Four Ways to Ruin Your Replica Car Kit

Road and track

Have you always dreamed of owning a custom roadster, like an AC Cobra with upgrade parts? It might seem like an impossibility to afford a pricey muscle car like a Cobra on its own, let alone with upgrade parts. However, many car enthusiasts find an affordable solution by building their own road and track car with a replica car kit.

A replica car kit is not only a fraction of the cost of purchasing the real McCoy, it also gives you unlimited opportunity to easily upgrade parts. It’s unlikely that you’ll find an original AC Cobra with a touch screen GPS in it, however such upgrade parts are as simple as installing an iPad into the dashboard when you build your replica car yourself.

A lot of people never get to own their dream car, because building it seems too intimidating. Better visit a full service muscle car shop to help build your dream car. It’s true, problems arise in the replica car building process (as they do when you buy an original, for that matter). However, with a little know-how, you can avoid the greatest pitfalls and have an car-building experience as smooth as your future car is going to drive. To help get you behind the wheel of the car of your dreams, we’ve put together a list of common mistakes to make sure you avoid while building your replica car kit:

Four Common Mistakes People Make When Building a Replica Car Kit

    1. Mistake: Assuming the car kit includes everything you need to get it on the road.
      Even the most comprehensive car kits require you to add fluids. Some car kits require you to source certain parts yourself. Since you’re building a car that was designed to be driven decades ago, sourcing parts that are no longer manufactured can be challenging. Some parts have to be custom fabricated, which you can imagine, is pricey. Nothing is more frustrating then getting on a roll, and then realizing you’ll have to put the project on hold for several months while you figure out how and where to get ahold of a certain part. While researching a replica car kit to buy, make sure you know what is included, and what you need to provide yourself.


    1. Mistake: Skimping on the work space you build in.
      Yes, your replica car might be a hobby and you might not have access to a professional shop to put it together in, but it doesn’t mean you can work anywhere. If you subject yourself to working in the dark and dingy deepest dank of the dusty garage, you aren’t going to want to work on it. Give yourself a comfortable place to work, so that you enjoy the journey as much as you’ll enjoy the final result. It doesn’t have to be outrageous: just spring for good lighting so you can see what you’re doing, air conditioning or heating so that you’re comfortable, and a sick playlist so you can jam out while you work.


    1. Mistake: Doing it all by yourself.
      You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Even if you find solace in working alone, getting involved in the community of other car enthusiasts will make your process so much smoother and and the end result so much better. Participate in online forums. Join social media groups for people who are as excited about building cars as you are. Not only will the comradery help you stay on track, when a question or issue arises, you’ll have a team of experienced people who can help you sort it out.


  1. Mistake: Forgetting to record your process as you go.
    Sometimes, when things are fitting like they should, the issue is forehead-slapping simple. The best way to pinpoint what you need to go back and fix is to keep good record of the process.

    Keep a sharpie in your pocket; each time you twerk a nut or bolt, draw a little black dot on it. That way it’s easy to recognize what still needs a twist. Keep your smart phone handy, and snap a picture of your work at each step. That way you can go back and look at your work without having to tear it open.

Do you have any tips to offer people who are building their own replica car? Speak up in the comment section!

Going Online Is Likely Your Best Bet to Buy a Cobra Replica Car

Cobra car kit

Owning a classic car such as a Cobra can be a rewarding experience, but it also can be an expensive one. Not only is acquiring such a car expensive, it also costs a lot to maintain such a car. For many people, a better option is to buy an authentic replication of their favorite classic car.

It’s likely that with a little bit of work you can find a Cobra replica for sale. Though not that many original Cobras were built — about 1,000 total, including small- and big-block ones — there are many more kit cars available. Cobra kits at one point were very popular among automotive hobbyists, and they gave people the chance to own a replica of one of the great American sports cars at a fraction of the price of the real thing. In fact, there are actually businesses that specialize in building and selling Cobra kit cars.

So where do you look to find a Cobra replica for sale? One of the first places to start is the Internet, as most people either use general online classified sites or specialty auto sites to sell their Cobra replica cars. Simply typing “Cobra replica for sale” into an Internet search engine should bring up plenty of results, although there is no guarantee you will find one for sale close to you.

Another route to go may be to look for local car clubs in your area and see if anyone knows of people who may be looking to sell a Cobra replica car. Specialty car owners are a tight-knit group, so networking among people in this group may help you find someone who has a replica Cobra for sale.

If all else fails and you can’t find a Cobra replica for sale, you can look to buy your own Cobra kit and have the car built from scratch. If you aren’t a mechanic and don’t have the skills to build it yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you, which actually could wind up being cheaper than buying an already-built kit car from someone. And on the plus side, you will get a brand new car, rather than buying a used one.