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Old 11-10-2017, 08:32 PM   #261
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Part 17 - Bumper

Hi all,

An update for you.


I'd been searching daily for a tailgate or bumper and contacted countless breakers, but turned up nothing.

Finally, one lunch time I ran my saved search on eBay and spotted a suitable bumper which had been listed within a matter of hours!

Hyper Blue and described as 'Grade A condition'. I would have bought it immediately, but noticed that the postage was showing Royal Mail 2nd class which clearly wasn't right, so decided to call the seller who was a Mini breaker to confirm.

The lady I spoke to was very helpful and checked it was definitely the right part etc. I asked whether she had the tailgate from the same car - after checking she found that they did have it, but it was from a car with a blue roof (no good to me), however they do offer a painting service. She immediately understood what I wanted and told me to continue with buying the bumper and she would send a quote for painting the tailgate.

The bumper was more expensive than most at £150, but I was willing to pay for one in good condition and after searching for so long - I didn't really care what it cost!

A few days later the bumper arrived - my long suffering neighbours signed for it for me. I did what most of us on here would do - took it straight into the lounge and began unwrapping naturally the cat was involved.

Their description of 'grade A condition' certainly did not disappoint! It is in superb condition. The reason for this became apparent when I turned it over - a sticker dated September 2016 'MINI R53 rear bumper - primer' it's only a year old!!!





One of the side trim pieces was scuffed as I had seen in the pictures, so I very simply swapped it with the undamaged piece from my car.





I then moved it to the garage and set about giving it a 'detailing world special'! I wiped the inside of the bumper clean with APC - there was only a light film of dirt. Lots of primer showing in there!





Next, I decided to get the DA out, as it had some very light marks as if it had been wiped with a dirty cloth - I used Ultimate Compound and a medium polishing pad, this got rid of all the marks very easily. I then applied a coat of FK1000P and it was ready.





I waited until the weekend to fit it, as I wanted to take my time - rather than rushing in the evening. It also gave me time to get some more scrivets delivered, so I could rip the old ones off without even trying to save them - I have NO patience with them as many long term followers of this thread will know!!

The bumper is removed by pulling off two rubber pieces which are visible with the boot open - this reveals two screws which must be removed, then one 8mm bolt which is located above and to the right of the right hand exhaust pipe. Then there is one screw each side behind the wheel arch moulding which holds the side trim pieces on.

If I was a Haynes manual, the next step would be to undo the scrivets situated in the wheel arches - most likely involving the wheels being removed. Luckily, I have learnt that they will definitely not undo - so I grabbed the old bumper firmly and pulled like hell, and saved myself all of the trouble. All the old scrivets dropped onto the floor and were ceremoniously thrown in the bin.

With the bumper removed and thrown out the garage door - I then realised I had forgotten to remove the fog lamp unit and shee****ly took it back inside to remove it.

I cleaned up the area behind the bumper with some APC and began refitting. The new scrivets were fitted ( no need to screw them in - just push firmly and it fits together) and all other bits reassembled.





I'm so much happier not having a big hole in my bumper! I gave the car a quick wash and went out for a blast - because that's what it does best.








The price on the tailgate came back - much cheaper than I had imagined. £75 for bare tailgate and £75 for painting the top white. You can't grumble at that!

I decided to get a few extras too -

Grab handle (so I have a proper working boot button and reg plate lights) £45

Rear wiper motor (as the spindle on mine has worn smooth, so the wiper drops down onto the tailgate as the car bumps around) £35

Shipping is pricey at £50, however I can't do it much cheaper - due to the distance, I worked out that it would cost £30 in diesel if I used my Mum's Freelander (the most economical car I have access to) and may not even fit in. I dread to think what it would cost to do the journey in my Discovery at 25mpg! I could organise my own courier, but I'd prefer that any issues were the breaker's problem, not mine.

So £280 all-in for the tailgate, painting, shipping and extras seems fair to me. Especially if it's anything like as good as the bumper!

I hope to get it next week, I can polish it (if necessary) and transfer hardware over from my current tailgate, then hopefully fit the next weekend.

I need to remove the spoiler from my current tailgate - it's bonded on, so I had a go last weekend with fishing line, I made a little bit of progress - but it kept snapping as soon as I made any headway. So I have bought some proper metal windscreen removal wire, which should make light work of it with a bit of heat from a hairdryer.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:41 PM   #262
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Hi all,

An update for you.


I'd been searching daily for a tailgate or bumper and contacted countless breakers, but turned up nothing.

Finally, one lunch time I ran my saved search on eBay and spotted a suitable bumper which had been listed within a matter of hours!

Hyper Blue and described as 'Grade A condition'. I would have bought it immediately, but noticed that the postage was showing Royal Mail 2nd class which clearly wasn't right, so decided to call the seller who was a Mini breaker to confirm.

The lady I spoke to was very helpful and checked it was definitely the right part etc. I asked whether she had the tailgate from the same car - after checking she found that they did have it, but it was from a car with a blue roof (no good to me), however they do offer a painting service. She immediately understood what I wanted and told me to continue with buying the bumper and she would send a quote for painting the tailgate.

The bumper was more expensive than most at £150, but I was willing to pay for one in good condition and after searching for so long - I didn't really care what it cost!

A few days later the bumper arrived - my long suffering neighbours signed for it for me. I did what most of us on here would do - took it straight into the lounge and began unwrapping naturally the cat was involved.

Their description of 'grade A condition' certainly did not disappoint! It is in superb condition. The reason for this became apparent when I turned it over - a sticker dated September 2016 'MINI R53 rear bumper - primer' it's only a year old!!!





One of the side trim pieces was scuffed as I had seen in the pictures, so I very simply swapped it with the undamaged piece from my car.





I then moved it to the garage and set about giving it a 'detailing world special'! I wiped the inside of the bumper clean with APC - there was only a light film of dirt. Lots of primer showing in there!





Next, I decided to get the DA out, as it had some very light marks as if it had been wiped with a dirty cloth - I used Ultimate Compound and a medium polishing pad, this got rid of all the marks very easily. I then applied a coat of FK1000P and it was ready.





I waited until the weekend to fit it, as I wanted to take my time - rather than rushing in the evening. It also gave me time to get some more scrivets delivered, so I could rip the old ones off without even trying to save them - I have NO patience with them as many long term followers of this thread will know!!

The bumper is removed by pulling off two rubber pieces which are visible with the boot open - this reveals two screws which must be removed, then one 8mm bolt which is located above and to the right of the right hand exhaust pipe. Then there is one screw each side behind the wheel arch moulding which holds the side trim pieces on.

If I was a Haynes manual, the next step would be to undo the scrivets situated in the wheel arches - most likely involving the wheels being removed. Luckily, I have learnt that they will definitely not undo - so I grabbed the old bumper firmly and pulled like hell, and saved myself all of the trouble. All the old scrivets dropped onto the floor and were ceremoniously thrown in the bin.

With the bumper removed and thrown out the garage door - I then realised I had forgotten to remove the fog lamp unit and shee****ly took it back inside to remove it.

I cleaned up the area behind the bumper with some APC and began refitting. The new scrivets were fitted ( no need to screw them in - just push firmly and it fits together) and all other bits reassembled.





I'm so much happier not having a big hole in my bumper! I gave the car a quick wash and went out for a blast - because that's what it does best.








The price on the tailgate came back - much cheaper than I had imagined. £75 for bare tailgate and £75 for painting the top white. You can't grumble at that!

I decided to get a few extras too -

Grab handle (so I have a proper working boot button and reg plate lights) £45

Rear wiper motor (as the spindle on mine has worn smooth, so the wiper drops down onto the tailgate as the car bumps around) £35

Shipping is pricey at £50, however I can't do it much cheaper - due to the distance, I worked out that it would cost £30 in diesel if I used my Mum's Freelander (the most economical car I have access to) and may not even fit in. I dread to think what it would cost to do the journey in my Discovery at 25mpg! I could organise my own courier, but I'd prefer that any issues were the breaker's problem, not mine.

So £280 all-in for the tailgate, painting, shipping and extras seems fair to me. Especially if it's anything like as good as the bumper!

I hope to get it next week, I can polish it (if necessary) and transfer hardware over from my current tailgate, then hopefully fit the next weekend.

I need to remove the spoiler from my current tailgate - it's bonded on, so I had a go last weekend with fishing line, I made a little bit of progress - but it kept snapping as soon as I made any headway. So I have bought some proper metal windscreen removal wire, which should make light work of it with a bit of heat from a hairdryer.
Now that looks great! You must be nearly there now with the tailgate?

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Old 12-10-2017, 11:36 AM   #263
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Been following this with interest, R50 & 53 Cooper and S had an additional contrast roof of White or Black and a delete option, and the only difference between a Cooper derivative and lesser models were the holes in the upper tailgate for the spoiler bolts, don't think these were bonded.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:58 AM   #264
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Its all coming together - so exciting

Great progress
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:32 PM   #265
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Hi all,

''more scrivets delivered, I have NO patience with them

so I grabbed the old bumper firmly and pulled like hell

bumper removed and thrown out the garage door

forgotten to remove the fog lamp unit and shee****ly took it back inside to remove it.


Fantastic that you've managed to find the tailgate and bumper - great turnaround in not a huge time period.

Any plans for the wheels ?
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:51 PM   #266
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Fantastic that you've managed to find the tailgate and bumper - great turnaround in not a huge time period.

Any plans for the wheels ?
Thanks.

The wheels are next on the list! I knew that I could get them done any time, so I decided to keep the money available for the tailgate and bumper so that I could snap them up immediately when the right ones came up for sale.

Once the wheels are refurbed, then all the major exterior jobs will be done.

I’ve started to think of a few bits I’d like to change - the gear knob has some of the ‘chrome’ peeling which is very rough to the touch, so I thought maybe I could look at a JCW gear knob and handbrake grip. That sort of thing.
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Really enjoying keeping up with this :-)

Great effort
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