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Old 07-26-2011, 08:29 PM
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Been on here a while now, I rarely have the time to post but thought I would get around to uploading my project car. I did have a nice DS and Black JCW fully loaded and tuned prior to starting the project so I have been miniless for quite a while during the build and now I am starting to miss it now.

So my project, this can only be described as a dream for many years where I wanted to perform a roof chop on a new shaped mini. The only problem was I wouldn't chop a perfectly good car hence I decided to start with a slightly burnt example.

There will be lots missing and more information, links and more photos can be found on my blog www.rkde.blogspot.com

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The car was delivered to me on the back of a fork lift truck and dumped on the trailer, this did damage one of the control arms but that was all.

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With the car home I started to remove all the burnt plastic and scrap parts

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Engine came out ready for a re-build which should be interesting and will hopefully have some power

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Fully pulled apart, well mostly. Just piles of mini bits everywhere round the house and garages

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Support bars went in
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Roof skin came off
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First cuts and this is how low I am going 4" (100mm)
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1st boot going on, I did make a couple others after this as I was just not happy with the way it worked or the height it opened
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2nd boot
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roll cage design and build, the deformation of the cage is scaled up to show the area of highest stress and not realistic to what would happen
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roof being built, this is still a pain for me but I am getting there very slowly, shame I work so much else I may have been further along now - This will be replaced later with a carbon skin when I have time to make it
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boot 3, this time I had an idea when I couldn't open the boot wide enough so I thought about a convertible boot...
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Car came back home from my unit so I could spend some more time on it... though this isn't happening at the moment
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While I have time I have been working on the engine as I have had enough of body work for the time being,

All the engine parts including a CM flywheel and clutch was balanced
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engine build
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So what is left? well there is loads of bodywork left still including many mods to make the car fast, lighter and a little different, still many months left on the project and I am doing everything myself and I am not in the trade but I am an engineer
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