General Information on Car Restoration

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Car Restoration: Make that Vintage or Classic Car Shine

Restoring a car can be an extremely rewarding experience. But before you begin, you should know what you’re getting yourself into. The Internet offers the resources you need to decide whether restoring a car is up your ally. If car restoration is a hobby you truly want to pursue, or if you’re an old vet looking for more sound advice, this guide provides the necessary tips and tools … but you’ll have to supply the gumption.

General Information on Car Restoration

Before you begin, ask yourself this essential question: is it worth it? In other words, you need to determine whether restoring a car is something you are truly passionate about. Car restoration is a huge commitment that demands a lot of money and time. Review the sites in this section for a better idea of what to expect. You’ll find a general overview of the process through articles, blogs, and car restoration magazines.

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  • Restoring cars is often synonymous with collecting cars. To get a wider perspective on the dual hobbies of restoring and collecting cars, take a look at the findingDulcinea Collecting Cars Guide.
  • Most car restoration sites cover the same basics. As a result, many of the links in this section overlap with links from the next section in terms of content. In general though, the information found on these sites is shorter and less detailed. While this section helps you decide if you want to restore a car, the next section will walk you through the process.
  • Car magazines are a great resource when it comes to restoring cars, and you can probably find a restoration article if you check their archives online. World-newspapers.com lists many popular car magazines. Browse through to see if any provide worthwhile content for your specific restoration endeavor.
  • If you know what car you want to restore, there are many magazines specializing in specific types of cars, like Vette for Corvettes, or VW Trends for Volkswagens. Check these brand-specific magazines first for the most applicable advice on the type of car you have.
  • Don’t hesitate to be in touch with other people who share your passion for car restoration. Find out if any of your friends and neighbors have restored cars to see what you can learn from them. Or visit the blogs and forums recommended in this guide. On them, you can ask questions or post updates as your project unfolds, and then submit photos of your restored car.

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Car Restoration Instructions and Tips

So you’ve decided you want to restore a car. What do you do now? The sites below will hold your hand and then give you a push, so you’ll be well on your way to taking on the task of restoring a vehicle. You’ll find walk-through examples, tips and advice, and sources for all the parts you’ll need.

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  • Some of these sites reiterate the information listed in the last section of the guide. But for the most part, the sites in this section have either general or step-by-step instructions on how to restore a car. If the previous section was more theoretical, now you’re going to get your hands dirty. And that’s really what you want, right?
  • You don’t have to restore a car completely on your own. Using the aid of a restoration shop can help get some of the grueling details out of the way so that you can focus on the fun stuff. If you find yourself in a jam and need some help, there’s no shame in contacting a professional.
  • Two of the links below are a series of articles about car restoration. Unfortunately, you can’t access an entire series from a single link, because each part has to be accessed individually. For convenience, we provided separate links for each part of the series.

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Find Auto Restoration Parts

If you are looking to restore your car it may be difficult to find the part you lack, particularly if the car is a classic. Luckily, the Internet makes finding an auto restoration part or an accessory much easier than it used to be. Today companies know that collecting and restoring cars is a burgeoning hobby, and auto parts that were once taken off the shelves are back in stock. Use the sites below to order whatever it is you need. 

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  • Once you have decided on a car to restore, make sure to join a club for that type of car. For example, if you are restoring a Packard, join one of the many Packard clubs. Involving yourself with a greater community helps you get valuable advice and can connect you with lots of parts dealers who specialize in your type of car. To find a club, try looking in local directories like Craigslist or running a general search of your car brand name and the word “club.”
  • Blogs and forums are another great source for finding unusual parts. Post a thread telling the car restoring community what you need, and you might increase your chances of finding it.
  • Don’t hesitate to look at online auctions or community sites like eBay or Craigslist. These are good sources for finding parts at more affordable prices.
  • Weight and location may increase the shipping price of online orders, so be sure to keep that in mind before you confirm an order.

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