Tim’s 1978 Mini Clubman GT arrived with us having been previously modified with wheel arch extensions and a couple of bits and pieces done to the engine including the fitment of a Webber carburetor. The project had come to us for some minor rusting issues to be rectified and a full repaint to be carried out. On closer inspection before the strip down commenced, it was quite apparent that the majority of the body had had plates welded into it and thickly filled over. Tim decided that a full strip down was the way forward and in doing so he realized that he now had a blank canvas to work with.
We were instructed to replace all the rotted steel with new panels and we also consulted with Tim on how to improve and re-work certain areas of the body. Early on, Tim had decided that a proper roll cage would be fitted and that he would no longer require the use of the rear seat. It was decided that the rear companion bins should be removed but as they provide some of the strength from the B pillars to the floor, we designed and welded in special gusset plates at these points. Other internal improvements saw us design and build a bespoke dashboard panel which housed an improved fuse box and accommodation for the ECU that would control the fuel system on the newly fitted Specialist Components 7 port Injection cylinder head.
An ECU for the electronic water pump was also housed behind the new dash panel. After the shell had been repainted in Ford Ice White, the interior was trimmed but was trimmed to the extent that the whole of the rear seat base, bulkhead, floor and ceiling were covered in Alcantara material. New bespoke built and trimmed bucket seats were installed with all the brackets designed, fabricated and fitted by us. The Engine had been fully rebuilt by Tim himself and more detail can be found about it in the Magazine article which it featured in. The subframes were media blasted and powder coated in red as were the wheels too.
The whole vehicle was assembled and finished with the fitting of the bespoke made Clubman Sport Decals.