First step into the kit car world - Midas Gold Coupe

First step into the kit car world - Midas Gold Coupe

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SBLancer

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407 posts

82 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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Hopefully will end up looking something like the above.

Getting the kit from Alternative Cars. Very helpful on phone and would not take any money until they could start work on body in circa four months. Nice honest touch.

Obvious place to go to is Midas forum, but has anyone any top tips re the car and build? Specifically re interior leaks, best place for parts and is there any alternative engines that have worked well....although will probably stick with the devil that is known.


Artstu

150 posts

130 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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You'll have the first new Midas coupe made in the last 25 or so years!

downsman

1,041 posts

91 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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Nice cars, have fun smile

mad4amanda

2,179 posts

99 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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Lovely looking car , how strong is the connection to the Mini Marcos?

Artstu

150 posts

130 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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mad4amanda said:
Lovely looking car , how strong is the connection to the Mini Marcos?
The first Midas was indeed a replacement for the Mini Marcos

http://midasownersclub.co.uk/history/
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rdodger

1,049 posts

138 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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WOW! A new Midas!

It will be great to see one with a more modern interior etc.

Does it still use Metro A+ running gear?

f1rob

294 posts

111 months

Monday 13th May 2013
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Not trying to put a dampner on things but make sure they know what they are doing layup wise,that is a very complicated composite layup
They MUST follow the original spec,its the same from the Midas all the way up to historic F1 lots of people think they can throw a few ounces of glass into something or a couple of layers of carbon and it will do the job
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

FlossyThePig

3,925 posts

178 months

Tuesday 14th May 2013
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Artstu said:
mad4amanda said:
Lovely looking car , how strong is the connection to the Mini Marcos?
The first Midas was indeed a replacement for the Mini Marcos
http://midasownersclub.co.uk/history/
That brings back memories. When I created the original Midas Owners Club website, as a joke, I described Steve Pearce using a chainsaw and plaster when he created the Gold Convertible.

rdodger said:
WOW! A new Midas!
It will be great to see one with a more modern interior etc.
One detail that may be possible during lay-up of the shell is to incorporate a recessed lip round the windscreen aperture to allow a bonded in screen.

SBLancer

Original Poster:

407 posts

82 months

Tuesday 14th May 2013
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f1rob said:
Not trying to put a dampner on things but make sure they know what they are doing layup wise,that is a very complicated composite layup
They MUST follow the original spec,its the same from the Midas all the way up to historic F1 lots of people think they can throw a few ounces of glass into something or a couple of layers of carbon and it will do the job
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Alternative Cars/Alistair Courtney - http://www.midascars.co.uk/ - took over Midas kit car business, so would like to think they know what they are doing. Will think of a tactful way to ask or he may read this and reply directly. On phone he spoke in depth about combinations of glass used to bring strength into the car unprompted and in depth.

f1rob

294 posts

111 months

Tuesday 14th May 2013
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hope that's the case,its just that in composites lots talk the talk but few can actually do the walk
Prime example is when pastiche took over the gold convertible an didn't see the need for woven cloth or vac,d in foam floors-then surprised when the doors opened on their own as the car went round corners.

FlossyThePig

3,925 posts

178 months

Tuesday 14th May 2013
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f1rob said:
hope that's the case,its just that in composites lots talk the talk but few can actually do the walk
Prime example is when pastiche took over the gold convertible an didn't see the need for woven cloth or vac,d in foam floors-then surprised when the doors opened on their own as the car went round corners.
Pastiche did not know what they had bought. They wanted to produce the car as cheaply as possible without realising the cost of doing it properly. The final insult was the fact that they were going to put a steel chassis into the convertible (I did see a bodyshell with no floor).

Pistom

2,979 posts

94 months

Tuesday 29th October 2013
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SBLancer said:


Hopefully will end up looking something like the above.

Getting the kit from Alternative Cars. Very helpful on phone and would not take any money until they could start work on body in circa four months. Nice honest touch.

Obvious place to go to is Midas forum, but has anyone any top tips re the car and build? Specifically re interior leaks, best place for parts and is there any alternative engines that have worked well....although will probably stick with the devil that is known.

Wow, it's amazing how modern this looks now. It looks better now than 20 years ago.

ugg10

681 posts

152 months

Tuesday 29th October 2013
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Got ot be worth sticking a Promotive mini Subframe and Yamaha R1 engine in there !!

rdodger

1,049 posts

138 months

Tuesday 29th October 2013
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Has the build started yet?

Fastpedeller

2,198 posts

81 months

Wednesday 30th October 2013
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SBLancer said:


Hopefully will end up looking something like the above.

Getting the kit from Alternative Cars. Very helpful on phone and would not take any money until they could start work on body in circa four months. Nice honest touch.

Obvious place to go to is Midas forum, but has anyone any top tips re the car and build? Specifically re interior leaks, best place for parts and is there any alternative engines that have worked well....although will probably stick with the devil that is known.

Hope all goes well - I was always impressed with that particular model. I believe the owners' club rescued the moulds from Holland? a few years ago.

Pistom

2,979 posts

94 months

Saturday 2nd November 2013
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We're all of them Q plated?

I can't get over how modern the Gold looks. Maybe things like the lights date it but it does look good.

ugg10

681 posts

152 months

Saturday 2nd November 2013
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Fair them in and put in a set of projectors and that would sort out the lights. Think GTM Libra.

Artstu

150 posts

130 months

Saturday 2nd November 2013
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Pistom said:
Were all of them Q plated?
There are a few on new plates (factory built cars) and some retained the donor vehicle plate or an age related plate. Lots on Q-plates though.

fuoriserie

4,554 posts

204 months

Monday 4th November 2013
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SBLancer said:


Hopefully will end up looking something like the above.

Getting the kit from Alternative Cars. Very helpful on phone and would not take any money until they could start work on body in circa four months. Nice honest touch.

Obvious place to go to is Midas forum, but has anyone any top tips re the car and build? Specifically re interior leaks, best place for parts and is there any alternative engines that have worked well....although will probably stick with the devil that is known.

It still looks very good....smile

Pistom

2,979 posts

94 months

Monday 4th November 2013
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I think it looks better in 2013 than 1985.