How to Select a Project Car to Restore
You finally have some free time on your hands, and some extra cash lying around for that matter. So you decide to restore the classic car of your dreams. Here are a few steps to consider before you get started restoring your first project car.
Choosing an Automotive Genre
The first step when restoring a project car is to determine an automotive genre that really inspires you. Are you a fan of the classic cars, the muscle cars of the 1960’s and 1970’s? Or are you more of a vintage car kind of guy (or girl)?
This may sound like a rhetorical question but with all the hard work ahead, you better select a car from an era that brings back some memories, one that will really get you enthused and excited to work on every day. It is easy to start a restoration project but much more difficult to finish. Select a model that you have fun working on and will motivate you to complete the project car.
Declaring your loyalty
For some automotive enthusiast, the make or model of their project car is irrelevant. For others they are brand loyal to the end. If you happen to be a Ford nut, Chevy crazy, or keen on Chrysler, you should stick to your favorite brand, at least for the first project car.
Selecting a Model
Now that you have decided on a genre, narrow your search to a specific model or range of models. Perhaps you love the appearance of the classic 57 Chevy. To make your search easier you may want to include the 1955 and 1956 models as well. You may even want to consider a Ford from the same time period.
Another consideration, when selecting a classic car to build, is the resale value. Unless of course you are more motivated by the memories associated with the car verses the financial potential. And let’s be honest, making money on a project car is n guarantee, so you really need to love the car you are working on regardless if you make or lose money.
Locate a Carcass
Finding a classic car that is salvageable may be the toughest part of the journey. You may find a carcass at a junk yard, but this is rare today. Try searching in online forums, ads in the newspaper, or better yet visit some local car shows and just ask around. If you do happen to find a car you like, check for the availability of replacement parts before you finalize your purchase.?
These are just a few steps in choosing the right project car to restore, but hopefully this can get you started. Good luck with your classic car project!
Mikel is a write and loves to write about cars and automotive topics. She recently began work on restoring her first project car.