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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:18 am

I posted a few pictures in the introduce yourself section, but rather than follow a build there, I thought I should put it in the appropriate place. As I said, the car is a South African built Mk3, essentially a Elf/Hornet with a normal Mini nose. Unfortunately I lost some photos of the beginning of the build, but I have a few extra ones to add here.

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Just something that was a little interesting on the rear subframe :

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Post  TONYELF on Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:19 pm

Thats coming on nicely, do keep the photos coming and thanks for putting it on the correct thread, saves me having to do it!

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:39 pm

I'm new to this forum, so I didn't want to step on any toes, that's why i decided to move it. So it wasn't a problem at all.
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Post  TONYELF on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:21 am

No worries! Very Happy

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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:29 am

looking good, hope it all goes well
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:08 am

Just for interest sakes, I remembered that I sent some photos of my car to MiniWorld when I got her way back in 2008 or so. Two pictures were shown in the reader's car section of the February 2009 issue, should anyone be interested in seeing what it used to look like.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri May 11, 2012 12:23 pm

I haven't done much to the car of late, but I have managed to restore the gauge pod. It isn't authentic, but then again, the car isn't being restored back to original condition just yet. The reason the pod is now gloss is that it was sprayed after the previous owner attempted to fix it themselves, but just made a mess of it. Naturally plastic primer was sprayed on first so that the paint doesn't lift. The gauges themselves were also cleaned up and the chrome trim given a good polish. The glass faces were also cleaned, but due to the car's 42 years of use, these are no longer perfect. I suppose it gives the car a certain patina now.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu May 24, 2012 3:07 pm

Along with the gauge pod that was restored, I managed to fix up an old heater unit that I bought for my car, as due to the hot climate here in South Africa, it was deemed unnecessary to fit one. It was repainted and new sponge fitted on the inside. Also, I got a custom fascia sticker made up by Sticky Fingers for that custom feel on the inside of the car.

Before :

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After :

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Also, I managed to pick up a driver's handbook for my car in an antique dealer's store not so long ago. Apart from the small bit of obvious wear on the covers and the small mark left by the price tag, the book is in very good condition.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:59 pm

I cleaned up the door locks of my car after many years of use and grease and grime. First up was a good clean with a general purpose degreaser and then a polish with metal polish to get them looking a little better.

Before :

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I then used the same metal polish on the door trim and cleaned up the door cards with detergent. Apologies for the bad pictures.

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Post  asahartz on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:32 pm

Jared Mk3 wrote:Along with the gauge pod that was restored, I managed to fix up an old heater unit that I bought for my car, as due to the hot climate here in South Africa, it was deemed unnecessary to fit one. It was repainted and new sponge fitted on the inside. Also, I got a custom fascia sticker made up by Sticky Fingers for that custom feel on the inside of the car.

My daughter's boyfriend works for Sticky Fingers, so I was given these for my Mini Sky!

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:19 pm

That looks really neat. It's amazing what such a small thing can do to change to look of the interior.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:50 pm

I was looking at the tail lamps of my car and noticed that there were no gaskets for either, the ones I have are simply beyond any life. Now I was wondering, what did they look like? Did they have both an internal and external gaskets like so :

http://www.somerfordmini.co.uk/eshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=196&products_id=4546

http://www.somerfordmini.co.uk/eshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=196&products_id=4545

Any information would help.
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Post  Red Riley on Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:35 pm


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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:33 pm

Its not so much a hassle in getting, I was wondering rather if both of said gaskets have to used per tail lamp?

Also, we removed the front subframe of my car and had trouble removing the one track rod end. The driver's side came off easily enough, but the left hand side will not budge at all, even after applying WD40. We removed the steering rack along with the subframe. Any suggestions?
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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:53 pm

just one gasket per side of the car is needed.

careful grinding or heat and hard spannering?
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:17 pm

I forgot to mention that the track rod end in question is still attached to the steering arm and won't come loose from there. Someone has replaced it before and over tightened it, thus it won't come loose.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:04 pm

Due to the difficulty of obtaining good quality tail lamp lenses in this country [due to the harsh sun etc], I have subsequently battled to find some. The ones I manged to find were in very bad shape and only one of the original sets was worth keeping. After searching for a long time I managed to find a set that was in very good condition, apart from the fact that they needed a good clean.

After a good clean :

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In the housing after a good polish inside and out of the chrome :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:52 pm

Well, I treated myself and got a few bits imported for the car. A few necessities and a couple of next NICE things. Here they are :

A Cooper grille.

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An RC40 system.

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Hi-Los.

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A few of the bits and pieces.

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I also managed to fix up the switch panel using some of the new switches and cables from the aforementioned order.

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And lastly, the front subframe before strip down.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:35 pm

I finished with the refurbishment of the tie bars today. To be different I sprayed them a different colour, just to give them that sporting appeal, even though they're still the standard items. To this I also added the Minispares uprated bush kit. Not too shabby if I say so myself.

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Post  David2010 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:42 pm


Any photos Jared ?

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:25 pm

David2010 wrote:
Any photos Jared ?

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Not as yet, as soon as the subframe is refurbished and back in place, I will upload some more pictures.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:33 pm

I managed to refurbish the steering rack with new boots, track rod ends and some fresh oil.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:21 pm

Right, so the weather hasn't exactly been on my side in the past few weeks, but I have managed to accomplish a few things. Including the tie bars that were refurbished, the lower arms were also redone, with new bushes. The upper arms followed with a good clean and a new lick of paint.

Upper arms before :

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Upper arms after :

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Along with all this, I managed to get some good rubber springs off of one of the other cars on the property. As you'll be able to see in the picture, the one on the left is the less abused one after a clean and a little paint, and the one on the right is the original.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:53 pm

Just some pictures of the front subframe roughly 50% complete, now with top and bottom arms and tie bars, new bushes and the better rubber springs. It's a little dusty, but you get the just of it.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:25 pm

The car as she stands now :

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Excuse the mess Shocked
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