The 4 Stages of Classic Car Restoration

by SpeedLux
classic car restoration

When people decide to invest in a classic car, they usually do so knowing that there will be some fixing up to do. This is half the fun! Though you only need to learn a few simple steps, actually implementing them all in the first place takes a great deal of time and budgeting. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you could well have stumbled upon a hobby that keeps you enthralled for hours and hours. Here are the steps that you will need to follow if you are looking to embark on classic car restoration.


Finding Your Vehicle

The first step is a very obvious one; you will need to actually find your car in the first place. If you are looking to cut back on the amount of time and money you will need to invest, you can cut corners by getting a classic car that has already been partially restored. Your best bet is to have a chat with other classic car enthusiasts who may be able to tell you about where you can get a good deal. Take your time to make your final decision. You don’t want to end up with a vehicle that causes you more headaches than joy.


Sourcing Parts

One of the trickiest aspects of restoring a classic car is actually getting hold of the different parts. Salvage what you can from the car itself before looking around for the items you will need to buy. The internet is such a useful tool these days that it makes sense for this to be your starting point. If you start looking through a few classic car forums, then you are likely to find people who can point you in the right direction.

Put Your Plans in Place

Take an inventory of everything that needs to be done, and calculate some rough costings. Add on 30 percent (you always tend to run over a little) and you will have a rough budget. Plan your work schedule realistically, tackling each job one at a time rather than having to do everything all at once. Take your time and ask for help if and when you need it.


Restoring the Car

Now comes the fun part. First of all, you will need a place that you can do your work, such as a garage where you can protect your vehicle from the elements. A full range of auto tools will also be required, along with the owner’s manual and a good deal of skill. Try to tackle the bodywork yourself, using cut sheet metal from rapid metals where needed. The amount that you need to do obviously depends on what kind of condition the car is in when you buy it. Remember not to rush the project; it could well end up taking a year or more.
Restoring a classic car is a labour of love, so take your time and enjoy; the finished article should give you years of pleasure!  

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