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#2657969 - 06/18/12 07:59 PM Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup
widman Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 3282
Loc: Bolivia
For those who might of missed it, this is the Mini I bought a little over a year ago. The front had been extended to fit a 3 cyl suzuki engine, cutting the frame to pieces so it no longer stood on its four wheels. The Big Volvo truck bumper didn't help.


A little cleaning and I had this


I gave him back the Suzuki engine and kept original engine, which is almost useless. In theory it only needed a timing chain.



Used all the latest technology to pull the engine out and discover how badly cut up the front frame was.




The floor was eaten by the battery that had been eaten by rats


My first order of parts came from the UK (my twin grandchildren showing off the tires)



Body wok started and tire positioned to see how far to flare the fenders


Lots of body panels to fabricate


Floor and front chassis had to be cut out and a new floor fabricated out of a Toyota mini van. Later it will be flattened the rest of the way.



So I stripped and sandblasted the rear chassis and suspension, adding a little paint





After polishing the trumpets, installing new bushings and knuckles, I assembled it.


Then discovered the wheel bearings were not usable (forgot to check)




Now to wait three weeks for the bearings to get here from the UK. Also still waiting on the engine and new front frame from Chile.
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#2657982 - 06/18/12 08:13 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32640
Loc: ME
Well done so far! Glad you are putting some real tires on it. Those other ones look like they belong on a hand-cart or something.

I love those original 1970's paint stripes! Would love to see it done in something "cute and sporty".

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#2657999 - 06/18/12 08:22 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
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Loc: Suffolk County, NY
wow man. awesome!
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#2658020 - 06/18/12 08:36 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: hardcore302]
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Originally Posted By: hardcore302
wow man. awesome!


Yes!
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#2658024 - 06/18/12 08:40 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
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Holy Cow man! You have lots a skill and you must be real mellow! Very nice.
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#2658056 - 06/18/12 09:12 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
urrlord Offline


Registered: 09/25/08
Posts: 661
Loc: central ga
wow!I can't wait to see it running.

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#2658078 - 06/18/12 09:40 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
oilboy123 Offline


Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 6957
Loc: Everett, Washington
I loved the corvair build you did. This one looks like a great follow up. I did not know there was a pick up version......

Keep up the great work, and the pictures of your progress.
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#2658104 - 06/18/12 10:16 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
Kruse Offline


Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 4296
Loc: Kansas
Excellent progress.
I've got a '51 Henry J that will need similar body work. I'll gladly let you do your skills on it any time you want!

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#2658160 - 06/18/12 11:30 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
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Registered: 12/05/09
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Thanks for the updates, Richard. Looking good.
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#2658236 - 06/19/12 02:41 AM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
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Registered: 10/03/08
Posts: 4054
Loc: Kuwait
Fantastic progress! thumbsup
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#2658432 - 06/19/12 09:54 AM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
Norm Olt Offline


Registered: 01/27/03
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Love that roll bar and the "cherry picker"(s?), too!

Those modern 4-bolt wheels (vs. the 120 degree three-bolts on the '62 Renault) are nice. Has anyone ever put a 208 hp BMW/Mini) drivetrain in one of these?

Cheers!
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#2659005 - 06/19/12 06:44 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
widman Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 3282
Loc: Bolivia
Quote:
Has anyone ever put a 208 hp BMW/Mini) drivetrain in one of these?


Not sure about that, but there are a lot of Honda conversions to the Vtec that go up to 195 hp.

I'm just going to up it from the original 998cc 38 hp to a 1275cc 70+ hp from a later mini. Adding disc brakes.

Thanks for the comments. Got a way to go, but
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#2659047 - 06/19/12 07:13 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
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Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 9252
Loc: Birmingham, AL
Nice progress! The rear suspension looks great, and the floor pan swap is pretty creative.
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#2659169 - 06/19/12 08:31 PM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15702
Loc: OH
Good Lord!
You did the Corvair, you're doing this (real) Mini and the Dauphine, and you're doing them all to a very a high standard, and you have a business as well.
There are restoration shops that can't match the pace and quality of your work.
I truly admire your ambition and follow-through.
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#2659529 - 06/20/12 07:51 AM Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
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What do you do with the finished products?

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