1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Good looking progress there. :)


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

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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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Well I finally managed to get back at it.

Today I started replacing the drivers side crossmember.
While dismantling the suspension, I was shocked at how many things like washers were missing.

I cut it in half first to make it easier to get off. It's not easy getting the grinder in there.
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The floor above wasn't too healthy looking so I cut that out too and found some weak metal at the back edge of the chassis leg,
so I made up a small patch and put that in first, making sure I left enough room for welding the cross piece on.

With hind site, now that I know how it all fits together, I'll cut through the floor either side of the top of the crossmember for the other side
and save some time.
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Then I welded in the crossmember, after much measuring and lining up.
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It is welded down the front edge too and on the top and bottom.

Finally I made up a new floor section out of 1.2mm sheet steel and tacked it in ready for welding in place tomorrow.
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After tacking the floor plate in I found that it was sat above the crossmember a little so I used a couple of self tappers to pull it flush.
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I put a couple at the rear too then welded the floor section in.
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I started to weld the crossmember but ran out of wire, so I'll finish off tomorrow.

While I was working there, I took the Master Cylinder out and was pleased to find it was a Lockheed so a new set of seals should suffice.

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I finished welding the crossmember today.
Then l did a clean up ready for the under panels and fastened the front one in with self tappers.
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I stitch welded it in place under the floor and plug welded the bottom edge.

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Thankfully that area is finished so I will clean it tomorrow and give it a coat of something.
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While picking up some welding wire today, I got into a conversation with an experienced welder and started talking about how my welds are sometimes bubbly even though I don't think I do anything differently to make them that way.
He told me the gas is probably up too high, I didn't know it could be.
So ill try it lower next time, although it's guess work for me, my gauge doesn't have a pressure dial.
In case it's of any use to anyone, this is what he told me to do.
On a practice piece of steel, start welding without gas, then gradually open the valve until the weld is just flowing nicely. That way you get a gas pressure that works and you don't waste gas. We'll see.

It’s nice to see my box of panels getting emptied.


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Just a note following on from yesterday.

I tried welding as was suggested and found that the gas tap didn't need to be on anywhere near the position I've had it in before, so hopefully I'll be saving some money on gas from now on.
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Tomorrow I'll be having a good look at the front spring hanger.
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Well done! Looks a much better quality weld



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