Author Topic: My Project car in Bolivia  (Read 31465 times)

Offline richard1

My Project car in Bolivia
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:37:45 PM »
I'm negotiating this pickup at the moment. It obviously needs a little work. First question is that if I get it I'll definitely replace the engine (currently has a 3 cyl Suzuki in it and he bent out the front to do it): Where is the best place in the US, preferably near Tulsa, to get a decent used engine?
« Last Edit: August 28, 2011, 12:24:27 PM by richard1 »

Offline 94touring

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 10:39:49 PM »
Wow did he get creative with the front end! 

Offline dutchy1978

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 06:26:50 PM »
Good luck. it looks like a huge job if you get it. nice front bumper. did he use it as a snow plow?  :D

Offline MEhinger

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 01:44:13 PM »
Oh my!!! Danotje, watch this one. One advantage here is selling the front bumper as scrap metal should pay for the restoration.

Offline 94touring

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 02:04:13 PM »
 :D

Offline richard1

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 05:22:21 PM »
I didn't think about the scrap value until after I told him he could keep it.

It's mine now. Full sets of pictures on my new site under "progress". I'll update it as I go, but I'll have lots of questions before I get too far. In the morning I should finish pulling the Suzuki engine.
http://widman.biz/Mini/Mini/index.html

Offline 94touring

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 09:29:10 AM »
I just like the fact it looks like it might be in worse shape than my pickup  ;D

Offline richard1

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 09:43:08 AM »
I just like the fact it looks like it might be in worse shape than my pickup  ;D

Wait til I post the pictures of what the PO did to the subframe and suspension and you will have a definite answer to that.

Offline richard1

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011, 07:35:35 PM »
Take a look at how he cut up the sub-frame and added pieces.






Offline 94touring

Re: Possible Project car
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 10:24:07 PM »
That's pretty amazing, can't wait to see what you do with it.

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2011, 12:37:55 PM »
Project is underway. Here is one of the first pictures after I bought it. I let him keep his bumper. I didn't think about selling it as scrap.
I haven't had a lot of time to play with it because of business, and because I also ended up buying a Renault Ondine.

I'll be updating my site with all the progress as it comes, but here are a few shots.

here is the inside



The original engine is pretty much useless. I've ordered a 1275cc from Chile. Just having trouble getting it here.


Pulled the Suzuki engine out with my environmentally friendly hoist.


and saw how badly cut up the sub frame is (one is also coming from Chile)


New brakes, wheels, steering, dash and much more has come from the UK


After patching the rear corner, it was time to measure for the fender flares


A little more patching


Rolled it over to pull the rear sub-frame to clean and paint, and start replacing the floor with panels from a donor Toyota minivan.


A 15 hp water hose will get it ready to sandblast


Now all I need is time. Hopefully I'll get back next month and not have to spend all my time on the renault (but I have to get it to where it passes inspection)

Offline 94touring

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2011, 01:21:00 PM »
Good to see you working on it! 

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2011, 08:02:43 AM »
Not much happening. Project was stalled for a few months as my body guy had found a car he could use as a donor for panels. after wasting 3 months negotiating and actually traveling a long way to get it, the guy backed out.
So this will be my new floor, donated from a toyota minivan

Offline 94touring

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2011, 09:47:38 AM »
Is that going to work?  Tunnel might be a little big?

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2012, 08:02:49 PM »
While I was waiting on the body shop and trying to get him moving on it, I got a lot done on my Renault Dauphine. Those pictures are posted on my site.

I finally told my body guy that it looked like I would need another body shop for the Renault, since he had had the Mini for a year. Next day he called me to come see the progress.
First was cutting out the entire floor and the modified front sub-frame.

Then forming and tacking the Toyota floor in place with the side panel he had formed from a donor car.


Meanwhile I took the rear sub-frame, sandblasted it and painted it and the rear brake drums that I will use. I also ordered a set of bushings and knuckles. I found out that my HS6 SU carb is from a 1800cc Chrysler Avenger, so I;ll have to see how it fits the 1275cc engine when it gets here.





Offline Mudhen

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2012, 12:49:13 PM »
Wow, what a job!!

Love the Judas Priest sticker... 4.gif

Offline batman1usa

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 06:23:18 AM »
Love the rotiserie...   4.gif

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2012, 12:43:18 PM »
I just noticed the link to my progress was broken. Fixed now so you can follow.

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2012, 06:51:03 PM »
Got a couple of hours free this afternoon so I polished up the trumpets, put in the new knuckles and put things together. Going fine til I realized I hadn't ordered wheel bearings. Then realized my wheel bearings aren't like the ones in catalogs. (see other post for questions)





Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2012, 12:46:52 PM »
I finally got what might be a straight answer from the seller of the engine. Actually, from his partner. He says he took it to a mechanic to make sure it was good, and the mechanic took the engine and skipped town, that the police report is filed, etc.

So he is refunding me half my money and sending another engine, in pieces, to be rebuilt. That in itself is no real problem, except it will take a little longer, since I'll have to wait for the engine, measure, order, etc. Once I have the parts I can easily assemble an engine in a morning.

It would still need alternator, carb, etc.

Meanwhile, last night a friend told me of a 1300 engine with fuel injection from 1993 with an automatic transmission that is for sale about 300 miles from here, that he has seen running.

He is going to give me the guy's number this week so I can find out more. I understand the automatic transmission is not the longest living thing in the world, but I'll never put more than 5000 miles a year on it once it's finished, having the Corvair, BMW, and Renault to share my classic driving (and who knows what else later on).

Can a normal sub-frame be modified to fit the auto trans?

What are the questions I need to ask?

Offline 94touring

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2012, 02:17:36 PM »
Yeah different subframes.  I can take a look at the auto at the shop and try to figure out major differences if you don't get a quick answer.

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2013, 07:22:27 PM »
That guy decided not to sell, so found a front clip in Chile and my body guy went and got it. I've had a chance to clean up and paint the subframe and a few parts, then the rest of it got here, so we will fuse the front of a 94 Rover Mini to the rear of the 75 pickup, giving me the 1300cc engine, auto trans, AC, roll-up windows, etc.
I'll sell the 8.4" brakes and put on the Cooper-S with the 10" wheels.
Also located some comfortable Toyota seats locally that I'll upholster along with the door panels.




















Offline Mudhen

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2013, 04:25:43 AM »
Wow, the before/after of those parts is incredible.  If you hadn't included that pic of you buffing the alternator I would have asked what paint you used.

Do you put anything on it to keep it that way?  or does it last a long time?

(and I have a box of stuff here I'll ship down...no rush  ;D )

Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2013, 08:15:20 AM »
My current product to keep it shiny is Meguair's Mag & Aluminum Polish. But it seems to have been discontinued in its present formulation so I'm not sure where I'll go for the future.

I had used a clear plastic paint on the Corvair headlight rims, but they aren't as shiny as I like to keep them.

This is how the Renault grills came out.


Offline richard1

Re: My Project car in Bolivia
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2013, 06:12:49 PM »
Now we are getting somewhere. No welds yet, but it is aligning nicely.