I realize now that when I bought my first classic car, I was looking through rose-colored glasses. I was so overcome with amazement that I was actually buying my first classic car on my own, that I started to look past many of the major problems with the car.
If you aren’t careful, this car really hurt you in the long run. I was fortunate to not pay too much and still get a decent vehicle for restoration. When you decide to buy your first restoration car, there are three important things to look for to make sure you are successful.
The most important thing to take into consideration when buying a car for restoration is to determine your own level of skill to perform the job. There are lots of questions that you need to ask yourself. Are you going to be doing the work yourself? Are you going to pay a professional to do the work for you? Many people take on a project and realize early on that it is too much for them to do and it never happens.
The next thing to do is to decide what kind of car you want to restore. Many people choose cars based on what their parents had when they were growing up. No matter what car you choose, you have to make sure that it is a car that you are passionate about restoring.
When you know what type of car you are looking for, then the hunt for the perfect car to restore starts. Many things are to be taken into consideration when seeking a car to purchase. Depending on how you plan on restoring the car, you will need to look at things like condition, rarity, and availability of parts.
When looking at a car, give special consideration to the condition of things that for the most part cannot be restored. Are the frame rails solid? Is the car original? Have there been modifications to the car that cannot be reversed? If so, it might be a good idea to keep looking for a more restorable automobile.
Depending on what car you choose will determine how difficult it is to restore. Many common cars chosen for restoration will have readily available parts. More rare cars will be tough in locating parts. It is important to make sure the car is complete for the most part before starting restoration.
Other things to seek out on a car are the history of the automobile. Is the full story there? Is the owner trustworthy wit regard to the condition?
When checking a car over for purchase, always spend ample time in looking the car over before making the decision to buy. Is the drive train original? Does the car still run? If not, make sure the engine at least turns over freely. Looking for things like rotten floors and solid rocker panels are important. Many of these things can be repaired, but for an amateur restorer, this can be overwhelming.
Overall, restoring a car can be an amazing experience. Lots can be learned from taking on a project, but if the right steps aren’t taken, a restoration project can turn into a permanent shelf for garage clutter. Make sure when buying the car you are ready for the physical and financial commitment to the project.
What kind of car will you be restoring next?