Author Topic: Stan's 78 mini restoration  (Read 57810 times)

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #400 on: February 28, 2018, 03:50:18 PM »
Thanks, just fettling the loose bits now. I had to replace the lines that go to the master cylinders, and I found the copper washers that seal the SS brake lines to the calipers were the wrong size. I'm having a difficult time finding some that will work, but my backup plan is to install a set of new standard rubber brake hoses that I  have on hand.

Pics when I'm done.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2018, 06:51:11 PM by MiniDave »
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #401 on: March 03, 2018, 06:39:27 PM »
Finally got all the hydraulic leaks sorted, I had to file the sealing surface where the hose attaches to one of the front calipers, despite changing hoses and sealing washers it still leaked till I got it smoothed out and straight. PITA cheap parts.....I did change the hoses to stock rubber ones too, what a PITA that job is, easy when the subframe is sitting on the floor, in the car it's another matter! To do the left one requires removing the radiator. Oh it's supposed to be doable thru the little window in the inner fender, but I could not get a wrench on the locking nut, so out it came.

Anyway, that should be it....I have to put the radiator back in and add coolant, then start it up and make sure I've got all the air bubbles out. I need to richen the carb another half turn and I think it's there. It starts easily, shifts well and Dan said even on his short run that it seemed to pull strong.

Now "all" Stan has to do is finish the glass and interior and it's a car!

First pic shows that even after I dressed the surface, the center is not being touched, the second shows that's the area the copper washer seals against, the third after I finished it.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2018, 06:53:27 PM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

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Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #402 on: March 04, 2018, 08:17:21 AM »
Better you than me on those brakes! Never seen a car with so many pesky leaks!

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #403 on: March 04, 2018, 10:23:10 AM »
I've never had problems like that sealing up the brakes before, but it's all good now. The pedals right up where it should be and everything is working correctly.

This morning Stan and Alan Miller are coming to get the car, it'll be great to see it driving out under it's own power, ready for Stan to finish the interior and start putting some miles on it.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #404 on: March 04, 2018, 12:08:51 PM »
And she's on her way home!
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #405 on: March 04, 2018, 03:08:36 PM »
Stan just text'd me that he's driven his car around the block 6 times since he got it home! Wonder how he did that without a seat?  ;D
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline BruceK

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #406 on: March 04, 2018, 03:50:13 PM »
I like the color more each time I see it.    And I like the Baja as the two vehicle too.
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Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #407 on: March 04, 2018, 07:14:40 PM »
I  had an egg crate and everyone set on the floor.  So fun.  Several laps around the block today to get used to how it drives. Thanks Dave !
« Last Edit: March 04, 2018, 07:21:40 PM by stan360 »

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Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #408 on: March 04, 2018, 10:38:17 PM »
Glad it's home and drivable, even if it's just an egg crate for now.

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #409 on: March 06, 2018, 01:21:09 PM »
Dan, i am ready to install carpet and dash pad. Should i use contact cement for dash pad and carpet under padding, or maybe that scotch super77 spray.  I think i even have a super 90 ? something spray

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Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #410 on: March 06, 2018, 01:37:38 PM »
I don't use adhesive for the carpet but that spray adhesive 3m 77 or whatever it is I use for the dash pad.

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #411 on: March 06, 2018, 01:59:51 PM »
Ok, the carpet i suppose wont go anywhere after all the seats are in place. Might be easier in the future if i dont have to tear out a pile of jute i glued to the floor .

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Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #412 on: March 06, 2018, 02:13:09 PM »
Your rubber door surrounds hold much of it. Heel boards also have metal tabs.  Then seats and seat belts. 

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #413 on: March 12, 2018, 05:16:42 PM »
Dan, I want to poke those sun visors and the rear view mirror in, but  I cannot remember where the holes are. And I didn't seem to take pics of that area on take down.   Do you have a mini w/ no liner and can measure the spots close enough for me to stab at it.  I dont want to mess up this headliner.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2018, 05:18:52 PM by stan360 »

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #414 on: March 12, 2018, 05:41:55 PM »
Use a pin to find them, that way the holes are tiny.....don't forget the interior light too.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
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Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #415 on: March 12, 2018, 06:00:47 PM »
I'll get some measurements but yeah I usually poke around with a pick. 

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #416 on: March 13, 2018, 10:23:43 PM »
today I got the windows put in , but not the pop outs as I am redoing the rubber seals inside the chrome trim...this is a pain in the ass and not sure why I took them apart , but only to remove a bit of rust.  I may just end up using a black silicone sealer instead , as the mini spares rubber strip is super thick  and seemingly impossible.  There is very little space on the sides of the glass against the chrome and I am afraid to force the glass back in.  I bought new window rail supports for the roll ups but opted not to use them as I was afraid to break the glass taking the old ones off. So I just cleaned up the rusty edges. So I hate messing with glass.

As soon as I get the pop outs put in I can finish the carpet, and buy some seat covers. Woo woo
« Last Edit: March 14, 2018, 12:42:53 AM by stan360 »

Offline BruceK

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #417 on: March 14, 2018, 06:18:12 AM »
Hey! That looks like one of those fancy ventilation seats that keep your butt cool.   ;D
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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MiniDave

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #418 on: March 14, 2018, 08:55:16 AM »
I'm excited to see Stan carrying on and getting the car put back together....won't be any time at all before he's terrorizing Lawrence in it!   ;D
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #419 on: March 14, 2018, 01:12:47 PM »
So after trying for 2 hours to use the minispares rubber trim and whacking the edge of the chrome with a mallet , I give up before I break something.  Gonna use some black silicone or similar.

Offline jeff10049

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #420 on: March 16, 2018, 01:03:25 AM »
I just used  clear 100% silcone on mine worked very well, it's easier to clean up after its dry let it squeeze out and dry then use a plastic scraper to remove the excess.

 

Offline MPlayle

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #421 on: March 16, 2018, 11:00:13 AM »
A few years back I did a set of rear pop-out windows on a 1961 Mini I was refurbishing.  I found out (the hard way) the replacement sealing rubber available then was just slightly too thick and would not work.

Fortunately for me, I had a contact that had a bundle of the thinner version that worked.

Unfortunately, the thinner was NLA at that time.

Jeff10049's approach seems a good idea.


Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #422 on: March 23, 2018, 03:42:40 PM »
I tried the silicone and made a mess, so i found some on ebay, just a bit of polishing tp the latches and moving on with it. I think my frames were a bit warped from trying the thick seals, so i gave up there .
« Last Edit: March 23, 2018, 03:44:57 PM by stan360 »

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Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #423 on: March 23, 2018, 04:06:03 PM »
Don't toss the other set.  Maybe one of us can try our luck with them.  What else is left?

Offline stan360

Re: Stan's 78 mini restoration
« Reply #424 on: March 23, 2018, 08:32:50 PM »
I will save them. I am trying to get some seat covers and door cards ordered, just waiting to hear back on that. So , seats, carpet, cards and then sort out any bugs that come up. I will take a pic of tie rod ends, i spaced that off,  sorry