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Old 09-29-2007, 03:09 PM
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Knoxville area Mini owner, Leslie, brought her Mini back home with her from Europe, from her time of service in the armed forces. She and my husband, David dismantled it and sent it to a body shop where it became marooned for almost two years.

It's back at our place and we decided to do a "Mini Raising" with local club members and Mini owners, to put it on the fast track to restoration. Today is the day.

7:15 AM, quiet and peaceful as the early shift arrives.

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A bit of prep work yesterday by Eric Cannon (Dr Mini's son), the headliner went in.

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Specialty tools:

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It's time for Saturday's crew to clock in .... Mark Caldwell (tennmoke) starts with the wiring harness.

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8:45 AM
Cooper, working on the bumper and car owner Leslie, laying down on the job.

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Old 09-29-2007, 03:41 PM
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Special high octane fuel is brought in for the mechanics.

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Nice photos... good luck with this project. Why was the mini marooned??
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The 10AM report: That's when I got the report, not when I posted it.

Wiring harness in place.

Engine - in place

Front subframe mounts replaced, engine differential cover replaced, lower engine steady, rear bumper and tail lights, ground strap for the battery, door checks.

Mike McMillan and Frank Ambrister (hamhead) are on the clock.

Charles' Vanderbilt pullover is still in place. ;D ;D ;D

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Nice photos... good luck with this project. Why was the mini marooned??
It was understood that insurance work (i.e. more money) at the body shop would come first. It stayed at one for 6 mos and wasn't touched. It moved to a second one and was there another 12 mos. It did end up with a high end paint job for a reasonable price.
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I commend you. I would have been bald by assembly time.

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It was understood that insurance work (i.e. more money) at the body shop would come first. It stayed at one for 6 mos and wasn't touched. It moved to a second one and was there another 12 mos. It did end up with a high end paint job for a reasonable price.
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VERY nice choice of colors for the Head liner retaining clips !
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Photos are worth a million words, and all they'll have after the mini is together.. again, good luck with it all!!

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11:30AM - Working on all sides on brakes, cleaning and prepping the interior, e brake handle and gas tank painted.

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Knee pads going on......it's getting serious around here.

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Crew chief (hotelcalif) predicts that it will NOT run today.
Said something about rusted together old parts.
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This is so fun to watch/read. Please keep the updates comming. I leave work at 2pm (Pacific Time). I expect the MINI to be moving under it's own power by then.
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Oh ya for real. Now this is a very interesting project. Good luck with it Queen Keep us posted
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Rusted together old parts? Is he kidding or is that the truth? It's still early you know - on a Saturday - and the mid-Atlantic state that you're in, I'm sure there can be something that can be done Keep us posted!!
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Old 09-29-2007, 06:44 PM
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R50 - your request has been noted.

1:00PM - Well deserved lunch!


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But before that...........new brake lines in, wheel cylinders, 1st piece of carpet fitted. The delay has been caused by removal of old brake parts, things all rusted together and not wanting to leave their spot after being there for over 30 years.
Corrosion :, imagine that.

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