Do you love old cars? Vintage cars are shown by collectors throughout the country in shows and admired wherever they go. Owners of older cars that have been virtually brought back to life have a double sense of pride if they have performed the restoration themselves.
There is a difference between automobile restoration and simple rebuilding. A rebuilt car can contain any type of part. True restoration, consists of getting as much authenticity into the automobile as possible, right down to the hub caps. The car will only retain the value if it is restored back to its original condition, not rebuilt into a different car. While “pimping” a car may be popular at the moment, a restored car is supposed to take us back in time, not remind us of the present.
The process of car restoration encompasses not just the parts of the car that can be seen by others, but also the mechanical components should also be restored to their original condition. Vintage car restoration is an art form unto itself. It takes people years to restore classic, vintage cars properly.
Vintage automobile restoration involves the process of disassembling the entire car, cleaning and either replacing or repairing the original parts and then reassembling the vehicle. In order for the car to maintain its original value, it must be restored with all of the proper parts. In most cases, the engine must be completely rebuilt.
A person who wants to restore a vintage automobile should have extensive knowledge about cars. Mechanical knowledge is as important as doing body work to the car. In most automotive shops, body work and mechanical work are two different trades. Someone who wants to restore vintage cars has to know both aspects of car repair.
In addition, a car restoration includes the interior of the car. It is usually more desirable to repair the upholstery, if at all possible. Naturally, you will not be able to get a replacement seat for a 1955 Chevy, but you can recover the seats in materials that mirror those used for a 1955 Chevy. A car that is merely replaced with lookalike parts has not been properly restored. A vintage car can be worth quite a bit of money to a collector if it has been carefully restored to its original condition. This usually means that you will have to do quite a bit of searching to find parts and paint for your car.
Speaking of paint, you will want to use the original paint, if possible, to repaint the car. There are many different places where you can purchase the original car paint, or one as close as possible. We will be discussing places to purchase parts and accessories later in this book. You need to have patience, time, space to work and money in which to buy parts and materials. Most important of all, you must have a love for cars. If you love old cars and do not want to see them put to rest in the junk yard, this is your opportunity to give them a new lease on life. Although it can be costly, the restoration can be done over a period of time to accommodate your budget. You will need a place to work on the car and storage for the automobile when it is not in use.
There are business that practice the art of vintage car restoration. They can generally restore a vintage auto in much less time than you will be able. Those who collect automobiles or do not have the time or inclination to work on the projects often send their cars to such businesses. Money can also be made by learning how to restore vintage automobiles. Once you have successfully completed one restoration project, you may find you miss your hobby. It is common for people who restore automobiles to continue with this hobby throughout their lifetime. As they can only use so many cars, they often sell those they no longer want and make quite a profit.