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Default 15th October 2017, 09:18 AM

Great job.
Just out of interest, why did you paint the JCW calipers Black, rather than Red?
  
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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 15th October 2017, 03:41 PM

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Great job.

Just out of interest, why did you paint the JCW calipers Black, rather than Red?


They are R56 calipers, branded by myself as JCW as they are the same brakes. Brakes get dirty, red shows the dirt, nothing more simpler than that.


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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 11th November 2017, 10:40 AM

Started on the driver's side restoration, impatience and the need to do something to keep the mind clear. This is what I am faced with.








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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 11th November 2017, 10:49 AM

Having the correct tools and practice had made the dis-assembly of this side easier, but of course not without it's issues one still unresolved, awaiting a grinding cutting disc delivery.

I again had to remove the hub assembly as a complete unit. Do we all just love rust........







A pile of rusty parts to sort out or replace, parts and paint ordering has commenced again.



The outer ball joint could not be removed, rounded nut and lots of rust, the pickle fork could not remove it, eventually after cutting the nut off a very large hammer hit many times released it, hit away from you and in the direction of nothing of value, it took down a number of my Lin bins on the walls.

Currently soaking the drive shaft and brake line bracket in deox c gel.







This is currently being very stubborn, access is limited as I am not removing the drive shaft. The bolt rounded and even my Irwin bolt extractors are also failing, next step is to cut the ball joint bracket off and see how that goes.




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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 11th November 2017, 10:52 AM

I eventually replaced the bonnet release cable, I now have a bonnet that opens on both sides without having to go in under the wheel arch.



I also had a go at restoring the original wheel bearing.





Now sat in the parts box covered in oil.


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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 12th November 2017, 01:23 AM

I've just read this entire thread. Wow. What amazing hard work and what a lovely mini you have.


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