Engine stand

Working on an engine, especially one as awkward as a transverse A-series, is a pain.


An engine stand is a fine investment, even if you have to make up a special mounting plate.

Now Brian’s ready to strip down the engine while I continue with the bodywork.



Yes dear, it’s your preciousss.

More boot floor nasties.

At the back the horror continues. One of the previous owners was a master sculptor, but once the bog’s ground away the true quality of the repairs is evident.

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Just keep cutting, and cutting, and cutting until all the rust is gone…

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…and install a replacement floor.

Bzz. Bzz. Bzz. (repeat) And maybe just a few MIG plug welds where the spot welder couldn't reach.

The right side corner was also a masterful confection of bog and paint. Out with the cardboard templates again…

Surprisingly little rust in this corner, a Mini trouble spot. Cut... ...reproduce... Perhaps brushing it will make it look better? Or I could just grind it off.

Good as new. Ok, fine, good *enough*.

Wings! Or lack thereof.

Meanwhile, at the front of the car:
With the front wing out of the way, we can really see what’s going on.
That used to be a hinge mount, but luckily it’s easily replaced since the internal a-panel is entirely separate from the exterior skin.


Unpick the spot welds…

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…and out comes the rotten panel.


Rust. Quelle surprise.

So the pressure washing showed up a few areas that are less than ideal. The boot floor is a confection of steel, rust, bog, and underseal.

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Let’s cut out the rotten metal and see what’s left. Shit.

Nothing for it but to get stuck in- we’ll start the ball rolling with a small repair.

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Cleco temporary rivets are awesome for panel repair, holding everything in alignment while you weld it in place.


That went well. Now feeling a little more confident, its time to tackle the boot floor.

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Cardboard and masking tape to make up a template in situ…

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…transfer to steel and cleco in place.

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Lots of plug welds into the rear subframe mount, and spot welds everywhere else.

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