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Author Topic:   Hobby, Build it or Buy it?
2448
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted November 18, 2005 10:30 AM  
I am looking at racing Hobby next season. I know I probably cant build one for what I can buy one for . I have 2 options right now. I found a turn key that is brand new for $3500. That is quite a bit for me to come up with right now. I also found a '79 malibu with a 350 core already in it for $600 that I can get right now. What is the better way to go. Save a little more money and buy one or start now and build one? Also about how much should a figure if I am going to build it.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 873
posted November 18, 2005 10:51 AM  
Building them is always fun, but buying one is the way to go, if you bought the car for $600.00 make sure that it is well built, you can also make improvements on it. Eddie

Spi-nex
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 70
posted November 18, 2005 11:22 AM  
Make sure the frame is straight, I had a buddy of mine get a "fair" deal on a hobby chassis and he didnt know it until he got it to the shop that it was about 2'' shorter on one side, so just give anything you buy a good look over.

I would build it myself, Im just a person who gets personel satisfaction from seeing their creation out on track

DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted November 18, 2005 03:26 PM  
I'm with spi-nex. Even if I'm not the fastest, I get more satisfaction competing in something I built with my own two hands. As far as $$ some folks can build a car alot cheaper than they can buy it, by doing everything themselves and by puchasing parts on ebay or the classifieds here.

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Leaf
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 62
posted November 18, 2005 03:59 PM  
Im currently building one for a guy.

250 to sandblast the body and frame
500 in supplies, tubing,alum,steel for can,to box frame rails etc.

there will be pics as I go on my website under the gallery.
www.jnjfab.com

MetricMonte
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted November 18, 2005 05:03 PM  
Im for building, this way you know whats in it and you arent buying someone elses junk.

zeroracing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1902
posted November 18, 2005 06:49 PM  
I think most should buy thier first car, or get ALOT of help from somebody already in racing and knows what the class will take. Just easier to buy the first one, then go oh that is like that, then build or have a new on built.

By the way looked at leaf's website, not to bad looking. The fwd car deal is not bad, you might advertise on www.laraceway.com its in central mo, but has about 80-90 fwd cars total, usually 40+ at least show up weekly. Also noted 100 for removing interior, TOO CHEAP for me, I always hated taking the interior out of cars, worst part for me.

4R
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted November 18, 2005 10:50 PM  
I have done it both ways.Your budget will talk the most. Do you want to be competitive or just have fun.Make sure the car is safe, good welds, the proper roll cage for your class.I started with a cheaper car so I could learn what I needed to do or wanted in the next car, which was to go faster

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5445
posted November 19, 2005 01:15 AM  
Well you will spend a ton on building one the correct way we just finished one that i bought as a roller and fixed all that needed fixed and put all knew parts that it needed. If you build a good racecar you will spend the money plus tons and tons of time. We love that part of the sport as much as racing but not sure if we can sell are cars after building because of time and money put into them. People are just looking on how cheap they can get and not what they are getting. The one we just built and took me about three months of work and alot of parts and money but there is no bolt that hasnt beened turned and it has all new a-arms,ball joints,tie rod ends,fuel lines,wiring,switches and gauges,trans cooler,fuel cell,starter,and many other things and then we get to motor and tranny. lol We have it forsale for 5500.00 as a painted turn key so you can go from there it all depends on what you want and if you want to drive it or work on it at the track all the time instead of racing. Personally i like to race when i go to the track and work on car during the week lol Oh you can see pics of cars we are building and what fore sale at http://profiles.yahoo.com/geminikid1 just look under my photos at bottom of page.

wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted November 19, 2005 09:24 AM  
I started racing 2 years ago. Bought a competitive car turnkey for a good price. The first year ended up changing a lot of little things and a few big ones getting the car how I wanted it. The second year the car worked great. I would like to build my next car, but buying a roller makes a lot more sense financially and time wise.

Koolaid
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted November 19, 2005 07:15 PM  
It all depends on what you are getting for $3500 - if the guy knows what he is doing putting it together and it is a competitive car that is dirt cheap to get into the hobby. If it was someones first project then you might want to avoid it.

A lot of it has to hinge on what your time is worth to you. If you have a bunch of free time and love to build stuff then go for building one - if you are strapped for time purchasing is a good plan. My recommendation is to look at more then one car that is for sale and buy a car that is complete for your first ride - learn with it for a season - see how you like racing and what you have left at the end of the season. At the end of the season if you want to go a different direction you simply resell the ride you had and build one now that you know the tricks of the trade.

Larry Seals
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted November 29, 2005 06:09 AM  
Age and how much dependable help dictates whether to buy or build.I buy them...lol

2448
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted November 29, 2005 02:52 PM  
I think I may look for a chasis and build a motor for it.

J3
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 203
posted November 29, 2005 07:34 PM  
Buy one ready to go, then you can still make the few changes to it that you like to make it YOUR car.

It will be cheaper time wise and money wise to buy. With building yourself, you just get the satisfaction of your creation out there.


jeg
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted November 30, 2005 03:26 PM  
Hello, I'm some what in the same boat. I'm looking to get into IMCA Hobby Stock as well. But, I have two experianced builders that have said they would help me build a chassis. I have a little experiance building cages, but not for racing. I've built EXO cages on jeeps for rockcrawling just wondering what you all would suggest. Thanks for any information.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5445
posted November 30, 2005 09:54 PM  
Thanks racer17j, I appreciate your information. I have a coulple of leads on rollers, that was kind of what I was leaning towards after I read all of the other posts. I may have a line on a '01 terminator chassis, would this be something worth looking at?

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 873
posted December 03, 2005 09:18 PM  
I would, I build my cars cept for the one I am doing right now, all that is left of this car is the main chassis and the main cage, I have had it sandblasted and am going over the main cage now, I am putting in a new front bay and rear section. Eddie

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5445
posted December 03, 2005 09:35 PM  
can't go wrong with a terminator mark is real good about customer service. now he might have even more time beings he just sold out to harris and has moved into their new shop

  

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