Keith's storage is full up following his new arrival.
Keith moves his new project home and Jeff finds a unit for his fleet, plus updates from Tim and Iain.
Having agreed to buy the Mini Thirty, the next thing to do was get it moved. Unfortunately, I viewed the car the weekend before Karin and I headed off to Gozo and Malta for a very well earned 10-day holiday. The fact the car and parts had to be moved out by the end of the month added a little zest to the whole deal. So that left four days when I got back to get it mobile, moved, and the garage emptied of anything Mini-related. Game on!
The day after returning from the trip, I visited the garage to assess what was needed to get the car rolling. This was essential as I am very pushed for space in the properties I own and rent, so it would initially be stored in my genial farmer's barn. Dear old Archie had loosely reassembled the front suspension with the top arms arsea-bout-face, so I had to strip them out and turn them around. There were no hubs so I had to build up the freshly powder-coated items with bearings, CVs, discs and drive flanges so I could bolt some wheels on.
With that done, my new apprentice Fabri and I hoiked the car up off the castorised pallet and on to axle stands. Then it was on to the floor on its wheels and tyres. Soon after we had the car loaded on to my trailer, a pile of interior and exterior parts loaded in the van, along with everything that looked like junk. We met my farmer friend at his house, and then set off to the barn. The Thirty was unloaded in no time at all and positioned in the required place. Dust sheet applied, the next task was to relieve the van of its contents.
In my storage garage there was just enough space to stack the boxes of parts and the interior in. All that is needed now is for me to get busy with the cars clogging up the garage at home - the Clubby racer, Ol' Red, and the Clubby Estate. The Estate will get done first as it has the least amount of work needing doing to it. Ol' Red may have to be consigned to the scrap heap. The shell is pretty rotten, needing a long list of panel-work sorting out.
The Thirty is now in winter storage.
Powder coated hubs needed assembling to get the car rolling.
Castorised pallet is a cheap and easy way to make a bodyshell mobile enough to work on.
Boxes of Thirty parts on the shelf.