Antique auto restoration can be one of the most satisfying projects you can undertake. That said, bringing a vintage vehicle back to its original beauty calls for lots of research, commitment, hard work and if you’re new to it, professional assistance.
Whether you’re a somewhat experienced antique car collector or someone who just appreciates the appeal of a bygone era, you’ll find the following expert antique auto restoration tips helpful.
What’s Considered Antique?
Whether or not a car is considered an antique varies per state and who you ask. On average, however, for a car to be considered a classic it needs to be no less than 25 years old, 50 years old and older to be considered an antique. Here in the United States, and as defined by the Antique Automobile Club of America, an antique car is typically considered to be over 25 years old.
The actual legal definitions when it comes to antique vehicle registration widely vary. You can determine whether your car is considered an “antique” by visiting Arizona’s DMV website or by consulting with a local (and reputable) antique auto restoration expert.
Deciding If You’re Ready for a Restoration Project
Before you start your restoration project, you’ll need to ask yourself some common sense questions (I know, it’s not fun, but it’s important) to determine if you’re ready to take it on. You’ll want to decide if you want to restore your antique auto down to the nuts and bolts or take a minimalist approach. Do you plan on working with an expert? You should if you don’t understand or have the skill set to handle what’s involved in restoring a retro ride, let alone maintaining it.
One of the most important things to figure out is your budget because restoring an antique automobile is an expensive undertaking. If you don’t have any experience with antique auto restoration, you’ll also need to consider choosing a well-known model like a Camaro or Mustang because it will be easier to find parts. Also, if you don’t have a safe place to keep it, you’ll need to find one that will not only ensure security but protect it from the elements. There are places that you can consider like a dry storage facility. You may be able to find an auto body shop that caters to an antique auto restoration clientele that also has a storage facility.
Find an Antique Auto Restoration Expert
The most important thing you will want to do if you’re taking on an antique auto restoration project is to find an expert that can help you with it. The best thing about technicians and mechanics that specialize in restoring antique vehicles is that they’ll share your passion, something that’s extremely important when taking on this kind of project.
Even if you consider yourself a competent mechanic, you’ll still need a dependable source of antique auto parts and accessories. Old parts are usually hard to come by once a vehicle hits its 20th anniversary which is why it’s so important to have a contact that can help find aftermarket, OEM and rebuilt parts. When you’re in the market for antique auto restoration, contact us for a quote.