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Old 10-17-2014, 07:12 PM
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:22 AM
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This is a rather minor update, but as this is my first foray into restoration work and this panel stands as my first (of many) panels in the project, it felt pretty great sliding it into place and seeing that it fit like a glove. I cut out the old haggard panel that had been butchered for speakers and replaced it with the early model panel. I need to go back and prep for welding and then it'll be ready to really go in. Everything lines up nicely and should be a rather simple job.

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Old 10-20-2014, 04:48 AM
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That's excellent. I still can't believe how butchered that original shelf was.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:49 PM
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That's excellent. I still can't believe how butchered that original shelf was.
I laughed as I cut out the old shelf because even my cuts to demolish and rid the car of the panel were cleaner than the cuts intended to be a "speaker install".
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:52 PM
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:09 AM
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Amazing work.. Your ability to always improve always impresses me��
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:44 AM
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Amazing work.. Your ability to always improve always impresses me��
Thanks...I really appreciate that
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:45 AM
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My buddy is using our welder, so I prepared a few panels in the meantime.

The rear seat had some rust working its way through above the rear subframe.

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Since the car will be getting a cage, I went ahead and removed the rear door bins and trimmed the rear seat bottom. There's still some final clean up that needs to be done on both.

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And with plans to run a center exit exhaust, I figured I would shave the side exit while the valance was still off and sitting around the shop.

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Old 10-27-2014, 04:00 AM
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Excellent. Didn't know you planned to cage it. I was back and forth 1000 times on whether or not I wanted one. I decided that, for now, I don't want one. But I reserve the right to have a custom one made in the future. haha

You going to go with a custom cage, or pre-made?
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You going to go with a custom cage, or pre-made?
I'm going with custom. I've got all the material...just finalizing the plan for it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:10 PM
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Well keep the plans if it turns out well. I might have to buy a set of plans from ya.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:36 PM
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We sorta fly by the seat of our pants so I'm not sure we'll have legit blueprints with measurements or anything, but I'll definitely share the base design once it's all in.

It's basically going to be a half cage with partial door bars to add some rigidity to an otherwise flimsy body design haha. The design could easily be done without the door bars if you don't want bars too close to the driver/passenger.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:35 PM
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If I build one it will have diagonals for the door that are minimal obstruction (can still daily comfortably) and a well setup jungle gym in the back for roll-over, and a harness bar. Can't be too close to the head so you can still daily without fear of brain damage in an accident.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:55 PM
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If I build one it will have diagonals for the door that are minimal obstruction (can still daily comfortably) and a well setup jungle gym in the back for roll-over, and a harness bar. Can't be too close to the head so you can still daily without fear of brain damage in an accident.
That sounds similar to my plans.

With that said, I'm not all too worried about it in the case of an automobile accident....because you sorta sign away all of your safety when you get in a classic mini. They don't stand much of a chance against 90% of the cars out there.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:41 PM
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True story there. Mostly for rigidity I'm my case, then there's a safety factor whole teaching. But I don't want anything near my head in an accident. Hence some new seats I'll likely be acquiring.
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