A “sleeper” in the car world is a vehicle that’s a bit like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. From the outside, the car looks nothing special. Sometimes, it might look like a rusty, dented car destined for the scrapyard.
But, it’ll often stun those that know nothing of its true identity! That’s because it’s a car that has a powerful engine. The beating heart of the sleep is usually transplanted from a higher-spec model. In some cases, it might be from a different make of car!
If you’re a car enthusiast, you could just go out and buy a sports car. Except there’s no fun in such a conventional choice. Instead, many people choose to build sleepers that impress their car-loving peers! Does the idea of building a sleeper interest you? If so, here’s how to get started:
Choose a good base vehicle
To build a sleeper, you need a car! If you’ve not got one already, you need to go and search for a good base vehicle for your project. The Car Deal Warehouse is an obvious place to start, and you should also search online too.
Be sure to choose a standard car that doesn’t have too many modern features. For example, avoid models with climate control and other advanced technology. All you need is a solid yet basic car for your sleeper project.
Make sure you’ve got plenty of tools and space
Building a sleeper means you need to have access to plenty of tools. You’ll also need a sheltered location to carry out the work. If you don’t have a garage, you could always hire a large workshop instead.
If your tool collection isn’t impressive, it’s time to go and buy some! With things like hand tools, going for second-hand ones can save you money. Otherwise, look out for deals from car accessory stores.
Replace the car’s engine with your desired option
The good news is that some engines will fit your car without the need for engine bay strengthening. I recommend sticking to such power plants if you want a hassle-free transplant. Otherwise, get prepared to be more intimate with your MIG welder!
When you’ve removed your old engine, you can sell it to add some cash to your pot.
Upgrade the suspension
I can guarantee you that the new engine and gearbox you fit will be heavier than the old ones. That’s why it’s important to upgrade the suspension springs and shocks.
Consider going for adjustable coil-over suspension. It costs a bit more than a fixed setup, but it’ll be worth it!
Upgrade the brakes
Now that you’ve got a powerful car that can handle well on the road, you need to improve the stopping power. Many people tend to use the brake setup from the donor car of the transplanted engine. Others might opt for a different setup.
Whichever option you choose, make sure it works well with your car. In some cases, you may need to install bigger wheels. That’s because the calipers and discs may not fit inside your stock rims.