Restoring A Classic Car
With prices of classic cars sadly out of the reach of the average collector, more and more enthusiasts are turning to restoring their dream cars themselves. But like all dreams, there's plenty of work to be done before you get there.
If you're looking for an old car project to be an investment, you'll need to choose the car carefully, and then do most of the work yourself. I've been fortunate to have done this several times successfully, but I've also had a few projects, which after spending time and money, have abandoned for a loss.
Because I have documented every step on every one of my projects, I know what I've done right, as well as what I've done wrong! The difference between succeeding and failing is in the planning.
Automotive restoration is more than just about the old car in your garage. It's about having a reverence for the past and helping to preserve history. It's about meeting similar-minded people who share the same passion, and learning skills you never thought you'd have. There is a tremendous satisfaction that comes from bringing an old car back to life, and when accomplished, easily outweighs the bother and frustration.
Classic car restoration is very time-consuming. Having the right tools saves you time. You also need to set up your garage as effectively as possible.
All old car projects have four opponents: time, money, space, and energy. If you're a one-man operation like me, the odds are against you - that's four against one! And having a wife, kids, and a job makes it even harder. But it can be done, if you start with a plan and can account for difficulties and setbacks.