What skills will I need?
Lets be clear, you don't need to be an experienced motor mechanic to be able to build a superb Cobra replica. Many of the skills you need can be picked up as you progress with your build. If you are generally quite handy, able to wield an electric drill and hammer you should be fine. There is a wealth of information available and you will have no problem finding advice and help throughout your build from fellow builders.
This is what you will know/be able to do at the end of your build, not necessarily what you will need to know at the start:
- understand how suspension, steering and braking systems work
- use a range of power tools
- work with fibreglass
- understand basic automotive electrics
- depending on your route to getting an engine, varying knowledge of how engines are build and work.
- Ability to do up cable ties with one hand :)
The other area you need to consider is your determination, don't start building a cobra on a whim, its a lot of work and takes a lot of time and commitment, there are plenty of part built kits for sale and stored in garages to prove this. That said, it's a really fun and rewarding experience and you can learn lots of new skills, meet some great people and end up with a great car at the end of it, so go for it!
What tools will I need?
- A socket set up to 19mm +22mm, +24mm
- A set of decent spanners - up to 19mm
- 4* axle stands
- Trolley jack
- Electric drill and a good set of bits
- Rivet gun
- Screw drivers
- Wire cutters, wire strippers, crimping tool
- Tape measure/spirit level
- Hand files
- Hole cutters
Nice to have
- A Dremel or equivalent
- Rivnut Gun
- MIG welder
- Bench Grinder
- Pillar drill
- Black & Decker Powerfile and belts
Best to borrow
- Engine hoist
- Taper drill
- electric rotary polisher - if you plan to run the car in gelcoat
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