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Introductions, posting rules, FAQ - What is a "Midlana"? Can I build one? How long does it take? How much does it cost?
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Re: Introductions

Post by Midlana1 » 30 Nov 2018, 10:08

Zimbabwe, wow, that's pretty cool, from a world-wide perspective :)

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Post by Raymond » 03 Dec 2018, 21:53

Thanks for the forum welcome. Looking forward to this project having also built rally cars and single seater monoposto race cars I am under no elusions of what work lies ahead.Think its called a labour of love.
I will post a photo of my light sport aircraft build for ChrisS. If any one is keen I am in the final building stage of a Zenith CH701built from plans NOT a kit, so far its a 5 year project, almost every part is hand made.
Warm regards to all members world wide
from sunny Zimbabwe

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Post by Jonathon » 12 Feb 2019, 19:15

Hello everyone,
I just want to to introduce myself and test post a picture.
My name is Jonathon and I’ve wanted to build a car since I was a kid. When I first saw the Locost 7 my first thought was “This is it!!” So after years of on and off again forum creeping I decided to get serious. While doing research I quickly realized the Midlana was the car for me. I don’t have any engineering background and designing correct suspension geometry is definitely beyond my current abilities but I am good at following instructions. With that in mind the Midlana seems to be a great fit. I’ve read through the book and am excited to get started.
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Re: Introductions

Post by Midlana1 » 12 Feb 2019, 19:56

Welcome, and you're off to an excellent start. If those are outside walls, consider adding some wall insulation. You'll be happy you did when the weather turns hot or cold.

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Post by Jonathon » 12 Feb 2019, 23:59

Midlana1 wrote:Welcome, and you're off to an excellent start. If those are outside walls, consider adding some wall insulation. You'll be happy you did when the weather turns hot or cold.
Thanks, Kurt! It crossed my mind to put up insulation before I built the shelves but between dealing with fiberglass and my own impatience (something that I'll have to work on with this build) I skipped it. I need to buckle down and just get the whole shop done. It's only 18'x20', that should be an afternoon project :lol:

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Re: Introductions

Post by Midlana1 » 13 Feb 2019, 06:01

Every hot summer and cold winter I'm reminded that I should have installed insulation...

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Re: Introductions

Post by Turbomacncheese » 15 Feb 2019, 18:38

Hey guys,
Just wanted to pop in so y'all would know who I am if I say anything on another thread. I won't be building a midlana any time soon because I have to finish my Factory Five kit car first. I figure it's never too early to start planning and thinking, though, especially since I can't actually WORK on the kit car every spare moment. I seriously considered a locost before I bought my kit, but the two things that stopped me were a) lack of confidence in my skills and b) Factory Five makes some SEXY kits. Of course, building the kit has sharpened some of my skills, and since I'll already have a sexy ride.....

Things as they are, I'm really impressed with the thought that went into designing Midlana and it's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a starting point. I'm definitely sold, and have already looked at a work in progress. For the record, SteveO is an excellent ambassador for the community.

I'll likely have to wait another month or two to buy the book because the FF needs some parts here directly. I'm particularly interested in reading about 6cylinder and auto transmission projects (the kit is already a manual turbo 4), so if you have a favorite I should start with, say so.

Finally, big thanks to Kurt for all the hard work, and to everyone else for sharing their experience and knowledge where I can find it.

Tony

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Re: Introductions

Post by Castrol » 01 May 2019, 08:18

Hey guys,

It has been approximately 6-9 months since I stated I was going to start acquiring parts for my build, however life forced me to delay a bit. However, I have finally purchased my first ( aside from the book) necessary part for the build, a tig welder.
Current plan is to build a few grills for my family to learn to tig and start to acquire the build parts. Still slow rolling the build though due to my first child and a PCS that will be upcoming a year from now. However I’m always lurking picking up ideas from everyone else’s builds!

- Cheers CASTROL

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Re: Introductions

Post by Snail » 19 May 2019, 08:25

Hello all,

Let me briefly introduce myself :

My name is James, I live just south of Montreal, in pothole-ridden Québec, I just turned 30 in March, and I have a 3-month old. I've been completely obsessed with cars far longer than I can remember. I'm a mechanical designer by trade, so I know my way around many processes, but at the same time I've never been much of a practical guy, mostly because of fear of failing. I'm incredibly detail oriented and a little OCD with perfection, and coupled with my lack of skill, patience, time, money, tools and space, it means I leave too many things incomplete. So far, it sounds like building my own car from scratch is just about the last thing I should do. You'd probably right to think so. My brother keeps trying to tell me to just go out and buy something. But for some reason, my wife is supportive. (?) I know I married wisely...but really?

Anyway, lately I've been obsessing with the fact that manufacturers are dropping manual gearboxes like a hot piece of coal, cars are becoming boring, dull and full of BS, everyone and their mother drives a CUV with lane-departure warning, engines are becoming numb and pathetic, and even the 911 has turned into a GT. Naturally aspirated engines are almost gone, nothing is light, simple and interactive, like it should be. We're more concerned about staying connected to facebook than driving. I've been bitching and moaning so much, my colleague brought me some reading material (maybe to prod me to "do it or shut up about it", or maybe simply to spark my interests). So he hands me a thick book titled "Midlana" with the picture of a cool rolling roll-cage car and a guy clearly entertained in the driver's seat. I've never even heard of this before. So I thank my colleague dearly and quickly got sucked in like a puddle of water in a shop vac.

Now I'm considering taking a welding course and shopping for a TIG welder. wtf am I doing.

This might be a pipe dream I'll briefly exercise before I put the book down, come to my senses, buy an NB Miata and call it a day. Or maybe I'll be checking back in here with something in the making, with a slight sense of regret, my bank account on the low-end, my brother with his face half-way buried in his palm, my colleague half-way buried in a bag of popcorn and my wife half-way buried in a bottle of wine praying this won't be the beginning of the end of her marriage.

Cheers guys. I'll probably be asking more technical questions than google can handle, but it won't be for a little while longer. I need some welding courses, clean my garage and do the dishes.

James from Candiac, QC.

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Re: Introductions

Post by Midlana1 » 19 May 2019, 08:51

I'm not sure whether to apologize or to welcome you, but what's a little more drama in your life? Sounds like I'd get along great with your brother, hah. If you have any questions, ask away!

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