If you’re one of those lucky people with a parent or grandparent who never traded in or sold the original family car, you’re in good position to inherit a classic. However, if that classic car needs a bit of work, you might want to know how to refurbish it so you can drive it in style just like your loved ones did years ago.
Refurbishing a classic takes a bit of know-how, but with loving patience, you’ll be pleased with the end result.
1. Find replacement parts – Thanks to the Internet, it’s not difficult to find replacement parts for classic cars. Before you start your work, determine if you want the finished refurbished car to have replacements or original parts, or if modern upgrades are OK. Be sure to search online auto auctions on a regular basis because you never know when the part you need might be up for sale. Salvage yards or online auto auctions across the United States are also connected online, and you might be able to find the part using that resource as well.
2. Schedule time – A good refurbishment of a classic car takes time. It helps if you don’t have a deadline – like wanting to show it in an upcoming classic car show. Deadlines can cause stress and mistakes if you have to rush to complete the entire project in a limited amount of time. You also may not find the exact replacement part you’re looking for when you’re in a rush. When it comes to restoring a classic car, you don’t want to cut corners. Keeping this car running for many more years to come is the goal.
3. Outsource some jobs professionally – Most classic car enthusiasts enjoy doing the work themselves. However, if the vehicle you inherited needs a paint job, this might be a time to bring in the pros, especially if you don’t have expertise in painting cars. The cost of purchasing the equipment to paint your classic with a professional look can take you way over budget. If you belong to a classic car club, ask if anyone has used a professional they would recommend, and be sure to check out the work prior to making the appointment.
As you begin refurbishing your classic car, you may run into a situation where you don’t know how to proceed. Classic car clubs and online resources are plentiful, and you can find someone to provide you with advice on how to resolve the problem. Don’t hesitate to ask.