How to Build Cheap Kit Cars

by Stephanie Lee
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Building kit cars is an enjoyable and exciting hobby. It allows car enthusiasts to enjoy rare automobile models for a fraction of what an original would cost. Additionally, enthusiasts can get creative with their vision by mixing and matching various car options. Choosing the right model and kit manufacturer is important in keeping costs low and allows you the opportunity to indulge in the hobby without breaking the bank.

Step 1

Start with exploring reputable companies that will provide instructions and support. Sylva, Vindicator Cars and Kit Cars are all examples of manufacturers that provide inexpensive models to choose from. Once you decide which type of kit car you plan to assemble, you are limited only by your imagination.

Step 2

Order your kit car. Upon arrival of the parts, purchase the engine, transmission and suspension. Review the instructions provided with the kit car as other parts may be required for building. Find a large covered area to work so that you will have space to organize and assemble the parts and your work will be protected from rain or snow.

Step 3

Support the frame on jack stands to go over it with a wire brush to eradicate and smooth any sharp edges. The wire brush serves a dual purpose as it helps to make the frame shine and ready for competitive showing. Spray paint the frame before installing the front suspension components and integrating the lower control arm to the front crossmember. Follow this up by then installing the upper control arm.

Step 4

Find somebody to help you with the spring and shock installation as this can be the most dangerous step of the process. Install the spindle, rack and pinion before moving to the rear end of the kit car to repeat the process.

Step 5

Test the critical brake and fuel lines to ensure a clean look and that there are no kinks in the system. Mount the master brake cylinder and booster to the frame followed by the front brakes, rear brakes and an emergency brake.

Step 6

Attach the wheels before connecting the fuel lines, tank and fuel gauge. The steering wheel and all associated mechanisms should be added next.

Step 7

Decide which engine to install. If you choose to purchase a smogged engine, make sure it was manufactured after 1974. Anything made before this date is not smogged. To help you decide, contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles about the rules and regulations for such engines and whether anti-smog equipment will be required.

Step 8

Align the front wheels and mount the body over the skeleton of the model. Take extra precaution in executing this step by employing the help of a friend. Once the body has been mounted, smooth it out by sanding it before painting it and putting on the finishing touches.

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