Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tips for Restoring a Classic Car

 For auto enthusiasts, there are few things that are more fulfilling than finding an old classic vehicle and going through the steps to restore it back to its former glory (perhaps with a few updates). However, restoring a classic car is anything but easy, and is a process that takes a considerable amount of time, effort, and money (lots and lots of money). 

It isn’t uncommon for people who are restoring a classic car to spend years of time doing so, especially if they work a full time job on top of that. Regardless, the feeling of getting behind the wheel of a classic that you restored is well worth the trouble. Here are some tips for restoring a classic car...

Consider what type of restoration you’re doing

Typically, when people are restoring a classic car, there is a reason that they are doing so, whether it be for a car show, a competition, or even just for their own personal benefit. The purpose of your restoration is going to determine some of the finer details of the work you are doing. For this reason, you should figure out the reason for your restoration, first.

If you are restoring for a car show, then the bodywork is going to need to be a lot more precise, whereas the cosmetic work on a car that doesn’t need to be show-ready will be far less intensive. Another thing to consider is that doing a restoration for a local car show or competition is going to create an inherent deadline that you need to be done by.

Have an easily accessible place to work

Fixing up an old car takes time, and you’re going to need to work in a place that is available for you to work at your own pace, while taking up a great deal of space. You want to be able to do this in a large garage that is outfitted with the equipment that you’ll need. 

Ideally, you’ll be able to do this as a project in your own home garage, assuming that it is big enough and you don’t need it for other reasons. However, if you aren’t able to do it in your home garage, the good news is that there are usually co-ops of mechanics who pool resources together for workspace and equipment that you can join.

Find the right car

Some cars are going to be a great deal more difficult to restore than others. Putting together an old VW Beetle is a heck of a lot easier than trying to restore a 62 Shelby Cobra. 

For this reason, it’s important to pick the right car for your restoration project, especially if this is your first time doing so. Do your research about what vehicles are more difficult to find parts for, and how much time and money is liable to go into restoring them. 

In addition, it might be a good idea to ask around the auto enthusiast community to get an idea of what they would recommend.

Add modern amenities

When you are restoring a classic car, there’s a tendency to think that everything you are doing needs to reflect the state of the vehicle back when it was released. 

However, you don’t necessarily need to replicate the factory-settings of the car. Indeed, if you are planning on driving and enjoying this vehicle, you’re probably going to want to take advantage of the modern conveniences that have advanced in the auto industry over the past several decades. 

Here is a list of some modern updates that you should think about for your classic car restoration.

Have an experienced consultant

While there are plenty of sources of research that you can find online, it’s still invaluable to have the advice of an expert mechanic that you can turn to. Ideally, you’ll just have a friend who has already restored a classic car that you can get advice from. 

However, if that’s not the case, then check online for auto restoration groups. These people are enthusiasts who are usually willing to share knowledge and insight with people who are trying to get into the same passion.

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