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    ants mini... the everyday hack...

    right well... i was going to treat myself to a mk1 fiesta for my first car... and after a bit of thinking i went down to the scrappie today to see if there was any mk1's down there that i could nick the engine from... but unfortunately i stumbled across this beasty... and after a bit of bartering i got her at a nicer price... the plan is to just tidy it up a bit, nicer wheels, different arches, and a few other bits, basically make it a usable daily hack, but theres no rush, im not 17 till next october, and then i have gotta pass my test so... yknow
    when i bought it it was turning over but not firing... so a couple of hours of fiddling and job was a good un
    tommorow im genna free off throttle cable, and try to sort out some wheels for it... need to replace the sills aswell at some stage
    what colour do ya reckon for it??

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    gotta love a mini awesome ant. my mate had a black one with silver stripes we painted it on his drive and it looked the nuts
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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Wish my old man let me buy do cars when I was your age.

    One I hated him for was a x concors car (mk2 harrier) had a tap in the pass wing and front panel all for less that a grand.

    Still call him a knob for that to this day.

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Nice one Ant, you can't beat a Mini, its the most fun you can have in a budget car with your clothes on

    I learnt to drive in a very similar mini and I still wish i had one now, just wish they were a tad more reliable and a lot less of a rust magnet

    Stick on a set of arches, 13's and the odd rattle can of paint on it and it will look great


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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Please leave the floor in this one
    Nice one mate, have fun

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Nice one Ant, will see what I can do about wheels and I have a set of 70's style arches you can have, might have a few other bits too. Will see if I can get a pic of the arches but will be at Garys in the next week or so, so you can pick em up from there.

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Nice Ant

    low with wide wheels and arches
    Screaming 1300 mexico rep

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Great stuff Ant

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Nice one Ant, will see what I can do about wheels and I have a set of 70's style arches you can have, might have a few other bits too. Will see if I can get a pic of the arches but will be at Garys in the next week or so, so you can pick em up from there.
    ahh right cool... yes send us a pic if you can get one please fella
    and yes every little helps please
    should have looked here before i replyed to ya pm really
    yep i has gotta go down to garys at some stage after the track day thingy anyways


    thanks for all the comments guys


    matt dont worry there are no plans to take the whols floor outta this one


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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Nice looking first car ant

    My mates got a fair few bits as he is breaking his mini up, il try and get him to make a list but he probably wont! Anyways i have a good idea of what he has in stock so il have a chat with you at the trackday if your interested then il get prices off him?

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    nice one ant

    plenty of time to get it done in

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    love minis i prefer them in British racing green with the white or cream roof with the copper bonnet stripes and of coarse a row of 4 spot lights or 3 as the Italian job .omo.

    might be some colours in this you like :

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...


    Thats the look id go for mate they do look tough with fat arches and 7X13 minilites.
    But PLEASE be careful when its on the road ant, minis dont like to be hit,
    I lost a close pal in one years ago, the other driver was in an orion and had a broken nose only.
    Ive never been in one since.

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    Nice looking first car ant

    My mates got a fair few bits as he is breaking his mini up, il try and get him to make a list but he probably wont! Anyways i have a good idea of what he has in stock so il have a chat with you at the trackday if your interested then il get prices off him?
    alright yes if you could get him to make a list for us please dave... sorry i wont be going to the trackday, gotta go to school but some stuff is getting dropped at garys after the trackday, so i gotta pick it up

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_B View Post

    Thats the look id go for mate they do look tough with fat arches and 7X13 minilites.
    But PLEASE be careful when its on the road ant, minis dont like to be hit,
    I lost a close pal in one years ago, the other driver was in an orion and had a broken nose only.
    Ive never been in one since.
    alright scott ill take it easy mate, sorry for your loss


    made up a new throttle cable today, what a biacch to replace did a few other bits and bobs, and got her running properly... drove backwards and forwards a few times, and clutch seems o.k... cant got too far cos ive only got 3 tyres which will hold air
    in the process of replacing the throttle cable i pulled up the carpets genna need 2 front floorpans aswell, and some small repairs to the inner arches
    decided on colour now though... kawasaki green


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    thats the plan... but allycats
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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    i'll ask about the alleycats tomorow ! u got a flip front for it?

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    alright thanks wessie... no no flip front... am thinking of keeping the steel front untill it gets rotten then switch to flip front. but looking at a mini build elsewhere putting a flip front on is just a case of cutting off the steel front and putting 2 brace's down to the subframe ??
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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    You mean a bit like this....


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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Quote Originally Posted by Aubrey_Boy View Post
    You mean a bit like this....


    that would be the one yes mate
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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    My mate has a flip front and hinges and bars too i think in his hoard, il give him a slap and tell him to get on making the price list the lazy git

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    looks cool man

    another one how can you afford them all ?


    good luck with it

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Very nice dude and a bargain price, there alot more then that usually!

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    thanks for the comments fellas
    heres a little update...
    new steering wheel:

    new seats... all polished up... thanks Jon

    old sill off...

    bonnet pins fitted to my stripped out lightweight bonnet... cant decide if it looks better jacked up a lil or not think it might look better once the car is arched

    another shot showing some of what was under my sill wasnt too bad though... i fear the other side will be worse

    you cant see there is the spot welds... every half inch along that lip... took me a day to pick them apart
    nice lil weld on my evening project... seat mounts... i couldnt get a decent picture but the penetration is perfect

    another of the lil patches needed to the iner sills

    new sill on


    repair to bottom of drivers door

    just for you matt i couldnt resist


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    Well done Ant, coming along nicely

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    ant you just can not help yourself can you , good lad
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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Having a good go at it, do well.

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    Well done ...

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    that looks great man

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Looking good Ant, if you need owt else let me know.

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    thanks for the comments guys... i was hoping to get the other side cut out today and replaced by christmas... but due to other things that isnt genna happen for a while... so she has been covered in wd40 wrapped up and layed to rest for a couple of months... i just hope the new panels havent started to rot before i can start back on her

    ill keep you up to date if anything gets done

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    not another project..........your'e getting into bad habbits at a very early age!

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    not another project..........your'e getting into bad habbits at a very early age!
    well sort of... but ive just realised how far off it is... so the mini will be coming back out tommorow and getting ready for an operation

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    hi chap! here's my buisness partner car. used to be a 1991/92 mini city 998

    now sports mg metro 1300cc engine, grey leather interior, mazda mx5 front seats also in matching grey leather, mg metro front 4 pot brakes and vented discs, de-wired engine bay, de-hinged boot with new shape bmw mini rear lights, de seamed, exhaust exits trough the rear valance, shaved door handles, superlite 7" wheels, spax hi'lo suspension, de-switched interior using metro column switches, no roof, if it rains, you get wet lol! and probably more than i can rememeber

    its great for what it is though! personally id have prefered the bumpers on but end of the day he loves it! lol



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    Quote Originally Posted by 285Andy View Post
    hi chap! here's my buisness partner car. used to be a 1991/92 mini city 998

    now sports mg metro 1300cc engine, grey leather interior, mazda mx5 front seats also in matching grey leather, mg metro front 4 pot brakes and vented discs, de-wired engine bay, de-hinged boot with new shape bmw mini rear lights, de seamed, exhaust exits trough the rear valance, shaved door handles, superlite 7" wheels, spax hi'lo suspension, de-switched interior using metro column switches, no roof, if it rains, you get wet lol! and probably more than i can rememeber

    its great for what it is though! personally id have prefered the bumpers on but end of the day he loves it! lol



    cheers
    that looks very nice mate... a whole load of work gone into it

    what are them arches? thats what im looking for for mine... but im not too sure... they are group 7's arnt they??
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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    maybe ant?,,.. that or group 1 but yeh, i'll see if i can find out for sure for you

    looks like your cracking on with yours! good stuff! keep up the good work mate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 285Andy View Post
    maybe ant?,,.. that or group 1 but yeh, i'll see if i can find out for sure for you

    looks like your cracking on with yours! good stuff! keep up the good work mate!

    alright yes if you could let me know please mate

    well ive gotten far more done over the last couple of days than i expected to, to be honest
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    some nice rust

    Rust on its way out


    Today:
    small repair to inner sill


    door step on

    and hey presto new outer sill on

    so now its only th drivers side floor, boot floor and a couple of small repairs with any luck

    heres a couple of shots of the old mans new car... quite good compared to the stuff he usually gets



    HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    come on ant, lets have an update ;-)

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    Yeah Ant - stop messing around with computers and get some car-building done!

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    I want to see the paint on it

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    Re: ants mini... the everyday hack...

    all in good time lads... got no garage at the minute
    hopefully will have one soon tho .....

    there will be updates, as this is first task once ive got one

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