There are a number of things that you should consider before you dive headfirst into classic car restoration.
If you plan the project correctly you will get exactly the outcome you are looking for. There is always a reason to restore a car.
For some people it’s as simple as nostalgia, it reminds them of better times. For others, it’s a business, and their goal is to make money restoring classic cars.
And then there are those who do it for an investment, and classic cars are a good investment if you buy the right ones.
OK now that we have that out of the way let’s get down to the brass tacks of it.
There are a few things that you must have before you restore a classic car, and that is what this articles will cover.
Hopefully, it helps some of you get your cars restored in the end.
This article will assume that you already have the car that you want to restore in your possession.
So you have bought a car, and it is safely parked in your garage until you can start the restoration work.
This brings us to the first item that you must have to restore your classic car.
A Garage: There is no getting around this requirement. You must have a place indoors where you can work on your car, you cannot do this in your driveway, under an awning, this work absolutely requires a garage to do the work in.
The garage must have power for tools and lighting in it.
If possible it should have an air compressor installed in it.
If you have these two things then you have a great start on the things that you need to restore your classic car.
Time & Money: These are the next most important things to have before you start a car restoration project.
You will need a lot of both items, the money part depends on what you plan to do with the car what it’s finished.
If you plan on doing hot rod work such as high-performance engines, custom paint or custom interior you will need more money then you would for a factory restore on the car.
In the end, you can spend as much as you desire on your car by adding custom goodies or just choosing a car that is in horrible condition to restore.
Tools & Equipment: To do the job right you will need more than just basic hand tools. You will need a torch, a MIG welder, and a plasma cutter if possible.
You can get along without a plasma cutter if you need to, but it is a great help when you do this kind of work, an engine hoist, and an engine stand are required to perform the work properly.
Obviously, you will need the basic hand tools also. Tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, vice grips, body hammers and dollies along with a full set of wrenches, a 3/8″ drive ratchet and sockets to go with it.
These things should be enough to get a start on the work, but you will need other tools & equipment to complete the job.
I’ve been in the automotive business for about 20 or 25 years, I have worked in all facets of the industry, from parts to restoration, all different makes and models.