As classic car enthusiast, owner, or collector, you’ll probably find very few things are as satisfying as restoring one yourself. However, it’s important to really think things through first before beginning a project. This is because restoring a classic can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be incredibly challenging too.
In order to achieve the results you desire from a restoration project, you’ll need to plan properly before hand, have the right tools and a lot of willpower to see it through. With this in mind, we wanted to go through some things you need to know before beginning a restoration…
Do your research
There’s much more to a restoration project than just tinkering around for hours, covered in oil and listening to music. You’ve got to do the legwork when you’re not physically working on the car too.
All the time you spend under the hood will be nothing compared to the time you spend doing your research. You’ll be online much more than you think; searching for particular parts, finding a mechanic, teaching yourself how to carry out certain repairs etc. Remember, if you don’t spend enough time researching, your project will soon grind to a halt.
Free up your time
It’s important to realise that restoring your car is going to take up a lot of your free time, as it’s not going to be something you can achieve in a few weeks, or months. You need to plan out where you’re going to fit in the time that’s required.
You’ll be giving up a lot of evenings and weekends for quite some time. Plus, even when your not working on your project, you’ll still be thinking about the next thing you need to do. Even after you’ve finished your restoration, there will be maintenance to keep on top of.
Do it for love
Unfortunately, if the only reason you’re choosing to restore your classic is to try and sell it on and make a lot of money, you’ll likely be disappointed. Restoring an old car to its former glory is usually quite an expensive undertaking.
Car parts are not likely to be cheap, especially when they are for what could be a rare classic. Once you’ve finished everything, you probably won’t be left with much resale value. This is why you shouldn’t take on a project like this purely for profit, it needs to be project based on passion, and your love for classic cars.
Choose the right help
As with any exciting project like this, you’ll no doubt receive some offers of help from friends and family, who are eager to get involved with your new hobby. Even though it’s nice of them to offer their time and service to you, unless they have prior experience with classics, be aware that they may not be that helpful.
It’s a good idea to seek help from classic car owners clubs and forums, as these can be really beneficial sources of help, due to the fact that these people will have been there and done it.
It’s normal to want to quit
Restoring an amazing classic car is very exciting and can be so fulfilling and worthwhile, but the nature of the beast will mean that at times, you’ll just want to throw in the towel.
Wanting to give up is to be expected, simply because taking on a project like this is such a challenging process. Be ready for plenty of mistakes to be made and for there to be bumps along the way.
When you’re stuck in the garage until the early hours, you will be tempted to stop altogether. This is why it’s essential that you keep yourself motivated and remember the genuine passion that’s driving you towards your goals. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as restoring a classic car to its full glory.