Restoring a Classic Car — Things to Check

Classic car restoration is a very rewarding experience and nothing can surpass the enormous feeling of satisfaction you will get when you take ‘her’ out for a spin for the first time! It can, however, be a very expensive business and, consequently, you will need to consider your budget very carefully.

When beginning a classic car restoration project, there are a few aspects of the car that are important to check, but often sneak past even the most careful restorers. By making a point of checking these few things, classic car enthusiasts will find the project to be much more enjoyable. What could be worse than pouring heart and soul into a car for a few months before discovering a minor leak or peculiar sound that will come to set the whole project back weeks? Above all, a classic car is meant to be enjoyed, even pampered, so keeping these pointers in mind could make all the difference in a restoration project.

One important thing to check is the integrity of the seals on the windows of the car. Sometimes, a tear or small hole in the seal can be hard to spot without a careful look, but they certainly can make or break a perfectly good ride in a newly restored classic car0 especially on a rainy day! When replacing window seals, be very careful not to damage the pins that hold them in place, and remember that most cars will require the glass to be removed in order to replace the seal.

Door seals are generally easier to replace, but it is always a good idea to pay close attention to the process behind disassembling the door and window so that the parts can be put back together correctly. The dreaded feeling of having an extra bolt after piecing together any project is never a good thing. Consider taking pictures along the way to help make remembering which parts go where just a little easier.

Another, more obvious problem is an oil leak. The advantage with this one is that oil drips on the driveway are an easy way to tell there could be a problem. The trouble can start when the source of the leak is hard to find, so it may be a good idea to call in the experts if the source of the leak is hiding.

Once your car is detailed and restoration parts are installed, protect your pride and joy with a cover and consider for Antique Car Insurance. Cotton and flannel covers breathe so air circulates to keep your paint and wax looking shiny. Polyester/cotton blends trap in heat and moisture so they are less effective. Plastic covers do not breathe and should be avoided.

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