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last car I promise...Mini

Postby mikeyr » Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:53 pm

ok, I have been quiet because well I play with cars too much...boats too much, guns too much and motorcycles WAY too much.

I recently sold the Ferrari and now playing with a Mini. No not the Maxi that is currently being sold and called a Mini, a real Mini. But I had to promise the family this would be the last car I play with until one of the Singer's is done, luckily the Mini is going quickly its wonderful being able to buy parts when you need them.

Pulled the motor from the bottom with the front sub-frame and all goodies attached, pics don't show it but rear sub-frame is also out now and both have been sand blasted and primed. Glass still has to come out and get the body soda blasted, then rust repair, paint, gearbox, motor, suspension and get it out of the way so the Singer can be my only priority for a while...lets see how long my promise that this is the last car lasts.
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Re: last car I promise...Mini

Postby Peter McKercher » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:52 pm

Seems like procrastination to me.
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Postby mikeyr » Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:03 pm

my wife says I go through cars like most women go through purses and shoes...so its not procrastination, its a hobby thing.

Although the club sure could do more to keep me active in the Singer world, being a member of many clubs its amazing how easily they build "excitement" about the cars and make you want to work on them...but this is about cars so back to work on the Mini

And I still want a Moggie :) ( Morgan )
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Postby Peter McKercher » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:04 pm

I guess excitement is not a sanctioned item.
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Re: last car I promise...Mini

Postby Mark Thompson » Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:02 pm

Mike,
Not to change the subject, but .........
I saw in your opening statement that you said that you play with guns too much. I didn't think that was possible until I blew my right leg off Memorial Weekend! I was shooting a 75 year old Japanese 8mm Nambu when it misfired. The bullet entered my right leg on the outside about 4 inches above the knee and exited 2 inches above the ankle on the inside of my leg. The bullet traveled 22 inches through my leg and fell out on the ground beside me. I was alone on the gun range in my backyard, but fortunately my wife was at home and I had cell service which usually only works about 1/3 of the time. Praise god I am still alive. My right leg was amputated above the knee. I only spent three days in the hospital. I received my prosthesis after 8 weeks, 11 days ago and I am able to get around with a cane until I get my balance better. Life is good and I am counting my blessings which are many! I have adapted my Singer with hand controls for the gas and brake and am looking forward to test driving it. Be careful when you play with guns too much!

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Postby mikeyr » Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:48 pm

OUCH !!! that sounds painful and all from what some people consider a weak round. I figure it was a military round, it can't be that weak and your story proves it, but it still sounds awfully painful. I think I still have the dies to reload 8mm Nambu but they may have gone with the gun. I do try to be super careful, unlike the lucky ones like you who have a range in the backyard, I have to drive 20+ minutes to my range and I prefer to go during the week when I am alone up there with no cell coverage, the weekends get crazy at the range so I know I have to be extra careful when I am there alone.

Good luck with the Singer hand controls, it should be fun to drive it that way, but be careful I imagine its very different from what you are used to.

On the mini...I have to make a jig to hold the head on the mill when I tap it so working on other parts, have the rear suspension mostly powdercoated and new bushings ready to go, I will likely have the rear sub-frame done this week and hopefully get the car back early next week after soda blasting so I can start rust repair. All this time and work and its not even my car...son-in-law's car but its a mini, I can't resist working on it, i love these little cars.
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Re: last car I promise...Mini

Postby mikeyr » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:25 pm

I was asked what my progress is on the mini. I guess you guys want to work on my Singer. Engine and gearbox are done. Conversion from LHD to RHD is ready, on a Mini that is mostly buying new parts. New brakes and suspension parts are ready. So it's down to body work. Some rust repair first then a coat of paint and reassemble

Fist a pic of the poor Singer Le Mans looking unloved
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Re: last car I promise...Mini

Postby mikeyr » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:06 pm

So the Mini took a left turn at Albuquerque and went wild. The front end was cut off to make a flip front. There was a very little rust, I would actually call this car rust free there was so little rust, but as you can see in the above pictures posted earlier what little rust there was had gone through the body and left Swiss cheese.

So...lets sand blast it down to bare metal...
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Ok now we have clean bare metal, I didn't take a pic of the underside but we flipped her on the side and did her bottom also :D

This is only the primer coat, but its progress. Engine and gearbox are done and ready to go in. Suspension bits have been blasted and powder coated, most nuts/bolts have been cad plated (I used CopyCad this time around and liked it better than what I used on the LM), new brake lines are more or less bent and flared in the right places, some tweaking will be required as we place them in the car. Its beginning to look like a large Meccanno project. Still have to figure out the hinge process for the front-end so it can flip and give full access to the drivetrain, most people do a flip-front with a fiberglass front-end and there are kits for that, but my sheet metal is in too good a shape to throw away so I am going to engineer a hinge system for the sheet metal.

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Re: last car I promise...Mini

Postby Peter McKercher » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:56 pm

Excellent work Mike
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