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What can I get for 1k?
July 2, 2015
8:24 pm
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Mitch
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I have been in touch with a member of the sales team at GBS but not had a reply to my latest email, so was wondering what can I get for 1K? Basically, due to a number of reasons, I can't afford the full starter kit at the moment but the wife has rustled together a grand and wants to buy me something to get me started on my kit (and I'm the ripe old age of 30 in a few weeks). I know the chassis is about £600 and I'm after the wide bodied model which I believe is extra? So does anyone know what I can get for the thousand pounds we have at the moment to get me started? I am thinking of maybe the chassis and brake lines plus wiring harness or maybe chassis and front wishbones and hubs?

Basically after anything so I can start the build but will take me a good while to do.

July 2, 2015
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NickMilbourn
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Honestly, you won't get a lot for that kind of money, GT chassis upgrade alone is £500! Delivery time will be 10-12 weeks and you should only need to pay a 10% deposit on order, so if you can get the money for the starter kit in 3 months time for definite then pay the deposit with what you've got available now.

Playing devils advocate, you'll need £10-15k to build the car, can you afford that much over say a 2yr build period? For what it's worth I spent £5.5k on my initial order which was powdercoated GT chassis starter kit, suspension, steering rack kit, stainless steel panels, fuel tank plus pumps plus pipes plus swirl pot, brake lines, IVA trim kit and some other bits and bobs, basically enough to get it on wheels!

My suggestion would be to start off buying an MX5 donor with your money to strip, sell the parts and recoup your money for the kit deposit. A reasonable late 90's mk2 would be about £1k, if it's got good bodywork, roof and seats you can easily sell the parts you don't need on eBay for £1k!

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July 3, 2015
6:25 am
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RichardL
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Depends if you are looking for a kit/Seven style - or if it has to be a Zero

In any case, both options for a budget its cheaper to find a roadworthy car which you can then re-build to your own spec.
Saves the cost of the IVA etc at the end - depending what you change

You will still struggle on that budget, but its a cheaper route, with much less depreciation, than building from the kit
Check out ebay, perhaps look to buy in the colder months, hang out on RhoCar and visit Stoneleigh/shows etc to look out for something.

Confirm the 10-15k budget overall for from new kit.

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July 3, 2015
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As others have said if you can have a steady trickle of money over the next few years then you will probably be ok (depends on personal situation really) - if you are 100% committed to building from a new kit then at the moment i'd suggest first stop is donor. Get a donor and strip it down, that will take you about 3 months (well it did for me!), by which time you could have more in the pot. Plus I managed to get a 200% return on selling unwanted bits from my donor so that will help

July 3, 2015
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not my department, but apologies for sales lack of contact.

I must say that those that have posted are giving some sound advise. nothing I could add, but a talk about options may be of help, I will prod Monday, when I'm back at work.

July 6, 2015
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Hi and thanks for all the replies. Decided to wait until the end of the month (and get no birthday present) but visit the factory in the first few days of Aug and will be in a situation to order then. I was aware of the full cost of the build and was planning to spread the payments over the first year until I had acquired everything and then complete the build from there. Just a bit tight at the moment due to a new boiler Cry Hopefully everything will be ok in the next few months. I am initially looking to buy something very similar to what NickMilbourne purchased.

Thanks for the advice

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