Useful Tips For Starting A Classic Car Restoration Project

Classic Car Restoration

When purchasing a classic car you need to establish what work needs to be done and list the parts that you are going to need.

Assessment of body work.

What work is needed to be carried out?

Is it a replacement or repair?

Can you carry out the work yourself or will you require professional help?

Do you have all the specialist tools needed to carry out the repairs and work?

Do you have all the correct certification to carry out the work? Welding work will require a certified welder to carry out the work.

Do you have adequate space to carry out the work required?

Timescales

How much time can you devote to your restoration?

Cost

What is the estimated cost taking into account the timescales you have given yourself?

How much money do you have to restore your car?

How much work will you have to do yourself?

Road Tax

Is the car permanently off the road? If it is not of a certain age will you need to make the car SORN whilst carrying out the restoration?

Acquiring parts

To purchase parts for your vehicle maybe difficult as many parts become discontinued stock.

It maybe possible to replace the part with a modern alternative.

Second hand parts could be an option although if you can find the part you need it maybe in the same condition as the one you already have.

Where to find parts.

There are many ways to find parts if you are restoring on a shoe string.

Car parts suppliers.

Some modern suppliers may still have certain parts. Most parts after a certain period become discontinued, although there maybe a modern equivalent that is suitable although not authentic. You might even be lucky and there might be some old stock!

Specialist car suppliers maybe your next option as they specialise in classic cars.

Newspapers and newsagent windows

You never know what will be advertised. You may want to advertise a Wanted space yourself, but that can be costly. If you want to keep the costs down ask them for a late space advertisement. If they have spare spaces to fill and you can negotiate a better advertising rate.

Newsagents window are cheap and effective although localised. Keep a look out for adverts in your local newsagents for garage clearances, motor parts and vehicles for sale.

Car magazines

Car magazines can be costly but great for information. Have good look in the shop to make sure you have the right magazine to suit your car. Many of the magazines are now online and you may be able to find out details of specialist repairers and restorers free of charge.

Another cheap way of buying car magazines is to have a look at boot sales and local newspapers. It is amazing what information, books or manuals you can find for very little money.

Scrap yards

Get to know your local scrap dealer or car breaker. Tell them what you are looking for and they can contact you if anything suitable comes in.

Specialist car parts suppliers

Car Associations

Their members have been there and done it. You can find out details of associations in specialist classic car magazines and on the web.

They will be able to provide you useful advice. Possibly have access to parts and specialist repairers.

Car jumbles

Look out for car jumbles or classic car jumbles. They are always great to have a look round and you never know what useful part or tool you will be able to pick up.

Internet

The web is a fantastic source of information. The internet provides copies of manuals, reference books, association feedback, newsletters and forums as well as purchasing essential items such as parts, tools and specialist classic car insurance.

Insurance.

Do you have the correct cover for your classic car whilst being restored to its former glory and when roadworthy? It is important to check with a classic car insurance broker for advice.