Restoring an old car can be a rewarding project. There’s nothing quite like hearing the rumble the first time you turn over the engine. That sound is made all the more satisfying by the effort it took to get to that point.
First, though, you need to find a project car. At this point, you need to give yourself an honest assessment of your skills. Think about what you can confidently take on and what you’ll need help with. When looking at project cars, use that skill assessment to determine whether or not the car is within your skill range. If not, consider if the required work is within your budget. Balancing the car you want against the skills and budget you have will increase the chance your project gets completed. It will also help narrow down the range of cars you consider if your list of potential projects grows too large.
With the budget figured out, have a good look at the condition of each car you’re considering. A vehicle in rough shape will be cheaper to buy, but comes with a higher restoration cost.
Before buying a classic car, do some research on the model and the year to see what cars in similar condition have sold for. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not the vehicle you’re looking at is reasonably priced.
Also, be honest with yourself and assess how much you really know about restoring cars.
Not knowing anything about cars isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker for your muscle car restoration project. You’ll just need to find somebody to help with your classic car restoration.
You can consider it a learning experience. The key is to find a shop that understands what you’re trying to achieve with your project, whether it’s a fully stock restoration, a resto-mod, or a rat rod.
If you don’t have the budget to complete the entire muscle car restoration all at once, ask about doing it in stages. This way, you’ll be able to make progress on the project as your budget allows.
Contact Allegiance Automotive to get started on your restoration project.