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bigbadslimjim

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Starting the mini. Got the shell ready priming bits as I go so I can make sure itís sealed and straight but this is my first venture. Had a few in the past but they were rust buckets and usually fell apart. Had a good look round the forum and already found some great info.

Edited by bigbadslimjim on 2nd Feb, 2021.


e5tus

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Welcome. You'll find all the info you need here. I'd suggest a dry build before paint, nobody likes to have to make adjustments or modifications to a freshly painted shell!


bigbadslimjim

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i'll probably have to do bits and bobs anyway once its all together, my dad was the one that was an expert in bodywork and mechanics but sadly he cant give me the advice anymore so i learn from my mistakes. like ive always said you never know till you try eh! and im learning a lot from my mistakes.


shane

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Welcome.
Echo e5tus' recommendation re dry building a car first.
A man that makes no mistakes makes nothing!

Shane


bigbadslimjim

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So you mean put it all together then take it all apart again?? My route was getting all the shell, doors, boot, windows, bonnet, lights and wiring looms fitted before I spray, obviously Iíll have to take a lot off again then get suspension and brakes sorted before I start on the engine and leave the interior till last. Is this what you mean?

Edited by bigbadslimjim on 2nd Feb, 2021.


bigbadslimjim

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Iíve already done a load of welding on it and fitted 2 new rear quarters and rear valance. Done some bits on the on the hinge panels and made sure the doors fit properly and just brought all the new window and door seals so can make sure everything fits properly. Just didnít know if I can fit the front and rear windows without knackering up the chrome insert if I took it out again but suppose I could leave that bit out until itís painted.


shane

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Build the car unpainted. Think about what you have and would change, make changes and improvements then when happy send for paint. There is nothing worse than drilling holes for brackets/cables/hoses in fresh paint.

Shane

On 2nd Feb, 2021 bigbadslimjim said:
So you mean put it all together then take it all apart again?? My route was getting all the shell, doors, boot, windows, bonnet, lights and wiring looms fitted before I spray, obviously Iíll have to take a lot off again then get suspension and brakes sorted before I start on the engine and leave the interior till last. Is this what you mean?


bigbadslimjim

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Ah got you. Iíll be painting it myself tho. So see how that goes.

On 2nd Feb, 2021 shane said:

Build the car unpainted. Think about what you have and would change, make changes and improvements then when happy send for paint. There is nothing worse than drilling holes for brackets/cables/hoses in fresh paint.

Shane

On 2nd Feb, 2021 bigbadslimjim said:
So you mean put it all together then take it all apart again?? My route was getting all the shell, doors, boot, windows, bonnet, lights and wiring looms fitted before I spray, obviously Iíll have to take a lot off again then get suspension and brakes sorted before I start on the engine and leave the interior till last. Is this what you mean?


bigbadslimjim

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Well when I say just starting it I mean getting the paintwork done and getting windows, doors and lights fitted as think Iíve been on it for a few years now. Not an expert at anything really more a jack of all trades master of none!


Steve220

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Take the advise above. I dry built my car almost completely before paint and it paid off as had to do some minor trimming and add brackets in for sensors etc. I also took the liberty of welding up holes that i wasn't going to use.

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