Classic Car Restoration
As long time auto enthusiasts know, classic car restoration is not something to be taken lightly. Depending on the amount of restoration needed, it possibly involves disassembling the entire automobile. It then involves replacing or fixing the worn parts and, finally, putting the car back together again.
Why People Restore Cars
People are attracted to classic car restoration for a variety of reasons. For some, it's simply a passion, a hobby. They enjoy tinkering with auto mechanics and restoring machines to their past glory.
For others, restoring old automobiles is a profession. They may be in the business of buying, restoring, and reselling autos to a thriving market. And although it can be a tough career, there is a lot of money to be made in the business if you know what you are doing.
An antique or classic car in poor condition can be worth next to nothing. But that same vintage automobile, fully restored, (and of course depending on the make and model) can sometimes be worth millions.
Before Starting Your Restoration
The simplest type of classic car restoration involves simple cosmetics. This includes ridding the car of small rust spots, possible upholstering the interior, replacing headlights, taillights and so on. Unfortunately, however, a large percentage of the time you will end up having to completely rebuild the engine.
This is why, before you make even minor fixes to the car, you lay out a restoration plan. In particular, the plan should lay out the scope of the project, the maximum budget, and the time constraints.
Doing these three things will help you to avoid mission creep and keep you focused. As you become immersed in the project, you may find the need to override and change the scope, budget, and time constraints. And that's ok, if you can justify it. But the simple fact of having these three things down on paper will substantially improve your chances of completing the project successfully.
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