Does oil run through your veins instead of blood? Do you love driving souped-up cars that belong to the time when they were made with extra care? Well, if that’s the case, then we’re sure that the thought of purchasing a classic car would’ve already crossed your mind. Even more so, you’d have started the restoration process.
You perhaps have reached this point because either your classic car has grown too old to be on the road or the only way you could afford to have the car you’ve always dreamt of is by getting into the process along with a basket case and putting in your blood and sweat to bring back its past glory!
Of course, it comes as no surprise that laying hands on a restoration project for the first time can seem quite overwhelming. Nonetheless, with proper planning and little bit of understanding about the basics you can restore even the most complicated of cars.
Though it might be a world full of sweat, blood and tears, once you get it right, you’re bound to feel the sense of accomplishment. In order to cut down on your heartache and frustration, in this article we’ve put together a few things that you need to keep in mind before you get going in full swing!
Select the right car for restoration
Before diving straight into the process of restoring a car, get a good understanding about its model and make. Restoration is, without a doubt, a complicated process; so, better ensure that you aren’t screwing it up further by opting for a car whose components aren’t being mass produced since 1963 and only 4 of them were manufactured back in those days. Besides, your plan of restoring can be ruined even more due to supply of poor parts; therefore, if you’re doing it for the first time, don’t make it worse for you.
There certainly are a few models that have an unbelievable aftermarket support, that means you can purchase nearly anything that you need, off the shelf and of course, brand new!
Also, nothing beats the excitement of creating a treasure when at an autojumble, but the fun of searching the entire world for brake parts and filters can get old real quick. So, better don’t go there and select a car whose parts can be found without any efforts like swiping your credit cards.
Purchase a car that’s worth the investment
Bear in mind, you’ll be putting in all your efforts and time in restoring the car. Moreover, based on how bad its condition is, you may be involved in every single stage, right from sourcing and purchasing parts, disassembling it and then assembling it again.
So, ensure that the car you’re purchasing is just what you need – specs, make and model. That apart, see to it that it turns out to be a worthy investment, if you have plans of selling it in the near future.
Keep everything in order
When stripping your car part by part, remember to label all of them and takes pictures of how each component was fixed; even more, understand how the pipework and wiring runs through the entire chassis and engine.
The wiring that’s behind the car’s dashboard usually looks similar to a cat’s cradle that’s gone loopy. So, make sure you’re clicking pictures and labelling every other connection every time you happen to disconnect an instrument or a switch. Also, have a plastic zip-lock bag handy so as to put small parts in them and put that permanent marker to use when mentioning the type of contents on those bags.
Repair its paintwork
If there’s another issues when it comes to old cars, then it surely has to be their paintwork. Even though they’ve been properly taken care of, odds of their paint fading is always higher. Well, there’s no shortcut as such when it comes to repairing the paintwork of your car, you’ve got to tackle it head on.
For the most effective and satisfying end results, you can always opt for vehicle wrapping. This way, you won’t have to rework on the paint job every now and then, and more importantly, you can get the wraps changed whenever you wish to!
We assure you that once you’re done restoring your classic car and the moment you get it out of your garage, you’re bound to feel a good deal of happiness and satisfaction. This definitely includes those chilly winter nights you spent getting rid of those under seal using a torchlight!
Well, this is what you ought to bear in mind when restoring your dated car. Of course, turning something rusty and broken into something stunning is quite a daunting task. Yes, this might be for your first attempt, but get it done and it will not be the last, that’s for sure.