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Old 07-07-2019, 02:16 PM
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Nice restoration so far! I'm really interesting in seeing your progress as I picked up a 1 owner 79K mile R50 yesterday that had been parked about 5 years ago. It needs a lot of work, including clutch, but the body's straight and the engine runs good. It needs a lot of minor appearance stuff and some trouble shooting to figure out some of the electrical gremlins. But the cool thing is its also a liquid yellow car! The PO named her Winnie and had a Euro front tag made with her name on it, which came with the car. We're keeping her name, well, because that's basically how she came from the dealership! I'm going to start a build thread in a few days.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:59 PM
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Nice to be saving MINIs...
And first post. Welcome to NAM. Lot of great help here. It will be great to hear about her progress.
 
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:05 PM
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Welcome to the MINI family!

Did some research and found some LED tag lights that I may be able to modify and make work for low $$. More testing is required to determine where we lose the power.

Also been thinking about trying some rattle can action to try and fix the peeling clear coat issues. A member of the e46 community had some great results painting a bumper cover with rattle cans. I did a 1/4 panel many years ago on my 82 Rabbit Convertible, and have done a few sets of wheels with good results, too. Research will commence into the cost factor. Hoping I can give this a go for around $100, but even for $200 I think it would be worth it. It honestly can't wind up worse!
 
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:51 AM
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You don’t see the peeling clear coat on MINIs too often; at least I haven’t seen much discussion about it on NAM. But I have seen it on other cars.

Any idea what causes it? Bad prep at the factory? Too much sun exposure?

That is another one I haven’t seen much of is body work. I did come across a thread by a guy who picked up a damaged GP2 and had the body work done in about 5 days (judging by the dates on his posts). He didn’t get into any detail and my guess is he was in a Pro shop; not a DIY. If yours works out with the rattle cans it would be interesting to hear about the details for the DIY’ers out there.

Hope yours turns out well.

 
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:07 AM
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From looking at the isolated occurrences of the clear coat peel on Grumpy it looks to be poor prep or incompatible materials used in a previous body repair. Where the clear isn't peeling there is a color difference to the adjacent panels that also points me in this direction. I talked to a pro that I've used in the past about a respray, and even as small a car as this is, it would still cost almost as much we have invested in the car to this point. Getting the questionable panels properly prepped, there is a bit of rust work that needs attended to, and he said yellow doesn't cover very well, so it takes more paint. Still a lot of good info to have as I dive into this. Realistically there should be some more attention paid to the mechanicals before I attempt this.
 
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