midtec chassis

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keztec

11 posts

104 months

Sunday 4th October 2009
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heres the backend of mine,i really like it but i would like to modify the front though

keztec

11 posts

104 months

Sunday 4th October 2009
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another one for ya

keztec

11 posts

104 months

Sunday 4th October 2009
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and another

seansverige

719 posts

112 months

Sunday 4th October 2009
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ta for these - any more, especially from the front?

M400 NBL

3,526 posts

142 months

Monday 5th October 2009
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Here's my Spyder with only a 2L Renault engine.



I'm too embarrassed to show the back hehe
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seansverige

719 posts

112 months

Monday 5th October 2009
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'only' a 2l engine in car that weighs....?

Bet it's fast enough to get you into trouble. For fun (and displacement therapy) here's quick analysis of Midtec Spyder

Overall it looks a little 'myopic', i.e. a collection of individual features that don't gel as a whole - as if they've been developed without reference to the entity as a whole. This is usually a rookie error or a result of working in confined space (such as a garage) and only being wheeled out at the end of the process.


(original image found in madabout-kitcars.com galleries)

At a macro level the volumes are simple, even crude: there's a central cigar body with wheelarch tunnels attached - almost like a cut'n'shut made from the rear ends of two sevens. The form might have worked if the crispness of the surfaces had been retained - if not beautiful, it could have had that 'sense-of-purpose' air found in heavy machinery and military equipment.

Whilst the surfacing is pretty well executed in terms of workmanship and standard of finish, it's poor in sculptural terms: the surfacing in the lower flanks is concave, esp. just ahead of the rear wheel - it's almost as bad as the Invicta S1. The 'door' opening is quite elegantly curved but doesn't relate to anything else so looks out of place. Unfortunately from certain angles the opposing concave lines of the sill and door cutout conspire to make the Midtec look like a piece of chewing gum being stretched too far.

The shape of the wings / wheelarches is a basic cylinder with little development or tension; the wheelarch edges are too deep and so look overscale which makes the wheels look smaller than they actually are. The headlight fairings are also very basic shape - being pretty much plain cylinders, and the lower fairings simple cones.

Whilst some of the edges, such as those around headlight & indicator fairings, are quite crisp a lot of the edges are too soft, i.e. the radius is too large, notably around the grille whose amorphous appearance is further emphasised by the relatively large radius at the lower front corner of the front wheelarches.

The constant plane through both the windscreen and bonnet doesn't give the eye anything to latch onto and foreshortens the nose, emphasising the uncertainly shaped grille opening. It also makes it look more cab forward than it is and the rear deck look ungainly: aside from the front overhang, the proportions are in fact pretty much the same as the Audi R8

The side intake is a pretty arbitrary shape with little attendant form, in some versions I've seen they look little more than holes let into the bodywork: a real feature could have been made of this.

Attached is a quick theme thumbnail trying to stay fairly close to the existing design. Headlights are '01-'06 Mini units and bonnet is black to extend windscreen graphic.


FlossyThePig

3,883 posts

173 months

Monday 5th October 2009
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The windscreen used on the Midtec started life as a rear window on a Saab 96. I believe Friend Wood used one on his Tryane three wheeler.

Hugh

keztec

11 posts

104 months

Monday 5th October 2009
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FlossyThePig said:
The windscreen used on the Midtec started life as a rear window on a Saab 96. I believe Friend Wood used one on his Tryane three wheeler.

Hugh
thanks for that bit of info
was wondering what it was off,got a bit of delamination (i think thats what its called) in the corner
can have a look about now

duke1198s

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16 posts

105 months

Monday 5th October 2009
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FOR SALE!!!!!!!!!!

hi everyone, talked to my engineer (father in law) and my bank manager(wife) and have decided cannot build, therefore my chassis and suspention etc. are up for sale! anyone interested post a message and i will post some info and photos.will also advertise in kitcar mag(next issue).
thanks for your comments and posts, loved every minute.
steve.

indymike

1 posts

104 months

Tuesday 6th October 2009
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Hi all,

I once considered taking on a Midtec and changing the bodywork (I think it badly needs changing!). I'm no computer wizard but here are some images showing what I was trying to do. In the end I didn't trust my skills enough to take on all the body work, so ended up trying to build an MK Indy.


I tried to move away from the bug eye headlamps and put them inside the bodywork


Of course the back end is an even bigger challenge. After some attempts to clear up the lines, I ended up pasting the back end of a Sylva Mojo on it (no idea if this would actually fit!)and added some fairings behind the headrests to break up that long deck.

Anyway , those were just my ideas. Had some fun with MS Paint, tough.

Michael

Fresh_Clip

197 posts

124 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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That body needs all the help it can get! I honestly believe that the Brits have produced both the prettiest (eg. Aston Martin DBR) and the ugliest cars (this one is a fine example) in the world. The chassis looks quite good as it has a truss configuration. It amazes me that anyone who had a hand in the Ultima, could have been involved in the design of this bucket on wheels :-(

funwithrevs

594 posts

125 months

Wednesday 7th October 2009
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I looked into buying one once. They were nice and cheap and would take the Lancia twin cam I had in the garage at the time.

On the demonstrator test drive I was impressed with the handling, but the wind buffeting my head behind that little screen was bonkers and not something I could live with.

Perhaps you could turn one into a replica MR2 wink


hairykrishna

10,656 posts

133 months

Thursday 8th October 2009
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duke1198s said:
FOR SALE!!!!!!!!!!

hi everyone, talked to my engineer (father in law) and my bank manager(wife) and have decided cannot build, therefore my chassis and suspention etc. are up for sale! anyone interested post a message and i will post some info and photos.will also advertise in kitcar mag(next issue).
thanks for your comments and posts, loved every minute.
steve.
How much are you thinking of (roughly)?

Chris71

21,358 posts

172 months

Friday 9th October 2009
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I do like the idea of taking a Spyder chassis and putting a decent body on it!

I suspect they wouldn't be anything like as affordable as they are if it wasn't for the questionable styling. They're one of very few cars I've ever ruled out on looks ...and I used to own a Sylva Leader. biggrin

was8v

1,247 posts

125 months

Friday 9th October 2009
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duke1198s

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16 posts

105 months

Saturday 10th October 2009
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THE CHASSIS IS LOCATED IN MANCHESTER AND IS FOR SALE IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF KITCAR MAGAZINE AT £800 ONO.




THE CHASSIS COCKPIT AREA IS METAL PANELLED, SIDES AND FLOOR WITH A FIBREGLASS FOOTWELL. THERE IS A GEAR SHIFT AND ACTIVATION ARM TO REAR OF ENGINE BAY, A FULL SET OF WISHBONES AND ADJUSTERS PLUS REAR UPRIGHTS WITH NEW NUTS, BOLTS, WASHERS AND BUSHES.ALSO INCLUDE IS A PHOTOCOPIED PART MANUEL TO BUILD UP THE CHASSIS AND SET SUSPENTION.

THE CHASSIS RETAINS 90% OF IT ORIGINAL BLACK ON THE RAILS BUT HAS LIGHT SURFACE RUST IN SOME AREAS OF THE RAILS AND MAINLY IT COCKPIT FLOOR.
SHOWN IN PHOTOS RATHER THAN TRIED TO BOTCH OR HIDE, NOTHING THAT CANNOT BE SORTED IN A DAY WITH POWER TOOLS AND A TIN OF HAMMERITE. BUSHES AND BOLT NEW
SUSPENTION PARTS VERY GOOD CONDITION.






PLUS THE CHASSIS A BIT DUSTY.

duke1198s

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16 posts

105 months

Saturday 10th October 2009
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SORRY RUBBISH ON PC, ILL TRY TO POST MORE PHOTOS.[url]|http://thumbsnap.com/v/p6bPtWcH.

duke1198s

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duke1198s

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