Plan Right and Get Started

Over the last 30 years, automotive restoration has become big business, with thousands of specialty shops restoring old cars and trucks for profit. For the weekend hobbyist, it may take several years to complete the same restoration project a pro shop can complete in six months. Most of us have other commitments, such as families and jobs that take up most of our time, leaving us weekends or an evening or two.

Plan right and get started on your next old car project

With limited time and money, it is essential that we make a plan. Having a good idea of what you want will help target your research efforts better. The completed results will reflect how well the project was thought out in advance.

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While selecting a project car, consider your time, your money, and the effort it will take to finish. For most gearheads, turning down any project car is hard, but that's what will separate your next project from ones that fail.

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We've all heard the saying, no-one plans to fail, we just fail to plan. Keeping Focused On Your Project is essential.

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey-wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in the shop."

As motorheads, we enjoy looking for old cars to fix or restore, and love taking on projects. Accumulating them is easy, but finishing one is 100 times harder than bringing another one home. How Many is Too Many Projects?

Old cars that have been restored by their owners are proudly displayed at car shows, cruise meets, and all sorts of rallys and parades. Classic cars are admired by both old and young alike.

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