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Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup #2657969
06/18/12 06:59 PM
06/18/12 06:59 PM
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Bolivia
widman Offline OP
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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.

Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2657982
06/18/12 07:13 PM
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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".

Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2657999
06/18/12 07:22 PM
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wow man. awesome!


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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: hardcore302] #2658020
06/18/12 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted By: hardcore302
wow man. awesome!


Yes!


Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford
Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658024
06/18/12 07:40 PM
06/18/12 07:40 PM
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In the Garage...
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In the Garage...
Holy Cow man! You have lots a skill and you must be real mellow! Very nice.


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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658056
06/18/12 08:12 PM
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central ga
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wow!I can't wait to see it running.

Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658078
06/18/12 08:40 PM
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Everett, Washington
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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.


“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
― Mark Twain






Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658104
06/18/12 09:16 PM
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Kansas
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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!

Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658160
06/18/12 10:30 PM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Thanks for the updates, Richard. Looking good.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658236
06/19/12 01:41 AM
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Kuwait
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Fantastic progress! thumbsup


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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2658432
06/19/12 08:54 AM
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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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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2659005
06/19/12 05:44 PM
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Bolivia
widman Offline OP
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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

Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2659047
06/19/12 06:13 PM
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Birmingham, AL
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Nice progress! The rear suspension looks great, and the floor pan swap is pretty creative.


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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2659169
06/19/12 07:31 PM
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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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Re: Progress on my 75 Morris Mini Pickup [Re: widman] #2659529
06/20/12 06:51 AM
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What do you do with the finished products?

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