What You Need To Know About Classic Car Restoration

For some consumers the process of classic car restoration can be a scary one. When it comes to restoring a classic car there are many different types of jobs that need to be completed and not many people are skilled in doing all of them. In this article we will break down all the different repairs that make up classic car restoration, this way you will be able to identify which repairs you can do yourself and which ones you should leave up to a professional auto body shop.

Here are the different repair categories that make up classic car restoration:

  • Mold and Trim refinishing and repair
  • Auto body and painting
  • Preparation and refinishing surfaces
  • Rust repair and sheet metal repair
  • Interior repair
  • Upholstery repair
  • Electrical repairs
  • Mechanical repairs

Mechanical Repairs

This typically refers to the moving parts of the car such as rebuilding the transmission and engine of the vehicle. It can also include rebuilding generators, water pumps and starters. Also changing the suspension and brakes.

Electrical Repairs

Will include wiring and switches for the most part, but since most of the electrical parts will be hard to find for a classic car you will need to improvise and get creative by using classic car parts from a different make and model vehicle.

Interior Repair and Upholstery Repair

Interior repair will be needed without questions as colors will fade over time, but in addition you will need to repair or replace items that are made of leather, vinyl or cloth, such as the car seats, which the padding or stuffing will dry rot as time goes by.

Rust repair

The body of a classic car will either need to be patched or replaced because it will have rust or it may have oxidize over time, so to make these types of repairs to auto body parts you should be familiar with how to shape metal and weld.

Preparation And Refinishing Surfaces

The fasteners, differential, suspension parts and car frame just to name a few will need to be stripped down to remove any rust and the old paint, then prepared so that it doesn’t rust again and then painted with new paint.

Auto Body Work And Painting

The exterior of the classic car body will need to be smoothed, prepared and painted.

Mold And Trip Refinishing And Repair

Classic auto molding and trim are typically made of copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminum, chrome plated pot metal parts and steel chrome plated parts. Since you won’t be able to buy some of these auto trim parts you will need to actually weld some of these parts to refinish your molding.