So you finally bought a project car. Congratulations! Soon you will be roaring down the road. But first, you need to get started on your muscle car restoration. Chances are, you’ll need some help along the way. After all, bringing a vehicle back to its former glory takes a lot of different skills.
When looking for a mechanic to help with your muscle car restoration or resto-mod project, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you end up with the car you’ve always wanted.
Do they know and love classic cars? Old cars – those glorious beasts 40 or more years old – are entirely different from today’s models. They require a completely different approach and mindset. You’ll need to find a mechanic who understands and loves these cars the same way you do. Often, this means finding a specialty shop, or one run by a mechanic with an interest in classic cars.
Ask them, point-blank, for photos of classic cars the shop has restored. If they proudly produce these photos for you to see, you’ve found a shop that understands old cars.
Before starting your muscle car restoration, decide what you want your finished car to be. When it comes to classic car restoration, you can do an as-built, true to original restoration, or you can do what’s known as a resto-mod, which incorporates some modern conveniences.
Are you looking for a car that looks like it just rolled off the assembly line? This will require original sourcing for parts that might be difficult to find, and foregoing any modern conveniences you may have wanted, like four-wheel disc brakes.
Or would you prefer something with a little more power under the hood and an interior upgrade? This gives you a lot more freedom and room for creative expression but comes with complications of its own, like fitting parts into a car that was never intended to have modern conveniences.
If you know what you want your car to be, but have no idea how to make it happen, we can help. Contact Allegiance Automotive to get started on your restoration today.