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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:13 pm 
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Whats your location?: Carrick-on-Shannon
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What Minis have you?: 1981 saloon 'Lexi'
woody wrote:
There is a bit more than just fitting the bulkhead box, you need to fit a fuel regulator and a high pressure fuel pump and a fuel return to the tank ( I fitted an SPi tank with the pump inside). If its a standard unit your getting you need a mechanical bleed off valve to replace the Metro ECU.You will also need the exhaust down pipe. The Metro setup is now considered old school so unless your getting a complete setup cheap your better off building your own from scratch, check out turbominis.co.uk for all the info you need on turbos. Don't forget bigger brakes.


Ah I was thinking it was too good to be true. Nah the set up wasn't cheap. Thought it would have been handy slip in job but oh well. With all the money spent on bodywork and everything else I guess I'll have to put up with the 998cc for awhile.

This is probably a stupid question but anyone hardly no of any insurance company that would even consider taking me on ? :roll: (18 year old student with a full license)


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:25 am 
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Whats your location?: cavan
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What Minis have you?: 1996 BRG mayfair 1275 auto-lyin up now
1990 1l city-daily driver
1993 cooper spi-completly stripped and upside down!
the long term project(advantage) courtesy of mr skelly!!
rotten shell-found a floor repair panel in the boot tho!
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This is probably a stupid question but anyone hardly no of any insurance company that would even consider taking me on ? :roll: (18 year old student with a full license)


are you planning on having the car as a daily?
give carole nash a call, they sorted me out with a vintage policy without having a policy on another car, limited to 4000 mile but im only back in the country for 4 weeks a year!

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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:42 pm 
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daniel garry wrote:
LIX_818 wrote:
This is probably a stupid question but anyone hardly no of any insurance company that would even consider taking me on ? :roll: (18 year old student with a full license)


are you planning on having the car as a daily?
give carole nash a call, they sorted me out with a vintage policy without having a policy on another car, limited to 4000 mile but im only back in the country for 4 weeks a year!



Oooh interesting. Nah I wouldn't be using it as a daily driver. I'll definitely be giving them a call. How do they no how many miles you've done ? Do they put a box in your car?


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:01 pm 
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Whats your location?: Carrick-on-Shannon
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What Minis have you?: 1981 saloon 'Lexi'
found a few of dads mini pictures.

Here's a pic of one of the shannonside mini runs. Can't remember all the names of the lads to be honest I no John Caseys, Thomas Reilly, Dad (Peter McKenzie), Joe Whyte, Jason Whyte, Geoffrey Conboy. Can't put my finger on who the others are. The location is the ass in the pass. Think about 10 years ago

Then there's Dad's old clubman. Now owned by Tommy Commane


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:14 pm 
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What Minis have you?: 1981 saloon 'Lexi'
Anyone with a rear subframe? Like new kinda condition. Otherwise I'll just buy a new one of minisport


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:34 pm 
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Not a lot done with the mini. I'm waiting on the door steps to arrive so I can crack on with the welding. They're arriving on Wednesday and it'll be full steam ahead then. By the end of the week I'm hoping to have the door steps in, the other quarter repair and the outer sill. Bit optimistic but hopefully. Then the dreaded front has to go on, I have so many questions about putting on the front.

Here's a couple pics of a few small bits I did

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:41 pm 
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Been a busy day in the shed

Got a delivery from minisport today. Nice way of spending over 500 pound. However they forgot to send a few bits that I ordered so I best get onto them, anyone ever have this happen to them ? :roll: I also ordered two sets of bump bushing for the front subframe by mistake so if anyone needs a set don't bother ordering them you can have my set.

Got the door steps in the delivery so them, the quarter repair and sill were top of my priorities for this week.

Ended up getting in both door steps and the quarter repair so that just leaves the outer sill to go on.....apart front the whole front that is :roll:

Any whom here is a few pictures of the progress

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:08 pm 
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good evening,

got the sill on today. all id looking good. Unfortunately my iphone decided it had enough of taking pics of the mini and gave up. so that'll be out of action for a couple days. No money to buy a new phone either every penny I have is going into the mini so lets hope it isnt a dear fix.

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:29 pm 
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What Minis have you?: 1981 saloon 'Lexi'
Got the underneath sealed


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:39 pm 
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Hi Guys,

So it has come to the time where I need some serious help. I'm going to start putting on the front between this week and next week hopefully. However from what I hear if done wrong the whole car will look off.

Here is the list of panels to go on:
-Upper dash rail
-scuttle
- both inner scuttles or closing panels
- both A panels
- both wings
- front panel

Can anyone tell me what order I need to put them on in?

I'm using all genuine panels but will i still have to make modifications or should they all just line up?

Does anyone fancy coming down to me and helping a poor soul out ? Forms of payment can be arranged

Basically anyone who has done this job before I would REALLY appreciate any views or any help you can give.

Thank you in advance,

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:34 pm 
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Whats your location?: Dublin
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What Minis have you?: 1984 mayfair
Modifications: paint two tone colour
Hi Darragh

your project looks great. keep up the good work. hopefully we will see you next year out in the car

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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:44 am 
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jcrothers wrote:
Hi Darragh

your project looks great. keep up the good work. hopefully we will see you next year out in the car


Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for your reply. I have a few updates I must post them some of the days. That's the plan anyway hoping to do mtm next year and few other shows. I'm sure we'll bump into each other along the travels

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:58 pm 
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Well it has been awhile since I updated.

As you can see I've replaced the scuttle and inner scuttles

I also got a new door and new rear subframe

I installed the rear and front subframe today. Happy how the rear turned out. Mounts I had to replace and done a homemade Job on fix perfectly. I also changed the bumpstops after I took this pic.

Hole car is now poly-bushed. Gonna stick the engine back in and get it rolling again by the end of next week.

I also have a new arrival I'm collecting on Saturday. Stay tuned to see what it is. Big plans for it ly ahead

Here is a few pics of my work.

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:15 am 
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My brake lines arrived this morning. Anyone no which ones go where ? Any help appreciated


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:28 pm 
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Big coil ;front to back.
Top left; rear subframe LHS
Straight; rear subframe RHS
Top right; accross front subframe
2 U shape; on radius arms
Your still missing a few

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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:45 pm 
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woody wrote:
Big coil ;front to back.
Top left; rear subframe LHS
Straight; rear subframe RHS
Top right; accross front subframe
2 U shape; on radius arms
Your still missing a few


Thanks for the reply Woody. im guessing there will be fun bending those ? I'd say they could kink easily, any tips on that?
Also any idea which ones are missing ? I have the ones that connect to the brake master cyclinder.

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:52 pm 
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Just another quick question.

Is the bottom arm bushings on the front subframe hard to replace ?


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:27 am 
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Whats your location?: Longford
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There is a proper pipe bending tool that does the job perfectly and is worth sourcing if you can. Otherwise you could use some large sockets as dies to create the radius and by large I mean inch and a half plus you want to avoid tight bends as the pipe will link easily and then you are in trouble.

Bottom arm bush are simple two part push fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:13 am 
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Looks like your missing the pipe between the differential unit and the front subframe.
Make sure you roll the coils out dead straight before shaping them

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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:52 pm 
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Thanks for the replies lads...dreading doing this pipes now. Although dad got a pipe bender. Let's hope he goes at it

Today I managed to get the radius arms in with new hi-lows, cones and shocks. I also swapped the bushes on the front lower arms. As you can see some things need a lick of paint to make them look nice but everything works which is the main thing.

Next job is to get the doors on, steering working, wheels on and engine in. Then she's off to body work for the front and paint.

Here's a few pics of today's work


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:53 pm 
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Got it on wheels today, got the doors and bootlid on as well.

Collected the trailer for what I'm collecting tomorrow I'll put up a picture tomorrow when I get it


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
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Well here is today's purchase lol. Be starting it when I finish Lexi. I'm undecided as to what I'm going to do with it.

Any opinions ???


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:12 pm 
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Well I've been out in the shed since about 9 this morning to get this engine in place. Dad was coming in the door from last nights work but I managed to drag him out for awhile. She isn't looking to neat at the moment but nothing a bit of elbow grease and shiny bits won't fix. The paint dribbled a bit onto the gear box but I'll clean that up.

Darragh


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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
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Its a lot easier to fit the front panels without the engine in the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Project Lexi
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:32 pm 
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woody wrote:
Its a lot easier to fit the front panels without the engine in the way.


It's all good I'll let the panelbeater worry about it lol


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