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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:21 am

Minor update on the Uno...I've started the prep for the NEC by fitting the door pillar decals (sourced from Italy) Smile

Decals as-sourced:


O/S before:


During:




Done:


N/S done:


And to finish off, a moody shot of old admiring the rear of new...
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by st1allstar on Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:00 pm

looking good Smile
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Dunc on Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:22 pm

very smart! Really want to fit the door stickers on mine.

Were they easy to do?

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:43 pm

Dunc wrote:very smart! Really want to fit the door stickers on mine.

Were they easy to do?

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No...had to take it really steady and carefully, and even so I still had to trim some surplus off with a scalpel blade as there was no way it was going to curl around the B-pillar neatly!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Unograle on Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:48 pm

jas_racing wrote:
had to take it really steady and carefully, and even so I still had to trim some surplus off with a scalpel blade as there was no way it was going to curl around the B-pillar neatly!

Did you not use any heat to make the vinyl easier to work with...?
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:21 am

Unograle wrote:
jas_racing wrote:
had to take it really steady and carefully, and even so I still had to trim some surplus off with a scalpel blade as there was no way it was going to curl around the B-pillar neatly!

Did you not use any heat to make the vinyl easier to work with...?
Yep, still tricky!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:31 am

I've spent the last couple of evenings adding up all the costs for this project - including the original purchase price, all parts (new & second-hand), paint, cable, fasteners & materials/paint bought, wheels, tyres, on-the-road costs (i.e. MOT, tax & insurance), etc, etc, the car stands me £6,713!  Shocked

Maybe I shouldn't have added it all up...
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by richvans on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:44 am

About the price of a new small car, just better!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by hakydan on Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:22 pm

jas_racing wrote:I've spent the last couple of evenings adding up all the costs for this project - including the original purchase price, all parts (new & second-hand), paint, cable, fasteners & materials/paint bought, wheels, tyres, on-the-road costs (i.e. MOT, tax & insurance), etc, etc, the car stands me £6,713!  Shocked

Maybe I shouldn't have added it all up...

Thats certainly not something ill be doing with my UT LOL!!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by hakydan on Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:25 pm

jas_racing wrote:Pages 62-67 of October's issue of Auto Italia magazine (out today) Wink

Cant find a copy now:( can you scan and post on here?
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:06 am

Hakydan wrote:
jas_racing wrote:Pages 62-67 of October's issue of Auto Italia magazine (out today) Wink

Cant find a copy now:( can you scan and post on here?

I don't think copyright rules would permit it...back issues are available on the AutoItalia website though. Or come to the NEC this weekend and you can have a look at one of my copies in person  Wink
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:41 am

So...as mentioned I was invited by Meguiar's a short while ago to put the Uno on their 'Club Showcase' stand at the NEC Classic Car Show this weekend...after 2 weeks of evenings + 2 weekends of prep she was ready and today was setup day at the NEC.  I hired a transporter rather than drive the old girl the 90 miles there, collected it at 0800 this morning then headed over to my Uno's 'winter storage facility' (aka the girlfriend's garage) for loading up.

Uno pulled out of her 'prep bay':


Loaded on and ready to hit the road:


On the motorway...these hot hatch drivers don't half tailgate....


Unloaded and inside Hall 9 prior to loading onto the Meguiar's stand:



Info board:


In place:



With that done it was time to head home to return the transporter...another early start in the morning!

Anyone on here going?
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Dunc on Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:02 pm

awww pics aren't working Sad

And i go every year except this one! as im away in edinburgh! gutted! would love to have seen this!

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by richvans on Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:11 pm

Looks good , living up to its name!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by vern on Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:53 am

Nice one looks lovely mate.
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:10 am

Well, the Friday of the show went by in a blur...my little old Fiat attracted a lot of attention and admirers, asking lots of questions and saying things like "awesome car back in the day" and "I haven't seen one for years".  The car appeared on Meguiar's and Auto Italia magazine's Facebook and Twitter pages over the weekend too, creating a bit of buzz on both.  Although one comment was "waste of polish"  Rolling Eyes

I had a couple of offers to buy during the weekend and one guy got quite arsey when I said it wasn't for sale  Question

Saturday morning was major nerves time as the Concours judges made their way around each car.  I didn't really think I had any chance of winning 'Best in Show' as there were some truly exceptional cars on the Meguiar's stand plus I never intended the car to be a Concours entrant so I was rather uncomfortable watching them go over every inch of the car with their cotton gloves on and torches in hand :doublesho Given the time and effort I poured into creating my vision of the 'perfect' Uno turbo I don't think I would've taken any criticism well, so it was fortunate that none of us were told our actual scores - only the winner, an exceptional 1969 Ford Cortina 1600E, was announced.

After that I could relax...until I received a call on the Sunday morning from one of the Meguiar's guys asking me to report back to the stand (I was at the other end of the NEC looking at the autojumble stuff) as Mike Brewer had selected my car as one of three he wanted to interview the owners of before the main prize giving session.

With mic in hand and a lot of people gathered around the stand Mike explained that my Uno had "stopped him in his tracks" when he first saw it Smile Felt kinda cool thinking that Mike and Edd China had been looking over my handywork without me knowing the previous evening and had given it a big thumbs-up Very Happy

During the interview Mike asked a few questions about how long I'd owned the car, why I'd chosen an Uno Turbo, etc.

A couple of piccies:





Then it was presentation time:



The whole weekend was undoubtedly the highly of my automotive life and I was a little sad when it was all over Sad I did enjoy the 90 miles drive home in the Uno though, with a couple of 'spirited' acceleration runs now that the engine has breached the 500 mile mark!  (Athough I'm still sticking to a 4,000rpm rev and 0.5 bar boost limit until she's done 1,000 miles)

Meguiar's made me feel like a true VIP and I couldn't fault the way they looked after us.  A great bunch of guys and girls  Very Happy

The Uno is now tucked away for winter...the gearbox is coming out again for a strip and inspection (I can't always select 1st and the diff whines a little more than I'd like) so she won't see the light of day until April...can't come soon enough!  Cool
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by st1allstar on Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:16 pm

car looks good jas, bet your really proud of it!

was ed china there as well?
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by richvans on Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:30 pm

Good to get a buzz going on the Uno Very Happy

Raising the profile!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:20 am

st1allstar wrote:car looks good jas, bet your really proud of it!

was ed china there as well?
Very proud of my old girl flying the flag for Uno's on a grand stage Smile

No Edd wasn't there for the Meguiar's presentations, maybe he was on another stand somewhere in the show?
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Unoie1301 on Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:01 am

Looks lovely will get some of my tungsten grey 1 so there will be another minter Smile

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Post by Mintys-turbo-mk1 on Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:33 am

Looks right at home on that show stand. I'd be very proud of what you've done.
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:35 am

Mintys-turbo-mk1 wrote:Looks right at home on that show stand. I'd be very proud of what you've done.
Thanks Ben, I am Smile

I think the penny dropped with my girlfriend last weekend too - it's not just an old Fiat that I and a handful of others are very enthusiastic about, there are actually scores of people out there with fond memories and affection for the car.  She even went as far as saying she loved seeing the smiles on people's faces when they walked up to the stand and realised it was a mk1 UT Smile
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:25 am

Evening All

As mentioned previously my Uno developed a problem selecting 1st gear during the summer, despite the 'box having been professionally rebuilt before I fitted it, so it needed to come out to be looked at again.  Hopefully it can be fixed but if not I have a plan b Wink

The car in her 'winter storage facility' (aka my girlfriend's garage):


I tackled the gearbox removal slowly...there's so much potential for damaging and scratching things when removing such a large lump that I worked slowly and carefully, removing one thing at a time to give plenty of access for the 'box to come out from underneath.  That said it was all very easy as with everything being pretty much brand new every bolt came undone easily and the task was made much more enjoyable as a result.  Overall it was probably about 3 hours work maximum.  Unfortunately the paint on the 'box suffered a fair bit during the work but that was unavoidable and I'll have to strip and repaint the whole thing before it goes back in.

Gearbox extracted:


Pics of the engine bay with the gearbox removed:



The gearbox is now loaded in the back of my Punto ready to drop off with the refurb people when they're open again.

I also swapped the rear suspension springs from -40mm drop to -60mm as she sat too high on the -40mm versions.  Dead easy to do, 20 mins tops  Smile  Guess which one is the -60mm drop spring:  Laughing


Will take pics to show the ride height difference when the gearbox is refitted and the car is back on 4 wheels :thumb:

Next up will be replacing the injector rail to address the split that I had to create a 'fix' for then replacing all the silicone coolant hoses for good old rubber versions (the silicone ones weep ever so slightly even with 2 hose clamps on each end censored )

P.S. apologies for the low res/poor quality photos, they were taken on my phone.

That's all for now Cool
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by st1allstar on Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:01 pm

hopefully a replacement box should sort it out :-)
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:53 am

st1allstar wrote:hopefully a replacement box should sort it out :-)

Yes mate Wink
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