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Doris

** Doris Story in Brief **

Doris Returns!!! Engine Out Starter Adapter

Garage Tidy Engine Stuff

Shell Investigation Making Holes

New panels Rear Subframe Sills

Toe panel Flitch & A posts

Heater Scuttle panel

Front Subframe

Welcome to..."The Roughest V8Mini Deathtrap In The World"*

3.5 litres of front wheel drive fun.

If RWD is your thing, then try the Pievan for Spag's mid engine van project.

Doris picture

2020 - Doris Ressurection !

November 2020

Front subframe overhaul, hubs and steering rack too.

Front Subframe

October 2020

Scuttle panel replacement - plus inner wing tops too.

Scuttle panel

August/September 2020

Heater renovation.

Heater

Flitch panels, A posts and bulkheady things. Lots of important structural stuff really!

Flitch & A Posts

 

July 2020

Front bulkhead / toe panel fun.

Toe panel

 

June 2020

Repair, refurb and refitting of the rear subframe.

Rear Subframe

On with the sills !

Sills

May 2020

Making more holes in the shell to get ready for the new floorpan.

Making Holes

New floor going in!

New Panels

April - 2020

Stripping, chopping and other such fun with the shell.

Shell investigation

Some checking of engine bits and engine reassembly.

Engine Stuff

 

March - 2020

Tidy of the garage making space,  moving V8 Minis and even a special 'engine running in Doris' video!

 Garage Tidy

 

2020 - Doris Ressurection !

March 2020, Covid-19 is ravaging the planet, countries are on lockdown, civilian movement is restricted, shops are low on toilet roll and self raising flour can only be sourced from very shady characters on the darkweb...
It is now 15 years since Doris left home, returning in 2016 in need of care and attention, waiting patiently for the right time. That time is now...

Basically, with the country in lockdown for C-19 there's suddenly a lot more time to spend on important DIY around Spag HQ. So, having fixed the fence, trimmed the trees and chopped the hedge down in the front garden the next job was to have a tidy in the garage, the result of which is is plenty of space to play.  It is a well known fact that when time and space are forced together anything can happen, and something frequently does, so hopefully there will be time to get something fun done during this uncertain period!

 


November - 2016

With the engine out, it seems a sensible time to look at options on beefing up the starter motor adapter plate to avoid future ring gear issues.

Starter Adapter

October - 2016

After 6 years of development, the engine removal system gets his first test.

Engine Out

 

September - 2016

DORIS RETURNS !!!!!

Yes, it's true, after 11 years away, Doris is back.

The bodywork is in need of attention as some of the paint has lifted, but considering the respray in 2004 was a a panic job over one weekend, she hasn't faired too badly.

There is a bit of reassembly needed to finish the install of new clutch & starter bits, plus a couple of boxes of goodies that Adam had been collecting, including new shocks, trumpets, arches, handles locks and sundry other bits still to be discovered :) 

Seems I have a bit of renovation and recomissioning to do!

Doris Returns

 



For a quick introduction to Doris, the yellow V8 Mini,  please have a look at Doris' Story. This way you can get an idea of the front wheel drive V8Mini project, without having to try digging through years of rambling diary!

All old diary, gallery & vids will remain in their familiar places, but general Doris antics & updates will be posted here.