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Default 10th June 2016, 12:20 PM

Fair play to you Bud. You do a great job.
  
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Default 12th July 2016, 07:06 PM

The Cravenspeed under tower indurators have now been installed, with all rotten BMW original parts replaced also, I had the top mounts replaced when the coiloves were installed.

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Due to having an upper strut brace fitted, I had to replace the top mount bolts with extended stainless items.

I've continued replacing all the rotten clips and bolts I can get access to behind the front and rear bumpers (I'm trying some plastic 10mm nut and bolts originally intended for number plates.

Next up will be the rotten fuel tank cradle, which is a little more complicated than I originally thought, it will need the exhaust and central heat shield removing, no good for me rolling about on the floor. Booked in for two weeks time to get replaced.

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New item with another two coats of paint and two coats of lacquer (the original paint was already chipped on delivery)

  
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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 12th July 2016, 07:30 PM

Nice work.

Word of caution - generally, stainless steel bolts and fasteners have a significantly lower yield strength than those OEM items that you would have replaced.
  
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Default 12th July 2016, 08:00 PM

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Nice work.

Word of caution - generally, stainless steel bolts and fasteners have a significantly lower yield strength than those OEM items that you would have replaced.
Thanks for that I'll keep a eye on them.
  
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Default 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life - 13th July 2016, 06:47 AM

If suspension bolts, don't keep an eye on them, replace them with proper bolts. Bolts don't give you a little warning saying that they feel like they might pop. They will fatigue without you noticing.
  
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Default 16th July 2016, 04:14 AM

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Word of caution - generally, stainless steel bolts and fasteners have a significantly lower yield strength than those OEM items that you would have replaced.
Top mount bolts have now been replaced with zinc plated high tensile steel items, thanks for the advice.
  
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Default 19th July 2016, 07:11 PM

Front wheel arch surface rust


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80 grit emery paper and a flap wheel removed the vast proportion, deep pitting was treated with Bilthammer rust killer.




Painted with a touch up brush and at least 3 coats of cavity wax.




Whilst I was in there I replaced the brake caliper stickers and touched them up and re-lacquered.



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I have also replaced the long since departed engine bay stickers

  
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Default 31st July 2016, 06:19 PM

Fuel tank cradle replaced

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Finally completed the carbon skinning of the external A pillar covers, they are not perfect, I'll test fit once the lacquer is cured fully, then flatted back and polished, and then I'll decide if I am happy with them.



Black spray paint applied to engine bay sound protection.


  
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Default 1st August 2016, 07:31 AM

like it ,you are doing a great job , when you are free you can do mine lol
  
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Default 3rd August 2016, 05:08 PM

what a beautiful mini !!
  
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