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Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:23 am PostPost subject: Project build
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I have been reading with fascination all the project build/rebuild threads and we obviously have the behemoth thread (http://www.trackscotland.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=790) of AK, the re-definition of an R400 (http://www.trackscotland.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6358) creation of a corrado (http://www.trackscotland.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3994) and the mini uber double rebuild (http://www.minitorque.com/forum/f273/scottish-mini-cooper-cup-car-s-build-38171/ ).

I think something I missed with the Caterham was a straight purchase and never really 'knowing' the car. So lets just say I went for either BMW/Mini or something else...

My simple question is - for someone with zero car skills would you recommend trying to say replicate what emicen did with the mini. That is buy a donor car and strip, rebuild with the below caveat etc..

I understand there is some things I would never do myself (welding/putting cage in etc..) but just want to get opinions if anyone did this before did you regret it or not. I also don't have a mate with a workshop which some people can use so would of course involve (cost) of purchasing tools for 'stuff'.

I understand the huge timesink it would be and steep learning curve and (possibly worse) missing loads of track time due to effort required and possibly missing half/all of a season.
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I am doing it with my car, and i had zero mechanical knowledge when i first started out on track in the clio. If you want to do it, you will learn and in my opinion its half the fun! Being able to tinker with things and being able to say you built it yourself is a nice feeling!
It will take a long time but the knowledge you gain and the advantage of knowing what goes where and why, will be worth it when it gets on track and things are breaking!
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Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:45 pm PostPost subject:
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Thanks for posting great to hear from person in same boat
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Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:18 pm PostPost subject:
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Yip, getting stuck in certainly let's you know the car
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Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:00 pm PostPost subject:
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But say if I did what emicen did - realistic to do with zippo skills?
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Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:54 pm PostPost subject:
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That is a HUGE take on Andy - but will be a huge learning curve and lead to even bigger satisfaction than driving a car that someone else has built and maintained. As we've discussed before, it depends if you want an engineering project which is what it will turn into.

Only way that everyone learns is by doing it themselves.

And you have plenty of people on here to ask for advice if you were stuck with anything.
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Ta what's the worst that can happen Wink
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Totally agree!!! You'll have great fun and learn loads at the same time. It'll make driving it so much more rewarding too.

To me the most difficult part of a build is the bespoke bits - anything that is plug and play 'should' generally work, it's when you start with the 'one off' items that when it starts to become more challenging.
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A fire, death or bankruptcy that's what Laughing
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Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:12 pm PostPost subject:
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chorlton wrote:
A fire, death or bankruptcy that's what Laughing



Sounds funno
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Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:39 pm PostPost subject:
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Good to hear that I'm not the only car daft guy with no mechanical skills.

I keep wanting to get stuck into a project and learn.

Time is usually against me and probably now old age kicking in for teaching an old dog.
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Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:11 pm PostPost subject:
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Find a keen mechanic. I know nothing and I'm banned from the tools. Learned so much from working on the car with Scott who's capable and prepared to try anything.

Personally, I'd go for a car that's already been converted, with a proper cage at least and make it your own. Will save you so much time and money and you're not missing out on much.
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Having been in the same position, I'd tell you to avoid it. You'll get fed up after a year of not driving the car and get to the stage where you hate working on it
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I had great fun building my car. Although it was the most expensive way of doing it.
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Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:26 pm PostPost subject:
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Vroomtshh wrote:
Having been in the same position, I'd tell you to avoid it. You'll get fed up after a year of not driving the car and get to the stage where you hate working on it


This, so very much this.

If you want a project car, go ahead and do it.

BUT, try to keep something that you can just go out and enjoy at the same time.

Nothing more infuriating than just throwing money & time at something and missing track day after track day and nice weekends.

Getting a wee running project car that you can tinker with will let you start getting confidence using the tools and working on something.
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