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not as much fun to build as i thought wish i had bought a super 7 kit the body kit was built very badly and their was no such thing as a build manual only a very poor video
Enjoyed the building of the car greatly. I haven't built a kit car before and I found most aspects no real problem other than... Big problems with the GRP body and this became a real chore. This is wrt filling and sanding, i.e. preperation for painting. Painted it myself in the end as ran well over my original budget.
Retained the original 1.2 Skoda engine and it seems fine so far. I'm a bit to tall for it at 6'6' but it does look extremely good so i'll squeeze in it!
I'm glad I did it and would do it again (am currently speaking with Banhams about doing the X21). The video supplied by Banhams was very helpful and Paul himself was always helpful over the phone.
Some of the parts took a while to be delivered which was frustrating and led to a longer build time than I was expecting too. No problem with MOT and lots of interest from people I meet when out in car.
I would say that providing you have space, lots of time, a slack handful of money, an ability to improvise and a really good scrapyard nearby to scavenge in on regular intervals, you can do this if I can!
Update of earlier input.......after owning my spyder for a year I painted it silver and added decals like james deans spyder,fitted new chrome whells, new carpets,seats and harness belts,and some extra chromework.
This brought the car to show standards with no shortcuts taken.The car brought in plenty of first prize trophies from car shows/steam fairs.
Looking back on the cost after selling the spyder, If I were to build another from scratch I would not spend so much as the resale value of the cars are low if not put through an SVA test(paul banham says they don't have to be tested). I lost money when I sold my spyder.
We all live & learn?
I now have a seven replica, and i'll not get rid of it unless I was to get a better one!
The finished car is great,looks professionally done, and like an origional,really, you get out what you put into these things. The quality of the basic kit is average, and because seems inexpensive initially, will doubtless attract a lot of bodgers. Banham aren't that helpfull really, don't expect great customer care or after sales! Drives great, goes like stink with an Alfa 1500 engine fitted, but expect to spend at least £6k to do the job properly.
My kit was one of the first retail kits that paul sold, I belive that my body was 5th out of the mould.
I built my spyder with no instructions, only a few measurments written on the back of a fag box, the manual? and build video? were not ready when I got my kit, I was nearly finished when I finally got my video!
The conversion itself was pretty easy and fun to do, but once it came to fitting the doors, I found that the passenger door was an inch too long, so I had to modify it to fit, the rear body was a pain too, as I had to drop my engine by over a full inch to get the body to fit.
Once all fitted it came to the paint preperation stage, WHAT A NIGHTMARE!....
The gel coat that the GRP was coated with was diabolical!, I had to spend about a month filling & sanding the body to get it to a stage where I could justify priming it.
The car came out very good in the end, after two resprays and a retrim, the car was a show winner!
This was the most sattisfying part of it, getting trophies for all my hard work.
I parted with my spyder in june 2001, I found the car a chore to drive if I wanted to go far, it was OK about town, but long runs were out of the question as the car was running full revs to keep up with my friends, I wanted something faster.
I regret selling the car in a way as it was unusual and it looked stunning, but we all move on...........
See my website: http://www.cleveland-kitcars.co.uk