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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by hakydan on Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:48 am

As always sir, great work - Hopefully you dont suffer the same issues im having with my rear calipers and the hand brake:(
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:59 am

Another update Smile

Out of the selection of wing mirrors I have I picked the best pair and set about plastic priming, normal priming, base colour & lacquering them. Mirror glass removed, a light rub-down of the plastic to give the plastic primer a key then masked up ready for paint:


Painted and hanging in my curing booth (aka my lounge):


De-masked, new (stainless) screws and mirrors glasses fitted:



Moving on to the fuel system, brand new tank (from Germany) was painted with black POR-15 then topped with a complimentary POR stone-guard coating.
Tank ready for fitment:



Refurbed handbrake cable bracket with new OE guide:


Primary tank needed a clean!


Tank fitted (a bit of a squeeze but I got it in!):


Filler neck (I know the braided clear hose sticks out like a sore thumb but it's a deliberate nod to my original Uno, and the piece of hose is cut from the same piece as I used back in the day to fit an aero-style fuel filler cap to it):




Having fitted the tank connected it up to the fuel pump I moved onto fitting the fuel lines. The first issue was that the bulkhead in my car didn't have the holes for them to pass through! I can only assume they were welded up/over when the 'shell was restored?!

No hole:


Marked up for drilling:


Chain-drilled:


Ground out:


Finished off with a spot of POR-15:


Fuel lines installed:


Fuel lines in place inside the cabin:



Having fitted the fuel lines I could set about fitting the under-carpet sound deadening & carpet:





I was dead chuffed to have the carpet in, it changes the acoustics of the interior considerably and makes it seem much less barren Smile

After this I took a deep breath and decided to tackle the body decals...I bought a repro set from eBay but I'm delighted with the quality and how close they are to the originals (note I opted not to have the grey top line as I don't think it suits the car):


I spent AGES deciding on a top level position, making sure it was straight along the full side of the car, etc, before applying a strip of masking tape to denote the top. Then it was fingers crossed...






Repeat for the other side:


VERY happy with the results Smile

I decided to line the doors with thick PVC film before fitting door cards:
Before:


During:


After:


Door card fitted (after reworking the pop-studs on the back to ensure they were secure):


A few other things done too, including:

Fitted new OE clutch cable:





Refurbed engine mount fitted:


Refurbed fuel filter bracket fitted:


Gear linkage is now fitted:


Rear seat release/support brackets refurbed and refitted:




New bulb (found it in my old collection of UT parts) for the fibre-optic illumination fitted and checked as working:


That's all for now...phew!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:03 am

Forgot to say...I did sort the non-functioning rear caliper (handbrake wise) so having the fuel tank in place has allowed me to connect the handbrake so it's functional.
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by robr33gts on Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:30 am

top work as usuall mate it will soon b on the road by the looks of it
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Dunc on Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:28 am

looking really really good!

Can't wait to start mine.......again!

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Mintys-turbo-mk1 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:33 am

Looking good now and getting there, is that my old door cards and carpet? Looking forward to more. Smile
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:25 am

Yes it's your old carpet and driver's side door card but the passenger side came from someone else. All look good now they're in place Smile
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Big Steve Raider on Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:47 am

Looks truly awesome matey!! All credit to you for your hard work.

Look forward to sorting out the engine!! Wink 
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by unot190bhp on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:08 am

im loving that r5 can u put some pics up steve
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Big Steve Raider on Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:40 am

Go on then matey, Jas will be chuffed to see some pictures of my car all over his thread  Laughing flower 















JAS and I cleaning the car before it's appearance on the Meguiars Club Showcase at the Classic Car Show 2009





And JAS and I at the event looking at all our hard work.

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:03 am

Oi! Not sure what's worse, hijacking my thread or posting pictures of me when I had a pot-belly...
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by richvans on Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:52 am

Car looks sweet

Do Like the R5's almost bought a Turbo 2 once, that would have been a good investment!
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:01 am

Update time Smile

Fitted the (new) bulkhead heatshield:


Couldn't find the original spacers so came up with my own (stainless) ones for mounting the ignition ECU:




Fitted the dash:






Rear doorcards, seats & seatbelts fitted:


Front seatbelts fitted:


Fished out the Scorpion exhaust and set to work cleaning & polishing...before:




After:




Front & centre section before & after:



Downpipe before:


After:


Full system done & ready to fit:


Fitted:

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:23 am

Polished up the airflow meter:




Found the original afm from my '86 UT (removed as faulty back in the day after being 'adjusted' by a local rolling-road place) to compare:


I also finally got round to aligning the front wings & bonnet last weekend (no photos unfortunately) and although it's not perfect it's pretty good and as good as an Italian hatchback from the 80's is going to get. Wings were 'sealed' on with black tiger seal. Having done this I could fit the front arch trims:


And the (new) front bumper:



That's all for now Smile
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by st1allstar on Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:24 pm

car is looking good, what wheels are you going to be fitting? did you get thata scorpion downpipe from lobster? looks like one i used to have years ago

what are you using to clean up the afm?

I might have that plastic bit your after for the side of the radiator i'll have a dig around
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:25 pm

Scorpion downpipe came with the car (new & unused). Wheels will be:



Let me know if you have the plastic thingy Smile
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:20 am

Forgot to say - for cleaning up the afm I started with aluminium cleaner (from Machine Mart), then a rub-down with fine ScotchBrite, then polish with Autoglym Metal Polish. I'm doing the same with the ignition ECU although it's a rougher casting so won't look quite as good when finished.
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by robr33gts on Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:07 am

not bad stuff that ally cleaner from machine mart i used that on a few of my bits was a while back now tho need to get some more
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by doody on Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:11 am

this is going to be such a lovely uno when finished. love it.
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by Miq on Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:01 pm

Looking awesome mate. Where did you get the new exhaust from? Do Scorpion still sell them? I was checking and on their website they only offer the Fiat 500 one Sad

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:16 am

Miq wrote:Looking awesome mate. Where did you get the new exhaust from? Do Scorpion still sell them? I was checking and on their website they only offer the Fiat 500 one Sad
It came with the car, bought years ago I believe.
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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:30 am

Time for another update Smile

Finished fitting the front end:



New horns painted up & fitted:




With everything I wanted to get done to the body & interior for now I turned my attentions to the engine just after Xmas.  Looking sorry for itself externally, but no idea what it was like internally:



This lot hasn't turned much in the last 17 ish years:


Starting the strip-down, sump off:


Everything looked OK except a bit of cleaning up to do.

Ancillaries removed and head off:


Bores are in great shape, still showing honing marks and no lip at all, so it would seem the engine hadn't run much after the rebuild in 1997 (I have an invoice from an engineering firm in North Yorkshire for a rebuild in 1997):

Piston crowns needed a light clean, looks like it was burning a little oil courtesy of a knackered turbo.  Otherwise though everything is good and tight so I decided it wasn't necessary to remove pistons, crank, etc, just clean everything up & rebuild with new gaskets all over. FINALLY something in better nick than I thought/feared!

Block face & pistons cleaned up easily:



Started cleaning down the block ready for painting:


I took the head to a local engineering firm to be checked over, skimmed, etc, but it wasn't good news when they gave it a closer inspection (the good luck didn't last long) - several cracks in the casting around the combustion chambers rendering the head as scrap. One example:


Fortunately I had a spare head in MUCH better nick so that was given to them for checking over, skimming, valve lapping, new stem seals, etc, and this time it came back with a clean bill of health Smile

Further stripping down of the block ready for cleaning & painting:



Masked up for POR pre-treatment:



First coat of POR engine enamel applied:



Second coat:



Oil seal housing masked up & ready for painting:


Painted & new oil seals fitted:


Cam carrier, rocker cover & inlet plenum cleaned, masked up & ready to paint:


Painted & reassembled:


Same treatment for the head:





That's all for now, engine reassembly to follow...


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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by robr33gts on Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:40 am

nice work as usuall mate cant wait to see this finished are you goin to the retro show this year
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Post by gtirx2 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:01 am

Ooh I like the engine part of a project and it looks to be coming along nicely Cool 

The bores look in great shape and I am surprised not to see a ridge,going by the small stapped numbers on the piston and lack of ridge I would proberly say it has got oversized pistons in it?

Also not seen a head crack there before which is strange,normally they may have ones between the valves but not seen them on the edge of the combustion chamber on a mk1 like that.

Also is the replacement head a mk1 or mk2 head?
The reason I ask is it looks like a mk2 inlet gasket,i think the mk1s gaskets are more egged shaped on the inlet ports.
I am not sure if this is the case as I have never checked but I would check to make sure the mk2 gasket don't interfere with the spray pattern of the mk1 injectors.
I think the top of the inlet ports on the mk1 is more egged shaped to match up with the inlet runners and injectors postion in the runners if that makes sence?

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Re: Mk1 Minter

Post by jas_racing on Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:24 am

robr33gts wrote:nice work as usuall mate cant wait to see this finished are you goin to the retro show this year
Hoping to! Smile
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