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PostPosted: August 13, 2019, 8:55 am 
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Things are chugging along.

Overall status as of the end of June:
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Passenger side motor mount:
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Front Motor Mount: (Another support piece still to be added)
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Front Lower Control Arm:
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PostPosted: August 13, 2019, 9:46 am 
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The name you're looking for is Midlana, http://www.midlana.com. It was surprising to see no mention of that...

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PostPosted: August 13, 2019, 1:09 pm 
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KB58 wrote:
The name you're looking for is Midlana, http://www.midlana.com. It was surprising to see no mention of that...

Hey, no harm meant! I am happy to give credit where it is due and I apologize for not citing my sources of inspiration but, they are probably too long to list comprehensively. Your Midlana, airframefixer's Mid BEC LMP, and many of the other builds on this site were a huge inspiration for my car from architecture through early design and now fabrication. As all builders here do, I am definitely standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before me. Seeing your build using the architecture of a FWD drivetrain packaged in the rear definitely inspired numerous decisions and gave me the early confidence to move forward.

I did end up purchasing the Midlana book in February of this year as another resource to pull from and read it over my spring break while trying to glean some particular additional details. It didn't have everything I was looking/hoping for but, it is certainly a valuable resource among many. I think, once I get around to building them, you'll notice the outboard portion of the rear lower control arms and handling of the miata rear uprights is close to an exact copy of your implementation. I couldn't think of a better way to do it. I also liked the way you packaged the Miata front LBJ compared to all the others I've seen on the web so, as you probably noticed, my implementation at the outboard end of the front control arm is nearly dimension for dimension identical.

I'm glad to know you're reviewing this thread. please let me know if you have any design/fabrication feedback as you have been there/done that.


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Midlana? Never heard of it... :P

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