Tips for Restoring a Classic Car

Restoring an old classic car is a huge commitment. For some motorists, classic cars hold sentimental value, making it hard to dispose of the vehicles. If you own an old classic car and are equipped with basic automotive repair skills, you should attempt to restore it. However, you need to understand that classic car restoration is different from working on a conventional vehicle. Besides giving your car a new lease of life, you should strive to retain its original design and specifications. This post provides essential tips for restoring a classic car.

Source Your Spare Parts

Typically, classic cars are at least 40 years old; therefore, your restoration project needs quality replacement parts. Unfortunately, it is improbable that you will find the parts you need at your local auto store. Consequently, you should not waste time moving from one auto parts store to the next to avoid delaying your restoration project. The best and fastest approach is to source quality OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or aftermarket parts. It means calling the car manufacturer directly or visiting a licensed dealer.

Alternatively, you can source components from classic car clubs. The forums allow you to meet people who share your love for classic cars; therefore, you might be lucky enough to find a few original parts at a fair price. Most importantly, a traditional car restoration project can only be successful if you procure high-quality original parts.

Cover All Your Bases

 Very few mechanics out there can complete a classic car restoration by themselves. Given the complexity of such a project, different skills are necessary to complete a restoration exercise successfully. Therefore, you must cover all the bases, and the only way to do it is to seek help. For instance, you might be excellent at restoring classic cars' interior and exterior parts but are terrible at rebuilding an engine. Therefore, rather than attempt an engine rebuild, hire a motor expert who specialises in classic cars. Partner with auto professionals who understand every aspect of classic car restoration.

Do Sweat the Small Stuff

If you are assuming that you can cut corners with an older car, then you need to stop the restoration. Notably, the difference between shoddy restoration and a touch of class boils down to the small details. For example, if you are restoring a Volkswagen beetle, installing headlamps from another VW model, a keen eye will notice the difference. Therefore, ensure that every small detail—from the paint job to the rims—checks out.

For more assistance, contact car restoration services.  

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I have a gorgeous old car, but the paint work sure let's you know it's old! Unfortunately my uncle had left it outside for many years and even under a tarp the Australian climate is not friendly to auto paint work. I have been trying to get the paint work back as close as possible to the original condition which is harder than it seems as modern paints have a much different finish and texture to genuine vintage paint jobs. This blog is about how to go about finding vintage paints, and faking vintage finishes with modern paints if you can't!

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