Plan Right and Get Started

Over the past 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 that 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.

1966 Ford Mustang project

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

plan right and get started

For most motorheads, turning down any project car is hard, but that's what will separate your next project from ones that fail. Consider your time and your money while selecting a project car. Not many people can realize the effort it will take to finish until they are actually in the middle of a restoration.

Read: Garage Workshop

Read: Set Up Your Garage

Restoring A Car On A Budget

Before starting an old car project, grab a piece of paper, and write down a simple budget. Having those dollar figures written down in black and white will help you target the end result better.

Read: Restore A Car On A Budget

Read: Project Car Buyers Guide

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?

getting started in old car restoration

Project Car Help

For a long-term project to be completed, you have to have a proper mindset. My E-book offers practical tips to help you get on track - and keep you on track with your project car. Read and benefit from my 30+ years of garage projects and old car restorations. Topics include planning, ordering parts, overcoming obstacles, and staying motivated.

automotive project planning book

"Finish Your Project Car" E-book