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Finally an introduction to my Midtec Bronze

Postby Dr Scruff » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:51 pm

So after a long time of loitering in the shadows I have finally got my backside in gear and scanned in the images of my very own Midtec Bronze.
I bought her new as a kit from Midtec Cars back in 1995 (I think) and built her up over 4 years with my old Dad using the inner workings of a B-reg Metro and a variety of scrapped Minis.
Q735 VAF has a 1275cc A-series engine with twin SU carbs (plus K&N filters). She is adorned with a set of GB alloys and Cobra seats with 3 point harness.
So here are some photos documenting her birth. Currently she is parked up under a tarp in need some love and attention. The glass rear screen has been replaced by an Acrylic version (thanks to Hans for the dimensions).
My Dad passed away a few years back but the lessons learned in that garage are etched deep in my mind.

The Midtec Car showroom and factory somewhere near Leicester
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The shell sitting in the back of our garage in Cornwall
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My dad stripping down the Metro
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Hammerite - the saviour of rusty subframes
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Front subframe assembly
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Me and my Dad
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Nearing completion
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Clean-up before going for SVA. Failed the first test on a few issues around the wiper controllers and the seat belts, these were quickly fixed by some re-wiring and the addition of headrests to pin the shoulder straps in.
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Tested and Taxed and on the road. She was my daily drive during the summer of 1999 (when there was a fuel crisis going on if I remember correctly). She was then laid up while I was at University and worked on other projects (Mini Clubman Estate and a 1500 MG Midget).
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I got her back on the road in 2011, making good use of the national bank holiday for the Royal Wedding to get stuck in and get her running again (somewhere I have a photo of a properly gunked up thermostat housing that formed a big part of the clean-up job).
Since then my wife and I have had two gorgeous girls, and they are currently taking priority over projects so as I say the car is sitting waiting to be loved a bit.

Many thanks for all the enjoyment the forum has provided a long-time watcher.
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Re: Finally an introduction to my Midtec Bronze

Postby Alan D. » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:23 pm

Looks excellent!!Alan
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Re: Finally an introduction to my Midtec Bronze

Postby fozzza » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:19 pm

I'll second that.
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Re: Finally an introduction to my Midtec Bronze

Postby goldeneye » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:49 am

lovely story!
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