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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 » 29 Aug 2009, 17:23

fastwagon wrote:I still think I can come up with a simple cockpit that's weather tight, but I have yet to get an idea complete without running into numerous difficulties.
The easiest (though I've had my fill of composite,) is to make your own removable hardtop.

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Re: Introduction and questions

Post by Midlana1 » 29 Aug 2009, 17:27

diavolillo wrote:first, does anyone have any info on the human interface, or rules of thumb regarding cockpit standards and dimensions? for instance, the ultra-shield rally sport model is available in a 10- and 20-degree layback. also, i remember reading some time ago that to achieve proper driver position in a racing car, the calf and thigh should form a 120-degree angle. any info would be greatly appreciated.
I'd ignore all the rules of thumb, set the seat on the floor and sit in it. You'll almost certainly find that you'll want to lean it back more than it does sitting flat on the floor, but this stuff is all personal preference. Same with pedal placement, steering wheel placement, and shifter placement. I purposely don't supply dimensions on these due to the enormous variation on people's physical build and personal preference.

Related to this, if you don't have the seats yet please try to sit in them before ordering, or order custom seats. It's the only way to make sure they fit.

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Re: Introductions

Post by midtrepid » 10 Sep 2009, 15:39

Hello, I've read through the Kimini project with much interest, and now I can't wait for Kurt to post new diary entries. I've been thinking about building a "Locost" for about a year now, but front engine - rear wheel drive cars are hard to find up here in the rust belt of minnesota. So I've decided to go the "Midlana" route. I'm using my daily driver, a Dodge Intrepid! I got rear ended last week so that made the disision much easier for me. I know it isn't a Honda like you guys are using, but it's more or less free after all. I'm just in the beginning stages of getting my garage setup and doing ALOT of reading. No offence to Kurt, but I'm going to try to do this build on the cheap. I really like and respect how you only use the "correct" parts and peices, but since I have more time then money and since I work at a machine shop, I'll be modifying and making alot of the parts instead of buying the good stuff. Anyway, I just wanted to say "hi" and to Kurt, thank you for inspiring me to get off my ass and get started on a build of my own.

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Re: Introductions

Post by Midlana1 » 10 Sep 2009, 18:08

I certainly don't mean to make people think there's only one way to build the car! In fact, every chance I get I try to convey that it's all about what you want for your car. I don't have one rigid way of building the car at all, forcing people to use parts they can neither get nor want. As long as you use Miata uprights and place the suspension brackets as instructed, the rest of the car is completely up to you.

Someone recently asked what I thought the cheapest was that a Midlana could be built for. I said zero, if you have access to lots of free donor parts and do all your own work. But as soon as you veer from that, it starts adding up in a hurry. If you don't use Miata seats, wheels, and tires, that adds anywhere between zero and $5000. Is the steel all left-over bits? If it's new and without rust, there's hundreds more.

My point is, if you really take your time and look for deals, you can indeed build it cheap. Me, I don't have the patience to wait around for the best deals and instead force things to happen (I buy them.)

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Re: Introductions

Post by theconrodkid » 26 Sep 2009, 10:16

Hi guys (and gals),i,m from London in sunny England,i am running my 3rd locost at the mo and have been planning the 4th for some time now,i will be using Ford zetec power and escort running gear.
i have managed to accumulate the majority of the oily bits i need,the rest will be donated by my current daily driver when the MOT expires next year.
anyone from this side of the big pond want to say hello,pick my brain or offer me a sack full of cash for my current locost,please feel free ;) .

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Re: Introductions

Post by Tinkerer » 29 Oct 2009, 06:15

Hi y'all, another member from the UK here

Am about to acquire my first garage - hurrah! So the mind's been working overtime.... ;)

Have the Haynes Roadster book which I am considering building, but given potential build time & IVA costs etc
think I'd rather use more up to date running gear from more available donor(s) than Sierra, was thinking along
the midengine route when I came across Kimini which led me to here....

So hello :D

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My Introductions

Post by savagetommy » 16 Nov 2009, 12:44

Hi guys,
i am tom i am a 22 year old electromechanical engineer, i live in the UK and have started to process a project very similar to kimini,
i am currently gathering the pieces for a mini pickup, with a k20 vtec engine in the back,
i have a huge amount of time for people that actually can use their own hands like this and end up with a working machine,
it is a huge project and one in which i am extremely enthused to be taking on myself,

congrats to kurt on a fantastic book, a good read if there ever was one,

i will probably be doing a similar thing as kurt, as in the website diary, it has shown me that it is very very mentally challenging. more so than i thought
i look forward to the same challenges

i will keep you guys posted on my build

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Re: Introductions

Post by Bubba Zanetti » 19 Nov 2009, 17:39

Hello Everyone,

I stumbled onto this site while researching Locost builds. Always looking for interesting projects, my current one is a Porsche 914 V-8.

Thanks,
Ron

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Re: Introductions

Post by DeanD3W » 19 Nov 2009, 21:05

Hello All,
My name is Dean. I've followed Kurt's Midlana progress from near the beginning. I was heavily into a Formula SAE build at Oregon State U. in 1995. I'm a mechanical engineer with past experience doing production machining, sheet metal and TIG welding. I've been specializing in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for the past ten years (you can find me through tec-ease.com, but I suppose that could be seen as a commercial plug, so ignore that if so). I was planning to build a "Formula 993" that some may have seen discussed on the locostusa forum, but that's on the back burner now while I attempt to focus on a Hayabusa powered "thing" (still considering options) and also a Pontiac Solstice drivetrain street rod/sevenesque car.

A car like Midlana does interest me... I just posted a thought about a Dallara bodied X1/9 basis to ease registration in the "keep it legal" topic. I like the seven look that is planned for Midlana now, but it may prove hard to register in Washington state, where I live.

I have five kids so time to build anything takes work, luck, and an occasionally and always temporarily tolerant wife :roll:

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Re: Introductions

Post by midnight garage » 22 Dec 2009, 00:09

Hello there at the Midlana forum.

After a period of observing the Midlana project I decided to join the forum. So a quick introduction would be in place I think.
My name is Jos Gielgens. I live in Landgraaf, in the south of The Netherlands, Europe. I am 45 years old, and work as a senior quality engineer in the Dutch Mitsubishi plant, NedCar. There we built Mitsubishi Colt and Outlander. I am responsible for customer quality care, regarding electronics, paint and configuration of the vehicles.

Like all of you at the forum, I am a true automotive fanatic. I started working on cars since I was 12. Back then it all started “working” on Speedway cars. After a few years of Karting, I switched to building cars the way I want them to perform and look. I built several custom cars, all of the Opel brand. Regarding the fact that I’m also working more then 25 years in an automotive production plant, I can say I’ve been in to cars, most of my life. And still…. I like it a lot.

My current project is an Opel Rekord ’66. A model that is not familiar in the US. It was never sold there.
It is completely changed regarding engine, drive train, suspension, brakes, electronics etc. I enclosed some pictures of the current status.
At the moment I am very busy on the bodywork. Regarding, I am no auto body specialist, it takes a lot of time to get it perfect. But with some help of an expert from my work, I get along pretty good. I hope to have paint on it, in the beginning of 2010. After that electronics are on the list (incl. complete built of the wiring loom), and the custom interior is next.
More to the future, another engine and drive train change and suspension mods are expected.

Regarding the Midlana project, I am very impressed!! This is a very professional and interesting project. In fact I am modifying a car, Midlana is building your own. Such a build is great and would be the ultimate project, but here in The Netherlands it would be extremely difficult and expensive to get it registered. The type approval is the biggest obstacle. Probably the only way would be to export and re-import, and get a SVA in the UK. Also no simple job ….
So I will stick to my current project, and follow your build on the internet. There is a lot to learn from your project, also for a custom car build. There are enough similarities.

I wish you a lot of success in your project, I will follow up on the forum.

Best regards, Jos.
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