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A Guide to

Restoring Your Classic Car

Some classic cars have been around for more than 50 years. Classic car restoration is the process by which the car is returned to its former glory and splendor. By following some of the basic guidelines, restoring classic cars can be a memorable and enjoyable experience. One of the inherent qualities of classic cars is that they always stand out among all other cars on the road. A few of the classic cars belonging to the 60’s and 70’s era include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet 210(1954), Chevrolet Impala, Mercury Park Lane , Porsche 944, Plymouth Duster, Ford Station Wagon (1959), and L88 Corvette.

Restoring your classic car not only draws second looks from onlookers but it can also fetch a good price when you are ready to part with it. Restoring a classic car requires time, dedication, patience, and most importantly, money. If you are doing the job, you will need special tools. During the restoration process, it’s essential to tag the parts of the classic car which needs to be restored so as to simulate a more systematic approach. 

When restoring a classic car, a major part is the engine. The engine is the heart of the car so it’s advisable that a certified mechanic is given the responsibility of repairing it. Once the engine starts smoothly, you can steam wash the compartment of the engine and also repaint it. The gearbox and the transmission is the second part which needs to be checked. Changing the oil in the transmission and gearbox is suggested. Next in line are the body panels. Rusty or damaged body panels should be replaced.

The car windows need to be checked for cracks. If you need to replace the windows, it’s best to get new windows from authorized auto glass shops. Polishing the classic car with chrome polishing products would ensure that it looks as good as new. All the rubber which lines the doors and windows should be sprayed with silicon spray so the doors and windows can operate smoother. The interiors are another important segment of the car which should be considered. Try to install brand new upholstery for the interiors and change the floor panels. Finally, you should try to restore the original paint color of the car to add more value to the car.

Restoring a classic car is quite laborious and it can take a few months. You have to scour car part dealers and other car shops for the perfect restoration solution. Restoring your classic car is definitely more painstaking than modifying a classic car with new mechanical parts. Once you’ve successfully restored your classic car, the satisfaction and joy can be indescribable.

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Matt is the Managing Partner at Leland-West Insurance Brokers, Inc. He started with the firm while still a college student, way back in 1984. According to Matt his only remaining hobby is Motorsport ... because its all he can afford ("will work for tires"). Reach him at matt@lelandwest.com