After reconsidering the amount of work required for the half shell and the lack of facilities to do the work, we've decided to cut our losses and obtain another donor vehicle.
We hired a trailer and took to trip to Warwickshire to pick it up.
A 1983 Mini Mayfair, 998cc automatic. 2 previous owners and only 55k miles! Surprisingly, it drives very well and the auto gearbox extremely smooth, but it's the shell and front subframe we're mainly interested in.
Let the project really begin!