We can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love a good ol project car, however there can be a lot of confusion surrounding them; what’s a good platform to start on? What parts should I buy? Where should I get parts from? Well don’t worry, we’re here to answer those questions for you!
So first question, what platform is a good one to start with? Well here are some suggestions: the R53 & R56 MINI Coopers are a great place to start! With a low barrier to entry and great aftermarket support you can’t go wrong with one of these. The basic mods are all there, however you can delve deeper into the platform with things like coilovers, upgraded turbos/superchargers and big brake kits! Next up is the W204 C-Class, this one is a little odd but that doesn’t disqualify it from being a great project car, lots of cosmetic mods are readily available. AMG parts will also drop right in, this makes it possible to really mix and match parts to make something super unique! Thirdly, a suggestion from Frank is the E46 chassis 3 series, these stylish BMW’s have a relatively low barrier to entry and have TONS of aftermarket support, from lip kits to superchargers there are a lot of parts available for these cars. You can build them in a variety of different ways too, from street to track or drift; the E46 can do it all. Finally, a suggestion from Michael is the MK1/MK2 TT, these cars come with a good amount of horsepower from the factory. However with a little modification they can really move, sharing plenty of parts with the Golf and Beetle, the aftermarket for these cars is extensive and affordable!
For most project cars, coilovers are a great first mod! They provide a lot of stability, handling and great looks. (gotta love that fender to tire fitment) there are many different brands that come in at a few different price points, which makes finding the right set for you a little difficult. A good place to start is by figuring out what you want out of a set of coilovers, do you just want to go lower? Do you want to adjust the damping on your car? Do you want full adjustability over dampening, ride height and preload? After figuring that out you can really narrow down your options, however we would recommend Solowerks as a good place to start! Next up is an intake, one of the most basic mods you can do to a car; they add a little bit of power and will give you some nice induction noise! We would recommend something from CTS Turbo, they make good products that won’t break the bank. The rest of the mods are up to you, make it your own and have fun with it! Use it as a learning experience and apply what you’ve learned to your next project.
Finally, where can you get parts for your project car? From us of course, call us 905-825-9334 or check us out online at https://eurosporttuning.com/ and we’ll get you sorted out with all your project cars needs!