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Old 01-29-2013, 01:13 PM
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I have been enjoy watching your budget restoration, mainly because I feel the character and age of the car is retained at the same time small improvements are made. I would love to have a project like this one day
 
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:24 PM
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Thanks meetch, it feels great to bring a car back to the road!

Small update- did a bit of work on Flur today, but it felt like I was going backwards. This whole time, I have been putting her back together to get back on the road, but because of the coolant leak, today I was taking her apart :(

The leak was just a spit hose, but I knew that the radiator would need to come out anyway, so I bought a new one, and I am really glad that I did. If you just touch the fins on the old radiator, they fall off, haha.

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That's about as far as I got on the cooling system today, because my new hoses hadn't arrived yet. So I went about getting some of the little things done that I need to do before she goes on the road... Cleaned up all the grounds, got the tail lights in, and blinkers working, finished fitting the interior (save for the carpet), took the grille off so that I can try to fix it, etc.

All that's left to do before I can start driving her everyday is to refit the cooling system, put in some seat belts, and new headlamps. Then she's good to go.

I feel like I took a step back though, cause she started the day like this-
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:50 PM
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I am a serious penny pincher when it comes to the car. The grille on Flur was on it's way out. At one point the bonnet release broke, so someone tore into the grille to get to it-
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Flur will not be perfect by any means, she is just a daily driver, but I can't stand the bent up grille with half the slats falling off, but I also don't want to spend the money on a new grille that will look better than the rest of the car, so I decided to try to bend the slats back as best I could, reattach them, and polish it up.

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Taped up to keep from scratching the slats and to paint the metal backing. I kind of like the green slats... but I don't think it would be a good look for Flur-
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Still not perfect, but A LOT better than before, and it was cheaper than even buying a used grille, which would have looked about the same. All in all, I am happy with it.
 
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:07 PM
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Another DIY clean up..... the fan shroud was pretty rough looking-
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After a bit of work with some steel wool, and some paint, it ended up like this-
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Not perfect by any means, but a ton better to look at, and perfectly usable for a daily driver

Sorry I keep boring you guys with all this little stuff, I am just trying to keep a good record of all the work I am doing to Flur.
 
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:54 PM
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I've got the cooling system refitted. It's running just a little warmer than I would like it to when sitting at an idle for a long period of time, but I will soon rectify that with a full time electric fan.

New exhaust arrived today! Well not new, it's used, but used very little. I'm still not sure how it will sound, it's just an RC40 resonator (front box only) set up with a center exit. I couldn't pass it up for the price. If I don't like the sound, back up on ebay it will go.

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:32 AM
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All I can say is "wow" man.........
 
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:42 AM
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Haha, I'll take that as a compliment, lol. I am really itching to start driving her. All I have left to do is put two new tires on (which I have), a LH tail lamp, (which I have), and seatbelts (still waiting on those..........very impatiently) I am still waiting on my tax refund too so that I can go ahead with insurance and registration.... all this waiting is killing me, that's why I've been doing all these little things to keep me busy.
 
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:20 AM
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No real update here, just did a bit of tinkering today. I finished up all the little things, and she is officially back together and ready for the road!!!! ;D I ordered a 10'' fan that claims to be 1500 cfm, but I think it's really 1000 cfm... which is fine by me. I was going to install it today, but I didn’t realise that I needed to take the radiator back out again just to remove the original electric fan, so that will have to wait. That's alright though, because it's running at an ok temp, and most of my driving will be at night.

Oh and I finally put some carpet in! It's actually carpet for a LHD, but it was only $25. And what a difference it made!

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It's not the right color, but I can re dye it later. I am also glad that I took the time to straighten out and fix the grille, I think it made a big difference in the appearance.
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I think I need to paint my boot lid though....and get a bumper.... looks a little rough back there
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AND.....The best news of all.....The IRS finally approved my tax return and will be depositing my money into my account on Monday morning!!!!!!!!!!!! So the count down commences... 4 DAYS TILL FLUR!!!!!
 
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:56 PM
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Flur finally came home!
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I towed her home just because it's a Saturday and I couldnt go to the tag office to register her, and I didn't want to risk getting stopped.

Finally got some time to clean her too. The roof after a light hand wax-
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:42 PM
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Looking good.
 
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:33 PM
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Now I just need a MINI like yours to match! haha
 
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:32 PM
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selling already?
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"My plan is to repair the worst areas of rust, give it a fresh tune, detail, new wheels/tires, etc., and use it as a daily driver until I have the funds to do a full restoration on it."
 

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Old 03-07-2013, 08:41 PM
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Yes, it is for sale, and yes, that is what I said, but my wife and I have run into a sizeable financial stumbling block, and while I love the Mini, I love my family more, and they take priority above all. That is why it is for sale. I'll have another one someday, when the timing is right.
 
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