Getting the bodywork done was the first order of business. Sanding down
the original paint and sandblasting the seams to get rid of
of all the surface rust turned up some holes and rotten metal that had
to be replaced.
Pretty normal events in prepping a car. Any bad metal under the new
will come back to haunt you. Mike and his friend Andy Nelson did
a wonderful job trimming out the old and gas welding in all the
Mike's brother Tony (left)
and Arnold Parlee discuss the Mini,
while doing body
work. The door and glass just have a rough mask to keep out the
New metal has been gas welded in and the body seams have had the
sandblaster over them. The only way to make sure there is no surprises
in the day.
Tony again scratching on the Mini...the new bodywork tools that are
being produced these days are wonderful. The olden days of some
glued to a 2x4 are long gone...but the elbow grease hasn't changed!
Arnold , Mike and Tony hard at it! ...are we getting ready for paint
......oh please!! Top photo the painting has begun!
Beneath the mask he is smiling... Arnold Parlee catching the last
bits of roughness before spraying starts.
Mike laying on the first coat of prime...Tony and Arnold look on
making sure Mike does not get the paint on upside down.
...on to more behind the scenes.