Have you been interested in restoring a classic vehicle but haven’t done it yet? Not sure where to begin? Let’s stop procrastinating and get you started. Here’s a few tips to get you going in the right direction.
1 – Budget
This is certainly going to be one of your main considerations. You need to know ahead of time what you are willing/can afford to spend. Otherwise, you could easily get in over your head. Do your budget first and then find a vehicle to fit, rather than having your heart set on a certain vehicle and trying to make your budget work. Remember, the more common the vehicle, the easier it will be for you to get your classic Chevy parts for it. You may want to double, if not triple, your expected expenses just to be on the safe side for when something unexpected pops up.
2 – Choosing your vehicle
If you are planning to restore a classic Chevy truck or car, be sure to pick one that has a straight frame and is not rusty. That will help save some money. Your best bet to avoid the rust will be to find one in a warm and dry climate. Select something that will retain its value. You don’t want to impulsively settle. Do your homework about which models are the most valuable before and after restoration. You may have to spend more on the cost of the vehicle, but that is just a small part of the overall project and can save you later on down the road.
3 – Replacement parts
You’ll be wasting your time if you can’t get the classic Chevrolet parts that you need. Check this out before you make a final decision on purchasing the vehicle. Be sure to go here and make sure that the classic Chevrolet parts are available. Thanks for checking us out. We truly look forward to the opportunity of working with you on your project.
4 – Document your vehicle
Keep a file of all important data. We’re talking about manufacturer, model numbers and anything else you can find with numbers on it. Don’t forget to include any history or other information you can get from previous owners of the vehicle. This will save you lots of time and headaches when it comes to looking for parts or getting a question answered.
5 – Grab your camera
Take pictures. Lots of them. This can be a lifesaver. Photograph the whole vehicle and then photograph each step of the process. This will help you keep track/remember which classic car parts go where and what order to place them in. It is also nice to have something you can show off when people ask about your project.
6 – Be organized
You will want to keep all of your related parts together. This will save you time when you are re-assembling your project with your classic Chevy parts. This is going to be especially important if you have anyone helping you. Get them on the same page or do it yourself. If not, you run the risk of parts going missing. For all those small parts, a couple sandwich bags and a Sharpie is all you need.
7 – Space
You are going to need a good amount of space to do it right. Ideally, you would have a full two-car garage to work in so you can stay organized while having enough space to actually perform the work. You’ll want your work space to be clean, protected from the elements and of course, well-lit. It goes without saying that it would be helpful to have a place that won’t have a lot of people (especially children) going through.
8 – Small steps
A project like this can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why it would be a good idea to split it up into several small projects. Do not take the whole thing apart at once. Start small. Get that job done and move on to the next one. The longer your project takes, the more important it can become to get the moral boost of seeing something completed. It will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel and how great your finished product can be.
9 – Get online
No matter the topic, there is information online that can help you out. With a little bit of searching, you can find classic car parts discussion groups with people who have similar interests, experience and questions. It helps to know that there are other people having similar struggles. Even better, there are plenty of people with the answer to your question that can help you find parts or suggest other options for you to try.
10 – Have fun
Last, but not least, remember that this is supposed to be fun. Otherwise, why do it in the first place. Embrace the journey (because it won’t be easy) and when you’re done you will have something to be proud of.