Author Topic: Lone Star Mini Restoration  (Read 53334 times)

Offline MiniDave

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #375 on: November 26, 2018, 08:58:45 PM »
You need a welder.

You don't need a high end one, but get one with gas and get an auto dimming helmet. Then, before you try to weld anything on the car, grab some sheet metal and practice.....lots!
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #376 on: November 26, 2018, 09:03:13 PM »
agreed..  I have a small stock of thin steel to practice with.  I also removed the front panel w/wings in one piece.  I plan to make some wall art out of it and practice my welding on it before I touch the car.  I have a friend (Kris "Cooper") who is going to come over and give me lessons since my local college does not offer night classes any longer.
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #377 on: June 16, 2019, 07:41:26 AM »
Hey Now..  I've been off the grid, but not off the Mini.  I've been practicing welding as I can't touch the Mini until I am semi comfortable with welding.  Spot and stitch welding .020" thk metal is much harder than thick metal, but I'm making progress.  I was going to take a night course on welding, but the school no longer offers it.  Meanwhile I've collected parts, panels and tools.  With a little more welding practice, I will be ready to replace the entire floor panel.. quite excited about it.  In addition, i've picked up a '79 Mini Pickup which I'm currently having unleaded heads put in overseas.  i will ship later this year.  In 6 weeks time I will be taking my daughter on an extended father-daughter date where we will end our trip at the IMM 2019 there in Bristol - most excited about that!  I will continue this restoration project with pictures and progress.  I've learned so  much over the past few months.. 
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper

Online BruceK

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #378 on: June 16, 2019, 05:42:47 PM »
Hey Randy, good to hear your progress.  Where did you find the pickup?   Hope you have a great trip to the UK. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MiniDave

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #379 on: June 16, 2019, 06:37:26 PM »
You have really embraced the Mini madness! That makes 4 in your fleet now, right?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #380 on: June 16, 2019, 07:01:38 PM »
@Bruce - Thanks.  My progress is slower than most, but I'm determined to make my first restoration a success.  I simply do not wish to rush it.  I'll get there and perhaps have a restored mini to enter in the 2020/21 All British Show.  I found the pickup via a friend in England and it will be my first R/H (finally) drive Mini.  The small attached pic is when he picked it up for me and brought it to his house.  I will be visiting while in England and I'll get better pics for sure however it's a restored pickup (body wise) and the engine runs good.  The guy I bought it from also sent me loads of old brochures and Mini manuals.. kind've neat.

@Dave - Yes, it's crazy.  I currently have 3 at home and the pickup in England.  Although I've told my wife that I would sell the newest one since I found the pickup.  I'm reluctant to put it up for sale though. .ha.  I wish I were able to go up and meet some of the guys stateside for the USA 60th.. I have yet to meet anyone here in the States outside of Bruce and Dan briefly.
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper

Offline MiniDave

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #381 on: June 16, 2019, 07:13:16 PM »
Come to Virginia for the CMU 60?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #382 on: June 16, 2019, 07:16:16 PM »
Wish I could.. I don't remember what time of year it is, but I do remember the time frame was not possible for me.
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper

Offline MiniDave

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #383 on: June 16, 2019, 08:11:20 PM »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Lone Star Mini Restoration
« Reply #384 on: June 16, 2019, 08:33:52 PM »
ah yes..  October.  At least while our girls are still in High School, I will never be able to make an October time frame which is unfortunate because I would LOVE to go.  I believe the last CMU meet was also around the same Sept-Oct time frame.  If you are going, I do hope you have a fantastic trip.  I'm being told that the IMM 2019 is expecting the largest amount of Minis, possibly up to 10K.  I will at least get to see just about every type of modification there.
Lone Star Mini
1982 Morris Mini 1000HL (heck of a lot of work ahead of me)
1992(?) Mini Cooper
1964 Austin Cooper