Caterham Build Manual PDF
I used the new Assembly Guide version 1.2 (June 2019) as my primary manual. I actually had to ask for a copy of this in paperback to be sent through as one didn’t arrive with the car, so thought it would be helpful to get the Caterham Build Manual PDF collection in one place!
As backup and for cross referencing, I sometimes looked at I will use the old Caterham Assembly Guide Version 02.2015.c. This is substantial at 220 pages with plenty of text which is helpful for me given zero experience with Caterhams. However it is old (Feb 2015) and where the new manual differed, I followed the new manual.
Remember, these manuals are for the Ford Sigma 1.6L engine which as of October 2021 has been discontinued!
Finally I referred to the Caterham IVA checklist (2 Jan 2016 version) to get the car ready for IVA.
It´s worth noting that the parts and fittings on the Caterham are constantly changing which is one reason why the manuals can go out of date fairly quickly. Even on my build in 2019/2020 I found fittings different to what is specified in the latest build manual, for example on the uprights. I made a long list of my ‘manual corrections’ to help others with this issue. It’s very normal to have to do detective work using the various blogs to work out what you are doing. If you blindly follow the Caterham build manual pdf you may end up getting confused at certain points.
This I’ve been amazed by the quality of the build blogs. The manual to build the car is ‘OK’, but even Caterham will point out that you can’t just rely on the manual alone. In the time leading up to my build, I read through plenty of blogs – below I have linked to the ones that I have read and thought were excellent sources of information :