When you’re a classic car enthusiast, there are few things more exciting or fulfilling than restoring one yourself. That being said, you shouldn’t dive head first into a project of your own without thinking things through properly. Restoring a classic car can be an amazing experience, but only if you’ve planned it properly and have the tools, knowledge, and willpower to get the results you want. Keeping that in mind, here are five things you should know before you start restoring a car of your very own.
You have to do the legwork
When most people think of a project like this one, they imagine laying under a car, covered in oil, while music blasts on the radio. Unfortunately, there’s way more to it than that.
For every hour you spend under the hood of your new car, you’re going to have to spend at least twice as long online, whether it be to research parts, find a mechanic, learn how to complete certain repairs, or something else. Unless you’re willing to do this planning too or you’re not going to get anywhere.
You need lots of free time when restoring a classic car
Restoring a car isn’t something you can do in a couple of weeks or even a few months. You’re going to need to give up your evenings and weekends for an incredibly long while, and the time you’re not spending working on your car, you’ll be thinking about the next thing you need to get done.
Even when you finish your car, you still may not be done, as you’ll have to take care of it and make sure that it’s kept in tip-top condition.
You shouldn’t do it for profit
If you’re looking at restoring a classic car and then selling it for ten times what you bought it for, you might want to think again. Restoring an old car is an expensive endeavour, and there likely won’t be much resale value at the end of your project.
Regardless of the make or model, car and motorbike parts are rarely cheap, and this is especially true when discussing a classic vehicle. Because of this, you should ensure that this is a project based on passion, rather than on profit.
Your friends won’t be much help
Once your friends and family find out about your new hobby, you’ll probably have one or two of them offer up their time and service to you.
However, unless any of these loved ones are professional mechanics, you probably shouldn’t trust them with your new baby.
As well-meaning as they might be, anyone who’s not an expert could cause damage to your vehicle, which you’ll then have to put right. It’ll save you time, money, and stress if you just do it alone.
You Will Want To Give Up
As fun and exciting as it can be, restoring a classic car is a challenging process, and there are going to be mistakes made and bumps along the way.
You might have dreamt about restoring your own car for as long as you can remember, but when you’re still in the garage at three in the morning, and your partner is asking you to come to sleep, you’re going to be tempted to give up altogether. That’s why it’s important that you’re motivated and genuinely passionate.
So before you start restoring a classic car, make sure you consider the points listed above.