MK Indy RX-5 Kit Car Build Costs and Hours Worked

Here is the detailed breakdown of the kit car build costs for the MK Indy RX-5 project to date. This includes the cost of the car build itself including the donor vehicle and the kit, as well as tools and consumables. It also shows the total amount of hours worked on the build.

I have logged costs and hours per post, which you can see on the individual post pages. These are all summarised here in one place. Hopefully by keeping track of exactly what I have spent over the time of the build will help someone else in the future with planning finances for such a project.

Cost and Hours Table

Car Build Costs£12,485
18 Mar 2021Mazda MX5 Mk2.5 Euphonic Donor Vehicle£700
18 Mar 2021Mazda MX5 Additional SVT Wheels and Tyres (for the Tyres)£65
10 Jun 2021Disposal of Mazda MX-5 Shell to Scrap Yard £40
11 Jun 2021Sell Donor Vehicle Part: Catalytic Converter£-580
09 Feb 2022MK Sportscars Deposit for the Kit£500
19 Feb 2022Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 15x7 Wheel in Anthracite£574
26 Mar 2022VHT Primer Paint 400ml (x4) £46
26 Mar 2022VHT Silver Paint 400ml (x4) £46
26 Mar 2022VHT Clear Gloss Paint 400ml (x4) £46
30 Mar 2022Powder Coat Camshaft Cover£60
30 Mar 2022Simoniz Gloss Black Engine Paint 400ml£9
30 Apr 2022Van Hire£152
30 Apr 2022Fuel£80
30 Apr 2022MK Indy RX-5 Module 1£2,200
30 Apr 2022MK Indy RX-5 Module 2£1,920
30 Apr 2022MK Indy RX-5 Options£6,490
27 Jun 2022Split Conduit 6.5mm x 6m - Amazon£20
27 Jun 2022Nylon P-clip 4.8mm x 100 - eBay£4
27 Jun 2022Nylon P-clip 8mm x 100 - eBay£4
27 Jun 2022Closed Aluminium Rivets 4.8mm x 12mm Pack 200 - eBay£16
27 Jun 2022U-POL Raptor 2K Protective Coating Black 400ml Aerosol = Euro Car Parts £31
27 Jun 2022FAE Brake Light Switch - Euro Car Parts£12
27 Jun 2022U-POL Tigerseal Black Pu Adhesive & Sealant - 310ML - Euro Car Parts£9
08 Jul 2022500x500mm Nitril Rubber Matting£18
08 Jul 2022Jubilee Hose Clips Stainless 10-16mm£6
08 Jul 2022Split Conduit 15mm Internal Diameter£8
08 Jul 202230x M5 x 25mm Stainless Button Head Bolt£5
08 Jul 202250x M5 Nyloc Nuts Stainless£4
Tools & Consumable Costs£383
29 May 20211/2 inch socket set 6 point 18pcs 10-32mm£34
29 May 20211/2 inch extractor set 17, 19, 21 and 22mm£22
29 May 2021Draper Flare Nut Spanner set 6-22mm£22
29 May 20214x Ratchet Axle Stands 2T£60
29 May 20214x wheel chocks£10
29 May 20212T Engine Hoist - kindly given to me by a friend£0
29 May 2021Clarke Impact Driver - kindly given to me by a friend£0
29 May 2021Electrical tape for labelling connectors£8
29 May 2021Cable ties£3
29 May 2021Zip Lock Bags£3
29 May 2021Plus Gas Penetrating Oil 400ml£6
09 Jun 20218mm x 5m Welded Chain, M10 and M12 Shackles for Shell/ Engine Lift£47
10 Jun 20212x Plus Gas 400ml£12
10 Jun 2021Hacksaw Blades£10
19 Mar 2022Gunk Foam Degreaser£14
19 Mar 2022EPDM tapered plug kit£15
19 Mar 2022Blue 3M masking Tape (3x rolls)£11
19 Mar 2022Gunk 733 Engine Degreaser£8
19 Mar 2022Brake Cleaner (2x cans)£7
19 Mar 2022Wire Brush Wheel Set for Drill£9
19 Mar 2022Dremel brushes£13
27 Jun 2022ASTA Brake Flaring Tool 3/16" SAE - eBay£40
27 Jun 202210x Drill Bits 4.9mm - Amazon£15
08 Jul 2022Pipe Cutters£14
Person Hours Worked266 hrs
07 Jun 2021Donor Strip Day 1 (3 people) - Remove All Body Work and Lights32 hrs
08 Jun 2021Donor Strip Day 2 (3 people) - Remove Dashboard, Wiring Harness, Radiator, Air Ducting31 hrs
09 Jun 2021Donor Strip Day 3 (3 people) - Preparation and Separation of Shell from Roller Skate31 hrs
10 Jun 2021Donor Strip Day 4 (3 people) - Prepare Shell for Scrap, Separate Sub-frames, Engine Removal32 hrs
11 Jun 2021Donor Strip Day 5 (3 people) - Sub-frame teardown, Tidy up28 hrs
10 Oct 2021Remove Sump and Differential Housing for modification by MK Sportscars7 hrs
19 Mar 2022Dismantling of Engine10 hrs
19 Mar 2022Cleaning and Masking of Engine18 hrs
19 Mar 2022Prep of Engine Parts for Paint8 hrs
26 Mar 2022Engine Paint - 3x coats primer, 3x coats silver, 3x coats clear gloss7 hrs
30 Mar 2022Paint Gearbox and Engine Parts8 hrs
27 Jun 2022Pedal Box Adjustment and Fitting and Brake Lines Install (2x People 2x Days) 32 hrs
27 Jun 2022Floor Fitting and Painting (2x People) 6 hrs
27 Jun 2022Fuel Filter, Fuel Line Brackets and Fitting of Hard Fixed Fuel Lines11 hrs
08 Jul 2022Fuel Pump Modification and Install2 hrs
08 Jul 2022Make and Fit Fuel Tank Straps2 hrs
08 Jul 2022Fit Flexible Fuel Lines2 hrs

The Aim of This Log

The aim of my MK Indy RX-5 kit car build blog is to be as helpful as possible to others considering doing such a project. I want to provide information that I have struggled to find myself in all the research I have done on kit cars. It has been quite difficult to properly work out a budget for what a kit car will cost to build. What I mean is the true cost of building a car, not just a theoretical cost for just the kit. I have read many kit car build blogs which are rich with detailed information on the build itself. However, none of the blogs actually stated what they planned to spend on the build vs reality.

I want this blog to actually take time to log the costs of the build. This will include all of the tools and consumables purchased and hours worked. I will then compare this to the budget I set at the start.

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