How To Prepare For Car Restoration

12 August 2020
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Car restoration can be a long and expensive affair. However, with adequate preparation, your restoration journey should be stress-free. Read this excerpt to learn how you can prepare for vehicle restoration.

Determine the Scope of Restoration

Inspect the vehicle to determine the kind of repairs it needs. Examine the following: 

1. Engine and Transmission Repairs 

Has the vehicle had an engine overhaul? Strip the engine to know whether it needs crankshaft and camshaft refurbishment or a replacement of the spark plugs, lead wires, injectors and pistons. If the vehicle needs extensive repairs, it may be cheaper to replace the engine as opposed to conducting an overhaul.

If the vehicle had transmission problems, check whether it requires a new clutch, torque converter or flywheel. 4WD cars may need transfer case servicing. The car might also require a new suspension system and tyres.  

2. Body

Remove the engine and body components to establish the condition of the vehicle's body. Check underneath the car and under the seats for signs of rust. The vehicle may have a rodent or cockroach infestation if it has been sitting around for a few years. Additionally, check the frame to ensure it does not have any cracks. Identify body panels that need replacement and those that require filler. Determine the need for new seats and interior components such as a radio or air conditioning system.  


Create a budget for how much the restoration work will cost. Your budget must be organised. Have separate sections for engine, transmission, suspension and body repairs. Include a 15% miscellaneous fund to cover parts that you may not have included and extra costs such as transport and shipping.

Sourcing Parts

The condition of your current parts and your budget will determine what kind of parts you should purchase. Turbos, camshafts, drive shafts, superchargers and crankshafts can be refurbished. Used parts are an ideal choice if you cannot find new OEM parts or when you have insufficient funds. Car forums, cash for cars services, your mechanic and local part dealers can help you secure used parts. Check manufacturer ratings and reputation if you would want to purchase aftermarket parts.

DIY Versus Professional Restoration

It is the dilemma of every car enthusiast. DIY restoration is ideal if you have the time and equipment required to restore the vehicle. Professional repairs give you a hands-free experience. All you have to do is check on the car every once in a while. Cut repair costs by negotiating storage fees with your mechanic.

Prepare for vehicle restoration by determining the scope of the restoration, budgeting, sourcing parts and deciding whether you will opt for DIY or professional repairs. Contact a company that offers car restoration services to learn more.