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"Mini-8" - 1978 Cdn Mini 1000 Restomod
Album - Owner: jmangan - 14 items
I acquired this project car in 2009. It began life as a 1978 Canadian-spec Mini 1000, and was owned by the same family that bought it new until I bought it. During its first 30 years it underwent one restoration, and then a thorough conversion to racing specs. Unfortunately, the owner acquired other priorities and was forced to divest himself of the car. Its name derives from the fact that it is my eighth Mini lifetime. I have created my own website, www.mini-8.com, but I am also posting a few pics here to give other Mini freaks an idea of what I'm up to.
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01 First restoration
This is how the car looked after its first restoration in 1992.
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Mar 02, 2013
 
02 New body
When the original body rusted into dust, as most Ontario Minis did, the owner acquired this body from the UK and converted it to LHD.
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Mar 02, 2013
 
03 Stripped body
The new body was completely stripped to bare metal before being painted orange and white.
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Mar 02, 2013
 
04 Body repairs
Repairs were made to the few rusted out areas on the underside of the new body.
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Mar 02, 2013
 
05 I get hold of Mini 8
I am fortunate to have a good workspace and a collection of tools acquired over the last 45 years.
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Oct 15, 2012
 
06 Underbody
Minifin drums had been installed all around, and the underside coated before painting. I added more undercoat to change the colour to black.
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Oct 30, 2012
 
07 Trunk
The car came to me with a nice fuel cell. I had to modify it slightly to accept a fuel gauage.
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Sep 11, 2011
 
08 Engine bay
I made my own defroster from an old ventilation fan. The car will not be driven in winter, so has no heater.
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Sep 13, 2012
 
09 Wiring
The wiring had been completely stripped, and I had to fabricate everything from scratch.
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Nov 03, 2012
 
10 First dashboard
This is the first complete mockup of the dash, one of the biggest jobs for me so far.
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Sep 28, 2012
 
11 Second dashboard
I fabricated the dash from clear plastic, which helped a lot in locating it. I then applied a peel-and stick carbon fibre paper.
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Oct 30, 2012
 
12 Third dashboard
This is the centre of my custom-designed dashboard. I wanted to keep some of the raw racer feel about it.
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Nov 15, 2012
 
13 New trunk lid
I had to acquire new badges and make my own licence plate holder. I got a locksmith to fabricate new keys for the trunk and doors.
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Sep 13, 2012
 
14 Glass
The glass installation was something I put off as long as possible, so that I would have easy access to the area around the scuttle and behind the dash
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Nov 17, 2012
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