We All Wish We Had A Kit Car…
We all have seen and driven cars that are manufactured in a factory and sold off by a dealer or owner. Well, how many of you have loved your cars except for some features of the car that you wished were different. While buying a car we look at mileage, age, durability, off road and city driving skills etc.
But sometimes the car we own may be good at all these departments and we overlook those flaws that cannot be changed. That is when; you have an option build a Kit Car or a Component Car. More than saving some bucks it’s the pride of building a car yourself that made me think of assembling a Kit Car.
I started my research and did loads of it. Spoke to many garage owners and friends who had experience with some car restoration work. To begin with, I had flexibility for time and budget and I already had a car.
I was using my skills and imagination to build my Kit Car during spare time and had a spacious garage. But I could not actually speak to someone who could guide me step by step towards building my Kit Car. So, here is a synopsis of my experience with Kit Cars.
I took a three day work shop with Factory Five and paid $799 out which I received $250 rebate when I purchased a Kit from them. I would vouch for the fact that this workshop helped me to know the basics as to how to build from a frame to a complete car; not bad for $549. I also watched many how-to videos online to get some inside tips and tricks and got a new tool kit.
I had decided upon and ordered a $19,900 worth ’33 Hot Rod by filling out some information on a long online form on the Factory Five website along with a free brochure and DVD. I chose the complete kit and once I received the package, I was overwhelmed when the large boxes actually were delivered. Well, that is an understatement compared to what happened after.
Did I say that I have a cool garage with a decent music system and mini fridge? Well, I opened up a beer and just looked at the boxes thinking which one to open first. Next thing, I know I called up a couple of my best buddies to come over and see my mastery.
I took note of what was in each box and took care not to open any sealed packets of nuts or bolts. Carefully, reading the instruction manual I started my dream project. My buddies reached and tried to help me but were not sure as to how; they too opened a beer can each for motivation. I started to run my memory of the building work shop and set to work. I did not manage to do a lot on the first day, but slowly and gradually I started to get to the groove. The manual was very extensive and specific for each section of the Kit Car. Time quickly flew by when I was in my garage working on my Kit Car and seeing the transformation happening.
It was my first experience and so I had decided to take my time and go slow since I did not want to make mistakes that would mess up everything and ruin my determination. There were many roadblocks that I struggled with and tried to call someone for help on the forums and then with some expert advice and common sense tried to do my best. I found it difficult to fix the engine and the weather gear in particular. Lots of cuts and injuries later I was becoming a tough man and continued to work on my project.
I took over 3 months to build the Kit Car from scratch and now I have to think of a way to actually get it licensed so that I could get it on the road. One of my friends in UK had a hard time getting the Kit Car on the road with titling, licensing and all the related registration routine. I hope to have better luck here in US and get my dream Kit Car ’33 Red Hot Rod be the road’s envy. It is definitely worth an experience.