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    Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    Ok, I need input from anyone who has built their own vehicle. Am I in the ball park with the figures below?

    355 Buildup
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    $8000 Mirage Kit
    $1500 86-87 V6 Fiero
    $5000 Install Labor
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    $14500 Rolling Chassis

    $3000 Prep & Paint
    $3000 Rims & Tires
    $5000 Interior
    $10000 Engine Swap & Porting Work
    $5000 13" Brakes & Wide Track Suspension

    $40500 Total



    512TR Buildup
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    $10000 512TR Kit
    $1500 86-87 V6 Fiero
    $5000 Install & Stretch Labor
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    $16500 Rolling Chassis

    $3000 Prep & Paint
    $3000 Rims & Tires
    $5000 Interior
    $10000 Engine Swap & Porting Work
    $5000 13" Brakes & Wide Track Suspension

    $42500 Total



    Diablo Buildup
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    $14000 D&R Diablo Roadster Kit
    $1500 86-87 V6 Fiero
    $8000 Install & Stretch Labor
    ----------------------------
    $23500 Rolling Chassis

    $3000 Prep & Paint
    $3000 Rims & Tires
    $5000 Interior
    $10000 Engine Swap & Porting Work
    $5000 13" Brakes & Wide Track Suspension

    $49500 Total
    Attack Roadster, F355 Spyder, F512TR Coupe &amp; Diablo Roadster<br /><br />If only money grew on freaking trees!!!

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    Re: Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    :Well, it all depends on your budget and know how, a lot of the work is done by the kit car buyer.also it depends on the dificulty of the kit.I purchased a none strech kit for $6,000 plus the car $1500 and paint $350 (probubly Mayco or Earl sheib) and tires $500 Im on a Low, Low budget (still in progress).Total cost about $8,500 You can cut corners by cleaning and polishing the stock rims (unless your into the perfection thing you'll never get the money you put into it)If your a Noob the you might try Ebay for a complete car for a lot less.(just remember if it looks like junk, it probubly is, so take your time)
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    Re: Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    My guess is you're using $US$ estimates! I would say you're in the ballpark, maybe a touch on the high side... depends how much of the work you can do yourself! IE: Your engine swap $$ seem on the high side: assuming you are installing a V8... a SBC with +-350 hp can be found for $3,000 + another $2500-$3000 for adapter plate, starter/clutch, etc! If you're going Northstar, yea, $10,000 if someone's doing the work for you.
    At least you're being REALISTIC, and not 'short-changing' yourself! You did not include Emblems, Badges, etc. Those are pricey!
    good luck, Sandy

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    Re: Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    Or Lights / glass! Those tend to sneak up on people!

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    Re: Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    Why don't you consider using the 88 Fiero since it has much better suspension than the 84-87 models?


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    Re: Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    Why don't you consider using the 88 Fiero since it has much better suspension than the 84-87 models?
    Because i'm going to change the entire running gear and as many internal parts as possible anyway.

    As i see it, most people...
    1. Dont touch the engine
    2. use spacers instead of widetrack suspension
    3. upgrade the stock brakes but not with 13" brake kit
    4. Go the cheaper route than using original rims & tires.

    Doing the above would lower my costs by I believe 17,000-20,000. But that's not me, if im going to do it i'm going to go all out.

    I dont want to be buiding this thing for 2 years. I will have a professional builder...

    Install all the panels & convertible top assembly
    Hinge & latch the hood, doors & deck
    Install the popup head light assembly
    Do the stretch welding

    I will handle the glass, interior, guages, lights, wet & dry sanding, suspension, brakes & wheels.

    My guess is you're using $US$ estimates! I would say you're in the ballpark, maybe a touch on the high side... depends how much of the work you can do yourself! IE: Your engine swap $$ seem on the high side: assuming you are installing a V8... a SBC with +-350 hp can be found for $3,000 + another $2500-$3000 for adapter plate, starter/clutch, etc! If you're going Northstar, yea, $10,000 if someone's doing the work for you.
    As for the $10,000 for engine work, that figure includes.....
    The cost of a 15,000 or less millage 3.8 or 3.4 dohc
    New getag 284 tranny
    ACE Swap kit
    Upgraded Super Charger & Intercooler (3.8 only)
    Hi performace cluth & fuel pump
    Head, trottle body, block, intake manifold porting & polishing
    Plus other engine, intake & exhaust replacement parts

    Attack Roadster, F355 Spyder, F512TR Coupe &amp; Diablo Roadster<br /><br />If only money grew on freaking trees!!!

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    Re:Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    you seem like the type of guy who has deep pockets im not that type i suggest that you surf kitcar.com for a deal i mean there is a decent 355 there for 6G's and thats not that bad considering that it is on the donor and all it needs in interior and a little body tweaking which isnt that hard with a little bondo!!! you might end up saving alot of money i mean if you want to do it like that then you can put the extra money into the engine...
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    Re:Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    While you're at it, stretch the budget a little bit and get the real thing!!

    I just had to say it!!

    Larry

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    lol

    What are you saying?

    your comparing something that would cost you a complete total of 40-60 thousand dollars to the real thing which is $200,000?


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    Re:Estimated Kitcar Budget's???

    Hell if you wait a little longer save up about $30,000.00 more and you can go to an auction and purchase a real f355. All though the repairs will get ya. Ex. tune-up $3,000.00 done every 6,000 miles, 10,000 mile service try another $8,000.00. Just a little food for thought, but if you got the doe go for it. Also if you are going to spend $10,000.00 on the engine then you should get a chevy 305 and bore it to 383 horsepower and the get a late 80's 911 carrera 6-speed tranny for that cost. By the way for your info if you stretch the car it will fit properly and if some one ask to see under the hood it will look like a real one (except for the intake cover, but a real one will fit a carberated 305). Hay good luck

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