Whilst the classics are absolutely stunning, they’re also fragile beasts. If you’ve owned a vintage car for a long time or only recently bought an old, battered model then you’ve probably found it very hard to maintain and started to notice the signs of wear and tear. Of course, the process of restoring an ancient car is absolutely exhausting. The best way to look after your classic is to maintain it constantly, but you’ll probably want to get it back into good condition before you do that. Here are some tips to help you restore your classic machine.
A lot of the restoration work is up to you as the owner. You know how many or how few differences you want to make to your old car. A paint job is definitely the place to begin, of course. Colors fade over the years, and even a car which is relatively functional in terms of the inner mechanics will start to look a little worn and faded on the surface. A clean paint job will have your car looking new again, but this is barely scratching the surface (if you’ll pardon the pun). You’ll want to look at the interior of your vintage car too; it should be comfortable, and those old seats might not cut it anymore. Look into replacing what you can without losing that “vintage” feel.
Fixing it up.
The practical element of your restoration process will involve fixing all the elements of your car that are actually broken; you can’t head out onto the streets in a vehicle which isn’t road-worthy. It’s vital that you get your machine checked out by a mechanic or repair shop; you could even consider auto glass repairs if you’ve noticed cracks in the windshield. Whilst there may be small repairs and fixes that you can make yourself, it isn’t wise to head out onto the road in a vintage car which hasn’t been serviced in a long time. You should service any car frequently, but this becomes even more important with older models.
Even after fixing up your vintage car and making it “look” nice and “drive” nicely, you might find that it still feels old because it’s a relic from a different era. Depending on how traditional you are about the nature of vintage classics, you might consider making some upgrades (even if feel that this doesn’t detract from the vintage and classic nature of the vehicle).
You could consider a chip tuning box to not only make the car run more smoothly but reduce the amount of petrol you consume by ten percent. That’s an upgrade which could save you a huge amount of money if you needed any reason to justify making alterations to your precious, ancient machine. A modern stereo wouldn’t go amiss either, as you might want to stay in the modern age in terms of music even if you love living in the past when you’re sitting behind the wheel.