Winston the '78-998: it's almost time.

Started by DarkHelmet, August 13, 2017, 05:29:47 PM

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DarkHelmet

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.
1978 mini1000, A+ 998 engine.

MiniDave

Welcome, Dark Helmet!

Look forward to the updates as you go along
Complete failure at retirement

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

Dmulder

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."

Bahowe1

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.

DarkHelmet

Quote from: Bahowe1 on August 15, 2017, 02:02:17 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.

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.

DarkHelmet

#5
Well this has been a while, but new job, life, etc has made things take longer. I skipped a lot along the way but I have the front and rear subs done and getting the final bits stripped off the car. i have a set of graying plastic flares and a full length original style exhaust system to get rid of (anyone in colorado let me know) and somehow I wound up with two extra left side window scrapers....but everything is ready to plug in once I drive down to the website HQ and pick up the shell Touring94 is working on.

here's the writeups and details over the last year when I really got to buckle down (finally with time,space,money) (for each one, right click and open in new tab so you don't have to go back and reclick a lot) and start working on it.
1978 mini1000, A+ 998 engine.

94touring


MiniDave

Wow! 6 years later!   :grin:

Thanks for coming back to us, I'll go take a peek at your other thread too
Complete failure at retirement

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

94touring

You need to post up the buff day pictures to your blog!

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