Basil the Mini

RESTORATION REPORT#3: Prepping for Rear Subframe and Interior

Blogs are a nasty habbit. Howe many times have you went to a blog and seen someone with the best intentions to start a blog and only to see that 1) they posted a handful of times and 2) they did this back in 1999. I mean what gives? So lesson to all you bloggers out there….content, content and content. And be consistent. Clearly I will not be following my rules because I hate rules – hence, I like to keep me hands on any lap dance….err, om moving on!

So update #3 is an in-betweener that needs some setup. #3 is the left over steps that I did not take as I started to move to the rear subframe and clearly the most dangerous. I mean, how many times have YOU drained a fuel tank? Crazy stuff – more on that below. So with this in mind, I wanted to attack the fuel tank and get that removed so I can get the boot cleaned up. I was excited to see the boot removed and once completed, everything looked fine. I can now see the grey color that this Mini used to be. It appears as a respray and I am seeing an OE white under the silver…crazy.

Once the boot was off, I moved to the tank, disconnected the fuel line and had a scare….I thought I only have 1/4 take left when I pulled Basil in for the final time as a White Mini….but clearly I drained almost 5 gallons from him and almost ran out of containers. Let that be a lesson kiddies keep more than you need on hand and at arms reach. The fuel came out slow and clean and off came the petrol cap. I am going to have it out with this cap – Basil has a tendency to leak fuel out the cap under hard corners and I can see why now. Either the neck part if pushed down and bent or the cap needs more gasket. Sounds like I need to do a cap test soon.

SO moving now to the interior – I removed seats, belts, door cards, rear bulk cards, etc….and I start to see more ‘short cuts’ from a previous owner – as you can see below, someone clearly taped machine screws UPSIDE DOWN to hand some kind of audio/amp tray. Ok, ok, I get it – need to get something done quick, but seriously – TAPE!?!? Moving on…

The day finished up fine with a GOOD start on the rear and interior. The engine bay continues to taunt me each day and mocks me – but I tell it to screw off and I will deal with it later. I know that one is going to be full of surprises for me. This is coming along nicely now and I did manage to put one final order in with Mini Sport USA before the end of the month. The parts coming should allow me to get him into the body shop where the magic will happen. KNOCK ON WOOD>

Until later – have a bourbon on me and stay inspired.

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