First job jobbed - 2 more found !!!

Body parts, seats, dash, headlining, windows and stuff!

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Re: First job jobbed - 2 more found !!!

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Any life left in this ?
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Fortunately I bought from Fleabay recently a 3 piece bush set, knowing and reading that this bush can wear, but I wasn't quite expecting that. I was going to post the link, but it seems no longer available, although a search on 33505-35020 did find several more still around.

Other than difficulty in clearing all the old shards out, only real stumbling block was in fitting the new cup seat in. The two dowels stopped it going in and maybe due to the cold, the cup seat was quite hard( It was cold out there today). Dropped it in some boiling water for a few minutes though and just enough compliance returned to persuade it past.

All feels good after rebuilding, but can't test drive it yet as there's the small matter of a missing drivers seat.
That's all part of the endeavours to track water leaks into the cabin ( This job started as an exercise to remove the centre tunnel trim to convince myself water wasn't tracking along the tunnel before entering the rear O/S foot well - It was all dry as it turned out, which I guess is a good thing).

Tony
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Re: First job jobbed - 2 more found !!!

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Leather repairs :
Drivers seat was a mess
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Furniture Clinic products to the rescue, - full works from filler to full re-colouring. Hard (as in time consuming) work, but very rewarding and pleased with the results.
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Can also see for the first time what the centre console project looks like when fitted into the car. It's sitting a bit further back than I'd really like, but doesn't look out of place . The lid and storage is easily reachable from the front seats without yoga position tricks. Maybe a future project to bring it forward and nest around the gear lever, but that's for another year
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Another good illustration of the colour contrast. Drivers seat and centre console is the FC colour match to a sample taken from the underside of the console trim.. Passenger seat is what you get after 30 years of wear and tear - and that was the good bit before !!!.

Hadn't realised, but it's approaching 2 months since I took the seat out and did the gear lever bush. Promised myself a drive once the seat was in, not least to see how the box felt but didn't quite get that far.
Started up with no issues and moved it approx 6 inches up the drive, just to turn the wheels, but daughters car blocking me in, so full test drive saved for later in the week.
BTW, that's the same 6 inches it rolled back when I hit the hand brake button by accident with my elbow. Again, daughters car behind, but I realised what was going on and pulled the brake back on with about 2mm between the 2 cars !!- Close one - But I suspect had they rolled into each other at that speed, the modern bumper of the Mini would have showed it's worth. - Bricks behind each wheel after that little event - lesson learnt.

When I have a few minutes, I might write up a separate thread on the seat repair products. Learnt a few things along the way, and not all previously recorded on other leather repair threads I've read.

Tony
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The arm rest looks really good! Great job on the seat re-conditioning - a further write-up would be good.

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I would be interested in the seat repair thread, not that my seats need repair (yet) but to learn general leather repair tricks.
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Post by NigelD »

Very impressed with your work especially leather and paint repair. I have a med blue SA which is slowly shedding its skin (rather like a snake does). It would be really helpful if you were to find the time ( :roll: ) to detail exactly how you went about the paint repair. Sanding, base coating and clear coating, avoiding 'steps' between old and new etc.. I am about to start on mine and could use a 'real world' method rather than the frightening youtube videoas. I have a good supply of equipment but have a severe lack of courage! Interesting that you say the lacquer has had a slight yellowing effect on the base coat. My 'mediterranean blue' bears no resemblance anymore to the official lotus colour, it is more like 'mediterranean turquoise' now even a photo spectrometer cannot colour match it as it only seems to pick up the underlying base colour. Any advice you can offer on technique would be great. In the meantime keep up the good work which is inspiring for people like me. :D
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Post by Hawaiis0 »

The seat back looks fantastic. Great work
Umm! What to do next?

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