Are you thinking about restoring a classic car?
Restoring an old vehicle back to its former glory can be one of the best feelings for any classic car enthusiasts. However, it’s easy to lose track of just how much time and money you are spending on such a hefty task. So, we’ve broken it down to make things a little easier.
Do your research
Doing your research is the single most important part of any restoration project, this allows you to see how others got along before you and be able to seek advice from the right people when needed.
Before starting your project, we recommend learning what you can from watching YouTube tutorials and joining forums. We also recommend mapping out your build and to track down the owner’s manual for the vehicle.
Protection from the elements
It’s essential to find an appropriate place for your vehicle to be stored and worked on, ideally somewhere shielding the vehicle from the elements such as a garage or car port. If you don’t have access to a suitable shelter, then we recommend purchasing an outdoor waterproof car cover to help protect your vehicle from the weather.
You’ll want to do all you can to keep the car in the best possible condition and having a large enough space to work in and store your equipment will make your restoration go much smoother.
The correct tools
You may already have draws full of tools but it’s highly likely that at some point during your restoration you’ll be missing a specific tool you need to complete a certain task. This is a prime example of why we recommend doing your research and mapping out your build, so you know exactly what tools you will need for the job. Don’t be afraid to borrow tools off a friend or fellow enthusiast to save you buying a new bit of kit for one job.
For most first-time enthusiasts, restoring a classic can be overwhelming. If this is the case for you, we recommend picking up a smaller car from the 40s and 50s or a partly finished restored vehicle which will help you get off to a good start.
Your budget will depend on how authentic the restoration will turn out to be. There are plenty of ways to get hold of parts for your vehicle, these being; buying a donor car, car salvage companies and restoration specialists who can track down parts for you. You can also buy parts from companies which reproduce parts for classic cars.