Buying & Restoring Your First Classic Car

Buying & Restoring Your First Classic Car

Restoring classic cars can be an incredibly rewarding and even potentially profitable hobby. If you’ve yet to delve into the classic car market then the guide below should be of great help.

What to buy

The first thing you need to think about is what car you want to buy. Your budget will certainly be something you have to take into account as the prices of classic cars can vary considerably from one model to the next. When thinking about what car you want to buy, you should think about practical considerations such as how well you think you’ll be able to restore it and whether it’s a car you would actually enjoy driving.

Another important consideration is where you’ll buy. Classic cars are by their nature quite rare so you’ll need to do your research and find out the best places to look.

Restoring the exterior

Restoring the exterior of a classic car can be quite an extensive job depending on its condition. A lot of people mistakenly believe that any dents in the bodywork can simply be popped out but this often isn’t the case. Fixing serious dents requires a good amount of work so you should be wary of any cars that have extensive damage to the bodywork unless you’re prepared to put in a lot of time and effort fixing them.

A very popular way to restore the exterior of a classic car is to repaint it. Before you repaint a classic car you need to be aware of a couple of things. Firstly you’ll need to sand down any scratches on the paintwork. Secondly you’ll need to prime any bare metal on the bodywork.

Restoring the interior

One of the first things you want to look for when restoring the interior of a classic car is the condition of the floor. Any minor cosmetic damage can easily be hidden with floor mats. Extensive damage to the floor, such as holes, is something you should be very wary of as it will require a lot of work and expertise to put right.

Upholstery is another key thing you’ll want to pay attention to when restoring your classic car. One of the best ways to clean and restore any damage to the seats of the car is by removing them. This is usually not too difficult and will enable you to thoroughly clean them from top to bottom.

Lastly is the dashboard. Providing there are no deep scratches or dents to the dashboard, restoring this aspect of the car is very simple and usually just involves cleaning.

Tweaking performance

When it comes to tweaking the performance of a classic car, the first thing you want to pay attention to is the engine. Unless you’re very experienced then you’ll want to be sure that any classic car you buy has a fully working engine. In this case all you’ll need to do is clean it and change the oil to improve performance.

In addition to the engine you should also pay attention to any belts, hoses and spark plug wires that might need to be replaced.

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