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Body Shell Fitting (Technical Information)
The choice you have made in purchasing a body shell for your car instead of the component parts to repair the existing one is correct. The man hours of labor and degree of experience and skill involved to assemble the shell are extensive and you have rightly chosen to entrust this to British Motor Heritage, the original manufacturer. The body shell is a rigid item, delivered assembled to the build condition you require. The body is electrophoretically primed and sealed (also known as ‘E’ coated). This process involves submerging the entire body shell in an electrically charged dip tank of special anodic etch primer. This, you will understand, means that the primer will contact all metal surfaces and electrically etch to them ensuring superior corrosion resistance. This proc...
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Body Stripping (Technical Information)
Untitled Document body (paint and rust) stripping There are several reasons to strip the paint (and any rust) from your body shell: rust repair, scratch/paint damage repair, or for re-spraying as part of a restoration. There are also many techniques, each of which has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the wrong stripping method can be a mistake. For ...
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How To: Build a Mini Rotisserie for less than $200 (Calver's Corner,Technical Information)
If you have a Mini shell in need of substantial rust repair, a rotisserie is a handy tool.  Since you wish to undertake these repairs, you either are a welder or you must know a welder.  This is key.  Pop rivets and JB Weld are no way to proceed on this level.    Good news though, Mini shells are light enough for a couple of guys to move around.  Having easy access t...
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Mini Body Dimensions (Technical Information)
Classic Mini Body Dimensions  Note that vehicle weight vary depending on options (e.g. automatic transmission, suspension type) and year of vehicle and is a guide only. The factory has stated different weights for the same model of car, for example. An old Mini may weight between 580kg and 660kg, and late-1990s models weigh approximately 700kg. Figures for length, width and heig...
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Mini External Door Hinges (Technical Information)
Mini External Hinges: Positions and Fasteners.   External Hinges were used on Minis starting with the first cars off of the assembly line and continued with little change for a number of years, especially on the Vans and Pickups. You will also find them on roll-up window doors used on many Australian made Minis as well as some South African built Minis.Hinge Positions    Y...
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Nose panel replacement process from our customers (Technical Information)
Below are a few comments from several of our customers in reference to Mini panel replacement! jhayes11 Posted: Jun-08-2007 09:27PM   Has anyone replaced the front nose panel on a Mini?? If so, any pointers?? I was going to just cut off the section from the bumper lip and below and only replace that. The new panel looks so nice I hate to cut it u...
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Rust and Classic Minis (Technical Information)
Rust and Minis have a great affinity for each other. Sooner or later all owners of non-restored old Minis will have to tackle this problem. This article covers rust detection, prevention and repair. Rust Detection With production running from 1959-1970, your Mini (or the one you are considering buying) is no longer a youngster, so inevitably rust will be an issue to consider in your plans for t...
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