David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/11/08 9:51 a.m.

Much like that puppy with those big, brown eyes that you first saw down at the pound, another classic car has followed you home. Once again, you just couldn’t say no. And like that puppy, your latest find is cute and lovable, but it also needs a bath and some care.

This one’s also a bit different from the last big project you tackled. It’s not the abandoned mutt you found last time. It’s not a pedigree, either, but at least this one is presentable. It won’t leave big stains on the floor. It runs. It doesn’t smell too bad, either. And just a few weekends’ work will make it exactly what you want—a good looking, reliable classic.

How do you proceed? Well, a good cleanup, some inspection and a little attention might be all that it needs. Follow along as we detail these steps with our latest version of man’s best friend, a 1971 Innocenti Mini Cooper.

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