Jan 20, 2014 update to the Austin Mini Cooper S project car

Aligning the Front End

Our friend Steve Ekerich helped us bolt the front subframe in place so we could measure the body for proper alignment.
We clamped the grille surround and the fenders in place. It was helpful to measure the centerline of the grille surround and hood, once they’re lined up.
Ready to weld, so we’ve got the front end perfectly aligned again.

Our suspension and drivetrain were done, so it was time to return to the arduous task of welding the Mini Cooper S body. We arbitrarily decided to work from front to rear. After fixing the cowl, we began to align and weld the front end back together.

We temporarily installed the front subframe to ensure we’d done the alignment properly. We then measured the rear of the car to make sure our body wasn’t tweaked.

The order of alignment went from inner panels to grille surround and fenders. We realized our right fender would need some repair before permanently welding it into place.

A big thanks goes out to our friend, Steve Ekerich, who was unlucky enough to drop by in the middle of our work. He helped us get everything in place, so we could properly weld the nose back together.

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