TIPS IN RESTORING A CLASSIC VEHICLE

Owning a classic car is like owning gold. If for some, a classic car looks like an aging heap of rusted metal to some. But with a little elbow grease, sweat, can truly bring that classy beauty back to life. Anyone who has already restored a classic car can tell that they are now in the business for the love of it. It’s not actually the money that matters but the pride that when a new life has been granted to an old classic driving machine. Restoring a classic car is one of the most rewarding activities car enthusiasts can perform. Transforming the seemingly old vehicle back into a classic vehicle in all of its glory is definitely nothing less than the art.

Though is an interesting car activity, a car owner should know how to properly evaluate the car condition and then establish the restoration level in order to be performed to such vehicle. There are actually four levels of classic vehicle restoration each of them should be applied individually depending on the kind of project, purpose and of course the budget. Here are some of the top ten tips which I have gathered for those car owners who wanted to have a different look or bring back their old cars classy look.

Here are some of the tips;

1. Sit down, grab a piece of paper, a parts catalog which would be relevant to the model you want to restore and run some numbers within your budget. Never deviate from it, otherwise the results will be obvious.

2. Inspect your car very carefully, top to bottom, inside and out; use strong flashlights to inspect the trunk, the engine area, etc. This will help you see the kind of repairs needed to be done to this vehicle. If possible take it to a car shop where it could be lifted to take a good look at the condition from beneath. Here you will determine if a the restoration process is worth the time and money.

3. After inspecting the vehicle, it is also important to decide whether you have a ‘solid’ car which can be restored without replacing the entire frame, floor, axles, etc. It would amaze you how this step can save you major dollars (Euros, Yens, etc.). By ‘solid car’ we are inferring that the car structure should be strong, as well as the floor; a little rust can be repaired but a completely rusty car which has the entire frame compromised will eventually crumble.

4. Decide whether you want to work with a “friend who knows how to repair cars” or a professional. It is often recommended not to involve friends and family on such projects as the time and money invested on this process may cause some trouble if the right procedures are not followed. Cars restored by people other than professionals tend to run well for a couple of years and in some cases start to breakdown thereafter.

5. Have a car restoration professional run some numbers and make sure they match or are close to the numbers you ran on step 1.

6. Decide the level of car restoration:

* Driver restoration: is often performed to get a car back to a fully functional and operational condition, they often include part replacement and minor cosmetic adjustments.

* Street Show: this restoration level involves getting a car into a fully working condition and repairing all major cosmetic problems (body work is required). If judged by a professional it should fall within the 80-89 point range.

* Show Car: restoring a classic car back to this form often requires professional work, if judged by a professional, there restorations and labor quality will fall within the 90-95 point range.

* Concours: this is the highest level of car restoration possible. All the work should be done by professionals, from part replacement to body work. These types of cars are intended for auto shows or private collections and not to be driven. Obviously, the original car to be repaired must be in quite optimal condition to achieve this stage, otherwise a major investment is necessary.

7. Start the restoration process; if possible follow a 2 step procedure (part replacement and chassis adjustments). Visit the car shop as often as possible to make sure the right work is being done. If this is not possible then have your mechanic send you periodical picture updates through email.

8. After the part replacement process is done, visit the shop again to re-inspect the chassis repairs needed, if sheet metal patches are necessary then remember to document the places where they are to be applied.

9. When all major restorations are done run a close and detailed inspection just like it was done during the second step to make sure everything is OK. Take it for a ride and see if it works correctly.

10. Remember to give proper maintenance to your newly restored classic using all the recommended parts and products.

Another great tip, in order to make newly restored vehicles to last for a long time will lie within the last step. If your car is well maintained, time will come that it will be considered as a valuable property and can becomes a head turner. You can find more car tips if you check out the bestclassiccar.com

~ by khia0486 on May 28, 2008.

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