Thanks for your comment,
Your right, itís the panel from a Mk1 mini which has a slightly longer rear quarter panel. It was just a way of quickly showing how the panel clips work. My plan is to convert the Mk4 shell that Iím using in the video to be a Mk1, so I will need to replace the whole rear quarter panel for a longer Mk1 panel. Hope thatís makes sense.
Good morning everyone,
If anyone is interested in seeing me and my dad restoring and converting our classic mini to a Mk1, here is the first video of the series. It should make for quite an interesting project because we’re going to be fitting the older Mk1 doors with the external hinges, it will require quite a bit of fabrication work to do this. I show the extent of this in this video.
Thanks for your support
Mark and Dad.
Nice FAB on the rotisserie.
I'm confused, did you start with a Mk1, and found after many hours of sheetmetal replacement, to give up, and then found a Mk4 as a solid body frame to use, and convert to the Mk1?
I remember my neighbors having a 1963 Morris mini (bright yellow), and some ridiculous fuel economy (even in the early 70s when they rebuilt it and did body repair).
Wikipedia has articles on this auto. It talks of design drive for fuel efficient because of "response to the 1956 Suez Canal crisis".
I'll keep an eye on your videos.
Thanks for your comments, the rotisserie is great for making everything so much more assessable when working on the shell.
This is the car I started with, it’s just taken us a while to get round to working on it. It’s a 1989 Mk4 Mini so there’s a lot of work required to convert it to resemble a 1960’s Mk1 Mini but I’m upto the challenge.
You’re right, if I’d thought on earlier when we bought the car I should have documented a bit more to build up a better time table of restoring the car. I’m on it now though so hopefully from now on it will be much easier to follow the build. When I bought the mini I knew it needed quite a bit of repair work but I have to say it turn out a little worse than expected. The good thing is with these classic mini’s, almost all of the panels are available. We live in the north of England where winters can be quite long and a lot of road salting is done.
I have a 1965 Datsun Fairlady SPL310 to restore, it is a copy of a Austin Healey Sprite 2dr Convertible right down to the SU carburetors. It has a full frame under the body.
I would recommend you get a wireless microphone to improve your videos audio quality. That seems to be the evolution path of folks that post on youtube. I know that editing is a major bit of effort, and I appreciate the effort to document the restoration of these antiquities. You are fortunate to be able to do this with your Dad.
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