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Restoring a Unique Classic Car

Lisa Rob

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To define classic car restoration is simple: it is the process of transforming a car to its previous best state (frequently this state is how the vehicle appeared in its prime). To restore a historical vehicle needs to be contained within some specific boundaries and guidelines however.

Classic cars are unique and have much greater character than their modern counterparts. Some wonderful examples of classic cars within the 1960’s and 1970’s are the Chevrolet 210 from 1954, Porsche 944, L88 Corvette, the Station Wagon from 1959 and the Chevrolet Impala.

The end result of a classic car overhaul will certainly gain some impressive head-turning glances from passers-by as well as the merit of receiving a fantastic price should you wish to sell on the vehicle after the process is complete. If you’re prepared to dedicate time, energy, great tolerance and have a willingness to invest where necessary then classic car restoration can be a highly satisfying process. Should you choose to complete the process using your own facilities, you will need to be equipped with the appropriate tools. A useful tip is to label the areas of the vehicle which need to be restored. From here you can create a checklist, making for a more organised system.

The most time-consuming area of the restoration process will be the engine; as one of the largest components of the car, it is important that you dedicate the majority of your time to this key area. Essentially, the engine is the core of the car; for this reason, ensure you are advised by a qualified mechanic or utilise a professional mechanic facility (outsource) for this area. After the engine is running well, the main compartment can be thoroughly washed using a steam wash, followed by a fresh coat of paint.

Following the engine in level of importance is the gearbox and transmission. It is recommended to replace the oil within the transmission and the gearbox as a general rule. It is also advisable to replace rust-ridden or tarnished body panels.

Should the windows of the car need to be changed, it is advisable to use a professional auto glass shop to install and replace. For a final sparkle, the vehicle should be cleaned thoroughly and properly: use chrome polishing products along with the correct cloths to ensure not to damage the surface of the car. Regarding where to find classic cars , check online and in the trade publications. These two resources will clearly state the locations of the classic car for sale you seek. Classic car restoration is not for the faint hearted and should only be undertaken if you can invest sufficient time and money.


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