Every motor enthusiast knows that their dream classic car restoration will always be a worthwhile project to complete.
However, when you’re new to the world of mechanics and engineering, it’s easy to get carried away. What starts out as one project could quickly turn into a business idea – much like this restoration expert converting classic cars into EVs.
We’ve outlined some practical advice to help you stay grounded and prepare for your project below.
1. Get Organised
Restoring a classic car is an enormous time commitment, regardless of your chosen make or model.
It’s important to be realistic in the planning stages. Think firstly about whether you have enough time to be able to finish up to a high standard. If you work full time, for example, do you think you’ll be able to keep your efforts going on weekends and during the evening?
You’ll need to budget for your project too. And if you’re not physically able to lift heavy loads or work at difficult angles, you might need to call in skilled labourers. Unexpected costs could crop up along the way, so you’ll need to have extra funds available.
2. Buy The Right Tools
Having the right tools makes any project much easier to complete.
Not having the necessary resources at hand can also delay a project, particularly with recent supply chain issues. You’ll need specific tools for cable installation, too.
For example, tool extensions like step drill bits can be used to redirect electrical wiring for stereo systems, internal lighting, antennas, and more. Electronics can be the most complicated part of restoration projects, so don’t be afraid to ask for professional advice if you feel out of your depth.
3. Pick A Location
You’ll need plenty of space to restore the vehicle. It’s also worth remembering that you might not be able to physically move the car for much of the restoration project, so you’ll potentially need use of the space for an extended period.
If you have your own separate garage or outbuildings with a working power supply, you’ll be ready to go. Otherwise, you could call family and friends to see if you could borrow a suitable space.
4. Choose Your Dream Project
Lastly, all that’s left is to take some time considering which car you’d like to restore.
Using the internet, you can join classic car forums and network within active communities to find out which cars are worth restoring.
Your project will also depend on what you’d like to achieve. If you’re thinking of restoring purely for an investment, make sure you look out for the cars that are most likely to appreciate. Or, if you’re looking for a project just to make you happy, you won’t need to think about resale value.
Even though restoration might feel frustrating at times, don’t forget to have fun – and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!