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Old 01-31-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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What are your thoughts on kit cars / replicas?
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:00 AM   #2
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i never had one but probably will in the future. I think its a good hobby and you will learn by doing.

do they come with instructions?
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:47 AM   #3
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I think its pretty cool that you can order up everything for a 69 Camaro from Year One. I have no idea how much it will cost, but it will be reasonably inexpensive to get a 69 with 0 miles on it
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:09 PM   #4
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they do get relatively expensive, a quick google search gave me this site http://www.ss396.com/camaro_67-69.htm
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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If I was going to do a kit car it would be a Sterling/Sebring. They are fiberglass bodies that sit on VW frames (or custom tubular) and have one piece cockpits that open upward. Check it out:



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No offense to anyone who owns one.. But I would never own a kit car in my life... Mise well buy the real car. If you want to learn about cars, find a old 67 Camaro that needs to be fully restored and go from there.. I would feel like a "wanna be" driving a Kit car Lamborghini.. Reminds me of the time I saw some idiot in a Honda with a Ferrari horse logo on his car. :|
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:29 AM   #7
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The reason I ask is I saw an awesome kit car at the D.C. Auto Show and started researching them. If you know what you're doing and have the time they really are cheap ways to have a cool car. Yeah, it's not a REAL Lambo or Porsche or Ferrari or Camaro or whatever; but, you can create a fun "one of a kind". I've never driven a kit car and never known anyone to own one, so I don't know about any of the possible issues that go along with them.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:08 AM   #8
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I'll be buying a GT40 kit car in the next couple of years... i've always loved the shape,and there's no way i could afford the price tag of a real one (that's if i could even find one).
Frankly there are good and bad kits... classics are usually the best way to go as most now look very close to the originals i.e. GT40's, HMC 3000's, Cobra's, Lotus 7's etc.... i don't like these "make a normal car kind of look like a supercar.... ish, if you squint and turn your head to the side" kits.. If you wanted some thing really exotic, and if your like me i.e you'd probably never have the money to be able to buy one (let alone run one) then there is a company called Parallel Designs that make a very good Lambo Diablo kit that is so close to the original it's scary (in fact they sell body parts to Diablo owners, they're that close) and they're currently working on a Miura too..... that looks Schweeeeeet

I think it's each to there own, but the thrill of building your own car, now that'd feel great.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:26 AM   #9
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Kits cars...

To each their own, jut not my "cup of tea".
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No offense to anyone who owns one.. But I would never own a kit car in my life... Mise well buy the real car. If you want to learn about cars, find a old 67 Camaro that needs to be fully restored and go from there.. I would feel like a "wanna be" driving a Kit car Lamborghini.. Reminds me of the time I saw some idiot in a Honda with a Ferrari horse logo on his car. :|
There is a big difference between a kit car and a replica though. I don't like replicas like cobras or lambos but some of the original kit cars are nice.
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:35 PM   #11
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If I had the time, money, tools, and space, I would definitely get some kind of a kit car. Like Mega Man said, it'd be a great hobby that would also be very educational. There's just something about being involved in the creation process that would make that car so much more special. Plus, if anything goes wrong, you know every inch of that car and should be able to fix it pretty easily.

I also don't know if I would go for a replica kit, though it would be cool to own a '69 Camaro without paying '69 prices. There are some really nice original kits out there that you can get for relatively nothing.
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Old 02-02-2008, 03:50 PM   #12
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I think its pretty cool that you can order up everything for a 69 Camaro from Year One. I have no idea how much it will cost, but it will be reasonably inexpensive to get a 69 with 0 miles on it
well the body alone is 12k and the engine ranges from 3k to 13k from yearone
http://www.yearone.com/serverfiles/f...ain2.asp?cat=8
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yeah, kit cars can be cheap, but that's only if you want them to feel and work cheap. to get good parts for a kit car, you have to shell out alot more than you'd expect...
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If I was going to do a kit car it would be a Sterling/Sebring. They are fiberglass bodies that sit on VW frames (or custom tubular) and have one piece cockpits that open upward. Check it out:



I'd get that. If only for the fact that it opens upward, which would be really nice for me who keeps tearing up pants getting into the car.
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I'm not much on kit cars either, but I do like that Sterling

I'm also a fan of the K1 Attack
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:53 PM   #16
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^someone in our area just made one of those a couple of months ago we saw him on the maiden voyage fueling up at the Safeway gas-station, it's a pretty sweet car
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:10 PM   #17
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Some years back, I was going to build a 1933 Ford three-window coupe (chevy powered of course). Glad I didn't though the company has since went out of business. But those cars are great builds along with the old Shelby 427 cobra. Word to the wise, building one of these rides could get very expensive in the long run since a lot of the parts come from donor cars or are custom crafted.
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building one of these rides could get very expensive in the long run since a lot of the parts come from donor cars or are custom crafted.
unless its a year one car cause they have just about ANYTHING you could want provided its a they sell the shell
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unless its a year one car cause they have just about ANYTHING you could want provided its a they sell the shell
I hear Year One is a great company to go with.

Cars that go back to the middle part of the last century is their limit though, I don't think they get into the 30's custom rods-- I don't think

I'm probably waay off
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I hear Year One is a great company to go with.

Cars that go back to the middle part of the last century is their limit though, I don't think they get into the 30's custom rods-- I don't think

I'm probably waay off
your not way off they they go back to the 53 Corvette and i don't think they have much for that
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I'm not much on kit cars either, but I do like that Sterling

I'm also a fan of the K1 Attack

That is the car that got me looking in to Kit Cars. I saw one at the D.C. Auto show that was powered by a Honda motor with 450 horsepower (turbo).
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