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Old 31.05.2011, 03:25
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Car Re Building Question; or Two

I am contemplating re building a used car. I know all of the cost of doing a few big jobs separately, is multiplied, as opposed to ripping the whole thing apart in one go, and taking the pain all at once.
I don't know if that would be cheaper to do here, or say in France, but the parts are all Korean.
So, do you think this is pointless? I really like the car, although not usually an asian car man myself. It's not failing on me yet, but I can see it in the future.
What's the most anyone should put into a used car to repair it or rebuild it?
It's not like a 67 Mustang or something. But it's not a Fiesta either.
Does anyone do this kind of work on here themselves?
Also, what are the restrictions on car rebuilding? I know you can't change cars too much from their original format and can't tune them too much either. If I did this myself (), is there any facilities I could rent for a month or two, with help on hand to guide me thru it; like we have in Detroit.
It's probably pointless. But back home we rip everything apart and re build them back up. I seriously don't have alot more experience then the guy holding the beer every evening around apit of other guys covered in grease taking everything apart, except for oil changes, and that sort of thing. But I would like to learn. It's easy to get your hands dirty and have some show you or just make a thing about it back home. But here it's like there is always a meter running. So I don't know if doing this sort of thing is even worth the bother in Switzerland.
Anyone have any experience, either within-or outside the country?
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Old 31.05.2011, 06:08
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So I don't know if doing this sort of thing is even worth the bother in Switzerland.
Say you have an old car that's worth only a couple thousand and you dump 30,000+ into it making it "like new". At the end of the day it's still only going to be worth a couple thousand (resale or insurance value). In my opinion unless we're talking about a an old classic you'd be time and money ahead to just buy a new car.
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Old 31.05.2011, 08:46
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Re: Car Re Building Question; or Two

I have to agree with vwild1. If it isn't a classic, not worth the bother.

Additionally, if you change out anything that results in a part number changed, you may have issues with the STV as the get really anal about this kind of thing.

If you do decide to go ahead, make sure you have a decent tool set already as you'll be paying top dollar for tools here, and the choice is limited in places like bau and hobby and migro do it center. If you need imperial or SAE tools, forget buying them in Ch. Any eBay other than .ch is your friend for tools.

Parts are going to be another problem as there aren't any generic auto parts places here, and i think a total of 3 wrecking yards that will sell you parts. best to go to DE or UK for this, or eBay again.

Generally speaking the Swiss are not big on hobby DIY beyond train sets, I also come from an upbringing where you didn't think twice about tearing down a V8 over the weekend and rebuilding it.

Some kantons here hobby workshops that are fully stocked with tools that you can rent. There is one near where I live in unteraegeri, but I wouldn't know where else.
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