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Bodywork started after disassembling almost all parts. Remain only the outer shell of the car with wiring harness which can not pullout easily. Gauge 14 & 18 zinc coated metal sheets used for most places. Firstly cut the right side of the chassis and welded new bar. Then the left side and floor board plates one by one. All door bottoms, front and back wings repaired. Mean time door hinge pins refilled at a lathe workshop. Finally attached all doors and wings again to check the aligning. Carbide 9kg and a oxygen cylinder consumed for this works.
The car was exposed to the sunlight & rain for a long time. So there was corrosion on almost all body panels and floorboard too. Cleaned the plug wires, filled the tank, connected a charged battery and attempt to start it. After several attempt it started. The destination (my home) was 120 km and we started the journey around 11.00 am. As I was aware cars condition, selected rural roads. Brakes were very weak. So could not exceed 30kmh. During the trip had to replace a tire and the fan belt. Finally reached to the destination around 9.00 pm. Here are some initial condition pictures. Special thanks should go to @Davy for encouraging me to write this in a discussion.
Hi All, I was planning to get a MINI to be daily driven in Colombo but unfortunately most of the vehicles I checked were in good condition but had dodgy documentation. Some were cut buds and did not even match up with the doc. I am very enthusiastic about MINIs but im reluctant to buy one in this condition According to the homework I have done its is not legal to run..obviously, is there a way to get a MINI which is road legal in everyway for a decent price other than Harbor Auctioned cars which are sky high. I’ve heard that Police is on the hunt and if you face an accident you are in for court time, bound for fines and probably the car will be confiscated. Some were high priced but had irregularities in the CR itself. Heard its the general case. Need your exprertise on this.