My new project - 1975 Mini Pickup

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
Mini Sport has been outstanding in helping me decide what I need, especially Mike in Florida. I got the rear bumpers from DSN classics. Also very efficient by mail.

Then I sent my son in San Diego to a swap meet where he picked up a rare set of pickup tail light lenses.
 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
Now a little progress on the engine, although the lifters are shot, so I need to wait for them to come from the UK. Using a polyurethane paint with hardener. If I get time tomorrow I'll try bead blasting or soda blasting the injector base.








 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
In an hour or so I'm loading the front and rear sub-frames in the pickup to take to him tomorrow. Both are sandblasted, painted, and assembled for installation and final squaring.
 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
Some progress to report. I made stainless trim pieces for the rocker panels.




Also managed to take an afternoon off and assemble the 1300 cc SPI engine.





And the body shop finished aligning the drivers door by stretching the cabin to meet the door frame.



Here it is aligned, with a test we did of the Targa Red sprayed on the front, against the Fire Red of the A panel. Fire Red won the contest.



He also cut the tailgate apart, replaced the bottom half, and put it back together.
 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
After putting on the wheel extensions on the rear and disc brakes on the front, it was time to fabricate fender flares to keep the mud from flying.









This week I've stolen a few hours away from work to get into details, as we approach the painting stage. Putting in the seats I found that the steering wheel is too far inboard to center on the ones I bought with the arm rests, so I went to the used auto parts store and picked up a couple of u-joints, relocating the steering column a few inches to the outside.



Also decided that the little chain and pin on the tailgate were not of the quality I wanted on the finished truck, so I bought some plastic coated stainless cable and a couple of stainless bolts, chopped off the threads, inserted the cable, etc.


And painted all the little parts that would need it. Here is the brake booster.


Finally I got the wooden dash from MiniSport out and modified it to receive the dash cluster from the 94 Rover, adding a tach, oil temp, and oil pressure gauges.

 

old-git

Moderator
Points
617
From
Essex
Car
Elan & Robin Hood
This is beginning to come together nicely. Looking forward to seeing the little beastie finished.
 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
It's been a while since I had much to post. I spent 10 days in Tarija this month and a lot of it at the body shop nudging him along, as well as taking the padded dash to one of my upholsterers for re-covering.

It had taken a lot longer than anticipated to get the engine in, as I discovered that the sub-frame they sent with the clip was not the right one for this engine/trans setup, so I had to find someone with another mini with the right sub-frame, take the measurements and modify mine to receive the engine.



I took a set of new seatbelts off the back area of a new delivery van I bought, and we adapted them to the side walls of the cabin.






Padded dash before and after



Saturday, after I left, my body guy sent me pictures of the painted (but not yet polished) pickup.




He should be polishing today or tomorrow, and I'll go back to start assembling things.


 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
I got away for a few days to start on assembly. Body guy had not yet finished some of the detail or polished the painted body, but I took my parts and tools to his shop and started with installations.

With my pressure he finally painted the interior of the bed


Since I'm putting power disc brakes on it, and the booster has to go on the right hand side, I adapted a second pedal support and actuating rod to go from left to right.




Also had to fabricate some brackets to hold the radiator and alternator.



Put in the brake lines adapting the metric booster and valves to the English threaded lines, calipers, and cylinders.


Finally made the adapter plate for the in-tank fuel pump.



I'm going back in about 10 days, and this time hope to finish.
 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
Several delays and time restraints, but I've come close. Since this is a jigsaw puzzle of 1975 rear, 1991 front, and 1993 SPI engine, some things did not fit easily. But most has been overcome.

First, the gas tank cleaned, patched, and adapted to the in-tank pump




I also fabricated stainless license plate brackets and light on the tailgate, and finally finished the paint, which allowed me to get it out of the body shop and home where I polished it with Meguiar's Ultimate and began the wiring, exhaust, and interior.








As with the Corvair, I went with LED lighting


And covered the floor and roof with Fatmat




Ran out of time, so I still need to make the carpet and put the headliner in (materials purchased), so this is how it stands today.


The wiring has caused a lot of problems. It was relatively easy to make a rear wiring harness and thread it up through the cabin and bed, but I was missing the control module for the computer, and once I got it from the UK, I found that there are different wiring versions for the SPI engines. I called a friend and we think we have that understood now. It does run if i dribble gasoline into the injector body, so all is good from there.
 

T9 man

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Points
1,077
From
London, UK
Car
Saab 9-3SS T9
I can't believe how much this project has come on since the autumn last year Richard, you must be so pleased with your efforts, the whole thing looks fantastic |B
 

Richard1

Torque Junkie
Points
192
From
Tarija, Bolivia
Car
Renault Dauphine
I got the engine running fine after getting a control module from the UK, but the transmission refused to work, spitting out oil instead, so I had to pull the powerpack again and disassemble. finally found the problem in the forward clutch pack, where the pressure plate was broken.






I found a machine shop in the UK that makes them, so now I'm waiting on them to send me the forward clutch assembly.

While I had the power pack out I made a couple more modifications to the chassis o make it easier to install the engine, repainted it and installed springs instead of the rubber cones.





 

T9 man

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It's looking ruddy marvellous Richard, cannot wait for those photos with you driving that beauty :)
 
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