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1981 Mini City 1000

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1981 Mini City 1000

Post by ctwomey » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:37 pm

Hi all,

Just thought I would kick off this thread on my new Mini. I bought the car in October of this year. It's an original Dublin car, matching numbers etc. so hoping to keep it as original as possible. Body work is in exceptional condition for a 39 year old car. Still will require some welding. First goal is to get the body shell 100% first before looking at the mechanics.

So far I have stripped it down to the bare shell. Only a few rubber grummets, rear brake line and fuel line to remove. Most recently removed that dreaded bitumen sound deadening off the floor and rear seat panel, messy stuff and filled a bucket with the stuff. Soft mallet and flat head screw driver worked well.

Some of the existing panels will need a bit of panel beating. Panels that will require replacing include, battery box, drivers door outer sill, possibly door and boot outer skins, front end is quite battered too as it got a knock before and was poorly repaired, nothing serious though.

Struggling to identify the red colour code so if anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated. I think it is BLVC287 Carnelean Red (CDE).

This isn't a short term project. Going to take my time.

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Re: 1981 Mini City 1000

Post by woody » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:07 pm

That body looks fairly solid alright. Good to see another one saved. Good luck with build.

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