Author Topic: Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.  (Read 893 times)

Offline DarkHelmet

Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.
« on: August 13, 2017, 07:29:47 PM »
Hi, I post over on Minimania (been a while) as the same name but also muse over on Oppositelock at times. With an upcoming move, I had to cobble the project together with mostly busted parts so it could at least roll to the next house a mile away, lo and behold it runs and drives...a bit.


I got the car (cheap doesn't even describe the deal I got) the fall of 2011 up here north of Denver and started on some mechanicals to get it running. It ran like a top (probably needs a new timing chain) and discovered how rotten the floor was shortly after....it was REALLY rotten. then I was to redo the brakes, cause i was more interested in the drive than the real whole fix at the time. I put it up on jack stands, took apart all the brakes and found them horribly seized and hopeless so with the worsening work schedule and parts cost going up, it stood on those stands for nearly 4 years. Now, the trifecta is upon me.

time, space, money.

So it will be done. But I must now plan the fix. Step one is to take the whole thing apart and tack in some bars across the door openings and across so the thing doesn't taco. Media blast the thing, and then I guess I'll work from the top down as the top and most of the middle is perfect.



List: lower scuttle, "A" panels, lower rockers, whole floor, lower firewall, rear subframe panels, etc, etc. Bottom 8 inches of the car must be cut out, replaced, and fix/replace the cancer up to the windshield. lower doors, aaannnd...complete suspension and brakes.

Not much, really...
I'll update this winter when I get him apart and start really digging into it.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 09:09:09 PM by DarkHelmet »
1978 mini1000, A+ 998 engine.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 07:32:03 PM »
Welcome, Dark Helmet!

Look forward to the updates as you go along
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline Dmulder

Re: Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 10:13:23 AM »
watching.  I need to do some work to mine eventually as well.  However, not sure I will ever have time, space, and money all at once
"In like a lamb, Out like a lion."

Offline Bahowe1

Re: Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 04:02:17 PM »
Your project sounds exactly like mine. It's the post '70 mini- rust repairs to daily driver'. You can do it. The advice I got was 'take each rust repair as it's own project and do them one at a time. It sort of helps with the overwhelmed feeling.

Offline DarkHelmet

Re: Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2017, 08:55:17 PM »
Your project sounds exactly like mine. It's the post '70 mini- rust repairs to daily driver'. You can do it. The advice I got was 'take each rust repair as it's own project and do them one at a time. It sort of helps with the overwhelmed feeling.

Absolutely my focus. Turtle deck, A-sections, firewall, rockers, floor, rear areas....pretty much in that order. Thanks for the encouragement
1978 mini1000, A+ 998 engine.