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snowy2

posted on 19/8/16 at 11:33 AM Reply With Quote
Build times.......

I have recently got into a discussion with a fellow kit car builder who claims that 6 monthe is average for a kit car build.
I have built or rebuilt about a dozen cars and the quickest from derilict to mot was 60 days.......VERY tiring...
I think a few have been 6-8 months. But most over 12 months .

My current project has taken me almost 2 years.....

How long has your car's taken to build?





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joneh

posted on 19/8/16 at 11:42 AM Reply With Quote
Around 2 years so far on this one.
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40inches

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:16 PM Reply With Quote
13 years to IVA, no that's not a mistake, it did take 13 years
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David Jenkins

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:22 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by 40inches
13 years to IVA, no that's not a mistake, it did take 13 years


Roughly similar to my build time...





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Rosco86

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:30 PM Reply With Quote
just under two years from nothing to IVA on a scratch built haynes





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Smoking Frog

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:40 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by 40inches
13 years to IVA, no that's not a mistake, it did take 13 years

That makes me feel better, 7 years and counting.

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SJ

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:45 PM Reply With Quote
Mine took 12 months using an MK chassis kit. I kept it very simple though. That was one evening a week and the occasional Saturday. Anyone with more time [i.e not a wife and 2 small kids] should be OK with less.
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pekwah1

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:47 PM Reply With Quote
Hah, from when i was recently in Caterham's factory, i was chatting to the guys there who give around a 6 month lead time.
Maybe he was referring to build times from the manufacturer rather than us monkeys on here.

Then again, maybe the people who can build a car in 6 months don't have day jobs!

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phelpsa

posted on 19/8/16 at 12:57 PM Reply With Quote
9 months for an Aries, wasn't registered or IVA'd though.
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Theshed

posted on 19/8/16 at 01:01 PM Reply With Quote
14 years and not yet on 4 wheels...do I win or have I lost? It will however get finished and I work on it every weekend
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adithorp

posted on 19/8/16 at 01:04 PM Reply With Quote
My Fury kit was delivered early October '06,
SVA'd May'08
Registered 1st June'08.
20months total.

There were a couple of pauses during the build (KitCarWorkshop stopped trading just as I needed the bodywork and was a while before BGH (as FurySportscars) took it on) so if you take those out, it took under 18months.

It'll never be "finished" though





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rdodger

posted on 19/8/16 at 01:15 PM Reply With Quote
Mine was 18 months.

I recon about 400 hours with 100 of that standing and looking!






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ian locostzx9rc2

posted on 19/8/16 at 01:57 PM Reply With Quote
My first kit car robin hood 3a took 18 months and my striker took 10 months but could have been less as I had a at least a 1 month delay these times where from start to Sva both failed the first time so not to bad
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loggyboy

posted on 19/8/16 at 02:22 PM Reply With Quote
Im now 6 years into my 1 year build.

[Edited on 19-8-16 by loggyboy]





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Irony

posted on 19/8/16 at 03:00 PM Reply With Quote
6 years from never using a spanner before to IVA. Passed second time.
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mark chandler

posted on 19/8/16 at 04:00 PM Reply With Quote
Scratch build 18 months I guess, loads of tinkering aftewards
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StevieB

posted on 19/8/16 at 04:13 PM Reply With Quote
My Indy was about 4 years by the calendar, but there were a few lay ups due to budget and new baby arrival etc.

I wish I'd tracked the actual productive hours though compared to standing, drinking tea and thinking - something around a 30/70 split I'd say...

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loggyboy

posted on 19/8/16 at 04:25 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by StevieB
My Indy was about 4 years by the calendar, but there were a few lay ups due to budget and new baby arrival etc.

I wish I'd tracked the actual productive hours though compared to standing, drinking tea and thinking - something around a 30/70 split I'd say...


Good ratio - I suspect mine is 10/90! in favour of scratching chin (or arse)





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rusty nuts

posted on 19/8/16 at 05:05 PM Reply With Quote
Took me 3 years to build mine , should have been a lot quicker but I was building it in my brothers garage 15 miles or so from home along the A14 /M11 which tends to be very slow moving in the evenings when I could work on it. Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings were really the only time I worked on it .
When I rebuilt it after stripping off the crap powder coating, from bare unpainted chassis to on the road took 6 weeks , an hour most evenings and weekends

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Badger_McLetcher

posted on 19/8/16 at 05:07 PM Reply With Quote
Pretty much scratch built Haynes Roadster... so far three years working Saturdays and the odd other day - maybe another 6-12 months if I decide to do something funky with the bodywork.





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Sam_68

posted on 19/8/16 at 05:36 PM Reply With Quote
10 months so far to almost rolling chassis stage (which is way behind schedule, for various reasons - the original aim was to have it ready for IVA by this time!), but that's with a completely new design, not a 'book' Locost.

There was best part of 9 months, before that, doing the actual design work, mind you.

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mackei23b

posted on 19/8/16 at 06:13 PM Reply With Quote
2 years for my MK....
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JeffHs

posted on 19/8/16 at 06:52 PM Reply With Quote
8 years, 1999 to 2008. Scratch built to original Book.
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David Jenkins

posted on 19/8/16 at 08:33 PM Reply With Quote
Just realised that I've sold myself short. I started the build in 1997 and it got registered in 2004, so 7 years build time. It just seemed like longer!

Most of that time was building the chassis - probably 5 years or so before I got a rolling chassis. In the end I decided that I had to either finish it, or get rid of it. I'm glad I stuck with it, as it's now been on the road for nearly 12 years.





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LBMEFM

posted on 20/8/16 at 04:39 AM Reply With Quote
MK Indy-Fireblade - 2.5 years from purchase to SVA.
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