How to make a car involves the use of some sophisticated equipment and an active imagination. Early auto makers discovered that cars aren't that difficult to make. Dozens of car companies sprouted up in the 1900s, each offering innovations to the basic car design that they hoped would catch on with buyer. The cars were produced one at a time, with options for custom attachment and engine innovations. Making cars using this individual approach was the inspiration of early industrial producers, including Ford. You'll need a few basic pieces of equipment and a place to assemble the car. Rent or buy the following items;
- car parts: engine, including frame parts, transmission, axles, wheels, tires, differential, engine frame, auto frame, seats, dashboard, steering assembly, carpeting, interior coverings and chrome parts
- assembly diagram
- tools, including air-powered wrenches and screw drivers, glue gun, caulking gun, tack gun, wrenches
- measuring tools, including calibrating rulers, level and measuring tape.
- Locate a building. How to make a car starts with location a place for the assembly. You'll need a covered area to assemble the car and store the car parts.
- Start with a plan. All good auto building has a plan. These can be purchased from other designers or, if you have the skill, sit down with a computer program and design your own car. Add months onto your building location lease, if you do your own design. Develop a parts list to help you in putting the car together.
- Buy your car parts. Order your parts from an online or brick and mortar store, if you live in a large city. Use your parts list to make sure you have the essentials to start building. Trim and detail pieces are not necessary to begin building. If your budget is limited, make two separate parts lists. One for immediate and necessary parts to begin the project and another for parts to buy when you have some extra cash.
- Start with the base. Depending on the make and model of the car you're building, you may need a frame or chassis to hold your parts. Some cars are uni-bodies and don't use an overall frame, so you won't need to put the parts onto a frame. You will need to attach the parts together so the parts are attached tightly together, as if you had a frame in place. Add the wheel assemblies, transmission, universal and the other parts on your specialized list.
- Build the engine. If you didn't buy an engine in working order, you'll need to start from scratch from engine parts. This assembly can be done in a separate location. If you're working as part of a building team, assembling the car engine is an excellent separate job for the second team.
- Put in the locomotion. Once the base and the engine are done, put the two together. Technically, at this point, you have a car. The legal authorities, however, demand your ride have a few other accessories in order to hit the road.
- Add the body. How to make a car means adding a body to the basic product you have so far. If you've bought a classic and need to do body work, this may take some time. If you have a fiberglass body, simply put on the top and do the attachments.
- Trick out the interior. Your car needs some classic seats, carpeting and luxury. Now is the time to add these items.
- Test the car. The best part of auto building is finally testing the final product. Hop in and take a long drive.
Champion, Ron. "Build Your Own Sports Car." Haynes Publishing, 2000.