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craig
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here we go, mass update from the beginning

He's been with us for just about 17 yrs now (was the wifes 18th birthday present) and has changed a bit over the years.

He started as a stock 85 Ctiy E (one of the very last to have a centre speedo) which during the 1st 4 yrs we had him he had 3 2nd hand 998s fitted. his paint was getting pretty flat (and had cracked on the roof) and a door and A panel where starting to bubble, so the 1st rebuild went underway. In 4 weeks I fitted a new BMH door/A panel, resprayed him in tarten red and had a friend build up a rob walker 1014cc bottom end and a stg1 kit. Coupled this with a Italian job interior and a Mk1 grill some chrome handles and bumpers he was looking good again

Sadly he then had to go into storage for a year (brought our 1st flat and only space to park my MPI cooper), but with our wedding looming, I decided that I wanted to arrive in Pootle. So he was dug back out, new rear subframe fitted, hi-los and GAZ shocks, set of 10" reverse rims (and 7.5" S brakes + super minifins) and he was ready to take me in style

I then used Pootle for fun and a couple of sprints and trackdays after fitting stg3 head and swapping the RC40 for a maniflow (made 62BHP, was well chuffed)

And was also used as my daily for a bit.

But then got Perkin to restore and he was parked up again, stirpped of his engine (went in Perkin) and the interior and sat in a corner of a Pickmeups lockup for a couple of years

Then got the itch for a track car again, so he was rebuilt again, this time with a 91 BHP 1275 (with a webber 45 )and a satin black paint job

The following year, I changed the look again with some red matalflake

Then embarked on the Vaux conversion (2.0 8v)

Which was a really nice conversion, but I soon decided that for Pootles long term (for home manitance and future legislation), A series was the way forward so another rebuild was required

so 1st job was to remove the vaux conversion

then bolt in a 'new' front subby and weld the new front end on

repair the hole where the vaux gear linkage box went

and weld in some 'new' inner wings

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He breifly sat on these as well,

but they had to go :thumbsup: (but I think I prefer him on reverse rims anyway)

And that was where I got upto by summer 2010. Then lost all enthusiasm for him and he sat in the lock up

Decided that it is time to get on and get Pootle back on the road as he has sat tucked away in the back of the lockup untouched for 10 months.

1st job was to collect a 'new' front subby to strip, repaint and rebuild. Its now at the point that it is a bare frame waiting for a degrease

Then it was time for a swap round in the lockup so that I can get good access to Pootle over the next few weeks

Next job up was to empty out Pootle of all the parts I have been gathering for the last year and to then sort them out into boxes that had some sort of logic to what was in them (and what stuff was no longer needed)

Then I decided that the remaining windows needed to come out at some point so it may as well be today. then pushed him outside into the sun (for the 1st time in 10 months )

The 'new' front subby is now painted

so should be ready to be built up tomorrow (finally get to fit my -1.5 arms :P)

Then whilst the paint was drying, time to continue the dis-assembly. The doors, boot and bonnet are now stripped bare inc removing the race numbers that have been on the doors for about 7 years

as you can see, I masked them up when I did the satin black paint job but I think the red door circles work quite well

I also cracked on with stripping the scuttle and the anything un-boltable

Then started to prep the inside of the doors and got the 1st coat of grey onto them. Will need more practice and coats to get a good finish though, but its getting there (plus I think I over thinned the paint as well)

The doors have 2 coats of paint on teh onside face, and aren't looking too bad

(the upper frame will be painted when I paint the outside)

The subframe is 1.2 rebuilt (awaiting a new bump stop before I can put the 2nd doughnut, hi-lo and top arm in). Spent an hour in the sun today trying to slavage a bumpstop from a mk1 subby only to find out that they are different

But then it was time for the old subframe to be removed so that I could get ready for the final welding on the wings and then will be able to prep and paint the engine bay

And with the subframe out. the rack can be removed and the bulkhead fully stripped

Then the lovely job of stripping off old underseal/oily mess

Well, the welding and grinding on the front end is now completed. Had to spend a bit of time getting the settings on the welder right (1st couple of welds weren't that good), but with the power turned up, the welds where good

So then on with the messy business of degreasing the engine bay Not a fun job, but with that completed i could crack on with final prep. It is quite a difficult area to prep, but got there in the end. So it was time to brake out the paint again Used about 15% thinners, and although it seemed a bit thin, 1st go with the rollers and it was going on nicely

So, 1st coat is now on, 2nd (and final hopefully) will be going on Tuesday so that I can get the new steering rack in and the new subby lifted back in to make the shell rolling again to push outside for final prep. Still lots to do before the paint goes on mind

The engine bay looking nice with its 2nd coat all hardened off

and the bootlid out in the sun to harden off bit (few imperfections that I want to resolve before the 2nd coat goes on)

So todays progress, 1 job was to paint the inner wings/ underside of the wings/front panel. What a pain of a job that was (not to mention painful as I headbutted the wheel arch a couple of times whilst trying to get into the right position to get the paint in the to tricky bits leaving a few slices across my head )

Also called into Moss this morning to get the bumpstop and a couple of other bits. This meant I could crack on and finish building up the front subframe


So on with building up the mechanicals. Next in was the new rack. what was annoying was that even though I brought a brand new rack and a pair of track rod ends, neither come with the locking nuts so I am going to have to salvage them from the old rack

Getting the new rack in too a bit of gentle coaxing with the mallet, but was soon enough bolted in

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Then time to refit the subby. Went in very smoothly (for once)



And then time to drop back onto all 4's again


so not a bad days work. Bit more welding to be completed (got a small patch in the boot floor to go in) and then it is time to prep the shell for paint

 

July 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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1st job was to weld a small patch in the corner of the bootfloor which went in very nicely

 

 

Then it was out with the wire brush to clean back and check the sills. A messy job as there was a lot of layers of stone chip ect covering them, but they where still in good shape. The drivers side has had 2 patches over the years (1 I didn't know about so that's been there at least 15 years :P) but is holding up well so they have received a fresh coat of stone chip :)

 

Then it was time to break out the DA and start prepping the shell. Initially this didn't go well as I'd got it set far to slow, but with the speed turned up the satin black areas prep'd nicely. where I had painted over the satin black in the red metalflake it didn't go so well. As soon as it breaks through the the black below it seems to smear black paint over the top.

So will have to finish the red off by hand :(

 

Anyway, we're about 50% of the way there I think

 

So, the last few days have been prep, more prep and a bit more prep. But this morning I only had a tiny bit left to do (still took a couple of hours :(  ). So that left Pootle looking like this

 

 

 

Finally ready to be cleaned down and panel wiped :)

 

With that out the way, there was nothing else but to mix up some more paint. Mixed it a bit to thick really for the warmth today (closer to 10%) but it went on OK (was getting a bit tacky as I finished off the front valance) and a nice big gust of wind blew in as soon as I started painting :( But that is the joy of painting in a barn I guess :P

 

So, the 1st coat is done, back tomorrow for the 2nd one

 

 

 

 

 

Well, 2nd coat went on. The 1st coat hadn't gone on as well as I had hoped (especially the doors and the bonnet), but this one seems to have gone on much better. Prob helped as it was a bit cooler and that I used more thinners in the mix this time (20%). I can see though that there is going to be a fair amount of flatting and polishing going to be needed once its all hardened off properly :(

 

Much better shine this time

 

 

Well, was far to windy to stick the 3rd coat on today, so we bolted the doors on instead :P Not as silly as it sounds, means that I can now paint with the lockup door closed, but also keeps the bolt-ons out of harms way

 

Shine wise, the paint is looking very good, but it is going to need allot of flatting off before it is a nice smooth finish  :roll:

 


 

got the pedal box in (which wasn't plain sailing as 1 of the tabs had been bent so stopped it going in square), just got 1 brake pipe to make and then it can come back out to be painted

 

And today was starting to get the engine finished off. Decided that it made sense to drop the engine in before the final coat of paint is rollered on (in case we scratch anything it is then easy enough to sort)

 

So I dug out the boxes of nuts and bolts and brackets we'd removed from the scrap engine and started to work through what went where

 

Got stumped for a while bolting the flywheel up, the original 'washer' from the scrap engine (where we also got the flywheel from) was damaged


luckily Keith was about and found a good one. But it wouldn't sit in the flywheel?? So he had another rummage and turned up a smaller one without the flat on it. Fitted perfectly. Seems there are 2 types.

So was able to get the flywheel bolted up and torqued up, but couldn't fit the pressure plate as I couldn't find the right bolts (must be another box of them some where) so the engine was tucked back away in the corner till next week

July 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Brendan
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Alot of hard work gone in there matey. Credit to ya. Looks like she has had afew faces too??? Mini to Clubman and back to Mini again.

July 6, 2013 at 3:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Gary
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I'm curious as to what the green incarnation is in the background in a fw shots

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Got a life ..... Got a Mini ...... Re-living my youth!!

July 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Posts: 23

Cheers Brendan, he has been a long term project, and I keep changing my mind :P I'll add the next phase on later, so far we are at summer 2010

Gary, that is my mates semi spaceframed mk2 mini (built with some maguire parts, but not a full build) which now rums a metro front subframe and a 1.8 VVC engine. He is looking to sell it sadly.

 

July 8, 2013 at 6:38 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Brendan
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Hi Craig, i know the feeling as been there in the past wheni restored my previous 4 Mini's i had and some other cars ive done too. NEVER again though. Having fun with my current Cooper sportpack and hope to be at Atwel next sunday in her.

Regards, Brendan

July 8, 2013 at 7:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Gary
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craig at July 8, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Cheers Brendan, he has been a long term project, and I keep changing my mind :P I'll add the next phase on later, so far we are at summer 2010

Gary, that is my mates semi spaceframed mk2 mini (built with some maguire parts, but not a full build) which now rums a metro front subframe and a 1.8 VVC engine. He is looking to sell it sadly.

 

Craig, How much is he looking for for the spaceframed Mini?

Impressed with the amount of effort youhave put into yours by the way. Like you I have built and worked on mine myself rather than just buy a car already built. There is much more soul in something you have created yourself.

Are you coming on the tour on the 28th?

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Got a life ..... Got a Mini ...... Re-living my youth!!

July 20, 2013 at 3:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Posts: 23

The green beasty is currently up on ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141021171413?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1431.l2649#ht_1121wt_958

July 25, 2013 at 6:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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craig at July 25, 2013 at 6:26 AM

The green beasty is currently up on ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141021171413?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1431.l2649#ht_1121wt_958

It ended up north, hopefully it'll get the track use.


Anyway, back to Pootle :)


Got the timing chain changed over and the new tensioner fitted, but is the washer on the crank pulley the right way round?

 

 

Also spent a bit of time painting bits up so once I have a new gasket and seal (and a couple of bolts) it can all go together and be ready to drop in :D

 

 

Well, a little more progress has happened, been hampered by needing to wait on a couple of bolts, only for them to be the wrong ones  :mad: Thankfully we had some in a bag donated by rob, so the engine is getting close to being ready to drop in

The timing gear is all bolted up and brackets mounted

Also got the dizzy in (need to give it a clean up and service) and the clutch is now fitted  8) Will prob be doming further work on the Wok cover (needs some holes I think) and need to fit the oil filter housing, but getting there




 

He'd now got a  thick layer of dust over him and very little progress, But slowly rebuilding the enthusiasm to head out and do some work :)

 

Decided that it was time to spend a bit of time on Pootle, so headed up the lockup this morning with the aim of getting the interior painted.

 

So 1st job to empty out Pootles interior (or store as he's been for the last few months  ) followed by the tedious task of cleaning and prepping the inside for paint 

 

The painting started well (once I had been able to open up the jar with the remains of the mixed paint from last time) and got the rear shelf, around the rear windows, rear bins and the dash top rail and A pillars painted. I was feeling quite happy with progress at this point :)


 

Then I opened up the tin to mix some more up. Which there was less in that I remembered (so am going to have to buy some more :(  ) but I set about mixing up another 400ml of paint. Whilst pouring the paint, there was a lump of paint skin that came flowing out, joy. And whilst painting the floor I got some fluff on the roller (which I hadn't noticed) and then spotted a patch on the rear bin that was a bit thin so gave that area a furry coat  :ahhh:  After painting both the rear floors and the cross member I had run out of paint again, was getting annoyed with it so left it there and packed up for the day. But some progress non the less.


August 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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The seats went to rusty at retro retrims and the spec's are all finalised, there has been some progress on the engine (and then I dropped a nut down into the head which we can't find even after taking the head off :roll: ) and Gaz has wet sanded and mopped the paintwork for me (and it is looking mighty fine :D)

 

 

Camera was at home, so only rubbish phone cam pic :(

 

 

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Not too bad considering, but there will be more work needed on it next spring. But the paint is now sealed with polish to keep the world at bay till then :P

 

As the wind was getting up (and the doors starting to bash about), I pushed him back inside to continue.

 

next up was building the doors back up and the door seals back in. 1st door handel, dropped one of the screws down inside the door  :(1/2 hr wasted fishing it back out with a magnetic screwdriver :( but after that the locks went back easily and with the door seals back in, the doors shut nicely and fit pretty good.

 

Next up, fit up the bootlid. It will need to come off for more paint (its only had 1 coat on the outside) but it will be safer bolted up. Only problem was initially fitting the hinges to the wrong sides (after carefully thinking about which side was which  :roll: )

 

final job for the day, get the bonnet onto the riser brackets in on to the hinges. Forgotten what a pain they were to fit on your own, but got there in the end.



August 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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couple of pic's of the next batch of progress

 

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Doors fully built, bonnet on (on riser brackets)

 

And the boots on as well

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Next off was fitting the 'new' carpet I was given during the week, black MPI one it good condition :)

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Then I decided it was Time Pootle had some eyes again

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and trail fitted the mk2 rears (need to find the seals for them )

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I them tried out the opening rear 1/4's, sadly the seals have shrunk so they don't fit very well :(

 

new headlining fitted, seats are in (supplied and retrimed MPI seats from retro retrims) and I'm well chuffed

 

Some decent pic's from rusty (at least 1 of us had a decent camera)

 

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all the glass going in to make the shell water/dust tight (and keep my nice new interior clean ), it will all have to come out again in the near future, but its safe and dry now :)

 

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Today saw a couple more steps towards a water tight shell (well as water tight as a mini gets) so the original back lights were refitted (haven't got the body seals for the mk2's at the mo) along with the tank and the numberplate. So that along with the boot seal should keep the boot nice and dry ;)

 

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Also got the bonnet latched bolted up, still need to find the spring though

 

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That was 2011 done with, onto 2012 with some more progress  :lol:

 

With the lockup now equipped with an engine hoist it seemed rude not to use it. A bit of a sort out in the lockup was needed 1st, and then removal of the bonnet and the brake master/servo and we were ready to go :) Got the rope around the engine and it lifted nice and square, so far so good. Then the 1st problem, the hoists legs were fouling on the bottom arms. No probs, lift the front up and stick some axle stands under and jobs a good'n the hoist goes under  :handgestures-thumbupright: and shortly afterwards the engine was sitting in the subframe.

Then the fun began, fitted mini engines with 2 new engine mounts is always a pain, but today it was really being  :angry-banghead: after a bit of juggling, we got the flywheel end mounts bolts in and done up a little (left lose enough to allow the engine to be rocked), but the rad end wasn't having any of it. We tried levering, using ratchet straps to pull the engine down, but it wouldn't get close. in the end we gave in and fitted a used (but good) engine mount, and after much hammering we had it bolted it

 

So with that completed, I started to bolt a few of the engine bits on. Some (like the oil cooler) will have to come back off in the near future, but mean that I can work out where to mount stuff.

 

So a frustraiting day, but thanks to Gaz, a productive one

 

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started to plan out the dash. Because I kept the webber box in, this makes running the centre clocks a bit more tricky, so for Christmas Rosie brought me a works dash set from minisport and I've been working out how to do it since.

 

So today i broke out the CAD (morris had convieniantly finished a box of wiskers last night )

 

So out with the pens and the scissors and this is what I have come up with

 

before

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template

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unbolt the top to check the dials actually fit

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and it should look something like this

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Not sure of the best way to cut the holes out, I have a hole saw that will do the temp and oil pressure, and the bezzel on the rev counter sits on top so the edge doesn't need to be perfect, but the speedo will be a bit more 'fun' :/ I suspect it will be a case of drill a chain of holes and then get busy with the dremmel

 

Well, day 1 of operation get Pootle home started last week and has been mildly productive

 

Spent a bit of time working through what bits I have and haven't got, found some I had forgotten about too

 

So the main task I wanted to get done was to get the engine all back together, so that needs the head actually bolting on :P So 1st task was to lift the head back off (sat on the block to stop cack getting into the bores) and clean up the block face (after pulling the studs out).

 

Also whilst the head was off it was easier to fit the fuel pump blanking plate and the water pump

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Then found out I couldn't find the bypass hose. Luckily there is an old rover dealer near by, and they had one on the shelf (they had to try about 6 different part numbers first ), was surprised how much stiffer it was compared to the hoses from Moss ect (and not the flexi type ones either)

 

So with that fitted and the studs back in the block we were looking like this

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So then it was the turn of the head for a quick clean up

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And on it went. Nearly made a clanger, was just about to start bolting it down when I realised that the pushrods were still in the card sheet I used to keep them in order  :roll:

 

Also realised that I had left my torque wrench at home so its all just nipped up at the min and will be torqued down tomorrow.

 

So then went through and started to dummy build up the engine, more than anything to confirm whats missing and that everything fits.

 

So that left the engine looking like

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Which gets us to this week

Bit of progress on Monday, got the head torqued down, so 1 more job completed :) Also bolted up the heater tap (with a new gasket of course :P) and then tried to get the clutch arm out of the spare wok cover. Wasn't playing ball so had to leave that with some pen oil over it, hopefully be able to get it swapped over tomorrow.

 

So I fitted the clutch master and pipe work and refitted the brake master. Still got to work out how to bolt on the pressure valve and make the final pipe.

 

So will be back up for a few hours tomorrow evening, hopefully make a bit more progress

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So a couple of productive hours this evening, not quite the jobs I intended doing, but happy that they are done :)

 

1st job was to fit the arches, and then the new bonnet strap (as it was there and I had the drill out :P) which also meant bolting the bonnet back on (useful for trailering on Saturday anyway)

 

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With that done I then fitted the washer jets (I found them in a box whilst looking for something else :P) and the it seemed logical to fit the wiper motor

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Final job of the day was to fit the starter solinoid and then reconnect the battery wire

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Then on went the door outer weather strips (help keep the inside dry :P)

August 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Friday was the final day of working on Pootle, progress made, gear linkage fitted (but only due to Gaz, I got it a bit wrong :P) but for some reason it only selects 1st and 3rd (more investigation needed I think. The exhaust manifold is fitted (cooper freeflow :)) and the carb is bolted up. also fitted the front brake hoses and tightened up the tie rod bolts (must go round and bolt check the entire front subframe).

 

So Saturday was the day that Pootle was coming home.

 

So 1st job was to get him outside

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he was very grubby (the joys of parking in a barn) so a quick wash was in order

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much better

 

Then an afternoon spent wiring the towbar in on Gary's new sprinter so we could tow him home (Cheers Gary  8) ) which, apart from me wiring the indicators the wrong way round  :roll:) went pretty smoothly

 

So it was time to get him loaded up and head home

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And now he is back, resting in my garage, waiting for me to get om and finish him :lol:

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So that's up to July 2012

August 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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so, this years progress, mainly on the dash so far

 

Part of the interior that has been giving me the most trouble finalising the design has been the dash. I knew I wanted a retro look, and I loved the works dash pod's, but getting it laid out right has been a struggle. But I have finally got there (I think :lol: )

 

I've also been collecting more bits too. I wanted to have a set of stop watches on the passenger pod, and mini sport have recently started to make replica mounts. They offered them with or without the 'pea' lights (to iluminate them), but the ones they use are nasty chromed ones, not in keeping with the works look at all. So some time was spent researching what was originally used and it turned out that they are aircraft instrument lights and I managed to find a pair of MoD surplus ones for less than the price of 1 minisport one :)

 

So today I've been assembling the panel, fitting up the lights and trying the stopwatch (need to find another or possibly a watch so I have the time ;) ) and working out were to cut the pod

 

I've come to the conclusion that the easiest and neatest solution is to strip it right down and then to drill through and bolt everything through the pod and the mount

 

Anyway, we all like pic's

Pea lights installed

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Stop watch in (need to adjust the position of the posts as its set of a 55mm watch and I've got a 50mm one)

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and it roughly in position on the pod (taped up to stop scratches)

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took it all to bits to start drilling quite a few holes, and filing out a few of them to suit the watch. But its all together and and I'm pretty chuffed (Although i did manage to break the leg off the LED :( and I need to do the wiring)

 

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August 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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It was far to cold to venture out to the garage, so I thought it was time that I man up and cut the holes in the drivers pod for the dials. I've been putting it off for a while, but finally plucked up the courage to start drilling. 1st issue was the 52mm hole cutter I've got was blunt, so had to resort to chain drilling and filing out the holes with the dremmel (great fun). But I think it came out ok :) Still need to find/re-make the retaining straps for the dials, but I'm happy with how they look

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So I got the passenger pod out of storage to get an idea of how they will look

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Pretty chuffed with that :)

 

 stuck an order in to minispares the other week for the next stage of bits, so thought I should get on and do something with them :P

 

1st off was the new steering column, the splines had gone on the original and I replaced the rack as a precaution, but had been using one of Gaz's spares. So a new one was delivered and (after a trip out to buy the right sized socket to get the steering wheel off) it was stripped and rebuilt with ought any great drama :)

 

Fitting was another matter. 1st off had to clear the space infront so I could get him outside, but trying to get the new column onto the splines was a real struggle. Seems that they are closed up new and need spreading to go over but stay a snug fit. Its still not on 100% (need to dig out a suitable bit of wood and the lump hammer to help drive it home) but its fine for pushing in and out of the garage :)

 

Also had a play with the gears. Before we brought him home I could only get 1st and 3rd which I thought was down to the engine and subframes only being losely in at the mo, but some working through of the gear linkage has got all the gears :D 1 less thing to worry about :D

 

So feeling on a good streak, decided to mock out the dash pods. 1st thing was to fit in place the padded lower dash rail, which looks like it'll need some of Rusty's magic to get it sitting right. Then out with the masking tape to hold the pods in place. Pretty happy with them, the drovers pod is sitting high and the passenger side is sitting low, but once the lower dash rail is sitting right then I think a lot of that will sort its self out. But the dials are sitting perfect in the line of sight from drivers seat :) and the watch I've sourced works really well with the stopwatch :D

 

So, pics's now I guess :lol:

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And that's me up to date. Made a to-do list at work yesterday, still lots left, but light at the end of the tunnel


Roll on a few months and a bit more work happened :lol: Decided it was too hot to do battle in the garage, so over the last 2 days I've dragged out the wiring loom (which has sat in a big tub 1/2 finished for the last 18 months) and I've finished off replacing the bullet connector wiring extensions with proper colour coded soldered in ones and re-wrapped 90% of the loom (used about 20m of black tape so far ).

I've still got the 2 x 8 blade fuse boxes which will be mounted up on the dash by the speedo (final bit I've got to make on the dash is the panel that goes between the 2 works dash pods which they'll mount onto) and the wiring for the stereo, cigarette lighters and other dials will be on their own seperate looms which I'll build once the main loom is back installed. But its another thing (nearly ) ticked off the list.


And thats me up to date. Still not making huge progress, but a little bit closer to IMM :)

August 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Time to raise this from the depths. Been mulling things over with whats needed to get Pootle back on the road, and the best way to tackle it as very little has happened in the last 18 months. I have slowly been building up the parts, but the list of jobs needed is a long one. :roll:

 

So today after work, armed with a big list of jobs (and an empty bladder ) I headed over to Maks at Minitec to chat through him over a few brews what could be done. And we have a plan

 

I've got a list of jobs to do, and a week off work next month, and on the 22nd on June, Pootle is going to Maks to be finished to an MOT'd/running state by the end of the 1st week in July so over the next few days, I'll be putting the list up here and then starting to work my way through it / working out what remaining parts are missing (or I've lost)

 

To say I'm slightly excited is a bit of an under statement


here we go then, the list of jobs

 

front subframe

- Fit rear mounts (1 side Done)

- retorque top mounts

- buy/shim/fit front mount bolts

- Tighten/check lower arms and tiebars

- Tighten/check/grease upper arms

- Cut down bump stops

- fit front shocks

 

Steering

- fit new column/ fit bolt

- adjust tracking/ fit lock nuts

- strip/clean/replace grease nipples/ regrease ball joints

- build/fit drive shafts

 

Engine

- find/buy/fit pot joint (Mak supplying)/ FOUND

- tap top steady bolt holes/ fit top steady

- fit proper engine mount bolts

- fit lower gearbox steady

- Buy/fit eleccy dizzy (On order)

- buy/fit oil pressure sender (Oil pressure gauge pipe bought)

- set tappets/fit missing lock nuts

- service

- Fit exhaust

- Check gear linkage mount is correct way round

- Bolt up fan

- install rad

- Buy/fit alternator / bracket (Orignal alternator fitted)

- Change oil cooler for pipe (on order)

- Fit speedo drive

- Fit speedo cable

- Fit throttle cable

 

Brakes

- Fit pedal box (Done)

- Buy/Fit brake MC (Done)

- Fit pressure dist valve (Done)

- Connect MC to Valve (need new pipe)

- Connect Valve to front subframe

- Check front flexi hoses correct sides

- Bleed system

 

Clutch

- Fit clutch arm - (Done)

- Buy/Fit MC (Done)

- Fit hard/flexi pipe (Done)

- fit Slave/connect (Done)

- Bleed/adjust system

 

Interior/wiring

- Finish /fit wiring main loom (90% done now and installed :))

- Fit headlight looms/ connect to main

- Fit lower dash rail (DONE )

- fit switch panel

- Cut hole for speedo in bulkhead box

- Fit speedo

- Cover Upper dash rail

- Fit dash pods

- Build looms for dials

- Drill out holes for choke/heater

- fit heater/choke cables

- fit heater

 

Bodyork

- Replace drivers sill

- sort hole under rear light

- sort hole Drivers rear shock mount

- Tidy/stone chip/paint sills

- touch up paint on A panel

- tweak/fit front seams

- paint front seams

- prep/paint rear valance

- paint bootlid

- repaint roof

- change back window seal

- change rear 1/4 window seals

- Trim front wings to suit tyres

 

Wheels

- strip tyres off rims

- blast /powder coat wheels

- tyres refitted


June 8, 2014 at 3:37 AM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Been bust over the oast few weeks


Got the passenger side front subby rear mount fitted (was a bit of a pain and took longer than it should), but when I went to do the drovers side I couldn't get the subframe to tilt back far enough.

After struggling with it for a while, I moved on to sort the clutch hydraulics out. Got the clutch arm greased and the new clevis pin fitted, bolted up the salve and master and the pipe work still got to fit the pedal clevis mind, that'll be fun

Was during this I noticed that the drivers inner wing was overhanging the front subframe, so that was stopping the subframe tilting and stopping the rear mount going in . So at least I know what went wrong there.

 

Also cracked on with the alternator. Had to re-tap the holes for the bracket (as well as tap the hole in the bracket as it was slightly too small for the bolt), but I got the original alternator fitted up.

 

Whilst I had the tap and die set out, I thought I'd sort the threads out in the block for the engine steady. The new bolt I bought a few years back only ever went in about 1/2 way, so I dug out the tap and ran it in and out a few times and its still bottoming out the bolt about 10mm to early. I know it'll have a washer and the earth strap on it which will take out some of the gap, but it still seems to short. (turned out in teh end that Moss had supplied a bolt that was too long :( )






Then had a frustrating evening, went to fit the new brake pipe from the master to the pressure valve, it was far too long and trying to tweak it to fit I kinked it  so a proper pre-bent one from minispares was ordered




June 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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I was supposed to have had all of last week off, but work needed me to do some hours so only ended up with 3 afternoons off and I manged to tweak my back too  :cry:

 

But progress has been made. The headlights and indicators are now all wired up and installed, the holes are drilled for the choke and heater and they are now threaded through. I've sanded back and repainted the wheels

and got the tyres fitted to them :)

I've built the looms for the 2 works dash pods and for the speedo, fitted the hard lines from the master cylinder to the pressure valve, finally got the clevis pin on the brake master fitted (need to skim a bit more off the clutch one still), installed and wired up the brake pressure switch, finished off all the engine bay wiring, got the front subframes rear mounts fitted, got the shocks fitted and the new wheels fitted all round :)




I'm happy with the wheels too, although the finish isn't perfect (as it was done with rattle cans) and my choice of paints was limited to what Halfords had at least 2 off in stock (its a Fiat colour), but it is starting to look like the finished article.

 

Did realise I had made a mistake 2 years ago at the weekend. Went to open up the new tin of paint to touch in a couple of bits only to find I had ordered the wrong paint and its far to light so I've had to stick another order in.

Pootles was delivered on Monday to Minitec :) The driver did have to return to Maks to give him the keys mind

 

So the big push starts, I've been heading round after work to drink lots of tea and have a large amount of fun poked at me :P

June 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Updated the list of jobs

 

front subframe

- Fit rear mounts ( Done)

- retorque top mounts (Done)

- buy/shim/fit front mount bolts (Done)

- Tighten/check lower arms and tiebars (Done)

- Tighten/check/grease upper arms (Done)

- Cut down bump stops (will do if needed once driven)

- fit front shocks (Done

 

Steering

- fit new column/ fit bolt (Done)

- adjust tracking/ fit lock nuts (Done although tracking needs final alignment once its settled(+)

- strip/clean/replace grease nipples/ regrease ball joints (done)

- build/fit drive shafts (Done)

 

Engine

- find/buy/fit pot joint (Mak supplying)/ FOUND (Done)

- tap top steady bolt holes/ fit top steady (Done)

- fit proper engine mount bolts (Done)

- fit lower gearbox steady (Done)

- Buy/fit eleccy dizzy (Done)

- buy/fit oil pressure sender (Done)

- set tappets/fit missing lock nuts (Done)

- service (Done)

- Fit exhaust

- Check gear linkage mount is correct way round

- Bolt up fan (Done)

- install rad (done)

- Buy/fit alternator / bracket (bracket fitted, old alternator fitted as the bearings sound good)

- Change oil cooler for pipe (Done)

- Fit speedo drive (Done)

- Fit speedo cable (Done)

- Fit throttle cable

 

Brakes

- Fit pedal box (Done)

- Buy/Fit brake MC (Done)

- Fit pressure dist valve (Done)

- Connect MC to Valve (Done)

- Connect Valve to front subframe (Done)

- Check front flexi hoses correct sides (Done)

- Bleed system

 

Clutch

- Fit clutch arm (Done)

- Buy/Fit MC (Done)

- Fit hard/flexi pipe (Done)

- fit Slave/connect (Done)

- Bleed/adjust system

 

Interior/wiring

- Finish /fit wiring main loom (Done)

- Fit headlight looms/ connect to main (Done)

- Fit lower dash rail (DONE )

- fit switch panel (Done)

- Cut hole for speedo in bulkhead box

- Fit speedo

- Cover Upper dash rail

- Fit dash pods

- Build looms for dials (Done)

- Drill out holes for choke/heater (Done)

- fit heater/choke cables (Fitted, but need connecting in the engine bay)

- fit heater (Done, but needs hoses fitting)

 

Bodyork

- Replace drivers sill

- sort hole under rear light

- sort hole Drivers rear shock mount

- Tidy/stone chip/paint sills

- touch up paint on A panel

- tweak/fit front seams

- paint front seams

- prep/paint rear valance

- paint bootlid

- repaint roof

- change back window seal

- change rear 1/4 window seals (Done)

- Trim front wings to suit tyres

 

Wheels

- strip tyres off rims (Done)

- blast /powder coat wheels (Done, but painted)

- tyres refitted (Done)

 

Plan is that we should be firing Pootle up tomorrow with working brakes and clutch:lol:

June 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Major step forwards yesterday, I actually drove Pootle :D Granted it was only in and out of the workshop and I was sat on the floor, but the 1st time since Oct 2009 that I've done that :)

 

So to celebrate we finished off fitting the glass, fitted the speedo and then I fitted the harnesses and the seats went back in :)

 

 


 



 



 



July 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

craig
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Well, last night we cracked on through the final jobs and we are (as far as I can tell) ready for the MOT today  :shock:

 


 

And the verdict..................... PASS!!! :D

July 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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