Classic Car Restoration:  Where to Start ?


You’ve finally chosen your classic car and have decided venturing into car restoration. You’ve done your research and are eager to get your hands dirty but now the moment has come, and you don’t know where to start. You start consulting thousands of thousands articles online and end up being more confused on where to begin this mammoth endeavour. Here our list of few tips to help and guide you in your journey, whether you are a new or experienced restorer:

First: Have Fun

This may seem like a no brainer but it’s important to remember this is meant to be a hobby and a source of enjoyment. If you feel like you may have taken on more than you can handle, consider joining your local car restoration club. You’ll meet experts and local mechanics who can provide you with advice and expertise regarding parts, maintenance and any other query you may have. It’s also a nice social opportunity.

Think: Time and Budget   

Restoration can be a costly process so it’s best to plan out costs for parts and mechanic services. You want to be able to drive your car as soon as possible so it’s best to make a list of jobs to be done and try and plan out a time frame to have them completed by. You don’t want your restoration project to drag on for years. Always consult a local mechanic for details on budget and timeframes of projects.

What to look for: High Quality Tools 

This is sometime an overlooked point, if you don’t have an extensive tool collection you soon will. Poor quality tools will only slow down the project as you’re going to be using them extensively and they will break. Invest in a high-quality set of hand tools spanners, socket sets, wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers. Consult with your local mechanic on what power tools you’ll require for the restoration, but a decent power drill is a must.

Getting the right car and right parts 

In a previous post we’ve mentioned the importance of choosing the right car, we mention it here again as your choice of car will impact the budget and timeframe of the project. Choosing older rarer models is a great challenge as finding replacement may be extremely difficult as some of the parts may no long be in production. It’s also worth noting what parts of the car you can repair and what parts must be replaced. Depending on age of the car and condition of the parts replacement may be a cheaper option.

Organisation Matters   

Once you have everything planned out and begin your restoration. It’s important to keep stock of the condition of the body parts, electrics, exhausts and interior. This will help with the budgeting and schedule for repair. Keep an inventory of all parts that need any work or repair, as they are being removed from the car write down whether they are to be repaired or replaced. Take photographs of the parts, this will help with the ordering process. If you have any problems along the way always seek out help from your local garage or auto club. Now with these tips in mind it’s time to begin and good luck!