The project being very much one of the first of its kind, therefore no examples other than the factory demonstrator for me as a builder to draw on. Would indicate that my build time could be improved on, but as a realistic guide to other builders, I would suggest that if you were to allow 1 month from acquiring your donor, to strip, source, modify and refurbish all the necessary donor components, the car should be easily moving under its own power within 3 months from receipt of kit subject to the builders specification and of course free time to build the kit. For my part I used 10 days holiday taking either a Friday or Monday off in order to give me a long weekend and as many weekends as my family would allow. I find this method far better than taking a 2 week block off as any builder knows you can waste an awful lot of time trying to source/order components, gain information and try and decide how best do things.
First decided to build a new kit car December 2007
Look into which one to build (Early) 2008
MEV Factory Visit 22nd May 2008
Start Financial Commitment
Purchased Donor Car 27th September 2008
Ordered Kit 5th October 2008
Start Kit Build
Collected Kit from MEV 21st November 2008
Engine Run 16th January 2009
First Drive 1st March 2009
SVA Test 27th March 2009
SVA Retest and Pass 29th April 2009
DVLA Check and Approval 28th May 2009
Although many individuals and company's have assisted me in the build I would like to acknowledge, thank and give special mention to the following:-
The Staff at MEV (www.mevltd.co.uk) for their support, time and patience, that they have afforded me. They are certainly not a company that would leave you to fend for yourself once you have paid your money.
'Rally Design' (www.rallydesign.co.uk) for their support technical advice and prompt delivery.
'Car Builder Solutions' (www.carbuildersolutions.co.uk) for their speedy supply of all the hard to find little bits and pieces.
My local scrap yard. 'Clwyd Breakers' of Ruabon for letting me run riot and scavenge all the best bits,