Dec 282012

Building a car

Well I have decided to start building my own car, it will be based on the Locost design (Lotus 7, Caterham, westfield etc) using lots of parts from a Miata and hopefully a more powerful engine from another car such as an S2000 but I will have too see what I can find.

First step is to build a table to make working on the car easier.

Building a race car

Build table

This is my step Dad helping me build the table.  It is two pieces of 8′-4′ ply wood the top layer is 3/4″ thick and the bottom layer 1/2″.  Then between the layers there are 4 pieces of 3″ x 2″ beams to help keep the table rigid.  The legs are 4″ x 4″ with lockable caster  wheels on the bottom so I can roll the car into the corner of the garage when I am not working on the car.

Purchasing the right tools

I already have a lot of automotive  and power tools but I went out and purchased a few to help with the build here is the list so far.

DEWALT 12-Inch Compound Miter saw

DEWALT 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder

Buying the materials

I purchased all the wood for the table locally at the hardware store

I bought 6 x 24′ lengths of 1″ Square steel tubing for the frame.  I had the steel suppliers cut the lengths in half so they would fit in my wife’s mini van.

Building the frame

Building a race car

Start of the space frame chassis

I have started to cut all the steel to length and lay it out as it will be when the frame is built.  Currently I have not purchased a welded so I have paused until I get it and start assembling the frame.


I will post back soon when I have purchased a welder and got more of the car completed.

  2 Responses to “Build your own car”

  1. You are starting to put the cart before the horse. Before you start fabricating and welding the frame you should have all your suspension parts and determine how the frame needs to be built to acomadate those parts.

    • I am using a slightly modified Locost Book frame, which has been tried and tested for about 50 years. The donor car is going to be a Miata, Boris has some parts that he said I can have or I may purchase an entire car as a donor. Hopefully I will have it at Gulfcoast Autocross before 2014.

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