Make That Old Car New Again! How to Restore an Old Car in 7 Simple Steps

by Sudarsan

Did you know in 2019, Georgia was ranked as the state with the most cars? And, there were approximately 284.5 million registered vehicles on the road in the U.S. that same year. And over 35 percent of U.S registered vehicles are cars. 

Have you considered restoring an old car? Well, you’re in luck. By following our easy guide, we’ll teach you how to restore an old car and make it run like it’s brand new.

Keep reading to find out more about car restoration and learn 7 simple steps to restoring an old car.

1. Location

Before you can get to restoring an old car, you’ll have to make space first. Any old garage should work for this project. But what happens when your garage isn’t in the best condition?

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2. Tools, and Equipment

Make sure you have your tools handy. You won’t need fancy equipment and technology. It only takes a few easy tools. 

Here are the following tools you’ll need to get started:

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Sockets + wrench
  • Sheet metal scissors
  • Drill + drill bits
  • Wire brushes
  • Floor jack
  • Air compressor etc. (electrical tools)

You may need a few other things, like a welder or a grinder. Make sure you also have access to these.

3. Originality

It’s disheartening to find out your design isn’t original. Look at old car magazines from the 50s and 60s to get some ideas. Or rummage through your mom’s old photo album to find something unique.

4. Bodywork Restoration

Most old cars have endured a lot throughout the years. Keep that in mind when restoring an old car. The bodywork may not be up to your standards; including rust and other blemishes.

Working on a car’s body takes time and lots of patience. Learn how to bump out dents with a hammer and fix rust spots.

5. Mold

It’s easy to remove surface mold from the interior during a classic car restoration. If you’re looking for a natural solution, try this recipe:

  • Half white vinegar and half water
  • Mix
  • Spray to the affected area, leave for 15-30 minutes

If this recipe doesn’t work there’s plenty of others you can find online.

6. Budget

Don’t forget the most important part: money. Set aside as much cash as you think you’ll need for classic car restoration.

Consider the cost of auto parts, accessories, and everything else. Some mechanics will give you a deal if you buy the parts used.

7. Ask For Help

If you haven’t tried restoring an old car before, there’s no shame in seeking help. Visit online car restoration forums or find someone who deals in old cars.

How to Restore an Old Car

Restoring an old car may be trickier than it seems. But, it’s important to ask for help when needed. Check out online forums or visit a local mechanic.

Don’t be afraid to add personality and flair to your project. You can look at magazines or photo albums for inspiration.

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