Classic Car Restoration Tips for Beginners

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If you’re a car enthusiast who has dreamed of restoring a classic car, you may be wondering where to start. A car renovation is the ultimate labor of love. The average classic car restoration takes about 1,000 hours to complete. But don’t let that scare you away. Let’s point you in the right direction to make sure your first project is a success.

Do Your Homework

Ask yourself if restoring a car is a viable option for you right now. Do you have time to focus on the car for the next year or so without disrupting your other obligations? Consider your budget. A complete classic car restoration could cost $10,000 or more, depending on the shape of the car. Do you have the extra cash to pay for equipment, tools and labor that will need to be undertaken? Don’t forget to think about where you’re going to work. You need space to store the car and to work. If you don’t have your own garage, you’ll need to find another option.

Finding the Right Classic Car

One of the most difficult parts of car renovation is finding the right car. We recommend starting with local classified ads. Online sites may have more options, but you’ll also find more scams. It’s important to actually look at the car before you agree to buy it. Do plenty of research to find a car that can be restored while keeping your costs down. This is a major purchase. You may spend over a year restoring the car. Then, you’ll want to love the car once it’s restored. Look for a car that is solid and free of major damage and rust.

Decide on the Type of Restoration

Once you have the car of your dreams, should you take her back to her original condition or do you want to add your own style? Purists recommend taking your car back to the condition she was in when she rolled off the assembly line. Others believe that you should restore the car to meet your own personality quirks.

Plan Your Classic Car Restoration

Take time to plan out your tasks that are required for restoration. Which tasks do you want to actually perform, and which ones will you take to your mechanic? Having a plan will help you know which tools you want to purchase and when. It will help you keep to your budget. If you’re serious about DIY, then you may want to invest in a class that teaches you welding or metalwork to get the best results.

Contact Legendary Auto Interiors, Ltd. for parts and service for many different classic cars.

Further Reading

Classic Car Restoration How-to: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Vehicle Disassembly.

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