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Old 3rd July 2022, 08:47
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By popular demand , well two requests , here is some info on my Mini One Beach Car project ! For starters here are a few photos of the original design by Austin back in the 60's. Only 16 cars were built so quite a rarity to see one these days !

https://www.aronline.co.uk/cars/mini...ic-beach-cars/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjQPn77x4w8
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Old 3rd July 2022, 08:54
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The brown one in the video is local to me and I had a good look around it at the Tewkesbury classic car show last year. Having had a chat with the owner I suggested I might build one based around a new shape Mini . So earlier this year I found a suitable donor car close to home to have a play with. As usual other things have got in the way, work , home , holidays etc so progress has been slow ! However , the baulk of the metal work is done so if it all goes to plan I should be on the road later in the year !
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Old 3rd July 2022, 14:55
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That's a brave project - I guess it will need IVA?
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Old 3rd July 2022, 15:54
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Cutting and welding isn't my favourite pastime, I'm paranoid about things catching fire both in the car and around the garage ! So yes that aspect of the build was brave for me. There is a lot of extra steel gone in, much of which is hidden under the raised sill. I still have to make suitable seat belt mountings for the front seats upper mounting which would normally be on the B pillar. I'm reversing the front seat belts so the upper mount is in the centre of the car, coming off a substantial post bolted / welded to the tunnel.
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Old 3rd July 2022, 17:33
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That’s fantastic - thank you for posting and please post some more progress.

There are some truly creative people on this forum and it’s always interesting to see what you are doing. Kit car related or otherwise.
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Old 4th July 2022, 08:28
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With the number of people coming on here usually I think a couple of requests is defined as an large number 😀

Thanks for sharing this project. I think that it is a great idea and looking forward to progress updates.

It will certainly be unique - which is great!

Thanks again

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Old 4th July 2022, 08:51
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Cutting and welding isn't my favourite pastime, I'm paranoid about things catching fire both in the car and around the garage ! So yes that aspect of the build was brave for me. There is a lot of extra steel gone in, much of which is hidden under the raised sill. I still have to make suitable seat belt mountings for the front seats upper mounting which would normally be on the B pillar. I'm reversing the front seat belts so the upper mount is in the centre of the car, coming off a substantial post bolted / welded to the tunnel.
I'm confident you are making a good job of it - but have you checked the need for IVA? How is it likely to be assessed sans B pillars?
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Main issue as I see it is provision for seat belts. I'm working on that aspect next.
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Old 5th July 2022, 09:27
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Super job and an interesting project.

Have you thought about fitting doors in case of inclement weather? (gets coat!!!)
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Old 5th July 2022, 17:03
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Super job and an interesting project.

Have you thought about fitting doors in case of inclement weather? (gets coat!!!)
I suppose I could have left it standard and just wound down the windows but that would be too easy !
The roof should keep the worst of it off !
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Old 5th July 2022, 18:04
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The airflow dynamics of open cars and cars with a roof but no side doors/panels is very different.
I did once drive my Jago with the roof up but without the doors and the "sidewash" was very noticeable. That's why I don't bother with a roof now.
Also why I've never bothered getting weather equipment for my Fury- a tonneau suffices.
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Old 5th July 2022, 20:34
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You're right Ian, I don't think this will be a car for driving at speeds above 50mph. I see it as something for the finer summer days driving around your beach resort in the south of France. Most of the originals were exported to such places, same as the Fiat Jollies etc which can still be seen in Italian resorts today.
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Best of luck with the project.
Even if it doesn't make it to the South of France, its appearance will evoke the spirit and pleasure of that.
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Old 6th July 2022, 17:09
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Bognor or Brighton perhaps ?
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the jollies are fantastic

one that really caught my eye was this in the Daf museum it is stunning

https://www.carrozzieri-italiani.com...ini-beach-car/
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Well isnt that just the cutest little pelmet you've ever seen?
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To me that's "Honey, I shrunk the X1/9."

Big fan of beach cars myself, especially the Mini Moke for its driving dynamics. I've got a picture of me with one I hired on holiday in Kos in the early 90's somewhere, I'll have to dig it out.
Also love the Fiat Jolly and Citroen Mehari, which you can buy the bodies and parts for from The 2CV Shop to build your own -

https://the2cvshop.co.uk/product-category/mehari-parts/

Hmm, I wonder what one of those would be like with a BMW R1 motor up front?
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Old 10th July 2022, 11:29
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Lucky - Another great project, which really will be a "1 of 1'' special. .



Good luck, Paul.

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Any more photos of getting to this stage?
(Did you have to brace the car internally before cutting?)
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Old 10th July 2022, 14:24
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Zero movement when I cut the B pillar out. I didn't expect there to be any, the floor and sill structure in these Mini's is immense ! Lots of extra steel has gone into the sill area to further brace the bottom of the car. I'm toying with the idea to fit a roll bar structure running from front to back but I really don't think I need to. The remaining structure is as solid as a rock !
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