Four Work Space Preparations to Make for Your Vehicle Replication Project

By on October 10, 2017

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The fall and winter months are the perfect time to complete that car project you have had sitting in your garage for many years. The temperatures drop just enough to spend time indoors and with cold winter weather, you don?t want to spend time outdoors. Make sure you are ready for your Cobra car kit project by preparing your garage workspace. These preparation tips will help you properly plan for your upcoming vehicle restoration project.

Check all electrical and heat sources
Poor electrical or improper heating will prevent you from working on your vehicle restoration project when the temperatures get too cold. Before the weather drops, test out the electrical and heat sources. Make sure everything is working. Find a way to input even more heat for those especially cold days. If your workspace gets too cold, you won?t want to work on the restoration and you could risk damaging your Cobra car kit. Electrical will ensure that you have power for all the needed tools and that you can continue working after the sun has gone down.

Create a list of required tools
Now is also a good time to go through your tools and create a list of items that you still need. Some tools take time to deliver and you won?t want to wait many weeks to continue working on your Cobra car kit. You can get a good idea of required tools by researching the specific Cobra kit that you are using. You can find additional information on most Cobra kits online. Follow car enthusiast forums and begin to compile a list of needed tools and materials. It can also be helpful to begin a list of items you need for regulation, once your AC Cobra kit is completed. Ratings by the SFI Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sets standards for various pieces of racing equipment, regulate driver gear. SFI ratings range between 3 and 2A1 (three seconds of protection) to 3 and 2A20 (40 seconds of protection).

Design your intended project ahead of time
The good thing about the Cobra car kit is that you can turn almost any vehicle type into a Cobra mimic. You can make any customizations that you desire. Just make sure that you design your intended project ahead of time. Not only will this ensure that you have the right materials, but it will also help you price out your project. The Cobra kit car cost is only one cost to factor in. You also have to consider the costs of tools, extra supplies, and any other customizations that you choose to make to the renovation project.

Know your engines and models
In addition to designing your intended project ahead of time, it can also be helpful to fully know your engines and models of the vehicle that you are attempting to replicate. For example, Carroll Shelby built 654 small block Cobras and some 350 big block versions from 1962 to 1968. There were both lightweight and heavyweight versions of the Cobra. The Lightweight version of the Cobra debuted at the 1990 Geneva Salon, the weight was down to 2,360 pounds compared to 2,620 pounds and power was up to 370 hp at 5,750 rpm. Knowing your engines and models and which one you want to replicate can be helpful in properly planning for the overall design of your replication project.

Many car enthusiasts will head into their garages this fall and winter. Before you begin working on your project vehicle, make sure that your workspace and design is fully prepared. You will find it easier to work on your project without distractions when you have all of the tools and supplies, as well as heat and electrical ready for you to begin working.

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