1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Before taking the front spring hanger off, I took a couple of measurements.
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and this is what I found behind it.
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I cleaned and trimmed it up ready for some plates before putting the hanger in but forgot to take any pics before I packed away.
I did consider cutting the whole rear floor out because of the previous bodges.
In the end I decided to leave it as it's solid and won't be seen.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Today I attached the floor plates with self tappers and made sure everything fitted as it should.
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After welding them in place and remembering the piece under the seat inside,
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I gave it all a coat of weld through primer and thankfully remembered to fit the hanger pin plate before putting the hanger on the car.
It was a real pig to fit because it was so tight. I had to chamfer the recess in the hanger slightly.
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Next was a clean up and final fit.
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I just managed to get it welded in before running out of gas.
Then gave it all a coat of primer.
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All that's left on this side (I think) is the rear inner under to floor plate. YAHOOOO!!!!!!


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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While waiting for gas to arrive I cut the last underside panel to length and fixed it with self tappers.
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Bit of time to spare so I cleaned the gunge off off the inner wing with a heat gun and scraper then a stripping disc (they are so good) to make sure there are no hidden surprises waiting for me.
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And gave it a coat of etch primer.
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While I was under there I found the flexi brake pipe bracket split, so I'll replace that before continuing.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Just had enough time today to weld the last underside plate in and replace the brake pipe bracket.
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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Some really good progress again! It would have been all too easy to "write off" a car as rusty as that. Are you going to do without bumpers or will you re-instate the bumper mountings later? I notice they are not present currently.



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The previous owner was going without bumpers so he plated accordingly.
Bumpers came with the car including brackets, so I will be reinstating them, I think the cars look so much nicer with them.
That’s a bit of a way off yet of course as I still have the passenger side to do and there are some bodges to undo and filler to remove.
‘George’ is 50 years old next year so hopefully his present (and mine) will be a trip to the testing station to make sure he is fit for the road.

Many thanks for looking and commenting.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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My intention today was to build up the front and rear suspension with new rubbers etc, ready for wheeling George out the garage and turning him around.

Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to investigate the patches that had been done underneath the Tie Plate.
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Some of the 'welding' wasn't even touching the Tie Plate, so once again I could just pull some of it off by hand.
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On the inner edge of the chassis leg, the weld, is just along the edge so the plate above is effectively lying on top of the leg.
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It will be far more trouble than its worth taking this off, adjusting then refixing , so I've ordered a new Tie Plate and I'll replace the whole thing. I'll re-weld the section of chassis leg too.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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You'll never be happy with that mess. Other people looking over it will assume that you are responsible for it if you leave it!
You've done so much now that you might as well carry on and do a proper job of the rest now ;)



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I may as well make it right for the next owner lol.


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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As some people say you are only another custodian and saved it from the scrap yard. At least you will pass it on (after some happy times with it) to another owner in a better condition than was passed to you.So be proud of the work you are doing



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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Nice work, particularly on the tricky rear spring hanger sections! I'd be a bit concerned about that welding next to the offside eyebolt hole in the chassis leg; if that lets go, your front suspension flies apart with rather dramatic consequences, as happened to my Traveller's nearside chassis leg - it almost resulted in the car being written off. :(


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Re: 1970 Minor 1000 Rebuild

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Put new rubbers and pins on the rear spring today.
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and discovered the shock absorber was a ‘bit stiff’(no movement at all) so I took it off to check it.
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It was full of nothing but dust and rust.
I can't imagine when it last had oil in it.


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I had a look at the plates on the front corner today and once again I could pull them off by slipping a screwdriver behind them.
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So I took them all off.
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I'm going to plate over these seams because it doesn't look like there's much material left behind them.
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It's the only way I can safely put any real strength back into it.
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I’ve just realised from these photos, that I need to reposition the axle stand nearest the work area. Ooooooer!!!!!!!!


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I'm about to tackle both chassis legs and engine bay floors - when I get motivated.

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The welding is so poor I decided to do some more investigation.
I put a straight edge along the underside of the leg and found that the front edge was about 15mm low.
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So bit the bullet and took off the replaced part leg.
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And of course the front cross member fell off.

The welded edge was as I suspected.
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So I've made up a sleeve out of 1.2 steel to put some strength back into it.
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I'll weld it inside and out, it'll probably outlast the rest of the car, although sitting here drinking a glass of wine, I am considering just getting another chassis leg and replacing the whole thing.
I'll sleep on it and decide tomorrow.


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