Are you a hobby engine builder? If so, you know just how difficult it can be to sort out where all of your parts are coming from and how to put them together correctly (if you need helping sourcing parts, let us know!) but you also know that it can be extremely fun and challenging to take on projects and do them yourself.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next project, or to help you pull off your current swing without a hitch!
Do It Yourself Cars
If you’re building a car, be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you begin. If you’re just starting out, I recommend you go with a car kit for hobbyists, which will help you get through many of the harder aspects of assembly, like molding doors and siding, and let you focus on putting together the engine, which, let’s face it, is why most of us got into this hobby in the first place!
While this is definitely one of our areas of expertise, there’s no way we could possibly go into enough detail in a single blog post. For starters, you might want to check out the how-to beginner’s guide from Popular Mechanics, which takes you through the basic steps you’ll need in order to be successful.
Do It Yourself Boats and Jetskis
If you’d rather stick to a watersport, you also have a difficult time ahead of you. Assembling a boat or jetski engine is no easy task, although the process is a lot simpler than trying to build a drag racer.
The main reason is that most marine engines are based on a simple diesel system that has fewer components, and doesn’t require you to have mechanisms to change gears and other more advanced techniques.
If you’re building a boat, you should also consider whether or not you want to do everything from scratch or, like the car example above, use a pre-fabricated kit to help you get started.
Regardless of your project size and scope, the number 1 most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure you’re adequately prepared for every aspect of your project, which means knowing what you’re getting into, before you get into the midst of it! Safety should always be a top priority, and managing expectations and planning correctly goes a long way to making sure your project gets done the right way, with no hiccups along the way!