Into the workshop on day one
The big strip down begins
We are waiting to see the condition of the chassis as more parts are removed
Gallons of paint stripper being used to remove the rollered on paint.
After a couple of layers were removed we revealed this interesting stripes and arrow design!
Bodyshell was sanded down to bare metal and then a light coat of primer applied to stop rust happening
We were delighted by the structural condition of our Minor
New sills had recently been fitted and the floors were good, a few minor repairs required such as this hole in the boot floor
The good news was the sills had recently been replaced
The bad news was that the front chassis legs had rusted badly from the inside out...
The whole front suspension needs to be well supported so we have decided to go right over the top and insert this 60mm box tube up the legs this will give it immense strength
Now the steel box sections have been securely welded into the chassis legs and another section of 60mm box welded between the legs which will make it very strong, finally the engine compartment plates have been welded in.
Looking down the chassis channels you can see the box section welded in is not as long on the driver's side as the master cylinder is located under the floor
The minor having more work done on the underside, in this instance tidying up some welding from a previous life
Not being happy with the weedy spring mounts we have substantially strengthened them and the floor and the all important central cross member
Making and fitting the tripod mounting bracket for one end of the Panhard rod axle Location device
Our minor ready to go off to have it's tailor made roll cage fitted
The fabulous 8 point cage designed and installed and made by Caged to the latest Academy specification featuring door bars, under dash side to side, rear harness bar and extra side location on door pillars
Doris has been on the back burner but now we are full speed ahead again and the stripped shell is in the paint booth now til it gets it's lilac paint, all mechanical parts and trim are removed and we just have a bare shell inside and out, it will be painted inside and outside in colour but the underfloor which we normally paint is not good enough, so that will be black
The rear axle has been modified by welding these sections of 40x15mm steel to them and bracing for even more strength, the thinking behind doing this is to stop axle tramp by spreading the load along the spring, then it should be less likely to wind up under startline acceleration
Doris is now at last in primer, the bodyshell is now fully welded and all preparations for paint have now been completed, we will be painting her in ICI 3 pack Lilac throughout exactly the same as the original Morris Minor Millions were
Doris gets her kit on! as an Academy car the Minor can use fibreglass panels to bring the weight down to get closer to the Austin A35 weight, so we have fibreglass wings all round, bonnet, boot, grill surround and front and rear valances'
The sealed Academy 90bhp engine from Classic and Modern Engine Supplies sitting in the fresh engine bay awaiting further ancillaries
All Academy cars have to have Old English White roofs, this contrasts really well with the lilac
What takes the time when building these cars is making sure the finish inside the car and under the bonnet and boot is as nice as the outside