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Well, been making use of all this spare time (I wish) that I have. Picked up some carp on that bidding site we all know of. You never really know what your gonna get when you see the words "scrapyard". However this bunch of stuff had some decent useable parts and shells, bid a little too much but hey, its a hobby. This time around there were four old mini's in this scrapyard along with some escorts and a few le mans cars and those bloody MG Metros, i'm sure they made enough of those to give one to every child in the UK. Well, I remember racing these minis when I was a kid, a friend had got a set for christmas and we raced those cars to death, really strong and almost unbreakable. Always wanted a couple, but never picked any up to add to the collection..........until now.

Well here is what I got, they all looked similar to this one:



I managed to salvage enough genuine wheels from the four cars to fit one mini. The other set came from a scalextric model, slightly larger, but I think they look pretty good. Both liveries are fantasy liveries, just wanted to play with the decal paper and printer. I painted both of them white as it gave me the best results with the paper. I have some of the white decal paper, but results are sketchy. The decals are a little thick and take quite a bit of laquer to cover seams etc. Heres the first mini, kind of a tribute to the all british mini. I have a bumper to repair, one side snapped off during reassembly.







The second mini, I wanted something bad for the UK mini to race against. I was going to paint it black and use the wite decal paper, but results were kinda hit and miss. After repainting it three times, I settled with white.





Heres both cars together. Both have new motors, pinions and have been weighted slightly at the back end. They are both equally balanced and hold the track quite well. However they take some skill to race, when I was a kid we raced them on those banked curves.......much easier.



thanks for your interest.

Barrie
 

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Nice!

I love the old minis - I have a pair of clubmans and a pair of older coopers. All run, and the running gear has had some TLC but they are unrestored as of yet apart from new tyres.

Yes they are difficult to drive on Sport track but that's half the fun - they are a great way to learn throttle control. My favourite car is a Porsche 935 from the same era - magless and a handful on Sport track but when you get it right it's much more satisfying than anything modern.

I'm going to restore 6 cars from that era and install digital chips but no magnets. 6 way racing with one of each mini, a Mk1 escort, a porsche 935, a Datsun 260z and a BMW 3.0 CSL.

Should be fun. The minis will probably win because of their weight. What's more - I picked up all 6 for less than the price of a single Slot.It car!
 

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That looks great


Perhaps we can run a Wrecks to Riches competition sometime? I'm sure that this would be something that others would like to do too, even if they are not into building or scratch building.
 

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Thanks for you kind comments guys. Sometimes I look at the quality of what I do and compare them to what guys do on here and think "well should I really post a picture of my inferior effort". But it is nice to get something old and bring a little new life into it. I'm still learning and sometimes suffer terrible results with paint reactions, but keep going. I'm knowhere near building a car from scratch yet. I have dabbled with resin bodies and had some good results and they look great all painted up and decaled. However, when you then have to make the windshield and make it fit inside the body, it stretches your ability. Then there is the chassis, I would love to make a brass chassis that actually holds together, let alone make it fit the resin body that i've just created, oh and I almost forgot the interior that fits on the chassis and in the body. The guys on here are just amazing. I'm taking baby steps and learning one thing at a time.

The wrecks to riches idea is great. There are some great cars that have been made over the years, but with inferior moulds and they just lack in detail. It would be great to see what people could do to these old clunkers, after all there's plenty of them out there. Count me in!
 

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Your cars look great - I especially like the Reaper. Those wheels and superslixs are great for the Mini.

I'm with you on the whole "silk purse" thing. It's a lot of fun to modify these old cars. Please keep posting all your projects, as it is always a pleasure to see the work that others do. There is always something to inspire and to learn from.
 

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Very nicely done! I too like reworking the old Mini's, although I'm not afraid to tackle the new ones also. I've done a few of both kinds. They are just fun projects to work on. With winter here now one never knows what I'll be working on next. I have a a few of each in the projects pile.
 

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I really like the UK Mini
 

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This wrecks to riches thing....

This appeals to me - I am assuming its a way to illustrate that you can buy an old car cheap as chips, spend very little cash on it and get its performance levels up there with more modern stuff but at a fraction of the cost and infinitely more personal satisfaction.

Here's a tip then guys (and gals!)...

My tired old Porsche (C125 - no lights, no magnets, RX motor) had hard old tyres. No major cracks just a hard crust on the surface and next to no grip. The other 5 I have (don't ask) are in the same state along with the 2 Escort Mk1's, 2 Datsun 260Z's and 2 BMW 3.0 CSLs. Buying new tyres for these would cost me about £50. I also need tyres for my fleet of 8 Transits (with F430 underpinnings) that you can't buy spare tyres for and if you did would cost another £4 a set so say £80 tyres costs alone. I bought a 500g kit of silicon mould material and 1kg of Urethane rubber A20 shore rating. The whole shooting match cost me under £30. I have made moulds of all the different tyres out of silicon and cast the tyres in Urethane. The cost works out at about £0.05 per tyre for just the urethane or £0.09 if you count all the costs (whereas commercial ones, if you can get them, range between £0.50 and £1 per tyre). The materials I bought will keep me in tyres for about 5 sets for each car!!!

Performance? My Porsche on a test oval took 20 seconds to do 5 laps on the old, hard rubber, 15 seconds to do 5 laps on brand new commercial rubber that had been glued and trued and 12 seconds on my home made urethanes with no special treatment. How does it compare to a modern car? Well my Super Resistant Porsche 997 on its standard tyres is way faster - but move the magnet forward or remove it completely and the old 935 with soft urethanes is FASTER on the test oval. It obviously depends on your track but you can make the classics competitive with the right conditions.

This approach to tyre replacement obviously won't work if you have only a few cars or a very wide selection of tyres but the old cars tend to run on a limited number of tyre options. If you are in a club and are running resurrected classics as a class then it all begins to make sense.

It's very satisfying racing on boots you made yourself
 

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love the salvage mini's. how well do the minilites suit the first one?! i too hate to see a sad , unloved car sitting around , i love the old clubmans and other saloons of that vintage. here is my "wreck to riches" entry (though i wouldnt sell it!)

more or less as aquired.....


and as is now......


mid restoration, i havnt got a before for this one but it was very sorry for itself under many layers of enamel paint!


the next project.....more enamel paint!



thse old cars have so much more character than more modern offerings , even if they do lack a little in all out performance. i love 'em all the same!
 
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