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A Mostly British Obsession

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Paceman

Because I am incorrigible, I flew down to Los Angeles on Tuesday morning and drove back in the latest addition to the heap, a 2013 MINI Paceman “John Cooper Works” All4. It has 22,820 24,060 miles on it, and is in pretty nice condition, with a few telltales it’s not a new car. The main one being Mini has dropped the Paceman from their model line! Above is the car just outside Coalinga, California, about 200 miles into the 1,200-mile trip back, all shiny and glowing nicely in the California sun.

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End of January 2017

I’d like to get the car running. For this to happen, the following need doing.

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January Catch Up: Tool Tray

Note: I’ve been really ill for almost three weeks…and that, combined with the holidays and ongoing “life events” has meant not having had a lot of time to devote to the Morgan or just about anything else.

Talk about maddening. The new tool tray, which I’ve been waiting months for, is the wrong one. So I decided to just make new side panels for the original, to match the new firewall. Took only a weekend, the first real work after three weeks lying in bed coughing my larynx out.

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January Catch Up: Body Back On

Note: I’ve been really ill for almost three weeks…and that, combined with the holidays and ongoing “life events” has meant not having had a lot of time to devote to the Morgan or just about anything else.

The painted body went back on the car (in a semi-permanent fashion), and that lets me get on with some firewall stuff.

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January Catch-up: Glue, Paint and Springs

Note: I’ve been really ill for almost three weeks…and that, combined with the holidays and ongoing “life events” has meant not having had a lot of time to devote to the Morgan or just about anything else.

I did get the body glued together, painted and had a local spring shop repair one of the leaf springs.

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10 Minutes and a Screwdriver

Gluing starts tomorrow. Hopefully it won’t be a huge disaster.

Time for Glue

I have a short punch list, but the body is ready to come apart for gluing.

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My Feet Aren’t Even That Big

The worst part of driving this car home (aside from the sheer terror as I realized what a rolling wreck it was), was that I absolutely could not get my foot past the brake pedal to the accelerator, and vice-versa. It was worse than no brakes, really. Today I decided to fix that problem with what seems to be an effective, if Frankensteinian, bodge.

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Door #1

This door frame is done, with only a couple of very minor glitches. Fits pretty well, though I need to rebuild the hinges…at $75 each, not really excited at the prospect of new ones.

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Doors

So, the above incomplete door frame has taken me probably 20 hours to get to where I am. It’s really fiddly. I think the remainder of the other door, which needs the armrest and bottom pieces cut, fit, and then shaped, will probably go a bit faster.

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