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Old 04-18-2014, 06:14 PM
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How long will it take to build a custom car

Hey, I'm building a car as a school project and everybody is doubting that i can do it. Can anybody help me with an idea of how long it will take, and what materials I will be required to use. I mean I have an internship with building custom cars and my mentor says the 2 year goal I have is a good honest goal. Keep in mind that this car will not be very complex and anything like modern vehicles In the sense that it won't have power windows, or windshield wipers or airbags or anything else that is considered too modern. And by custom car I mean something along the lines of Ed Roths mysterion or the munsters coach.

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In many cases it boils down to how much money you have to spend. It's pretty easy to lay down a Benjamin for a small bag of parts at the store. It doesn't go far these days.

I think your two year goal is very optimistic. Especially if it is your first car. I hope the best for you in your endeavor.
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Sit down and write out the plan for the build. Submit it to this group of motorheads here on this board. You can whiz through a build in a matter of weeks if you have it all laid out, ready to assemble. Or, you can take half a lifetime like some of us do.

Thing is, between all of us on this board, there are many thousands of years of experience in all areas of car building. Tell us what you want to do....specifically.....and we'll either help you get there or shoot your idea full of holes.
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2 Years 10 Guys And $100,000 . Ed Roth did everything !! Can you do this. He also had the Knowledge!! That is Priceless!!! also George Barris built the Munsters Coach. They are two Totally different Builds!! Let alone Two Different Minds That could do it all by them self !!

Let's start with what you have now to work with!! Frame , Motor, Trans ,Body ETC!!

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2 Years 10 Guys And $100,000 . Ed Roth did everything !! Can you do this. He also had the Knowledge!! That is Priceless!!! also George Barris built the Munsters Coach
Or....make up some sob story, Chip Foose will steal it, Overhaul it, all in a week or so.........
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Or....make up some sob story, Chip Foose will steal it, Overhaul it, all in a week or so.........
I Think it is all Planned from 6 months before it is taken. They send the owner a case of WD-40 and have him start spraying everything.
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I know the munsters coach was built by barris. But I was just comparing both sides of the custom car world. As far as skills go I am learning how to weld, fiberglass, and fabricate all at my internship I have. I have years of knowledge with engines. The planning for it is what I'm working on now. I'm planning to get the frame materials here in a month or so.
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there was info here a couple weeks ago about building a custon glass body. A friend worked a while for a guy in L A that was doing V8 corvairs with custon glass bodies/ They would remove a lot of the stock sheet metal outer skin, leaving the door frame, hinge posts etc and create a new Skin. A lot less work than build in a total car from scratch.
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With the body I was going to start of with a vw bug and work my way into something cooler. Not saying bugs aren't cool.
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A friend of mine just finished a custom, that took between 3 and four years. This guy is not a first time builder, as he built concept cars in Detroit For many years.

He did the drawings of the car, starting with a small scale and working up to a full scale to see if everything would work.

He started with a 55 chevy and started building. Now I will say this guy is a whiz with metal work. He cut the car behind the front seat shorten it up and put a 59 chevy rear on it, he rounded the wings on it made them a little thicker.

What he was trying to get done was do things like all the great builders did. It is a two seat roadster With half open wheels, by that I mean the 59 fins are the top part of the rear fenders but it is opened to the rear, The front fenders are open on the top so the tire sits above it a little. The hood slopes to the front so the 2-4's come through the hood, it has side pipes, and a chrome bar with a knurled piece from the quarter panel through the door. The car is just neat.

I think the car takes about everything in that you would look for in a custom car, the old, the present, and the future.

He was going to bring it out at Starbirds show But didn't get it done. So he put it in the biggest indoor show in MN. Gopher state timing assoc. a show where many new built cars are brought out. he won 5 trophies one best of show.

For some reason this little town in MN. has many builders that do everything by themselves and build some bad cars. Another guy in our club won M.S.R.A. Street Rod of the year, all home built.

So hey you can build a custom in two years if you don't get into too big of projects, even the pro's can take awhile to get them done. The guy that built the custom can knock out a car in 6 months easy but this one he wanted just right.

Bye the way his car is a driver, not a trailer queen. He has a 33 Ford roadster he built out of pieces and it is to die for.

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Take a look at this thread and you can get your own opinion on how long it will take.

It's not finished but you can see the chassis and body being built.

Building A Homemade C-cab !!!
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My son's buddy from high school graduated from college in design, now asking when we are going to build one
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I'll try again

some of his college projects some in clay others in fiberglass
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some of his college projects some in clay others in fiberglass
I really like the thin body open wheel car. You could do that one in the style of a fighter aircraft, with the driver/passenger fore and aft. Use an engine/transaxle from any front-wheel-drive car and mount it to power the rear wheels. I might be thinkin' a Geo Metro driveline. 1000 cc's of rompin', stompin' hell. ,
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I really like the thin body open wheel car. You could do that one in the style of a fighter aircraft, with the driver/passenger fore and aft. Use an engine/transaxle from any front-wheel-drive car and mount it to power the rear wheels. I might be thinkin' a Geo Metro driveline. 1000 cc's of rompin', stompin' hell. ,
See i was thinking along the same lines But with a YUGO drive train. Cheap parts & YU can GO from point A to B with very little fuel
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