It is not enough to be passionate about classic cars, if you want to restore them. But being passionate is enough to get you started and hooked for life. The next step is to find someone to teach you how to restore a classic vehicle. Here I will try to sum up a few tips I learned because I love classic cars and because I want to help my sister-in-law understand my brother. She is not complaining about the hours he spends upgrading his new car or restoring his old one, but the money he spends on his hobby.
Why restoring classic cars and what would be the cost?
Committing to classic cars restoration means the passion has been planted. It can be costly depending on the types of vehicles you are interested in and how much you are ready to spend. Only some really passionate hearts can explain the feeling of satisfaction they get when they hear the engine roarn (at some point, in moths or years). Some people say that restoring old cars often starts out of nostalgia for the good old times, but the more time you spend the more it turns into hobby. That’s what happened to my brother. He started with a handful of tools and after we knew, he had a whole garage stocked with tools and machinery. And this is when the talk about cost of restoring old cars took place.
The cost of restoring an old car depends on a few factors.
The make and model and how easy it is to find it
First factor affecting the cost is the make and model of the vehicle you want and how easy it will be to find it. In many cases, the older the vehicle is the more difficult it will be to find it and probably restore it. Finding your car is the first step, but more important is to decide how much restoration work you are willing to do. Then you can begin the search for a vehicle based on its year, make and model and condition.
Second factor is the number of parts you need to replace
Parts are easy to find for new cars, but for many old autos you will have to do an extensive research to find and then spend a good amount of money to buy. The best way to go about this is to try to find the same vehicle in junk yards and buy the parts from there. Today you can simply go online and find what you need easily. If you can’t find the parts you need start networking with classic car enthusiasts, contact some classic cars clubs and join forums because this is where you will surely find answers and help.
Third factor are the tools you will need
Some auto mechanic tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers you probably already have. A socket set, a floor jack and jack stands will be very useful as well. After the main restoration you will most likely need to paint the car and a sanding machine and spray gun might be necessary. Don’t forget to create a color scheme for your car and depends on your choice you may need to find some original paint.
Another expense could be the interior
If most of it is damaged you will most likely need to replace it or refit it with new fabrics or leather. Keep in mind that once you start diving deeper in the job you may find more things that need to be replaced or repaired. This is the beauty of it after all right. Digging deeper into the car gets you completely engulfed by how much you can do with your own hands, and this makes you fall in love with the process and the vehicle.
And this is how a hobby is born.
So, there you have a few basic tips on what to expect from a classic car restoration process and what would be the associated costs. Check out this guide by Hemmings Motor News with some of the best cars to restore, which may help you choose your next classic car to restore. Good luck and have fun restoring your classic vehicle and remember that the most important tool in this job will be your hands driven by passion.
Just one more thing, if you find your classic automobile thousands of miles away, across the country, give us a call and we will arrange the car shipping service for your classic vehicle. Your classic car will be most likely inoperable (if you have decided to really get your hands dirty!), which means that the cost to ship the car will be higher. Shipping is usually part of the restoration process, so don’t hestitate to contact us with questions. We are here to help you and work with you.