Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rear Brake Cylinder

I am still working on the long and laborious task of stripping down the rear subframe and repainting it, but I decided to give it a quick rest to have a look at the rear brake cylinders. I removed these some time back when I stripped the radius arms down.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Radius Arm Inspection

Now that I have the radius arm off the subframe and completely stripped it down, I was able to inspect the needle bearings, shaft and bronze bush and it didn't look good.

Pitted

Monday, November 4, 2013

Keeping track of work - Crib Sheets

Even though I decided to only strip one radius arm at a time, it's still been a little tricky keeping track of what to clean, what to fix, what to replace etc. and where I am with each part and even where I have stored it.

So to get around this, I had a scout around the internet to find some parts manuals. I found some at the Mini Spares website. From these I created some Crib Sheets which I printed out to make notes on. This has been particularly useful when searching for new parts as you have the part name and number.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Guest Blog by Dylan...

As Dylan has been helping out with the Mini restoration, he has been wanting to write a few words about his experiences. So this is all Dylan's own work ...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Radius Arm Strip

I wanted to get my 8 year old son involved as he is quite keen, but he does find it a bit boring just standing around watching me. So I decided to give him the drill with the wire brush and strict instructions not to muck about and set him the task of stripping the subframe. As there is only one drill, it left me with nothing to do but take a radius arm to bits.