It’s hard to deny the excitement of a classic car restoration. There’s something impressive about someone who takes the time and has the patience along with a keen eye to detail when returning a vehicle to its former glory.
Seeing a classic automobile as it looked right off the assembly line is enough to make any car enthusiast want to try their hand at classic car restoration. Before you do though, know what goes into these projects.
It’s one of the most rewarding endeavors you may ever take, but tread lightly: there are severe mistakes you can make when starting out. Below are a few things our team at GM Outlet Parts suggests you keep in mind as you think about restoring your very own classic car.
Create a plan, stay organized
One of the most important things you can do from the start is to create a plan of action. Talk to other experts who have done classic car restoration. Ask them how the process, the challenges, and what they wish they would have known before starting. Learn the reality of the effort that’s going to go into restoring an automobile and get organized.
How long is it going to take you to finish the project? What steps must be taken in order to get the project off the ground in the first place? What is the overall scope of your project? Get into the habit of keeping a notebook, journal, or something similar and map out your plans.
Research, research, research
Every classic car restoration project is going to be different. The expectations you have for each project is no different. If you prefer your classic car have a particular classic feature, do your research to figure out how to make it as authentic as possible. If you’re stumped, check online forums or ask your local experts. Planning is one of the hardest parts of restoring a classic automobile, but once you see the path forward you raise the odds of seeing your project to completion.
Avoid rusty cars
Once you start looking for classic cars to restore, the car you choose depends on the expectations of the project. One thing you should avoid at all costs is a rusty vehicle. Small beads of rust are OK, but avoid rust so severe you can see through a trunk. Yyou may be fine with restoring a classic car with so much rust, but be aware that in most cases, it’s easier to find a better body to restore.
Protect the colour and circuity
As you begin the process of restoring a classic car, ensure you’re protecting some of the most important elements of its resale value, namely the colour and the circuity. Colour is everything when reselling a classic automobile. It’s the face of the car that’s going to bring you the big bucks, so treat it with care.
Additionally, keep an eye on the circuitry of the automobile. If you are repairing the circuitry yourself, especially if you will be using original circuitry, ask experts how to properly repair and maintain. This is especially true with muscle cars, as it could mean the difference between enjoying your classic car for years to come and watching it engulfed in flames.