Restoring an old car can bring back a lot of memories. Seeing a ’57 Chevy restored to its glory can bring a lot of pride to its owner. Bringing a car back from the scrap heap can also mean big dollars to whoever decides to restore the classic car. Therefore, it is important to know where to start your project so you can do it right from start to finish.
Do Your Research
The first thing you need to do is spend some time researching the car. It is critical that everything about the car be correct. Parts, interior and everything else about the car need to be as true to the past as possible. Understanding what made the car so popular will also help you understand where you may be able to modify the car without losing some charm.
Start With The Body
Do whatever body work needs to be done in the very beginning. No car is going to be worth any money if the body is not in good condition. Not having a quality frame for the car could make it hard to do further restoration down the line. Have the body professionally inspected before you go on to any more work.
Choose An Engine
The engine in your restored car should be as close to original as possible. You don’t want to put a V4 into a classic Pontiac. Not getting the engine right could change the entire feel of driving the car. Restoring a car properly means you feel as if you were driving in the original car itself. There might be some leeway if you are restoring the car for yourself. Artistic license can also be granted if a buyer wants a different engine in the car.
Work On The Wiring
The car is not going to work if the wiring is not done correctly. Your brakes, lights and sound system are all going to depend on proper wiring. You can’t drive a car at night unless the headlights are working properly. Any electrical components on your dashboard will not work without the proper wiring either. Electrical work is another component of car restoration that you may want to have professionally done.
Create Your Color Scheme
Your next step is going to be finding a color scheme that you like. The color pattern that you pick for the outside of the car is going to impact the colors that you have on the interior. Make sure to choose colors that work well together. Your choice of color may be the one area of car restoration where you can put your own touch on the car.
Restoring a car can be a lot of fun if you know how to do it. Bringing a car back from the past takes a lot of effort to do it right. You need to understand why the car is worth restoring in the first place. This means you need to take your time doing research into the car. Having a greater understanding of what makes the car so great will give you a better appreciation of the car as you are restoring it.