For vintage vehicle enthusiasts, nothing beats the thrill of restoring a classic car to the glory of its heyday. Whether it’s a 1932 Ford Roadster, a 1950 Mercury Hardtop, a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr, or your great uncle’s 1933 Willys Coup, it’s a massively rewarding achievement to bring it back to its original magnificence. For classic car devotees, it’s a joyous journey and labor of love to be a part of the restoration process. Read on to learn three tips for restoring your vintage hot rod into the hot bod of its heyday.
Begin With the End in Mind
Ask yourself what you ultimately want to achieve before you begin any project. Know what you want to accomplish; after all, it’s next to impossible to get where you’re going without a road map and a clear vision of the finish line. In addition, you’ll want to organize and de-clutter, which is a significant step in streamlining the process cutting back on wasted time spent hunting for parts and accessories. When researching engine dress parts be sure to ask the dealer about the availability of specific features you may need for restoration.
A Written Estimate is a Necessity and Non-Negotiable
When researching various shops to help with the restoration process, it’s necessary and should be non-negotiable to get a written estimate on any work they’ll be doing. It’s almost legendary the number of people who’ve been burnt financially by skipping this crucial step. You don’t want to be one of them.
Have a Realistic and Reasonably Flexible Budget
As in most renovation projects, the budget you set at the beginning can and often does change. It’s essential, to begin with, reasonable and flexible funding for the best outcome. You don’t want to set it too low and go on the cheap, as getting what you pay for is always the rule, not the exception.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to restoring that vintage hot rod into the hot bod of its heyday.