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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 23rd, 2014, 14:13:30 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hi guys I have a couple of questions and was wondering if any of you would be able to help

Firstly
I know that a number of people have moulds for the mini marcos' and maybe even other kit cars so I was wondering what moulds are available for use if needed?

Secondly
Has anyone done an engine conversion on a mini marcos? For example honda vtec, vauxhall red tops, Yamaha r1, or any others?

Finally are there any damaged shells around that might be available?

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mike brown
Posted on: May 23rd, 2014, 16:04:35 Quote Report to Moderator
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I have moulds for:
Doors
Bonnet
Front panel
Tail gate
Rear body from doors back (no floorpan)
My brother has a removable front end mould

I started to fit a Suzuki swift gti engine/gearbox to a mk5 she'll but my brother now has it and it never made it to the road...... yet.

Crashed ones do come up but not often. I have one that I bought from Scotland.
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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 23rd, 2014, 18:32:51 Quote Report to Moderator
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Which mk marcos are they of?
Is that your profile picture?

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2014, 19:36:05 Quote Report to Moderator
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AJEC Racing tried to do a Zcars rear engine conversion with a Honda R engine. See
http://www.minimarcos.org/memcars/honda/
It wasn't very successful and is being converted back to standard in USA.

Mike Shilvock built a racer with a 2-litre Vauxhall engine in the back. There wasn't much left of the original car!

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mike brown
Posted on: May 23rd, 2014, 21:18:26 Quote Report to Moderator
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Bonnet fits all
Front panel fits most (not the few cars that have one piece bonnets ie some mk4/5)
Doors fit mk3 on but I suspect they may fit earlier they may need a fettle depending on door catch used.
Rear hatch late mk3 on
Front end will fit all but was taken from a mk3 racer
Rear body mk1 to mk3 but could be made to fit others.
Plus I have some random odd bits

Yes that is mine in my profile and the mk5 swift powered was also a crashed car plus I've rebuilt 4 other crashed cars for club members.
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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 24th, 2014, 11:49:12 Quote Report to Moderator
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Do you have any pictures of the moulds and the pieces which it makes?
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Graham Bichard
Posted on: May 24th, 2014, 16:16:47 Quote Report to Moderator
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A shame there haven't been more attempts at re-engine'ing the MM.  I really do think if there was a more modern alternative engineered for this kit, more new builds might be undertaken.
When (if!) my car is every on the road, I've got a couple of spare subframes I'd like to play around with.
The availability of Nissan Micra units could be a good starting point I think.
Good look in finding a project Alex, and in sorting an alternative power unit.
Mike - I don't suppose you're going to start a production run of carbon fibre panels are you?  
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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 24th, 2014, 16:27:36 Quote Report to Moderator
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I wanted to try and do a 400bhp honda vtec awd Iv been looking into subframes and kits. I was going to look Into trying to make a road legal track marcos with carbon fibre panels which is sorta why I wanted to know who had moulds and so on.
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Graham Bichard
Posted on: May 24th, 2014, 20:34:19 Quote Report to Moderator
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Alex,
There is a kit, as I'm sure you know, from America that uses the 4wd set up from the CRV which fits into a mini. Not sure the bonnet height will allow such an easy conversion, and a space frame set up would probably be better, but you did say you were looking for a track car!
And I'm sure there are pictures of a carbon fibre MM from Japan on the forum somewhere.
But keep us all updated on your plans.
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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 24th, 2014, 21:02:11 Quote Report to Moderator
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Yeah it's by minitec I have looked into it but I work in a car body shop on the weekends and have learnt bits and pieces of fabrication so I may give it a go at making one but we will have to wait and see but I'm going to see if I can get hold of some moulds some how and try and do the carbon fibre work Aswell

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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 25th, 2014, 18:38:10 Quote Report to Moderator
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Well today I have been looking into carbon fibering. I have been looking at what is needed to do it and what steps to do it in and so on so I now need to find the moulds to have an attempt at doing it. The one thing which I couldn't find out was sticking the panels together once they are made can anyone spread some light on this?
Also does anyone have any moulds in the West Midlands?

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mike brown
Posted on: May 25th, 2014, 21:59:07 Quote Report to Moderator
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If you have never used carbon fibre before find a college that does a course as your life could depend on your laminating skills. Having used grp/frp for 20 odd years I can safely say there is a varst difference in strength between a good lay up and a bad that you can't easily see unless you know what your looking for.
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Alex_Rowbottom
Posted on: May 25th, 2014, 22:18:42 Quote Report to Moderator
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Oh right I did not realise that I presume the carbon will just break down over time?

These are some of the videos which I have been watching, and I was going to follow these steps, they have other steps in in videos which I was going to follow as well are these videos any good in what they are saying if I follow the steps which they do?
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UgKvDw1E60E
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YWbGx_BJVvM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ucNBRaBYs

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mike brown
Posted on: May 26th, 2014, 07:02:13 Quote Report to Moderator
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Don't get me wrong those videos are very good but that guy has clearly been doing it a while. You'll also find the mould that people have may not be suitable for vac bagging (I know mine aren't without work). He also has quite a few pounds worth of equipment at his disposal. The dust from carbon is conductive so kills electric tools it's also not very good for you. I really do recommend doing a coarse atleast you will then know what your getting yourself into.
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Rodger Howard
Posted on: May 26th, 2014, 08:07:50 Quote Report to Moderator
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I understand the principle " because i can" as much as any other person given the lengths i have gone with my car...
However, what is the point of a 400 hp carbon panelled marcos?
Do you honestly expect it to handle?


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