Stripping Down the Little Body

February 22, 2013

1967 Cooper

We started by taking off the

doors, hood and decklid 

1967 Cooper

Our buddy Rennie Bryant removed

the subframes

1967 Cooper

Here is our mini eight hours later.  Next,

pressure wash & media blast the shell

We made a conscious decision to not take any more of the car apart until we had the engine and gearbox back together. With those tasks complete, it was time to strip the shell. In our case, this was relatively easy: The seats, most of the interior and, of course, the drivetrain had already been removed by the previous owner.

As always, extra time here, bagging tagging and photographing will make or break your restoration. It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of tearing the car apart that you just pile pieces on the bench to deal with later.This is also the best time to make a parts list. As you disassemble everything, make careful notes about what appears to be missing or damaged.

Overall, our disassembly went very easily. Everything is so lightweight on a Mini that it only takes one person to remove the doors. We had very few rust issues and we only broke off a couple of bolts during disassembly. The entire process took about eight hours. We would recommend leaving the subframes intact until you are ready to restore and reassemble them.