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.
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.
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
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.