Is Classic Car Restoration Worth It?


Now if you’re wondering why? Here’s the reason…

The Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Impala, or the Plymouth Duster are just a few of the many extravagant cars from the 60s and 70s that carry the ‘real excitement’. 

Restoring a classic car brings back all the nostalgic memories, the feel of that 50-year-old car and the vibe.

The audacity to stand out in a crowded auto world with these classic cars is unmatched.

Things you should consider before going for restoration

Types Of Car Restoration

Depending upon your need, decide the type of restoration suitable for you. To give you some details, here are a few popular ones:

  1.  Body-off Restoration
  2.  A Complete Restoration
  3.  Show Car Restoration
  4.  Driver restoration 
  5.  Body Rubber Bushing
  6.  Mechanical Resurrection
  7.  Cosmetic Resurrection

Here’s a detailed guide to the various types of class car restoration.

Blue Pill Or The Red Pill?

I’ve not gone mad!

What I want to imply is, there are two options of car restoration you can choose from — DIY restoration and Professional restoration!

To simplify, if you’re someone who likes to do things their way and doesn’t mind if anything goes out of order and is ready to face the consequences, then the DIY way is your way to go.

Just be ready for all the research and hard work before diving right in.

Once you decide the type of restoration you want for your car, the real hustle begins thereafter. You’ll need to start with the disassembly. Now, there are over 5000 components in a single classic car. Thus, documenting everything you deal with is imperative.

Take pictures and notes of all that you do, so if something slips your mind, you’ll have a record to go to.

Follow These Steps To Classic Car Disassembly

1. The Trim

This is the first item that you should dismantle. Get your wrenches and cranks, and start to remove those bolts and nuts. Use a chisel wherever required (rusty bolts). 

Get some specialized trim removal tools if you find it difficult. They hardly cost $10-20. 

2. The Glass & Interior

After removing the exterior trim, the next target should be the most fragile part of the car — the glass.

The rear windows might give a little trouble while you’re trying to remove them, but the windshield would be easy. So, be careful.

The rest will be easily followed.

After the glass, hop into the interiors. Get the door panels removed and then the hardest part, the door trim panels. Refer to manuals for this task. It is more difficult than you can imagine.

3. Suspension, Wring, And The Rest

Be cautious in this step. Start with disassembly or rear suspension and then the front. The classic car suspension varies greatly from the current ones. 

Then start with the wirings. Remove the brake, engine, and dash harnesses.

Thereafter, go for the rest of the parts and then the body. Remember that this process might take days. So be patient! 

Done with disassembly? Let’s hustle more…

A small note before you move further:

Considering the life-threatening COVID-19 outbreak, here’s a list of precautions from ]]>World Health Organization]]>:

1. Wash Your Hands Several Times A Day
2. Keep Social Distance
3. Refrain Yourself From Touching Your Mouth, Nose Or Eyes.

Furthermore, if you’re stranded with your car anywhere during the lockdown, don’t panic. Follow these tips to how to tow your car safely during the Coronavirus outbreak

Build, Build Build!

This is the part where you deal with everything substantial. Start by removing the original faded paint. Remove the rust and dents. 

It will test your grit, but it is totally worth it! Keep on working the core parts till every ugly looking item turns beautiful. Apply primer, fill the gaps, and seal the underneath. 

After dealing with all the rusty age-old components, its time to beautify — PAINTING.

But, but, but... before you start, make sure that sanding and priming are done with precision.

Finally, paint it! Take care of imperfections, and then polish it.

Learn How To Remove Scratches From Your Car Paint

Time To Reassemble!!!

Leave the freshly repainted body for a while, and assemble the mechanical parts. Assemble the suspension, engine, transmission, and other parts.

Be sure to test their efficiency before installation.

Later, go for the wiring harness, interior trim, glasses, and so on. Forget haste for a while and go about with the reassembly with care. All of your efforts will bear fruit soon! 

It is done!!!

You did it. It is just a gist, but that’s how a general DIY classic car restoration process works. There are multiple variations that offer more customizations.

Is It Getting Too Complex? Get Professional Help!

If you think so, you’re not alone. Not everybody needs to go through this hustle of doing everything manually. And also, it is not always the safest way, considering all the risks involved.

Thus, the first question that you should search on the Google search engine is, ‘antique car restoration shops near me’.

Yes, that’s it!

With that search, you’ll get a list of all the car restoration companies near you. But if you live near Doylestown, then going with A&G Customs should be a no brainer.

Give a call to 215 669 3072 for any related queries.