1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:25 pm

I reattached the flange and wing today so I could line up the rear corner and finish welding the pieces in.

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Then everything off again to joddle ready to weld the flange in place. While I was happily joddling, I found a weak spot that will be too thin for welding.

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So I chopped it out and made a section to fit.

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Ran out of welding wire, so that's it for today.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:59 pm

My 'cut proof' gloves were looking a bit worse for wear, so I ordered some new ones.

Now everything should be a piece of cake to put together. HaHa :|

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I cleaned up the back quarter ready for fitting the flang.

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Then tacked it in place to offer up the inner wing.

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I wasn't happy with it, so I undid the tacks and fitted in piece by piece while adjusting the edges of the wing panel, finally holding it all together with self tappers.

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It's part again now to be prepped for plug welding etc.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:42 pm

I offered the inner wing up today just to check the markings before I started drilling.
It was a good job I did for two reasons.
1. I found some rot that I had forgotten about

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So I cut it out and made a new lip piece.

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2. I found that I had put the drill line on the wrong side of the marker line.
So I remarked it and drilled to the new line.

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Phew That was close :blackeye:
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:24 pm

I got the inner wing welded in today and I'm happy with the fit. The three days of readjusting and the half a dozen times taking the panels off and on again, including the wing, were worth it.

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Happy with the inside too.

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I had to unattach the trim support at the front because it wasn't quite right. It's an easy fix though.

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A bit more adjustment and tacked the flange panel in place.

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I've ended up with a fair few holes to weld up but I'd rather do that and have a reasonable fit with the wing.
The comment refers to the fit before the final adjustment.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:03 pm

I got the flange welded in today. I welded very small sections at a time and cooled it with air as I went along to keep distortion to a minimum.

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I cleaned it up by knocking the tops of the weld off with a stone, then an 80 grit flap wheel, then a 120 grit wheel.
Finally I went over it with an 80 grit DA Sander to make sure there were no deep gouges in it.

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A final check for high spots, hopefully once again to save filler later.

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And a coat of primer.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:00 pm

I haven’t done anything over the summer apart from go away in the caravan and drink Guinness. But now it’s back to George.

Today I trimmed off what was left of the ‘B’ post and cut the new piece to match, I had to do a lot of reshaping to get the new piece to be a reasonable fit. I had previously cut the quarter panel so it was just a question of lining them up.

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I fixed it all in place with self tappers, then did a last measure and checked with a straight edge.

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I tacked everything, then another check of the door gap.

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Then finally welded right round.

Once again I welded in very small sections and cooled with air to hopefully avoid too much distortion.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby ruairidh » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:14 pm

Good looking progress there. :)
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby bigboy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:37 pm

Not done anything on George for some considerable time, ( almost a year) gulp, mostly because I bought myself a Motorhome early in the year so I’ve not been home much.
Ill be doing some work over the winter months, although this time I’m not setting any goals because I’ve failed on every one so far.lol.
I’m gonna keep buggerin’ in and see how much progress I make.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby plastic orange » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:57 pm

A year's lay off isn't too bad.

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

Postby old english white » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:00 pm

Good luck with it. You've made some great progress so far so I hope you're able to find your enthusiasm and get stuck in the groove again :)
I find that some sort of deadline can be a good thing but you do have to be realistic - and you have to be in the right frame of mind too. It is important to enjoy what you're doing - you don't want it to become a burden. Just think of the satisfaction you will feel when it is eventually finished ;)
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