Exterior 1st Gen Axiom: Mods beget Mods - More Proof - or - How I cleaned up some rust

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  1. Nathan

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    As many of you know the bonnet of my MINI has louvers. One set is right over the CAI. This led to some rust forming with the tabs that hold down the top of the Craven Speed R53 Cold Air Intake. It must be said that this is a unique issue on my car due to the louvered bonnet. 99.999999999% of you will not have this issue, you don't have a hole on the hood letting the rain come in.

    Anyway, the tabs are an off the shelf welding tab. Much like the item pictured below.

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    Due to the louvers they got wet and started to rust. This morning we finally addressed this very minor issue and made some new tabs out of Stainless Steel.

    Old tabs up top, new handmade ones from stainless below. For some reason I had lost one of the old ones too.

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    While we were at it some new hardware was used. The tops given a real good looking brushed metal finish.

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    Grainy, iPhone pic of completed project.

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    All this proves yet again that mods beget mods.

    I have to reiterate, this is by no mean the fault of Craven Speed. The rust is fully a result of my louvered bonnet. In fact Kellen offered to send me new tabs, had I not had access to the resources of a World Class metal shop I'd have taken Kellen up on the very generous offer.
     
  2. BlimeyCabrio

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    A modder's job is never done.
     
  3. Crashton

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    Nice Job Nathan. You have a good fabricator & friend there. :Thumbsup:
     
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    Good job. The louvers look great have you had any other trouble due to the louvers? I live in the south and would love to get rid of more hot air under my hood.
     
  5. Nathan

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    Trouble..heh

    The biggest and most annoying issue is that people can't keep their hands off. The louvers were cut from a TR-7 and welded in. People love to run their finger over the weld to see if they can feel it. Being my car lives outside and is often dirty they are just grinding dirt into the paint..arghh. Plus it leaves fingerprints and a trail.

    There is some rust starting where they were welded. While I thought we sealed that area well, I can see now we did not. That is to be addressed when I do an exterior refresh.

    Due to the location of the lovers there is no longer any washer jets. I can't easily clean the windscreen. Service techs love to go in and fill the washer bottles too. Added dead weight. The exterior refresh is going to address this too by removing the washer bottles.

    This last item is very unique to me. I had an ECU full of water. This was a real comedy of errors. The louvers are right over the CAI. At one point I had the 1st Generation Craven Speed CAI where the lid was not held in place well. At the track one day it slid onto the header. Made for some nice free form plastic art. Anyway, then I bricked the ECU when I first loaded the FA Software as the battery was not connected to an external power source and was old. The new ECU I was sent has been opened at some point and not sealed well. Combine all that with incredibly wet spring and the car being outdoors after the move to Ohio from TX. I think a small fish jumped out when I opened the ECU. That was a very odd confluence of issues that combined to make a real fun one.

    Only other thing is now that the car lives outside and I don't have easy access to wash by hand I go through a touchless wash now and then. Upon leaving there wash bay steam escapes from the louvers. People have a habit of pointing and yelling out the window that the car looks like it is about to overheat.
     
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    Well it could be worse. I had a Alfa spider once. I was at a stop light and the guy in a truck next to me looked at me horrified. Next he floors the truck and runs the red light. I thought he had lost his mind till I looked in the mirror. The back of my car was on fire. He may have thought I was chasing him because I ran the next three lights to get to a fire extinguisher.:mad5:
     

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