you going back to do the job again in a short time frame - do it once, do it right. It doesn't have to be pretty, but it has to be strong.

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Re: Lets get started

Postby boro590 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:58 pm

Thanx for the advice guys, the problem is I'm very impatient, Maybe a quick fix is not the way forward, Some of these jobs had already been started when i purchased the car, So with my non experience i just carried on patching up, Thought it would be a lot cheaper to just patch rather original parts. So now i have found this site i can get more sound advice, I will get the grinder out and get rid of these panels and see whats left of the car, Hopefully it will be still worth saving, As i intend to get rid of my 2 modern cars and own a couple of classics. So who is coming to weld it for me lol,
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Re: Lets get started

Postby rv8 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:03 pm

most are salvagable bud,just depends on how much you spend,keep up the enthusiasm
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Re: Lets get started

Postby ruairidh » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:13 pm

Don't cut out to much rot at once. :)
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Re: Lets get started

Postby cmea » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:55 pm

Welcome to morris ownership and this website.
My advice, for what its worth is:
Decide which bit you want to start on first then ask for suggestions on here. You might not need spec repair parts, although sometimes it is easier and cheaper in the long run.
For example if you are going to do the rear spring hangar, look at the replacement part and note that the bracket is welded on to a "floor plate" so that the weight of the car pushes up into the "floor plate" rather than creating a bending / tearing force which would be the result of welding a cover plate on top of the rusty area of the spring hangar (as its looks like has happened in one of the pics).
The sills are made of several pieces which have been folded to give them their strength. The folds need to be of a small radius and straight to give rigidity. I personally would use reproduction spares for the sills as they are an intricate "jigsaw" of components and hard to replicate accurately.
Less structural areas such as the rear inner wings are probably fine patched the way you have done.
The big thing is to use the knowledge and advice of others on here and you will soon have a safe MOTable car that you and your wife can enjoy driving a classic that you can proudly say you have saved.
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Re: Lets get started

Postby greendefender123 » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:30 pm

How's this project going? Did you get the repair panels? I'm doing one myself at the moment. The repair panels are actually quite good value im finding. Minors are very new to me aswell. The bad welding patches that these cars have can make the repair panels look abit daunting, especially if cover panels have been welded on aswell. I'm alot happier after grinding the worst off and fitting some of the new panels. It all actually starts to go well once you've cleaned it up. Keep us updated. Il pop up a picture from my build.
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Re: Lets get started

Postby jimmy-d » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:05 am

Hi there,I truly hope you have not been put off by others comments but really it is only in your best consideration that they are made. From the pics that I have seen I was very concerned for your well being if the car ever made it onto the road and even more-so for your wifes.There is plenty of good advice on these forums from people who have been there and done that so please dont hesitate to ask,we have all been there..
how can you work to a budget when you own a morris minor?
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