When undertaking a restoration, there are many challenges to keep any car enthusiast engaged and excited about his or her project. However, some aspects of automobile restoration are more difficult than others, either because of their complexity or because of the scale and price of the project. Below are a few of the more difficult tasks in car restoration.
- Removing rust. Rust removal is difficult simply because of the time it requires and the care needed to prevent any damage to the car. With classic cars, you must be more cautious than you might otherwise be with any other used car. Where you might normally used a sander with high grit sandpaper, consider getting finer grit to minimize the damage you do to the car’s paint job. Also, protect the car all around the rusted spot, covering it to prevent rust or paint dust from spreading. Use a sander or grinder to carefully remove the rust. Take plenty of time, and be sure to repaint over the now rust-free area afterwards. It might be worth the money to hire a professional to minimize the impact to your car.
- Engine repair. When you’re working with old engines, you have to take a number of factors into consideration. If you will be using the car for anything more than occasional drives around the neighborhood, the engine needs to be able to handle a lot of miles and stress. For some classic cars, this may mean replacing the engine, especially if essential parts are broken or missing. For others, it may be a matter of finding out what parts of the engine have to be replaced and what parts could be used lightly without endangering the driver. To prevent any mistakes, consider talking to a professional before taking your classic car out for a spin.
- Finding the time. Restoring a classic automobile takes a lot of time, from the labor involved to the waiting time for parts to arrive. Finding the time after work and on the weekends can be stressful, but the reward will be worth it. If you don’t have the time, you can always hire a professional to restore the car for you and get back in perfect condition.
- Locating and paying for parts. One less commonly considered part of automobile restoration is finding and paying for replacement parts. The rarer your vehicle, the more it is worth; unfortunately, this also means it will cost more to restore. When only a few hundred of certain cars were made, there are very few parts available for that car. Many car restorers use parts of other models that look similar and serve the same purposes, but can be found for a fraction of the price of the original. Consider all of your options when looking for car parts, and don’t hesitate to contact a car restoration company for advice.
At All Glass and Upholstery, we have been completing automotive restorations since 1954, and our technicians know every trick of the trade. We can restore your classic car quickly and with excellent results. Contact us today for more information.