Author Topic: 66 cooper S full restoration  (Read 10533 times)

Offline BruceK

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2017, 03:44:19 PM »
Let me start with an apology for sticking my head into a conversation where I wasn't invited. 

Of course every owner gets to personalize his Mini as he sees fit, but metallic paint on a classic Mk. I Mini, especially a Cooper S?   

In my (quite unsolicited) opinion, I think that will just look 'wrong'.   Expectations of Mini enthusiasts worldwide would be for one of the original period colors from the 1960s for a Mk. I Mini.   And, with a genuine Cooper S, the expectation would further be the original color as it left factory.  I think straying from that would hurt the value of the car. 




1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2017, 03:47:20 PM »
Ah yes pics!  I don't have color on it yet but the main body is ready.  I put together a new and improved flip front though.  Replaced the old bonnet and put in a new skin.  Have made a few tweaks to it.  Made a dummy move and put the z clip too low so a flare would cover it.  Luckily only did that to one side.  Suspension is torn apart too.

Regarding coilovers, Dave from KC hasn't been too fond of his.  I suppose mid month I'll get to test them.  May be looking into smootharide cones instead.


Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2017, 03:49:19 PM »
Bruce don't say that, I already bought the paint, and it's not cheap!

Offline BruceK

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2017, 03:51:48 PM »
Bruce don't say that, I already bought the paint, and it's not cheap!


Perhaps you could find a 2014 MINI that needs a paint job?  :)
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Online MiniDave

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2017, 03:59:59 PM »
I assume WFAULKN is the owner?

If so, glad to hear from you!

My '89 Mini has metallic green paint and I really like it, although it's not a MKI
« Last Edit: March 02, 2017, 04:02:12 PM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2017, 04:20:34 PM »
Since the car needed a full front-end job and the owner requested a flip-front, it is already into "custom" and the "purists" would be squawking no matter.

I see no reason the owner should not go with a paint color he really likes.  It may just turn out quite beautiful and be slightly different.  There are lots of "customized" MK-Is out there.

I say "go for it" with regard to the new color.


Offline Merlin

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2017, 11:01:57 PM »
Cool thing about old cars is that you can change the paint color if you don't like it. I'm all for any wild color. Of course I have no respect for classics.



Engineering the Impossible

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2017, 12:17:50 PM »
Roof has some shine to it now.

Offline gr8kornholio

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2017, 12:24:26 PM »
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I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

Offline BruceK

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2017, 04:16:10 PM »
Very nice!  Looks like it is still wet. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2017, 02:51:10 PM »
Did the final touches to the flip front. Shaved the wing lip and utilized full length seam covers so you will barely notice it's a flip front. Scuttles match up great and I went with one zues fastener halfway up per side.  I can now continue on with paint.

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2017, 03:52:40 PM »
After a very hectic couple weeks, I managed to finally get some RBG on this thing.  Head out of town tomorrow, once back I can mask this off and get the interior knocked out.

Online MiniDave

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2017, 04:36:12 PM »
Nice, what's he planning to do for an engine/trans?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2017, 05:04:53 PM »
You'll be building a 1275 with some fast road parts...

Online MiniDave

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2017, 06:25:22 PM »
I didn't know if anything had changed there....looks like you're moving right along.

Does this car have an interior or will you be doing a new one?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2017, 07:06:02 PM »
It has interior that I'll be reupholstering. 

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2017, 04:24:47 PM »
Interior has color now.

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #42 on: June 06, 2017, 03:39:19 PM »
Should have the main body painted this week. One last coat of filler primer to feather.

Offline BruceK

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #43 on: June 06, 2017, 03:54:58 PM »
Hard to believe I was just there 2 days ago.  You finished your RX7, did all the work on my car, and on this one too.  Dan, when you're working, you get some stuff done! 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2017, 05:03:06 PM »
Lol, I fixed my neighbors lawn mower too. 

Offline flipstah

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #45 on: June 07, 2017, 12:23:35 AM »
Whoa, that's awesome! Looking forward for the engine

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #46 on: June 07, 2017, 11:03:30 AM »
Onto the final sanding.

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #47 on: June 08, 2017, 05:24:03 PM »
All this painting lately has my shooting skills fine tuned.

Offline 94touring

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #48 on: June 08, 2017, 05:28:52 PM »
Forgot how bright this roof is.

Offline BruceK

Re: 66 cooper S full restoration
« Reply #49 on: June 08, 2017, 05:37:12 PM »
Man that is pretty.  Looks like deep liquid.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville