It’s an exciting prospect, as a car enthusiast, to finally embark on a large project to restore a classic model that currently has a lot of unfulfilled potential. It’s easy to start thinking about the fun details at the end of the process, like finding the perfect paint to brighten up the bodywork again, or printing your own custom number plates to get back the original look of a real classic vehicle. However, it’s important to tread very carefully and start from the very basics to make sure the results you get are authentic and within budget. With some care and precision, it’s possible to return almost any classic car to its former glory if you follow some basic guidelines.
Firstly, you need to have a suitable parts catalogue which will allow you to identify the parts in your vehicle and work out how to replace each one if necessary. You need to find exact or extremely similar matches to complete a proper restoration. To help with a thorough inspection of the car you will need suitable tools and a powerful torch to see every detail, including inside and underneath the vehicle. Getting professional assistance, if only for the initial examination, will help you make sure nothing is missed and figure out the likely costs involved.
When you’ve established the condition of all the vital parts of your vehicle you should know whether the basic shell is in good enough condition to be restored from its current state, or if the whole structure is compromised by problems like rust and needs replacing. This all depends on what level you’re planning to restore your classic car to, which you need to be absolutely sure of. If you just want to drive it again you may be less concerned with minor cosmetic details, but if you want it to be displayed in a professional show or plan to sell it to a private collector, it needs to be done to the highest possible standard.
The process of having all the necessary parts gradually replaced can be time consuming even if you have professionals assisting you, especially if your car is particularly rare and parts are hard to come by at a good price. Once all this is complete you can focus on the aesthetics of the vehicle and getting everything exactly as it should be. As long as you pay attention throughout the process, and continue maintenance work on your vehicle later, it can be kept as good as new.