Cooper Found (4 replies)
Well, it's not the Cooper i was planning on, but its a Cooper. All i have to do now is figure out how to pull it apart so i can cut out the nasty bits. It's
[COLOR=#252C2F][FONT=Times]Well, it's not the Cooper i was planning on, but its a Cooper. All i have to do now is figure out how to pull it apart so i can cut out the nasty bits.
It's a1993 Rover Mini Cooper 92MY, what ever that is? I collected it yesterday so i haven't had much time yet to have a good look. I've found a bit of rot on the floor, scuttle, O/S front wing, N/S and O/S outer sills. Not sure what it's like around the subframes, but i will find out very shortly. The plan is to strip out carpets etc, all mechanicals and then see full extent of whats required.
So i have a question: Which is the best workshop manual to get hold of and where from? As i've never pulled a Mini apart before, a workshop manual may come in handy.
I will try and upload some photos as i go.
Here's to the start of my winter project.[/FONT][/COLOR]
The best workshop manual for the actual body shell repair is right here, on this very forum. Please take a couple of evenings to go through the projects pages and the Rover Cooper bit of the forum and you'll find some mind blowing - and boggling - pictures, craftsmanship and just sheer dogged perseverance. AND some spectacular results
The mechanicals are really just simple mechanical engineering that ain't changed that much.
All that electrical crap........ Just take a load of photos of it before and as you are stripping it down. Get a bag of sticky labels and put simple labels on things such as loose wires (for example...... through grommet in upright and onto door switch...) Annanuvverfing too. If the electrics are all working, please keep them stored in a box under a bed in the kids bedroom where they'll stay warmish and OUT OF THE DAMP. Moisture/damp is the biggest killer of electronics, especially the cheap shi.........., er........ stuff used by Rover.
Make a work schedule AND KEEP TO IT. It might be cold, the wife might be creating a scene and the kids want a lift to the pictures and...... But persevere
Well i've had a few evenings on the car and things have progressed well. Nearly everything now off / removed, so its time to make some decisions on what is priority. I have a preference for soda blasting as it doesn't damage the body and I have had good results on a previous resto. Then i can make a list of panels required then start the surgery. drivers side floor, sills, wings and that's what i have found without removing any paint.
I'll update again when i have better photo's.
Have a look at the Photo's with the link ....Just found 613 on the RSP cooper forum . Click on the photo bucket link , its fully photo'd from the start . Should give you a good idea what youre doing 🙂