Here’s my selection of the best of the blogs out there to get a feel for the build process, the problems, the legend that is Derek at Caterham Cars and the feeling of achievement at the end.
Martin’s 420R Build Blog documents his second build. Martin was building at the same time as me for a while, until he finished much more quickly than me. His attention to detail and experience from his first build means his blog is full of insight.
Team Ivans. John and Carl provide plenty of great build advice, common sense, and a bit of fun. The site also has some “living with the car” and maintenance posts. Check out the Build Tips and Preparation Tips sections and the really handy list of tools and equipment used. Also included is a log of the time spent on the different stages of the build, to give an idea of the effort involved in each stage.
Caterham R500 Build and Ownership Blog by Daniel French. Daniel posts a lot of detail on his blog, and his post on how to fit headlight wiring is referenced frequently on other blogs. Much of the rest of his posts are of this level of detail and he also still maintains the blog with his experiences in the R500, one of a very few to be built outside the factory. Daniel’s stories about the seat deliveries and gearbox leakages are also interesting.
Andrew Bissell’s Caterham 7 Build Blog of his build of a Roadsport 175 SV is also full of detail, advice and problem-solving and is frequently mentioned by other bloggers. In particular I found Andrew’s photos and description of his build of the front suspension particularly useful. His use of photos and clear explanations of what is going on in them really works well. Andrew is keeping his blog updated with blat reports and life with the car in general.
Superlight Twenty Build Blog plots the build of one of the Superlight 20 limited editions released for order in 2015, undertaken by Nigel Pugh. Nigel’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Caterham Cars shines through – this is his sixth Caterham but the first one with an alu finish. I’m looking forward to hearing how Nigel gets on with the finish in the real world. Will he regret not getting the bodywork painted?
Midlife.crisis.meccano is also worth a look. Written with a sense of humour, an also of particular interest for me, the author Scott Saunders lives nearby and pulled a neat trick in getting his car on the road. He had it IVA test before the Post-build check (PBC), and posted in some detail about the IVA process in Livingston. This approach saved him a lot of miles with the car on a trailer, as once the car has passed IVA and the paperwork is done, you can drive it on the road to the PBC. Thanks Scott.
Marcus completed his build in August ’16. His Caterham 420R SV Build Diary is written with lots of detail in photos, writing and problem-solving, which is really useful for my build prep. Because of my IVA challenges, Marcus’ detailed posting about the items required for the Nottingham IVA centre gives me a steer on what I need to consider for Livingston, although he tells me each IVA site has it’s own idiosyncrasies.
Have you come across a great build blog which isn’t featured here? Let me know about it in the comments below.