1. Select the Level of Restoration You Want:
4 Stages of Restoration
-Small cosmetic alterations
Purpose: To make the car functional again
-Major cosmetic repairs
-Comprehensive bodywork, if required
Purpose: To get the car ready to hit the road for everyday use.
-Intensive professional-level upgradations
Purpose: To revamp the car’s look, design and performance and keep it at par with the current version.
Purpose: To showcase in auto shows or personal exhibitions
2. Inspect the Exterior
Look for dents and corrosion spots on the body. Scratches that feel deep has to be sanded down and painted again.
-Dismantle the car entirely to clean and check for parts that need repair
4. Repair chrome pieces
Classic cars usually have chrome mirrors and bumpers that need to be cleaned and repaired for the entire vehicle to shine
5. Inspect the Floor
Conceal minor floor problems with a colorful mat. Repair holes by welding or priming and painting, if necessary.
6. Repair the Engine
If the engine is in running condition, just change the oil after a thorough cleaning session. If it needs repair, make sure you know of manufacturers that produce the necessary parts.
7. Update the Inventory
Change hoses, wires, drive belts and radiator horses if they’re damaged.
8. Repair the Drivetrain
How smoothly your classic car hits the road will depend on how polished its drivetrain is. Check the clutch to see if it’s working properly and change the transmission fluid.
9. Upgrade the Exhaust System
Having a powerful exhaust system decreases your carbon footprint while saving you tons of money.
Rent out a professional spray gun and painting supplies and get hold of old photos of the car to nail the correct look. If you goof up, sand it down and repaint. Take your time because getting a refined look without drips or dust is tricky.