The world of kit cars – from scratch

By | September 22, 2011

Build your new set of wheels from scratch and hit the road in a brand new classic car.

When most people think of classic cars, they think of car shows and a small handful of enthusiasts who have the time and money to buy a classic car that’s still in good condition. Classic cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s are hard to find, and if you’re looking for an earlier model you’ll have even more trouble.

Even though the number of classic cars on the market is low, the demand is high, and car enthusiasts who want to head out on the open road are opting to build their own cars from scratch. If you fancy yourself as a part-time mechanic, there are a few things you can do to get started building your own classic car.

Start by doing a little research about the kind of car you’d ideally like to build. This is an important first step, and a good way for you to learn a little more about what’s involved in building a car from the wheels up. Building your own car is a challenging and time consuming project, but you’ll be able to see the fruits of your labour in action when you get behind the wheel.

Look for a reputable company to purchase your kit from. Ask questions about the kind of support they can give you, and particularly if you don’t have a lot of mechanical experience working with cars, make sure your kit comes with detailed and thorough instructions.

While you’re waiting for your kit to arrive, clear out your work shed and create your own home garage. Clean the floor and make sure you have all the tools you need organized and ready to go so that everything is accessible when you start building.

When your kit arrives, spend some time going through the crate and take a look at all the pieces. Before you start building, read through all of the instructions so you have an idea of what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months as you build your dream car.

Next, you’ll need to purchase any additional parts that didn’t come with the kit. In general, kits come with the parts you need to build the car but won’t include the engine or transmission. If you’re struggling to get started, the Internet is a great resource and can help you find other enthusiasts from around the world who can help you troubleshoot your problems and give you advice based on their past experiences.

For different aspects of your project you’ll need an extra set of hands to help with assembly, so find a friend or family member and entice them over to help you with promises of pizza and a permanent spot in the front seat. Getting someone else involved in your project is a great way for you to bond with a family member or friend you don’t get to see as often as you like.

When your car is finally ready to go, you can reap the rewards of all your hard work and effort when you turn the keys in the ignition and hit the open road. Get ready to enjoy your new celebrity status, because people will be stopping you everywhere you go to admire and compliment your creation. With the help of a kit, building your dream car is easy and kit car insurance will help protect your investment for years to come.