Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

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Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby lankyjames » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:39 pm

Just starting a thread to post the work I have done on my Midas since I bought it - mostly as I'll be taking my car 'blog' down soon.
Most of you have already seen the work gone into this, but now it's all in one handy place!

Got rid of my old mini, and bought something that wouldn't rust, a Mini based Midas kit car.
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It lasted all of 6 months in standard form due to low oil pressure, while I still had the mini engine, it was sent off to be rebuilt, and so began the beginning of the journey...
First the exhaust had to be chopped as it had been welding to solve blowing (solved nothing!);
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Then after removing all the ancilleries, and the clutch wok we removed the engine with the use of a crane;
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With the engine away being built, I had to crack on with a few other jobs, first the dashboard, I had to remove the old radio unit, cut the hole to accept a standard size DIN, and added a 'fasten belts' warning light (that comes on when the headlights come on ;) )
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Also with a change of stereo, allowed me to update the speakers, I don't have any pictures but originally it had a very retro speaker box in the boot, and what looked like hi-fi speakers behind each seat. Unfortunately I also don't have photos of the speakers I put in, but I replaced the hi-fi speakers with some 17cm(iirc) round speakers, and put some boxed 6x9's in the boot, all hooked up to an amp secured to the rear bench seat (upside down);
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Engine returned with the following specs; overbore to 1330, new pistons, crank, light weight flywheel, orange clutch plate, a more sporty cam - i already had a big valve head that I was very happy with but had never been ported so I had that done. The gearbox from the mini had been rebuilt 1000miles previously and was still in perfect condition (thanks guessworks!)
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The engine went back in ( it was harder than I say and the photos look!);
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Then I worked on replacing the exhaust, using the LCB and stainless centre pipe from my mini, plus a new double exit back box;
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That's all for now, will keep adding to this thread with any progress!
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby Moneypit » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:07 pm

It's looking very good mate. I wish the dash came out like that on the gold convertible.Looks like it makes life a lot easier!
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby lankyjames » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:43 pm

Moneypit wrote:It's looking very good mate. I wish the dash came out like that on the gold convertible.Looks like it makes life a lot easier!

I'm not convinced it was as easy as it looks! On the cards is to move the choke and the heater cable underneath the dash, as these are a pain to have to undo- and then feed through the dash, esp as they have to loop tightly round the speedo instruments!
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby Stuart » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:04 pm

As James says a standard mk2 dash is a right pain in the bum, as is a mk3 dash with nuts instead of wingnuts on the outer trim.
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby lankyjames » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:31 am

Now with video;

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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby b1zbaz » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:34 pm

its looking really well im looking forward to seeing it at one of the mini shows mine still needs a little fettling here and there but is running quite well
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby lankyjames » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:53 pm

b1zbaz wrote:its looking really well im looking forward to seeing it at one of the mini shows mine still needs a little fettling here and there but is running quite well


I thought mine was running quite well, it struggled sometimes to start however and so I went to get it tuned, thinking it was off a litte. Turns out it was off a lot and under fueling, I was skeptical at this as it felt quick already - I couldn't believe the difference that was made! Guy just round the corner sorted it, took the 998 mini as well ( which at the time struggled to get past 40mph!) again unbelievable difference, the mini just pulls and pulls!
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby lankyjames » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:18 pm

After rediscovering what the hoover does, I'm pretty proud - I don't think I've ever made it look this clean!
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Reminds me, I really need to find a replacement rear-heated windscreen switch, and change my clocks over....and remove the vac gauge...and find a surround for my CD player...and replace the front carpets...

Does this list of things to-do EVER get shorter?
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby Rich » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:34 pm

lankyjames wrote:
Does this list of things to-do EVER get shorter?


Nope.
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Re: Mk2 Midas Q334 FVT

Postby lankyjames » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:51 am

Only a few minor updates to add, I have changed the clocks (getting rid of the separate rev counter), the steering wheel cowling is now black, changed the rear hatch to one where the handle doesn't rotate and also the rear hatch seals. I've replaced the battery and the car now starts...all the time, so much so the clock has even been set to the correct time!

I've also been under the car to replace the gear-change bushes, a dented exhaust clamp (that met a curb...) and changed the exhaust to my old mini exhaust, single exit and much quieter- I can actually have a conversation inside now. It's just a shame it exits on the wrong side!;
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