Vintage Cars

Vintage Cars


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Vintage Car Restoration
Do you love old cars? Vintage cars are shown by collectors throughout the country in shows and
admired wherever they go. Owners of older cars that have been virtually brought back to life
have a double sense of pride if they have performed the restoration themselves.
There is a difference between automobile restoration and simple rebuilding. A rebuilt car can
contain any type of part. True restoration, consists of getting as much authenticity into the
automobile as possible, right down to the hub caps. The car will only retain the value if it is
restored back to its original condition, not rebuilt into a different car. While “pimping” a car may
be popular at the moment, a restored car is supposed to take us back in time, not remind us of
the present.
The process of car restoration encompasses not just the parts of the car that can be seen by
others, but also the mechanical components should also be restored to their original condition.
Vintage car restoration is an art form unto itself. It takes people years to restore classic, vintage
cars properly.
Vintage automobile restoration involves the process of disassembling the entire car, cleaning and
either replacing or repairing the original parts and then reassembling the vehicle. In order for the
car to maintain its original value, it must be restored with all of the proper parts. In most cases,
the engine must be completely rebuilt.
A person who wants to restore a vintage automobile should have extensive knowledge about
cars. Mechanical knowledge is as important as doing body work to the car. In most automotive
shops, body work and mechanical work are two different trades. Someone who wants to restore
vintage cars has to know both aspects of car repair.
In addition, a car restoration includes the interior of the car. It is usually more desirable to repair
the upholstery, if at all possible. Naturally, you will not be able to get a replacement seat for a
1955 Chevy, but you can recover the seats in materials that mirror those used for a 1955 Chevy.
A car that is merely replaced with lookalike parts has not been properly restored. A vintage car
can be worth quite a bit of money to a collector if it has been carefully restored to its original
condition. This usually means that you will have to do quite a bit of searching to find parts and
paint for your car.
Speaking of paint, you will want to use the original paint, if possible, to repaint the car. There
are many different places where you can purchase the original car paint, or one as close as
possible. We will be discussing places to purchase parts and accessories later in this book.
You need to have patience, time, space to work and money in which to buy parts and materials.
Most important of all, you must have a love for cars. If you love old cars and do not want to see
them put to rest in the junk yard, this is your opportunity to give them a new lease on life.
Although it can be costly, the restoration can be done over a period of time to accommodate your
budget. You will need a place to work on the car and storage for the automobile when it is not in
There are business that practice the art of vintage car restoration. They can generally restore a
vintage auto in much less time than you will be able. Those who collect automobiles or do not
have the time or inclination to work on the projects often send their cars to such businesses.
Money can also be made by learning how to restore vintage automobiles. Once you have
successfully completed one restoration project, you may find you miss your hobby. It is
common for people who restore automobiles to continue with this hobby throughout their
lifetime. As they can only use so many cars, they often sell those they no longer want and make
quite a profit.
Vintage automobile restoring is an art form unto itself. If you plan on doing this as a weekend
project, it can take years. It is, however, well worth it. There is nothing like revving up the
engine in the car that you loving restored back to life.
Chapter 2 – Things You Need
Before embarking on your project, make sure that you have all of the right equipment. In
addition to mechanical tools, such as a lug wrench set, you will also need body work equipment
and protective gear and clothing for yourself.
Some of the items you should have on hand before beginning your project include the following:
·Rubber gloves
·Face mask
·Eye goggles
·Abrasive pads
·Electric drill
·Electric sander with different heads for sanding and buffing
·Glazing putty
·Car tape (masking tape is fine)
·Magnetic cloths
·Power paint sprayer

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014048903
Publication date: 06/09/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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