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When deciding to build a kit car, the first thing you're going to do is picture how cool you want it to look when it's on the road. Well that's understandable! But you also need to think about what it will take to get you there. So we've brought you this page to help you with some of the choices you will have to make along way.
The following information gives a brief outline that details what we do for each Stage of the advertised price. We've also included some other information about building a Kit Car that you will certainly need to ponder over.
After choosing your Model and Stage, you can also refer to our page titled Standard Equipment List as this will indicate exactly all the parts that are included in each Stage.
It's really quite simple with an Australian Kit Car . . . you just have to decide on how much of the build you want to do yourself.
Stage 1- for the experienced builder . . .
You get the body all steeled out and the doors are hinged so that they open and close.
The body panels included are; guards, running boards, grille shell, grille and headlamp buckets. The bonnet is a shell only but comes with this stage as well.
Stage 2- for the adventurous novice . . .
You get Stage 1 and 2
This does not include the cost of the donor vehicle but it does include the necessary chassis work and modifications.
We change the torsion bar suspension mounting from inside to the outside rails and fabricate a bolt-in cross-member. This allows access to the gearbox for service or removal. The track rods are removed from in front of the front end and mounted behind the front end to allow the guards to be mounted.
The steering box is removed and a rack and pinion is fitted also to allow the guards to fit.
Some other modifications such as the original Nissan body mounts have to be shortened and re-drilled and we remove the chassis extension depending on which body style is used.
The engine and gearbox mounts, rear end and front brakes are changed for V8 models.
Stage 3- for the handyman . . .
You get Stages 1, 2 and 3
This is where we mount the body to the chassis. We also fit up the guards, the running boards and the bonnet.
Using some of the parts from the donor vehicle, we fit the master cylinder and connect the brakes and handbrake so that they work.
We mount the steering column and connect it up to the rack and pinion so it all works as well. Then we run the fuel lines to the petrol tank. The inside door handles are also fitted.
At this Stage you have a rolling, stopping, steering shell on standard rims all bolted together.
At present the Nissan 720 and 620 is what is known as the donor vehicle. The chassis from either of these models is used for all of our Hot Rod kits, but modifications to the chassis are required.
It does not matter if the Single Cab, King Cab or Dual Cab is used, as all have the same wheel base. If the wheel base is wrong, then the wheels will not fit in the center of the guards and it wont line up. The wheel base is very important in building a re-bodied vehicle, so if you are considering building a car on a donor chassis, make sure that the wheel base will match otherwise you will have to alter either one or both.
If you find the above models difficult to locate, we can supply and include the price of the donor chassis in your quote for a very reasonable cost.
The most common motors used in our Rods are the Holden 253-308 motors, although the Ford Cleveland in the Ford models will fit. These engines are best suited for the Nissan 720 chassis.
If your preference is to use a Chev or Ford Windsor non-pollution control motor, then the 1977 Nissan 620 model chassis is best suited. Most of the 620 chassis, with the exception of the 1977 model, have a king-pin front end which makes these chassis harder to adapt the Holden Disc Brake.
There are no extra charges to convert to V6 or V8 but the buyer, at their own cost, must supply all necessary component parts.
For a breakdown of the component parts required for a V6 or V8 conversion see table below. If you are purchasing used, reconditioned or second-hand parts, we have also indicated the best-suited source.
Motor- your preference
Gear Box - your preference
Brake Front - Holden HQ - HX
Steering Column - Nissan Pintara
Tail Shaft - Holden HQ - HX
Radiator - Commodore
Wiring Harness - will be modified
Exhaust - will be modified
When you have finished building your car, all completed vehicles have to comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADR) and Pollution Control Standards applicable to the year of manufacture.
Australian Kit Car vehicles are classed as "re-bodied" vehicles, and will have two separate manufacture dates - one for the chassis and one for the body.
As the chassis has to comply with ADR's applicable to the year of manufacture of the chassis, the engine for your new Hot Rod must conform to any Pollution Controls as stated on the compliance plate on the Nissan chassis. In short - you can only use an engine that came from a vehicle with the same ADR's or later.
Although some vehicles do not have Pollution Control Standards, the finished vehicle must conform to all other ADR's as stated on the compliance plate.
The Nissan 720 chassis with one of our Kits is classed as a "re-bodied" vehicle. It is important to note that the new body has to comply with the Australian Design Rules (ADR) applicable to the body manufacture date.
This applies to all fibreglass and re-bodied cars whether they are on the original chassis or not. The actual chassis has to comply with the ADR's applicable to the chassis manufacture date.
NSW State registration and Green Slip costs are much the same as any ordinary vehicle.
Personal insurance for your new car will not be a problem but, as usual, you'll need to shop around for the best price.
Except for NSW, registration requirements in other Australian states may be slightly different. You will need to discuss this with your State Road authorities.
Countries outside of Australia will need to gather their own information from their local state authority.
All used parts from the donor vehicle have no warranty.
All the parts that you supply come with your suppliers warranty if any.
Re-conditioned parts have the suppliers warranty.
If we supply the parts we give 3 months warranty from delivery of completed Stage.
The body structure and fibreglass panels all have 12 months warranty. This warranty covers manufacturer faults and defects only.