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Restoring a classic car – essential aspects to consider

It might be your dad’s old car or you have had a yearning to own a specific model and you managed to find one. There are a few reasons why a person would want to restore a classic car, which would be a challenging project.

Here are a few important aspects to consider before you go ahead with the restoration project.

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7 Important aspects to consider before restoring a classic car

Scope of the project

Assuming the goal is to restore the classic car to its original state, you need to assess exactly what is required to achieve that.

List all parts and components that you will need for the classic car and check online to see if said parts are available, and if they are not, the project should be shelved or a compromise reached on the authenticity of the finished product.

Covered workspace

If you don’t have a suitable workshop available to restore the classic car, consider buying one of the storage sheds from a leading Australian supplier.

They have a range of sizes and you can customise the design to suit your needs. It is important to have good ventilation, so you might want to consider adding a couple of extractor fans.

Tools

Without a full set of sockets and spanners to restore the classic car, you should not be taking on such a project. It is likely you will need welding equipment and a few power tools.

While you can find what you need when you need it, a car restorer should have a comprehensive set of tools and equipment.

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Budget

If you don’t crunch the numbers in the planning stage, the project might grind to a halt through lack of money.

Many times, 99% of car restoration projects end up way over budget, so don’t be surprised when it happens. On the topic of money, here are a few tips to improve motoring mileage.

Skill sets

If you don’t have all the skill sets to restore the classic car, you will have to outsource some of the work to specialists, which is perfectly normal.

Not many people can spray to a pro level and the engine rebuild might be too challenging.

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Create a project plan

This will be your guide and the act of compiling the plan will teach you what you need to know and make you aware of potential issues.

Acquire an image of the finished vehicle and the owner’s manual is a must-have. You should be able to find a website that hosts the owner’s manual and spec sheets of many makes and models, it might cost a few dollars but it’s worth it.

Timeline

You could create a timeline for restoring the classic car, which gives you something to aim for, or you could just work when you have the time and it is done when it’s done.

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Conclusion

We recommend taking out special insurance to minimise risk and why not document the project in a vlog format? Start a YouTube channel, share the journey and who knows, you might become a star! Don’t forget to check if the vehicle is registered before you proudly take it for a drive.

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