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Classic Car Restoration
You have been to your fair share of car shows. You’ve seen plenty of great classic cars. Mustangs, Chevelles, Corvettes you name it. You’ve finally decided it is time to stop being just a spectator at all these great Arizona car shows. You want to win the trophy. You want to have the car everyone is jealous of.
However for you buying a mint condition classic car isn’t in your budget, for that matter is just isn’t your style. You want it to be you that fixed up and restored that beautiful ride.
While restoring a classic car is certainly one of the most fulfilling things you can do, it isn’t for the faint of heart. It is going to take a bunch of time, a fist full of money and plenty of know-how. You may be thinking I’ll make the time, somehow I’ll get the many, but is the know-how really all the important?
Knowledge is Important
The simple answer, YES. The know-how is important and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Lack of knowledge is your worst enemy when restoring a classic car and there is really no excuse for it. The Internet can help find out just about anything you need to know to restore a car. A little lack of knowledge can set you back in time and in money.
For example we all know how important a great paintjob is for a classic car. A great classic car with a bad paint job really isn’t that great of a classic car (shallow I know, but it’s the truth). So one of first things you do after getting the body all in great shape is put a decent coat of paint on that car. Sounds harmless enough, but it is actually a big mistake.
The paint job should really be one of the last things you do. Why? Well think about it, while getting your car in shape you are probably going to be pulling that car apart. What happens if you have little mishap while putting the engine in? Sure you want to avoid mishaps, but sometimes they just happen. A ding when you have yet to paint the car is very different from a ding right after you just got the paint job perfect.
See, a thing as simple as when you paint the car can make a big difference. A little know-how goes a long way. Here are some other tips on restoring a classic car.
Make a Game Plan
You need to inspect that car thoroughly. It is like building a skyscraper, you don’t finish off the 33rd story and then think, “hmm, so how are we going to make the 34th.” No, before a single brick is laid the blueprint for that building is completed.
The same is true with restoring a classic car, you should know exactly what needed to be fixed before touching it. How much rust will need to be repaired or replaced, what work will need to be done to the upholstery, is the engine in good shape?
Use Quality Parts
Then there are your replacement parts, you probably aren’t going to be able to find all the original parts and really that isn’t a bad thing. There have been many improvements in the automotive industry and new replacement parts are in all likelihood better than the original. However, you need to be careful, like anything else cheaply made parts are easy to come by, you need to find a quality parts company.
If you are working on a Chevelle or a Malibu we recommend Eckler’s Chevelle. They offer high quality parts and will ship to anywhere in the US. If you are working on a another type of car a simple Google search can find you a good company, but be sure to do your research on the company before buying any parts.
These are just a few tips to get you started on your car restoration journey. If you want to be successful you need to find all the information you can on the classic car you will be restoring. Little preparation and the right knowledge make your goal of restoring that car so much easier.