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Learning how to restore a classic car only requires a few simple steps, but implementing them will take time and budgeting. Time is an important factor in full restoration projects since it can take around 1,000 hours to fully restore a classic car. You're going to need a lot of parts which won't always be easy to find and will cost significant sums of money. However, there are ways to accomplish the task without breaking the bank.
Finding Your Car
First of all, you need a vehicle to restore. You can cut down on the amount of work and money you need to spend on the restoration by buying a classic car that's already partially restored, or a project that someone hasn't had the time or money to finish. However, you will pay more upfront for this. Alternatively, you can scout around for a complete project that will need a lot of work but which won't cost you much on an initial basis. Talk to other classic car enthusiasts who may be aware of a potential project, look at magazines and check any online ads. Don't be in a hurry to make a choice. The more work you have to do, the longer it will take and the more you'll spend on parts.
You need a number of replacement parts when you restore a classic car. If you're lucky, you will be able to salvage some of the parts already on the car and in the engine. However, there will still be a lot of items that you'll need to buy. Contact vehicle salvage centers in your area to see if they have a similar vehicle. If so, find out what parts are available. This will be the cheapest route. Also, check online to see if anyone is parting out a similar vehicle for spares or repairs. This can be a good source of cheap parts. You can also find a wide range of cheap parts online. The best places are through online car collector groups, where members offer parts for sale.
Restoring Your Car
The only way to restore a classic car on a budget is to do the work yourself. That means you need a place to do the work, such as a garage, where the vehicle is shielded from the weather. You also need a full range of auto tools, the owner's manual and plenty of experience. Talk to friends or other enthusiasts who have restoration experience and might be willing to help or teach you. Undertake as much of the bodywork yourself as possible. How much you need to do obviously depends on the condition of the car, but there will certainly be some cosmetic work involved. Keep money aside for a professional paint job to finish the vehicle, although you can do the priming of the body yourself. This will save on the overall paint costs. Expect to take about a year to restore a classic car. Don't try and rush the project. Always take time to locate the cheapest sources for parts before you buy and do as much of the work as you possibly can yourself.
Hello classic car lovers my name is Randy owner of Classic Car Hunters and this was my first car. 1965 Dodge Coronet 500, I bought it when I turned 16 in 1967. It was two years old and had 22,000 miles on it and I paid $675.00 for it. Should have bought a ton of them stored them away.