Faqs

Pre sales (9)

Do I need any specialised tools to build the car?

You don’t need any special tools to build an AK 427. The only skill required is a bit of common sense. Remember we are always on the end of the phone or e mail for help and advise.

What parts from the donor vehicle do I require?

STANDARD CHASSIS:-

Jaguar post 1974 ( Ventilated front discs) XJ6 series 2 and 3 and XJS

– FRONT AXLE- ( Get scrap yard to cut off car complete subframe, also cut through spring coils)

– XJ6 DIFFS

V12  Up to HE =3.07

4.2 Manual = 3.31

3.4 All = 3.34

V12 After HE = 2.88

4.2 Auto = 3.058

XJS All up to HE = 3.07

XJS After HE = 2.88

REAR AXLE ( Complete on subframe)

RATIOS 3.54 3.31 3.07 2.88

Ratios depending on engine gearbox fitted

JAGUAR XJS -HANDBRAKE ASSEMBLY ( OR NEW FROM JAGUAR)

BMW E 34 ( SERIES 5)- STEERING COLUMN ( INC IGNITION KEY AND STEERING WHEEL, ALTHOUGH THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE USED. TOP SPLINE HAS A FIXING NUT FOR WHEEL BOSS

ROVER MK 3 200 OR ROVER 25 SERIES ( 1995 – 2005)- SERVO AND MASTER CYLINDER ( AK PEDAL BOX)

POLO MK 2- HEATER

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GENERATION II and GENERATION III CHASSIS

JAGUAR XJ 40 1986 – 2003 ( OUTBOARD REAR DISCS)

FRONT AXLE – ( BOTTOM WISHBONES, UPRIGHTS, HUBS DISCS AND CALLIPERS)

REAR AXLE – ( COMPLETE ON SUBFRAME)

RATIOS – 3.54/3.58 FROM XJ40 3.6 AUTO

AK REQUIRE FRONT BOTTOM WISHBONES AND UPRIGHTS FOR MODIFICATION ( EXCHANGE)

AK REQUIRE REAR WISHBONES AND DRIVE SHAFTS FOR MODIFICATION ( EXCHANGE)

JAGUAR  XJS – HANDBRAKE ASSEMBLY ( OR NEW ITEM FROM JAGUAR)

BMW E34 ( SERIES 5)- ADJUSTABKE STEERING COLUMN ( INCLUDING IGNITION KEY AND STEERING WHEEL, ALTHOUGH THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE USED. TOP SPLINE HAS A NUT FIXING FOR WHEEL BOSS)

ROVER MK 3 200 OR ROVER 25 SERIES ( 1995 – 2005)- SERVO AND MASTER CYLINDER ( AK PEDAL BOX)

POLO MK 2 – HEATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

What other parts can you supply?

We can supply all the parts required to complete the car. But we normally only supply the parts that are special to our car or that we can supply at a competitive price.

 

In our information pack you will find a suggested suppliers list,  with contact details and parts from each supplier for those items that are cheaper to purchase direct from our suppliers please ask for a copy of this list. Also see our Suggested Supplier List  in FAQ’s

 

The majority of all parts supplied by AK are handcrafted in house to ensure quality and fit and lead times vary so please let us know in good time what parts you will require ordering from our extensive parts range.

Can I have the body (gel) in a different colour?

There is a large selection of different colours, these are all solid. Please ask for a colour chart.

Where do I start?- Build Sequence

Once you have placed your kit order and have a kit date to aim for these are your build steps:-

 

1. Recondition/service donor parts

2. Fit Brake, clutch and fuel lines

3. Fit front suspension

4. Fit rear suspension

5. Fit engine and gearbox

6. Make/fit exhaust system

7. Fit radiator and plumbing

8. Fit heater, pedal box and master cylinder to body

9. Body on

10. Fit all brightwork

11. Remove brightwork then paint

12. Fit wiring loom

13. Re-fit all brightwork

14. Carpet and fit interior

15. Wire dash, fit dash and finish wiring

16. Fit wheels

17. IVA test and register car

Whats the difference between chassis options?

The Standard Kit , Generation II kit and the latest Generation III ” Supa Lite” kit ALL have the same body so the only difference is in the chassis.

 

The Standard Chassis is based  on the Jaguar XJ6/ XJS axles which has the inner rear brakes. It has 6 shocks and springs as the original Jaguar donor had and is slightly heavier than the later Generation II chassis.

 

The Generation II chassis is based on the later XJ40 Jaguar axles which has the easier outboard rear brakes. It only runs on 4 x shocks and springs and is lighter and has the edge on handling.

The latest Generation III “Supa Lite” chassis is also based on the later XJ40 Jaguar axles. It has the benefits of being over 100 KG lighter with it’s combination ladder/space framed chassis which was designed for superb track and road handling.

Although the Generation II and Generation III kits are slightly more expensive at kit stage, there are cost savings in less shocks and springs and other parts also the axles are more readily available as they are from a later Jaguar donor.  AK also make bespoke wishbones for the Generation II and III chassis.

Estimated costs and build times for an AK 427?

Costs will vary depending on your chosen specification,  but an average build cost will be in the region of £30’000 completed and on the road for a nicely finished AK 427.

 

Your labour time allowance should be in the region of  400 man hours to complete the AK 427 build from start to finish.

What is the process for IVA testing & registering the car when I have finished?

There are forms to complete and procedures to follow in order to register your new vehicle.

Here are some guidelines. However, do feel free to contact us should you have any queries regarding these.

1. Send your V5 and SORN declaration to Swansea as soon as you have it to change your name and address only .

2. Apply for an IVA test application form by calling Swansea Vehicle Inspectorate on 01792 458888 or download  an IVA 1C and IVA 4 form from the VOSA website OR these can be completed online.

3. When your car is completed send off your IVA application ( IVA 1C and IVA 4 forms) with your build receipts, build photos, engine dating certificate (which should have been supplied with your engine,  if not contact your engine supplier!) and IVA test fee ( Contact VOSA if you are unsure of the amount) to the address on the form. We understand this form can now been completed fully on line!!!@ www.gov.uk/dvsa search submit an IVA online. You will be given a date for your test at your chosen IVA centre. This can take up to four weeks to get.

4. Pre IVA check your car. You print off the IVA Manual for guidance if you are unsure. Please advise AK as soon as you have your IVA test date .

5. IVA your car this is a 4 hour test normally.  Hopefully pass first time! and get your IVA certificate.

6. Once you have your pass certificate complete the following forms:

V627/1 (available as a download from http://www.direct.gov.uk ) or search on V627/1- Built up Vehicle Inspection Report.

V55/5 or V55/4 (  These are your new car registration documents). You have to order these on- line from the DVLA or call them as they are carbonated forms. Which V 55 form you need is depending on if your car can be registered as new or used ( For new  you can only use 1 reconditioned part which would normally be your axles!) . Please ring us for help to fill these in if you are unsure

V267 form will be required from AK Sportscars only if your car is to be registered as new. So please contact us if required.

7. Post these completed forms above to the DVLA at Swansea with the following :  V5 from your donor Jaguar axles logbook, V627/1, V55/5 or V55/4 (available from the DVLA), V267 from AK if reqistering the car as new, IVA pass certificate, insurance cover note (insured on chassis number), copy of your driving licence, a utility bill or bank statement ( confirming your name and address) 6 or 12 months road fund licence fee ( Ring DVLA for up to date road tax costs), first registration fee ( Ring DVLA to confirm up to date first registration cost) your kit and engine receipts. If you have a cherished plate to put onto your car then the retention certificate and the associated fee can also be sent at this stage. ( Please ensure before you buy a cherished plate if your car is going to be registered as  age related before an expensive number plate purchase that if the car is to be age related you can put it on your car based on the year of your donor car log book!!!)

8. Your registration document (V5) will arrive a few weeks later only at that point is your car legal!!!!!. You can then have the car number plates made and fitted.  Check to make sure your car has been registered correctly – Make: AK Sportscars, Model: AK 427.

AK 427 Suggested Supplier List ….for parts not supplied by AKS

HERE IS A LIST OF THE SUPPLIERS WE RECOMMEND TO SOURCE THE PARTS YOU  WILL NEED FOR THE BUILD.

355- BODY PAINTERS

FIBREGLASS PAINTERS

01733 330077- CONTACT DARREN

AK SPORTSCARS LTD- COLLECTION/DELIVERY SERVICE

COLLECTION/DELIVERY SERVICE- DRIVER NOEL

01733 267633- CONTACT WENDI

BAILEY MORRIS – PROPSHAFTS

PROPSHAFT

01480 216250

www.baileymorris.co.uk

BRASSCRAFT- SCREEN AND BRIGHTWORK

SCREEN AND ESCUTCHEONS

CENTRE STAY

WIND WINGS

SUN VISORS

NUDGE BARS AND OVER RIDERS

FUEL FILLER AND ADAPTOR

01252 782702- CONTACT CRIS

CUSTOM POWER AND PAINT- NON LS ENGINES

CHEVY/FORD/ROVER ENGINES

01797 366900- CONTACT JEZ

DOUGIE SUTTON- AK’S IN-HOUSE TRIMMER

MOTOR TRIMMER

0771 9251541- CONTACT DOUGIE

EUROPA- VARIOUS PARTS

STEERING WHEEL AND BOSS

FUEL FILLER HOSE 20″ 2″ ID

BADGES 2 X 427 SIDES

www.europaspares.com

IMAGE WHEELS- ORDER THROUGH AKS

HALLIBRAND REPLICAS WHEELS AND TYRES

0121 5222442- CONTACT JASON

INSURANCES COMPANIES

BACKFORD BLOOR – 0151 356 8776

ADRIAN FLUX – 0800 0838833

JOHN GORDON JAG SPARES- JAGUAR REBUILD PARTS

ALL JAGUAR AXLES RECONDITIONING PARTS

01254 398476 CONTACT LES  www.john-gordon.co.uk

MERLIN MOTORSPORT- MASTER & SLAVE CYLINDER+ SEAT BELTS

GIRLING MASTER CYLINDER 3/4″ WITH INTEGRAL RESERVIOR COMPLETE WITH ADJUSTABLE CLEVIS AND PIN

GIRLING 7/8 SLAVE CYLINDER

BRAKE PIPE UNIONS

SEAT BELTS – WILLANS SUPERSPORT 4 X 3 SHORTENED HARNESS WITH EYE BOLT FIXING

01249 782101

www.merlinmotorport.co.uk

NORTHAMPTON MOTORSPORT- DYNO RUN

ROLLING ROAD SET UP

01604 766624- CONTACT TROY

OMEX TECHNOLOGIES -ECU BUY THROUGH AK

ECU SYSTEMS

01242 260656- CONTACT RICHARD

POLEVOLT- BATTERY CABLE

ELECTRICAL AND BATTERY CABLE

01477 533639 CONTACT NEIL

QUEENS HEAD HOTEL- PLACE TO STAY NEAR AKS

LOCAL PLACE TO STAY 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM AK WORKSHOP

01780 784006

www.queensheadnassington.co.uk

REAL STEEL- ROVER & AMERICAN ENGINE PARTS

ROVER/AMERICAN ENGINE PARTS

01895 440505

www.realsteel.co.uk

ROADCRAFT/REPOWER- LS ENGINES AND TREMEC GEARBOX’S

LS ENGINES AND TREMEC GEARBOX

01273 455057 – CONTACT BRIAN

SIMPLY PERFORMANCE- JAGUAR AXLES, DIFF AND HANDBRAKE ASSY

JAGUAR AXLES – READY FOR RECONDITIONING

07796 002321 – CONTACT JON

S AND J MOTORS- VARIOUS PARTS

SAVAGE SWITCHES

DOOR LOCKS

BONNET AND BOOT HINGES

LIGHTS ALL AND REFLECTORS

MIRRORS

NUMBER PLATE LIGHT

IGNITION SWITCHES AND DASH LIGHTS

HORNS

WASHER JETS

HEATER TRUMPETS AND VENTS

01257 262881- CONTACT JOHN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engine (1)

What engines can I fit?

The most popular engines for our cars are the Rover, small block Ford, Cleveland Ford and small block Chevy and the LS engines, although we have accommodated various other V8’s in the past and are always willing to discuss different engine and gearbox fitments.

Second Hand AK 427 Car Sales (1)

Where can I buy a ready built or Secondhand AK 427

You have a few options you either speak to us here at AK about having a factory built car to your specification or Anthony at Absolute Horsepower in Taunton , Somerset our Southern Build agent on 01823 663017 www.absolutehorsepower.co.uk . Check out our current customers cars for sale area on our website or if you just can’t wait then it’s worth contacting one of the following secondhand dealers who know the kit car market and normally have a fair variety of cars including AK 427’s on offer to tempt you:-

 

Sovereign Car Sales

Whitchurch, Hampshire

01256 895188- Contact Larry

www.sovereigncarsales.co.uk

 

TOTAL HEADTURNERS

Thornwood, Essex

01992 573564/0208 5591225/07711630349 – Contact Mark OR Alex

www.totalheadturners.com

Essex

01992 573564/0208 5591225

www.totalheadturners.com