My Minors Part 1

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My Minors Part 1

Postby plastic orange » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:15 am

I'm bored today, so thought I'd take the time to show my various projects - most of you have probably seen them before, but it doesn't do any harm to add them here too.

My 1950 MM series:
I've owned this since 1972 and it has always been modded - first with a Riley 1.5 engine, then a full race MGB, then a less tweaked MGB when the tuned motor destroyed it's crank.
I disassembled it in around 1987 in order to build a full chassis and fit a Ford Mustang engine (5 litre). This was never fully finished, and I sold the rolling chassis to Ray of Leamington.
When I retired from the Fire Service, I asked my mate Ian to do me another chassis to fit a ford 351 Cleveland engine I'd bought from him (He took my old Mustang engine from me), and over a period of time he did just that.
I got the chassis and shell back from him, and transported them to a blaster to get blasted, but he let me down for about a year, so I went elswhere to get it done. Once they were done, I made a frame to sit the body on, and set about fitting the suspension to the chassis to get it rolling. About this time I decided I didn't want to use the 351 engine, so I sold all my Ford stuff and bought a Chevy Camaro (LS1) engine complete from the states.
I then cut off the old engine mounts, and fabricated new mounts for the chevy.
This is as far as I've got due to lack of motivation - and buying more Minors.

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Before I dismantled it:

1986 ish
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Shell being adjusted

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Floor out

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Chassis ready

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Body on (son aged around 3 - now 25)

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New Chassis

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Under body pic

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10 x 15's

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351 engine

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Trial fitting

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Leda struts

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Rear Axle

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Rolling Chassis

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Shell prior to Blasting

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Leaving Ian's

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Home

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Seating position

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Postby plastic orange » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:28 am

Dismantling chassis for blasting

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Engine out

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Taking paint off - loads of coats - made it easier (kinder) for blaster

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Chassis and shell ready for blasting

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Away they go in mate's pick up

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Chassis back - now painted and getting assembled

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frame made for supporting body

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components being sprayed

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Shell being uplifted

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unloaded on to frame

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chassis underneath

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Camaro engine being delivered

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unwrapping

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Old engine mounts removed

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I've made up new mounts, but this is as far as I've got due to lack of motivation
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Postby tickman » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:38 am

Mount seats and just about job done :D

I have been lucky enough to see the rolling chassis and it is an amazing piece of work.
Come on get stuck in and get it finished, you know it will be worth it when done, then you can finish off the other one :D
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Postby Jonathon » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:01 pm

Nice projects there Pete. Lots of good honest hard work, shame I'll thrash yer pants off when I bring m'splitty up to Crail, :lol:  :lol:  :wink:
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Postby plastic orange » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:38 pm

Don't wear pants :wink:

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Postby Jonathon » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:41 pm

Yeah, I heard, but, thong, didn't have the same charm somehow  :lol:  :wink:
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Postby plastic orange » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:42 pm

I'll look forward to you thrashing the tartan trews off me Jonathon.

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Postby Jonathon » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:48 pm

Summer next year then :D . Let me know the events diary and I'll be there :D  :wink:
Shall I bring the tow rope or trailer to get you home afterwards :D  8)
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Postby rv8 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:09 pm

might be more than pete there next year, (finished or not!) :lol:
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Postby plastic orange » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:13 pm

Jonathon wrote:Summer next year then :D . Let me know the events diary and I'll be there :D  :wink:
Shall I bring the tow rope or trailer to get you home afterwards :D  8)


I'll pm you when next years diary is out - Fast Ford days are the best.
A guy local to me has bought that big block chevy convertible minor (for sale) - and he has an 11 second model B - he should be there too.
I'll only need a tow if my water pump expires again :lol:

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Postby rv8 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:22 pm

braw fun seein a minor take the p*ss out of a hot hatch :wink:
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Postby DaveS » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:57 pm

Hi Pete,
Hope you don't mind me bringing this back into the frame. been doing a bit of reminiscing and just love this thread. Hope some of our members enjoy the read.

Update :roll:  :roll:  :wink:
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Postby plastic orange » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:47 pm

I'd resurrected it again under 'Horace'. Was out tonight with some mates putting the body on the chassis in preparation for it going away to get done.

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Postby plastic orange » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:15 am

Heres some pics from the last couple of days:

Uncovered after a couple of years :oops:

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Chassis slid out


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Some T.W.AT.S helped me put the body on the chassis


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First time body has been on with new engine installed - it fits :)

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Car will sit a couple of inches lower when adjusted
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As I've already said, I've got too many Minor projects just now, so Horace is off to Ross Morrison to be finished off to the ready for spraying stage. I'll then get it back and let my mate Bob do the rest. It's only cash - and you can't take it with you :D
Full build thread can be found here:

http://www.minormania.com/smf/index.php?topic=278.0

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Postby plastic orange » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:21 am

When closing my garage last night, a wire broke on the up and over door. Half an hour wrestling to close it ensued. Now fixed today, but a pain in the ass at the time :D

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