Restoring a Classic Car: The Basics

Restoring a Classic Car

Who doesn’t love classic cars? They have a unique thrill that can’t be found even in today’s most expensive, ultra sleek driving machines. That said, they can get pricey fast. For this reason, many enthusiasts turn to rebuilding vintage cars themselves.

Not only is it a great hobby, but it is a fantastic way to really know what goes into one of these great roadsters. This short guide is going to give you the basics on restoring a classic car so you are ready to get in the garage and start and working to create your dream ride!

Step 1: Selecting a Car

This is somehow the easiest and most difficult thing to do. There are so many great choices out there. Do you choose a 1966 Ford Mustang or a classic Porsche? Even if you are ready to work around the clock to rebuild your car, it is going to take some time so choose wisely. The best thing you can do is rent some different vintage rides and see which one you like driving best. Remember, the way it looks is important, but you also need to love the way it drives!

Step 2: Asking the Right Questions

When you plan on restoring a classic car, you are obviously not looking for something in perfect shape. That’s how you are going to get a sweet price on it! However, you are going to have a threshold of how much work you want to do. Do you want from near scratch with mostly just an old frame on wheels or do you want to do just a quick tune up and paint something?

These factors have a lot to do with the price, but here are some of the questions you should be thinking about and asking:

  • How much rust is on the body?
  • Does the car run on its own?
  • What kind of repairs and modifications have been made?
  • What shape are the tires in?
  • What’s operational and what isn’t?
  • Why is the person selling it?

The last question is particularly important. Some people just find old cars to resell to collectors while others just want to get rid of something that may have been sitting around their house too long. Either way, this last question can help you answer a lot of the others!

Step 3: Get Prepared

Depending on the state of the car, the restoration process can take anywhere from weeks to months. You have to be ready to put the time in. Fortunately, there are loads of YouTube videos on restoring just about any car.

You also need to make sure you have the right tools. This is where doing your homework is important because certain makes may require certain tools that you may not have in your collection or may have to custom order. eBay is a great resource for all things classic car and more than anything, go to forums.

Finally, there are forums for all kinds of cars and you can find all the information you will ever need about whatever auto you choose, along with its peculiarities and how to fix any issues it may have.

Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

There is no greater feeling than cruising along in your restored vintage car. The work you put into it will create a special relationship that you will be able to truly cherish. So get on the Internet and find the best car for you to start working on today!