Restoring a vintage car can be an exciting and rewarding project! It is a hard job though, so it is important to consider all the factors before you begin. Here are six tips to help you succeed in the project.

Consider time

Vintage car restoration is a LOT of work. Not to scare you, it is just going to take a lot of time. That is being said, it is important to set goals and a schedule for yourself, such as a timeline. By developing goals you want to meet by a certain time, it will help you stay motivated to complete the job. In addition, remember that restoring a car can consume your time and energy. Daily or weekly time limits can be helpful to set for yourself to ensure you are getting it done without spending too much time or prioritizing the restoration over other obligations.

Be Prepared to Learn

As much as you may know about vintage car restoration, there is always more to learn. A restoration involves many different processes; some processes you may be familiar with, while others will be brand new. The processes involve a large variety of skills such as dent removal, extensive bodywork, electrical wiring, upholstery, etc. Classes, mentors, or even companies can often help you with the process if you are willing to pay.

Use Your Resources

By using your resources, you will succeed. This may include something as basic as your toolset, or it may mean going to a specialty repair company for the harder jobs; either way you can get it done. If there are a few tasks here and there that you can not get done on your own, that does not mean you’ve failed but rather used your resources in order to complete the restoration.
For example, paintless dent repair is an affordable, efficient, and environmentally friendly dent removal service that you may not have the tools or training to use. By calling expert technicians like the team at McDowells, you can ensure that you get the best work done on your vintage car project.

Set a Budget

Vintage car restoration can get expensive if you aren’t careful. Even if you do it all on your own, the various components involved add up. For this reason, it is important to set yourself a budget. In order to stick to the budget, assess the car before you begin to estimate what it will require. In addition, add some leeway money on top in case of any costly surprises that may occur during the process.

Celebrate Small Victories

Let’s face it, restoring a vintage car is a long process. An average is around 1000 hours depending on many factors such as experience and starting condition of the car. That being said, it can be easy to give up. That is why it is important to celebrate the small victories along the way. By taking the restoration one step at a time, it can keep you stay motivated throughout the process.

Enjoy It!

Restoring a vintage car is supposed to be a fun and rewarding experience. It should not be an unenjoyable job or obligation. Make sure you aren’t going to back out halfway through before you begin the process.
If you ever need assistance throughout the restoration process with bodywork or other tasks, contact McDowells Specialty Repairs. We are experts in dent repair, headlight restoration, auto interior repair, etc. and would be happy to help you or answer questions along the way.

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