The purpose of restoring a classic car is to get it back to what it once was. Restoring a classic car can be fun, challenging, time consuming, and rewarding. When the word muscle car comes up, the image of a GT, Corvette, Camaro, or Mustang come to mind.

Restoring these cars to their glory days and getting them back onto the road is a challenge many people would jump at. The process is rewarding and adds to the car’s value.

When taking on a restoration project, setting a budget and working in that set budget, is important. It is usually suggested to add a 20-30 percent additional amount to the budget for unexpected costs.

Inspect the car, keeping a list of all things that need to be restored. Have a professional mechanic look the car over, this way the mechanic can list exactly what needs to be done.

Before replacing them, these parts may be useable and fixable. Heavily rusted parts, broken windows, upholstery that is ripped and worn, and everything that mechanical that is not working, needs to be replaced. To save some money, it’s a good idea to look for parts that can be reused instead of purchasing brand new.

Prior to the restoration project, know what tools that are needed. A great place to get the necessary tools needed, including a CNC Plasma Cutter from This will save time and make the project easier.

The tools that are needed are safety glasses, screwdrivers, wrenches, ratchets, socket sets, socket wrench, floor jack, electrical testers, spring compressor, engine puller, engine stand, jack stands, engine hoist, auto body kits, pickle forks, transmission output shaft cover.

If the car is newer, code scanners are required in order to communicate with computers. This allows for proper tune-ups.

The restoration project is generally done in three sections. These include engine, interior, and paint. It does not matter what order the project is completed in. When restoring the engine, using as much of the original parts is important.

This will increase the value of the car and keep it in a desired state. The interior can be done cost-effectively when on a budget. Instead of replacing the interior with expensive leather, keep the interior as close to the original upholstery as possible to maintain authenticity.

For the paint job, find a paint shop that offers a wide variety of color choices. This will get the color matched as close as possible to the original color.

About the Author:

Madyson Grant is a classic car enthusiast. When she is not blogging about the classics she is getting her hands dirty restoring her 66 mustang coupe.