The rear suspension went in very easily, and the brakes appear to work- but they bloody well should, having all new linkages and hydraulics.
Time to sit the Mini on all 4 wheels for the first time in ages!
Mk1 Minis have an adorable little switch panel in the centre of the parcel shelf, with room for the choke and heater cables, 2 switches (wipers, lights), and the ignition key. Why would you need anything else?
If you *did* want anything else (for instance a windscreen washer, audio controls, fog light switches, electrical outlet, hazard warning switch…) you’d have to hang them from ugly black switch panels under the parcel shelf. I figure, as long as we’re adding the extra switches, we might as well make them a little more attractive…
First we make the alloy trim pieces, (ab)using the spindle molder and table saw.
Then we shape the aluminium to fit the new switch panels (which are freshly powder coated to match the original switch panel). The green masking tape and rubber-faced vise jaws help prevent any nasty new scratches, which would be a pain to remove later.
Repeat as necessary: