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DIY Classic Mini Body Articles

Classic Mini Body Dimensions - Size Does Matter (1959 - 2000) ()
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 height are the same for all Minis (including Clubmans except where specified) except Canadian models with safety-legislation bumpers Innocentis, Authis and Australian models which used differently-contoured body panels may vary in external dimensions (especially width and height) by a couple of inches.     Saloon Van/Estate/Pickup Moke General Data     &nbs...
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Classic Mini External Door Hinges ()
Classic Mini (1959-1968) External Hinges: Positions and Fasteners.   For a number of years, external hinges were utilized on Minis, particularly on the vans and pickups, beginning with the very first cars off the assembly line and continuing with little change for many years after that. They can also be found on roll-up window doors, which are used on many Australian-built Minis as well as ...
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Classic Mini Catalog BODY Pages 60-66 (Classic Mini Catalog)
@[email protected] Find a Part No. in the catalog below.  -  Type or copy/paste it into the search box to find it on the website. This browser does not have a PDF reader installed. Please download the PDF file to view it: 17MM.Catalog.BODY.60-66.pdf...
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Blasted Media! (Exterior)
Blasted Media! April 24, 2013   We knew we needed to get the old paint, rust and fiberglass repairs out of our Mini tub. We just had to decide the best way to do it. Dipping a car has some advantages, but its biggest disadvantage is you can’t get all the solution back out, and if anything leaks out when painting, it can make a real mess. Also, dipping removes everything, so fac...
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Aligning The Front End Sheet Metal- Classic Mini (Exterior)
Our suspension and drivetrain were done, so it was time to return to the arduous task of welding the body. We arbitrarily decided to work from front to rear. After fixing the cowl, we began to align and weld the front end back together. We temporarily installed the front subframe to ensure we’d done the alignment properly. We then measured the rear of the car to make sure our body wasn...
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Classic Mini Cooper Visors roll bars PAGE 74 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Fuel tanks & Caps page 60 (Classic Mini Catalog)
Find a Part No. in the catalog below.  -  Type or copy/paste it into the search box to find it on the website. If you would like to view this information in our complete 84 page color catalog- Click here This browser does not have a PDF reader installed. Please download the PDF file to view it: /Mini%20Mania%20Catalog.Gas%20Tanks%20&%20Caps.60.pdf...
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Classic Mini Cooper BOOKS 81 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Front Panels, Fenders & Boot Lids page 61 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Bonnets Straps & Fixings page 63 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Floor Pans Rocker Panels page 62 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Weatherstrip Door & Window page 64 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Fiberglass panels & arches page 66 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Cooper Fender Flares -page 65 (Classic Mini Catalog)
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Classic Mini Quick release bonnet hinges MK I&II, C-14A7246/7 (Exterior)
Mini Cooper Quick Release Bonnet Hinge Kit. Make your hood easily removable and maintain the correct fitment/adjustment of the hood when replacing.Read all instructions thoroughly and check kit contents for completeness before proceeding. Carefully mark the position of existing hinges on bonnet, then remove the bonnet by removing the retaining nuts. Remove the hinges from the bulkhead fittings. In...
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Quick release bonnet hinge kit, MK3, C-CZH530-1 (Exterior)
Mini Cooper Quick Release Bonnet Hinge Kit. Make your hood easily removable and maintain the correct fitment/adjustment of the hood when replacing.Mark position of existing hinges on bonnet then remove bonnet by undoing the retaining nuts. Remove the hinges from the bulkhead fittings. Install the keepers on the bulkhead fittings with the AN4-7A bolts, washers and self locking nuts as indicated i...
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Overider and rail kit for Mini bumpers, MSSK025 (Exterior)
? STAINLESS STEEL This budget kit is for use when purchasers are capable of drilling their existing stainless steel bumper. The overiders and corner bars are the exact original shape of early MK1 Minis and Coopers and should not be confused with inferior designs. If you are not capable of drilling the holes in the bumper correctly please DO NOT PROCEED, we cannot be held liable. Stainless steel b...
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Clearance Priced Mini Pickup Fiberglass Body Shell (Brands)
  Vintage Fiberglass Austin Mini Pickup Body Shell Looking to build your own Classic Mini dream car?  Now’s your chance.   We’ve drastically reduced the price of this one of a kind Mini Pickup Fiberglass Body Shell!   This really is an opportunity to be creative and build something out of the ordinary! Electric Mini? Eye-Popping Classic?   HONDA VT...
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Body Welding Classic Mini Cooper ()
Body Welding May 29, 2013  It's hard to imagine how must rust was hiding underneath this car.  Exhibit A The Rusty Cow! We thankfully already had a patch panel for  this from Mini Mania We thankfully already had a patch panel for  this from Mini Mania Eastwood's Weld-Thru primer works great for these kinds of repairs. Here's...
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Priming the Whole Car ()
Priming the Whole Car May 21, 2013  Instead of a rusty, dirty mess, we had an essentially new-looking unibody. We just had to cut out and replace some rusty pieces. With the car stripped, media blasted and coated with a solution that would neutralize the baking soda, it was time to get our little Mini shell primed before any of the rust returns. We went directly t...
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Metalwork Resumes in Earnest ()
Our next step was to get back to the metalwork. The left front fender had been crumpled and badly repaired. The grille/headlight surround panel had actually been ripped in half and also poorly repaired. The right front fender, while seemingly original to the car, had been removed and brazed back onto the car in the wrong position. The cowl where the fenders attach also had some rust issues o...
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Rust and Classic Minis (Exterior Trim Upgrades)
Rust Detection, Prevention and Repair for Classic Minis 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.  With production running from 1959-2000, your Mini (or the one you are considering buying) is no longer a youngster, so inevitably rust wil...
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Body Shell Fitting (Exterior Trim Upgrades)
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...
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Body Stripping (Exterior Trim Upgrades)
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 example, if you get your car bea...
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How to: Mk1 Aluminum Door Skins (Exterior Trim Upgrades)
Mk1 Aluminum Door Skin Right Side Mk1 Aluminum Door Skin Left Side Mini doors are known to rust, mostly at the bottom.  No surprise.  This is so common that in the U.K. there are shops that specialize in repairing Mini doors.  Only Mini doors!  If you prefer new, Heritage doors for a Mk. 1 can exceed $1000 each, plus shipping of course.  Luckily, there are options. ...
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Installing Inner Wheel Arch Liner Kit (Exterior Trim Upgrades)
Installation Guide for Part# CAML01 - Classic Mini Inner Wheel Arch Liner KitQuestions? Please contact our specialists by calling 1-800-946-2642 or emailing us here. We are happy to assist you!Supplies needed: Wheel Arch Liner Kit Razor Knife Drill and drill bits Pozi-drive screwdriver PZ3 Touch-up paint Stiff brush, wire brush Floor Jack or bottle jack Axle Stands Lug Nut wrench and se...
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Factory trim molding installation - GFZ107 & GZF105 (Exterior Trim Upgrades)
  The dreaded job of installing the plastic trim! Here are the steps we used during our latest install on a 1969 S to achieve great results:   Tools: Two people, Heat gun, drill & bit (  1/8th  size), rivet gun & aluminum rivets    (1/8th short-reach size), trim cutters or utility knife, touch-up paint & small paint brush, 2” wide masking tap...
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Mini Pickup Fiberglass body for Sale on eBay (General Articles)
Mini Pickup Fiberglass Body Shell on Sale at eBay Motors As the old saying goes, "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words" -  thus this page.  We're selling this Mini Pickup Fiberglass body on eBay and in an effort of full disclosure, we wanted buyers to get a complete picture of what they may be buying.This is a real opportunity to be build the Mini of your dreams from the ground up.  ...
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