All classic car fanatics know that one of the most enjoyable aspects of classic car ownership is getting to restore the car on your own time. Many people enjoy spending their free time working on their classic car until they have it restored to their liking. However, there are certain tasks that should be left to the professionals.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Before you begin any task on the restoration of your classic car, you should ask yourself a few questions to determine whether or not you should bring in a professional – because we all know that certain tasks are better left to the pros.
- Am I physically capable of performing this task on my own and am I confident in the knowledge that I have about this task?
- How much money will it cost me to perform this task on my own? How much money should I put aside in case I need to troubleshoot during the execution of the task?
- Is it legal for me to perform this task by myself?
- Will I need assistance to perform this task on my own? Who do I know that has the knowledge and expertise to help me perform this task?
- What is my ultimate goal in performing this task on my own? Do I want to restore this classic car to its original factory specifications or would I like to take a little more artistic license with the project?
Your answers to these questions will help you determine whether or not you would like to handle these tasks on your own or call in a professional.
D.I.Y. or Expert Intervention
Generally speaking, many tasks in classic car restoration can be handled on your own. One of the most important stages in any classic car restoration is the initial cleaning and detailing. It is necessary to get the car very clean in order to determine what needs to be restored or replaced. Many classic car enthusiasts enjoy the process of initially cleaning and detailing their classic car. However, it should be noted that you should use specific products to clean your car well. If you need additional information about what products to use on your classic car, you should consult a professional.
There are some tasks, however, that are best left to the professionals. This is because many of these tasks require more man or machine power than the average hobbyist has at his disposal. Here are a few tasks that should generally be left to the professionals for your next classic car restoration:
- Replacing or restoring upholstery in your classic car.
- Restoring or replacing windows, mirrors, and windshields in your classic car.
- Painting your classic car to original factory specifications or to your own artistic desires.
- Restoring or replacing the engine block of your classic car.
Restoring a classic car can be a fulfilling and rewarding hobby. However, there are certain restoration tasks that should be left to the experts.