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Classic Car Restoration

by Dan Farrell

Car restoration is one activity that will leave you with an extreme sense of accomplishment. It is an activity that requires dedication, time and money. Fords and Chevy's are the two models that are the easiest to begin with as parts are more readily available.

Before any car restoration you will need to prepare your shop for the the job. Collect the supplies needed such as a camera, a few cardboard boxes, a sharpie and some tags for labels. It is important to keep track of the parts that are taken off sooner rather than later. When it is time to start taking the car apart you need to estimate what needs to be replaced and what needs to be repaired. This organization method will make sure you are not wasting parts at any time during the car restoration project.

Take inventory of the parts as you remove them by dividing them into two individual boxes labeled replace and repair. Take pictures of them as you do this getting a picture of what the car looks like with them on and off. This process will also assist you in figuring how much the cost will be and how long it will take you to finish the project.

Once you have the parts removed you can begin the cleaning process. The cleaning process of the car restoration requires the car be reduced to bare metal. This can be done through several methods although you will need to find one that you feel the most comfortable with. The easiest and fastest method is to have the car dipped in acid. This removes dust, rust, and other foreign materials.

You will be able to view the damage the car has been through once it is stripped. You may find rust holes, damaged floorboards, and dents. But do not despair! Even if the car didn't look very bad when you bought it you must realize that this car has had a been through many miles life. You only want to add to it right? So get busy and take that Sharpie to mark all the things that either need replacing or repairing.

Now it's time to repair all those dents, holes, and problem areas in order to get ready for sanding. You will use several grades of sandpaper throughout the sanding procedure starting with 36 to 80. Once you have finished this step you are now ready to apply the glazing. Begin with 220 wet grit sandpaper and proceed to 800 wet grit sandpaper. This will leave your car with a hazy mirror image and also provide a preventative measure against scratches.

Your car restoration is finished! You are now ready to display your beautiful car to the neighborhood with pride.

Published March 30th, 2008

Filed in Auto


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