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maccmike

posted on 1/1/15 at 08:25 PM Reply With Quote
Locost Binky

Classic Mini on a MK1 MX5 chassis.

Bought a clean rust free Eunos.
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Lifted body off.
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Cut sills and chassis legs off.
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Bought 95% rust free but with some bad welding Mini shell.
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Front and rear bulkheads and floor gone.
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Shell just sitting on chassis.
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maccmike

posted on 1/1/15 at 10:44 PM Reply With Quote
Where the previous owner had welded the roll cage mounts and seat mounts, the welding was terrible, bad enough I was able to pull one seat rail out by hand!
Decided it was best to cut out the bad welds and reweld good metal in.

Went from this

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to this

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via these. Not smooth finish but solid and will be carpeted.

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Ivan

posted on 2/1/15 at 07:30 AM Reply With Quote
Interesting thread - will keep an eye on this.
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Nickp

posted on 2/1/15 at 07:49 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Ivan
Interesting thread - will keep an eye on this.


+1
How much longer's the wheelbase then?

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kj

posted on 2/1/15 at 10:49 AM Reply With Quote
Me too





Think about it, think about it again and then do it.

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theduck

posted on 2/1/15 at 01:03 PM Reply With Quote
Here is one thats been done before, quite a lot longer!



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prawnabie

posted on 2/1/15 at 01:19 PM Reply With Quote
Is there any reason why you can't just shorten the propshaft and powerplant frame instead of extending the body?
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myke pocock

posted on 2/1/15 at 03:17 PM Reply With Quote
Mmmm, some food for thought here.
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maccmike

posted on 2/1/15 at 06:14 PM Reply With Quote
There are 2 estate minis using MX5s that I know of. The one not pictured didnt cut the mx5 sills off so had to have wider body and it looks poo. Think he did it that way to avoid the iva.

The one above looks good though with the exception of the arches.

I dont know of a hatchback mind.. so hopefully mine will be the first.

Wheel base is something like 20cm different and most of that can be lost in the bodywork. Although there will be a slight extension front and rear but nothing extreme.

Im not shortening the wheelbase for 1 reason only; Why mess with a well regarded handling/drivers car? Having said that I am going to remake the rear wishbones so the wheelbase will be approx 1-1.5" shorter.

It is an '89 but I will be mark oneing it. Rear lights, exterior door hinges etc.

I will asking plenty of questions over the next year or 2.

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maccmike

posted on 4/1/15 at 07:54 PM Reply With Quote
Started on the front suspension mounts.
This is the section I saved from the MX5.
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Simple removable jig fitted before cutting up old unit. This is to ensure angles/height etc are correct.
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Cut it up to keep the fixing bolts and shocker turret.
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Bolts welded in
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Of course there will be more triangulation but will have to wait until the roll cage is in. At least now it gives me a reference point to start at the back.
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maccmike

posted on 5/1/15 at 05:32 PM Reply With Quote
I overlapped the edge of the MX5 floor and the mini inner sill.
I did this so I can then butt weld another piece in underneath and get a descent amount of heat into the weld. The holes are the to plug weld the said piece in once I get round to it.
I have also migrated the original seat floor mounts in to the inner sills too.
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maccmike

posted on 2/2/15 at 10:53 PM Reply With Quote
A little bit more progress. Iv been unwell and with the weather being so cold Iv not done as much as Iv wanted.
This is the almost complete subframe/shock mounts. Still a bit more triangulation to go in but cant do that until roll cage is in. Also, the strut brace will also be triangulated and bolted to the bulk head.

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FAO Prawnabie: I took your suggestion onboard and proceeded to shorten the wheel base by 100mm. Fingers crossed this doesnt have a negative effect on handling.

As you can see in the picture, the subframe has a step in it which made things more difficult.

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So I made some brackets.

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Copying the standard fixings (rear subframe is held on by 3 bolts/nuts each side (but Iv only worked on the 2 towards the front as the rear bolt will incorporate the roll cage).

The 2 outer most fixings - 1 bolt, 1 captive nut are spaced identically to the standard set up and identical side to side as I tack welded them together before drilling the holes. The middle hole is for the standard front most captive blot to sit in. This ensured the subframe is exactly 100mm further forwards on both sides.

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The hole that the standard bolt fitted in for alignment was them trimmed don and plug welded into the new bracket.

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maccmike

posted on 4/3/15 at 08:19 PM Reply With Quote
Bit more progress since shortening the wheelbase..

Completed the remaining chassis - subframe mountings so its back to factory.

Then remade the shocker mounts and gave it a coat of etch primer. It appears absolutely solid but will get further strength once roll cage is in.

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Rolled it outside today to sweep garage floor.

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Yes, the wheel/arch/ride height looks awful but this is with no glass, interior, electrics, doors + some (well lots) metal work to complete. Once its on adjustable coilovers and smaller wheels Im praying it will look right.

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maccmike

posted on 22/3/15 at 10:56 AM Reply With Quote
Need clearance for the rear of the rear wheel
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Made an anti rollbar bracket that is removable, this is to allow future 'engine out' easier
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Started to box the rear wheel arches in
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You can just see the black pen line, a flat sheet will go in here in the near future which wheel seal the entire floor.

Made a bracket that the floor and then the fuel tank will sit on.
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[Edited on 22/3/15 by maccmike]

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maccmike

posted on 1/4/15 at 08:49 PM Reply With Quote
Boot floor support completed.
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Boot floor finished with cutout in corner to pass battery cables and fuel pipes through
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Boot compartment frame installed
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Started boxing it in. The vertical and horizontal centre sections will be removable to allow access into the boot from 3 sides.
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MX5 exhaust disected.
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woodster

posted on 4/4/15 at 07:24 PM Reply With Quote
Great project .... Would it be possible to run it on 10s or 12s, something more mini sized ...... .??
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maccmike

posted on 4/4/15 at 07:39 PM Reply With Quote
13" it'll be going on. Which happens to be the smallest you can go on an MX5
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