2 Door saloon.

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2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:03 pm

Hi all, I bought my moggy believe it or not out of the crap yard back in July and got it back to the workshop ready to start on bringing it back to life. The story goes that the car was parked up in a shed back in 1985 while the owner did a few jobs and it never moved again until the owner died and the car was sold off for scrap. Now since getting it I have been to hell and back after I was working on a trailer and my overalls caught fire leaving me with horrific burns to both my legs. About a 6 weeks ago I started taking the car apart and discovered that it needed a ton of welding which has now all been done alone with new brakes including the pipes. It's also had the first coat of blue paint only things left is it needs a new radiator and 4 tyres until this morning when the engine wiring loom decides that it no longer wants to work and melted. I'm now at the point of should I carry on or just sell it as a In going project? I have boxes of new parts ready to go on but I just don't think have it in me to finish it. After being on fire once this year it scared the life out of me this morning when everything went belly up.
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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby les » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:38 pm

Sorry to hear about your bad luck regarding the fire, and then another incident with the wiring. I can see from the pictures why it was a scrapper, but 5 months maybe a little early to give up on it, especially as you seem to have done quite a lot already.


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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby firedrake1942 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:34 pm

Keep going. ! You have done the bulk of the work and doing up a minor is the best therapy I know. Keep us posted as to progress. I am constantly in awe of what people on this forum achieve after set backs and with what many would regard as scrappers. GFI !!!

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:47 pm

These pictures where taken yesterday
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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby palacebear » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:00 pm

You're well on the way. You can't stop now!
1956 4-door called Max

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby firedrake1942 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:48 pm

Ditto! And another one saved !

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby irmscher » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:40 pm

Looks really good :)

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:16 pm

Update on the project so far.
Unfortunately I have had it with this car! After spending an entire week preparing and painting the car the paint has reacted with god knows what and looks awful. I have now come to the conclusion I hate this car and I'm doing no more to it other that putting it back together getting it MOTed and selling it for whatever I can get to recoup some of what this hateful little car has cost me. So if anyone wants a devil car it's here. If it wasn't for the fact I have a ton of money in it, it would be going back to where I found it. Sorry for the rant but you have no idea just how much blood sweat and tears have gone in to this sodding thing.

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby les » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:41 pm

Sorry to hear your decision, restoration is not an easy path, mine was a 10 year slog, there are many pitfalls and setbacks. It depends on your passion and how much you want something, some of us are more stubborn than others and won't be beaten but If you run out of enthusiasm i realise how hard it is to keep going and I doubt you're the only one to close the garage door on a project.


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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby ManyMinors » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:39 am

As Les says, these things aren't easy. Patience and perseverance are required in large quantities. If you've only been doing yours for six weeks, you have done remarkably well! Sometimes, you just have to walk away for a while and then go back at a later date. This is the hardest time of year too - when it is cold and dark in the garage......
If it a chemical reaction in the paint I imagine it'll all have to come off but if it has just gone on badly maybe it'll rub down and re-coat? What type of paint have you used?
Good luck with it anyway whatever you decide to do. With the welding completed you are a good part of the way there now!

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Shropshiremoggie » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:46 am

Please keep going , it looks fantastic so far . Complete it and enjoy your effort and skill . I had issues with an old house . It seemed to ' fight back ' with everything I tried to do . Beat it in the end and been living in it for thirty years . I would hate to leave it .

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby les » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:15 am

From reading his last post I'd say his mind is made up. If you haven't got the right frame of mind for these things it's no good, there's a danger of cutting corners and that in itself makes the next stage seem pointless. Shame but there you go. If his heart isn't in it, best to sell 'as is' rather that rush to put it together.


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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:06 pm

I'v decided to at least finish the car I'v never had a restoration defeat me and I'm not letting this one so with that in mind I'v started putting her face back on.
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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Shropshiremoggie » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:13 pm

Great news and decision !!! I'm sure all the members will look forward to seeing your completed project !
Again --great news !

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby les » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:10 pm

Wow, that was a turnaround! :o In which case good luck. Next time you feel bad------- a good nights sleep is a wonderful thing. :D


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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:27 pm

It was more like a kick up the DONT SWEAR OR YOU WILL BE BANNED from my Dad :-?

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby les » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:31 pm

Whatever the method, dads can often put things into perspective :D


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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby SteveClem » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:56 pm

I can almost guarantee that when you get it running you will fall in love and the tough times will become anecdotes that you share with mates in the pub! A well sorted Minor is a joy... second only to an Austin A30!

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:01 pm

An A30 is next in my list lol and I'v just this minute got it running albeit with a bit of a Miss fire but nevertheless she's running and moving under her own steam for the first time in 30 odd years. So yes at the moment I have a bit of a grin on my face right now. Lucky the road leading to the work shop is a private road so I'm now planning on running it up and down the road tomorrow:)

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Re: 2 Door saloon.

Postby Pickingscrap » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:03 pm

Oh while I think on has anybody got or has a link to a wiring diagram for the lights? That's the next job .


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