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Old September 17th, 2014, 12:43 PM   #51
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49 Ford Deck hinges would do nicely if you can manage. They're heavy and Chrome... and not really all that common. Would look pretty cool I think.

These hinges look similar to the Ford hinges:

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Old September 17th, 2014, 06:37 PM   #52
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They look like the original Minis (real Minis, not the juggernauts they call Minis now) They had them on the boot ("Trunk" for you guys in the US. ) and the doors. The boot hinges were chromed, the door hinges painted. There should still be a few wreaking yards in Ireland that have them. (Grab a few sets if you think they work OK and you can flog them to the yanks! )
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Old September 18th, 2014, 12:53 AM   #53
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Not familiar with the set up. Any reference for it?

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just an idea i had. make a "rag-top" decklid held on with Dzus fastners. no hinges
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Old September 18th, 2014, 03:02 PM   #54
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They look like the original Minis (real Minis, not the juggernauts they call Minis now) They had them on the boot ("Trunk" for you guys in the US. ) and the doors. The boot hinges were chromed, the door hinges painted. There should still be a few wreaking yards in Ireland that have them. (Grab a few sets if you think they work OK and you can flog them to the yanks! )
Nice one, I've had a look on ebay and will check the yards. I like that they are a bit smaller and affordable. I could have a new business venture, Yank Hinges.

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Old September 18th, 2014, 03:31 PM   #55
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just an idea i had. make a "rag-top" decklid held on with Dzus fastners. no hinges
Very reminiscent of Rat Patrol. A quick lick of desert cammie, Jerry cans on the side, e-tool and all the MREs you can eat stuffed in back. I'll have to whip that up in my sketch pad.

Here's one for now:

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Old September 18th, 2014, 03:42 PM   #56
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B-Post Relocation


With the right height of the roof achieved I can zip the posts off and super glue them back to the right position.



Of course this leaves a gaping hole where it once called home. Plus there is slant to the top part of the post that doesn't match with the bottom of the post.



Consultation with FC&M once again and what was needed next was a relief cut to the inside bottom of the B-Post. Pulling them inward to match the shape and curve of the new position.

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A-Post Relief Cuts






In order for the A-Posts to meet up and flow to the bottom bits a couple relief cuts had to be implemented.



It's amazing how strong the posts remain once the cuts were made. Now I didn't get a pic of the processes of moving the upper posts outward and forward but what eventually worked was a big pry-bar, a couple pieces of wood and a heave-ho. Not pretty but effective.

Then for the bottom posts to move them inward the ratchet straps worked a treat. Left them on for a couple days, tightening them every day and when they were removed the posts were in place. Very handy.



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[Then for the bottom posts to move them inward the ratchet straps worked a treat. Left them on for a couple days, tightening them every day and when they were removed the posts were in place. Very handy.



Ratchet straps.. A very good tool to have. I had a set when me and a family friend was rebuilding the entire front end of my saturn sc2, Control arms tie rod ends strunts rotors brake pads.. Well to get the control arms off you had to remove the sway bar which was like a giant paper clip.. to get it back on we used ratchet straps pulling it back inwards.. It worked better then brunt forcing a very strong sway bar.
Seriously its nice to have those suckers around. Even if they're not properly approved tools
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Your not wasting any time are ya

I could knock that out in 3 weeks if I had the glass here waiting before I started cutting, well it would take me 4.2 weeks, I only "hafta" have it once every 4 weeks


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Old September 21st, 2014, 01:54 AM   #60
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These hinges look similar to the Ford hinges:

Nope. They look totally different.

They are missing a beautiful brunette.


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Old September 22nd, 2014, 01:00 PM   #61
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Nope. They look totally different.

They are missing a beautiful brunette.


Now that you mention it, I see the brunette.
Totally missed it Ha!!

Have to inspect those hinges closer next time.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 01:02 PM   #62
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Your not wasting any time are ya

I could knock that out in 3 weeks if I had the glass here waiting before I started cutting, well it would take me 4.2 weeks, I only "hafta" have it once every 4 weeks


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Cover Up

Okay, so I thought hole, no prob. Cut shape and tack. No more hole. Well we will come back to that one.



Side Rear Windows Tacked

Tacked the curvy parts in and need to cut pieces to fill the holes left from the transplant.

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B-Posts Alas, I knew them well

Okay let's stop avoiding the elephant in the room and get on with this beehive.

In trying to fit the posts perfect I set to the grinder and there were areas that had a bit of a gap. So to compensate I set inner sleeves of metal to fill those gaps.



This will go...


...here.


And in order for the inner part of the post to match the bottom section I made a pie cut and tacked in a metal strip. It is important to note that I fit a sleeve to the bottom and a strip to the separate post section. If both sleeves were set to the separate post section you wouldn't be able to fit it into the space provided.



And "A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches" the post is in place and welded in by a blind horn playing tap dancing weekend grease monkey. That would be me and it ain't pretty but I'm improving with each different pass.


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Old September 22nd, 2014, 02:20 PM   #65
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Remove the Stabilisers


Braces be gone.





What's that on the floor, you ask? A couple door tops. Demonstrating just how much was taken off and lowered.





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Old September 22nd, 2014, 05:23 PM   #66
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"And "A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches" the post is in place and welded in by a blind horn playing tap dancing weekend grease monkey. That would be me and it ain't pretty but I'm improving with each different pass."

Which is why we all have a variety of grinders in our shops.
The sleeve trick is really slick....hmm, that seems to rhyme. Anyway, nice work!
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Old September 25th, 2014, 03:45 PM   #67
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Door Toppage


I've been dragging the feet on this one for a bit. This for me will be a challenge. As ever, following in the footsteps of the Fernon, I will have to split the door top in two, reduce the height and create a middle section to join the two pieces.

To keep in line with the original door shape I chose to fabricate two separate sections. This took some time as I only had a hammer and a vise to bend the metal into shape.









And this is to emulate the original two sections.





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Old September 25th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #68
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"And "A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches" the post is in place and welded in by a blind horn playing tap dancing weekend grease monkey. That would be me and it ain't pretty but I'm improving with each different pass."

Which is why we all have a variety of grinders in our shops.
The sleeve trick is really slick....hmm, that seems to rhyme. Anyway, nice work!
Thanks. Wish I had a proper shop setup. I have to move out of where I am next week which is always fun. A unit next door might be available so fingers crossed.

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nice work on the chop. I like the idea of inner sleeves. handy.
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nice work on the chop. I like the idea of inner sleeves. handy.
Cheers guys. It's a challenging one when you cut and trying not to leave gaping holes. Learned alot with the chop.

Tearing the engine apart and cleaning at the moment. Slowly catching up to real time with the pics.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 06:18 AM   #72
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Door Tops Welded


The passenger side went in quite nicely but unsure about the overall spacing. I wasn't sure of the top clearance but after a separate thread I figured it out with help from some VRod dudes. Of course I have to adjust the driver side because I put it in way too tight. Shouldn't be a prob, just time.





Which leaves me now with refitting the windshield. And as it has transpired with this build I have researched extensively and then dive head first into it. As with this, I have researched cutting glass and going to give it a go. It is tricky but with caution and precision I should get it.

Maybe a separate thread is needed for this question. What I'm unsure of is how much space is given from the edge of the metal to glass once it is in the seal. Do I cut it so the glass fits in all the way or is there a 3 or 4mm gap all around?





In the mean time it's off to pull the engine, strip, clean, prime and paint. Grease monkeys fly!

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Can't help you with the windshield info. But otherwise,
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Old October 19th, 2014, 04:40 PM   #74
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I think it'd be easier to see if theres anyplace that can cut you some custom glass. Then again i'm not sure if theres any place like in ireland. I'm an uncultured idiot. Alot of the things we have in the states don't exist in many european areas.. If not i'd be vary wary of cutting OG glass. I'd make a carboard template and see if it freaking lines up... you might be better to see if you can get some plexiglass or something for a temp fix.. If you need a dot logo on it just look up line and make a stencil.. some quick spray paint from the inside.... good as gold... I'd find a place to cut some custom glass.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 12:29 PM   #75
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Can't help you with the windshield info. But otherwise,
Cheers V8. I'm still on the hunt for the holy-grail answer for the windshield.

And I'm enjoying the build. My Dad passed away recently and working on this is some how very therapeutic. Funny that.
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