Building your own car can seem like a titanic endeavor, but if you are dead set on it, then, let’s go.
A car can be one of the most prized possession one can have and can be even more gratifying building it by yourself, it will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and pride that will make you fly high and you can brag about it at your neighborhood barbecue.
One of the best and most effective ways to build a car is to build a Kit Car, they look like unattainable, legendary cars that we all wish we could have, but this kits normally use car parts from vehicles we can easily find. Building your own kit car is the best way to own the car of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Most kit car builders find success with their projects by doing all the research they can before and during their build. We can break down the research into three important areas.
You need to know all the information you can from the Kit and the vehicle its parts are based on, secondly what parts to get and of course, where to get them from, and third but not last what demands to build the car will have on you, Bob the builder.
Kit Car Information
Finding information on the internet can be very easy, getting to know a couple of websites will set you on the right path. Speedsters.com, www.speedsterowners.com, www.classic-kitcars.com, and www.about-kit-cars.co.uk can be extra full in addition to this article.
Car Parts to Support your Kit Car
Once you’ve done all the research you need and have chosen your kit car, you’ll need to research where to get the parts you need without going bankrupt. When you get your Kit Car, it’ll come with instructions on how to assemble it and these instructions will tell you which parts you’ll be needing. One cheap way to get them is buying a donor car in good conditions.
This is another great way to get those parts you need, visit all the junkyards you can, remember that “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure”. This is a fun part if you love treasure hunting. It’s common for junkyards to have “Half Off” sales that would really help you with the costs.
Once you are in there, look around, don’t settle for the first things you see, dig up, and you are sure to find some hidden gems. Look for newer, dry and cleaner parts. Once you get your parts a good coat of paint will leave them brand new.
In the rare case (or maybe you just have enough money to throw around) that you can’t find a donor car or any junkyards near you, then you can get your parts from a supplier, this is the easy way out, but the most expensive, an option you may want to reserve for those unique pieces that will give your car an original look. Suppliers are still cheaper than retail stores though, it’s not all bad with this one.
You have to make sure to have the necessary space to build your car, not only to park it but to work around it. You’ll need space to keep your tools and the parts you’ll be buying, make sure is a covered area, like a garage.
And talking about tools, you are going to need an excellent toolset, don’t worry, as you may know already when it comes to car repair, most of the tools are just hand tools. If you have all the tools you need at your disposal great, but can always rely on friends or family to lend you some.
Patience and Perseverance
Perhaps, the two most important aspects you should have when endeavoring in building a car. This is both a physical and mental challenge, you will find an obstacle that may stall you for a few days, just take a step back, relax your mind, and get back on it.
Kit Cars are just awesome, they always get the heads rolling when they passed by, it comes with a feel of self-accomplishment. Remember to have space and the tools, stay on track, and set yourself short-term and long-term goals.