Many car enthusiasts dream of purchasing an iconic classic car for cheap and restoring it to its former glory. Whether you are retired, or in college, the idea of a long-term restoration project can be exciting and romantic.
However, there are essential considerations to have in mind when choosing the car for your restoration project. To get satiation from your project despite spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in your restoration project, you should be thoughtful of your choices. On the other hand, if you are careless, you might end you wasting money and time and, in the end, experience crushing disappointment.
#1. Select A Motor Vehicle That Will Retain And Increase Value
There are many old cars for sale that you can try to restore. However, most cars are not worth much and cannot be valuable even when you restore them to a pristine state. As such, do not settle on a particular car model on a whim.
Carry out extensive research and determine the kinds of models that are more valuable once they are restored. A car that typically gains value when restored can and does cost more. Moreover, the upfront cost of purchasing the vehicle is only a small fraction of the total project.
#2. Be Wary Of Rust
There is a potential for a car’s chassis to be eaten away by rust if stored in an exposed environment. Rust damage is difficult and time-consuming to repair as it requires replacing steel panels.
If you invest in a rusted car, be prepared to strip the entire chassis, gut off unsalvageable sections of the chassis, sandblast every inch of the remaining chassis, and weld the replacement parts. If you are restoring one of the more popular classic cars, you could purchase replacement panels from the aftermarket vendors. Otherwise, you must fabricate the panels from scratch using steel metal. As you can appreciate, rust repair is not for everyone. You need prior experience.
#3. Opt For A Car That Can Start
Buying a car that starts and runs negates the chances of enduring an expensive, tedious, and time-consuming mechanical repairs. Conversely, a vehicle that does not run is a risky proposition. Best-case scenario, you will just need a new battery, fuel pump, or starter. However, you might buy a car with a seized engine necessitating an engine replacement or rebuild.
#4. Ensure Availability Of Replacement Parts
You will have a hard time and a frustrating experience trying to restore a car with no replacement parts available on the market. If you buy an extremely rare car, there might be little to no aftermarket replacement parts available. Additionally, used parts might also turn out to be prohibitively expensive. For a smoother experience, ensure there are replacement parts for the car you want to purchase and restore.
#5. Bring An Expert
If you have an acquaintance or friend who has knowledge and experience in classic car restoration, bring him/her to your potential purchase. You could also contact Whites Body Works for help with your restoration. The feedback from an experience car restoration expert can be helpful right from the initial stages that include choosing your car. Their input into the car you purchase can save you time, money, and headache.