Many classic cars need some restoration work, and this can range from changing a couple of parts to a complete overhaul. If you’re thinking of restoring your classic, below are a few things to consider during the process:
Set your budget
There’s nothing worse than nearly finishing a restoration project and then realising you don’t have the funds to complete it. Before you start, sit down with a notebook and catalogue and write down what you’re likely to need. Be mindful of your budget, and always over-estimate to cover for unexpected costs. Also, don’t forget to account for any additional tools and equipment you may need for the restoration.
Buy genuine parts
Don’t settle for cheap, knock-off parts for your classic. You may be able to track down decent, second-hand parts via the Internet or through owner’s club forums. Bear in mind that if you have a rare classic, it might be more difficult and more expensive to source parts, so start the process nice and early and make sure you’ve got the budget to cover it.
Consider your expertise
If you consider yourself a novice in mechanics and/or restoration, it’s vital you that you seek assistance or at least advice from a professional. If you feel confident of taking on the task by yourself, there’s no harm in getting a professional second opinion first – you may really benefit from it.
Make enough room
Once you start dismantling your classic, you’re going to need plenty of room for the parts, plus extra space for you to work. If it’s a full restoration project, consider storing parts in a dry space, such as a basement or a shed. As a general rule, a dismantled car will take up twice as much room, so make sure you account for this.
Few restoration projects run 100% smoothly, so expect certain setbacks along the way. In more serious cases, finding a professional as soon as you encounter the issue can save you both time and money in the long run.