May 5, 2015 update to the Austin Mini Cooper S project car

Assembling the Decklid and Doors

Getting started on our doors, we used a soft piece of carpeting to protect our new paint.
Our deckled nears completion. The tag light wire still needs to be fished through the inside of the deckled.
We sprayed the inside of all our panels with Eastwood Heavy-Duty Anti Rust. This Waxoyl-like substance should help keep rust from ever getting back on our Mini.

After getting our project Mini Cooper S‘s exhaust squared away, it was time to get the doors and decklid straightened out. An early Mini has a sliding side window system in the doors. So if we were going to keep it original, we’d have to reinstall these parts. We would also need to install the exterior doors handles, interior panels, and door straps.

On the outside, we had new rivets to hold our newly-polished aluminum trim on.

We also got new window slider upper and lower channels from Mini Mania.

Our decklid was a bit more straightforward. We just needed to attach our license plate holder, tag light, and Mini Cooper S lettering.

The reproduction “S” was not sized correctly to fit the original holes, so we had to cut the prong and glue the emblem to the body with a dab of super glue.

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