I our last article we covered buying the car. In this installment of the in’s and out’s of classic auto restoration we will begin looking that the start of the restoration process. The start of it all is the pre-restoration inspection of the car.

During this stage of the process you will thoroughly inspect the car for things that need to be replaced, or repaired. This will help you build your first parts list. As you tare the car down you will create another parts list.

I will create a bullet list of the things that you need to cover in your pre-restoration car inspection.

    Pre-restoration inspection list:

  • Inspect under the hood things such as hoses, and gaskets for radiator, valve covers, oil pan. Do a complete and through inspection of everything related to the engine.
  • Next inspect the wiring harness for any burning, or red neck special wiring such as splices or melted insulation, check for blown fuses. Be sure to check the entire electrical system from front front to back. Check bulbs, gauges and any other electrical related objects.
  • Check the brakes, and brake lines form front to rear for leaks. Check brake calipers and brake shoes, although I suggest replacing all brake lines, and brake equipment because it relates to your safety.
  • Inspect all suspension parts such as ball joints, springs, control arms and all related parts.
  • Inspect all steering components.
  • Inspect interior plastic parts, and seats for wear and tare.
  • Inspect body from from to rear for rust, dents and bad body repair work. Focus on rust in the rocker panels, floor boards, and trunk floor of the car. Look closely at the panel gaps if they don’t align there is only on reason, and that is that the car has been in a wreck and parts have been changed out, you should be careful when buying the car to look at the panel gaps. If they don’t align properly it could mean a misaligned frame or other horrible issues.
  • You should also inspect the third member for leaks, and you really should have it rebuilt any way. It’s just a good idea especially if your going to build a high performance engine for your car.

That’s about all I have for this article. Classic auto restoration is a huge process, and you need to make sure that you follow the steps in the process because it’s easy to miss things during the process. If you miss even the smallest thing it could make a huge difference in the outcome of your project.

Happy new year guys, and happy car building. Hopefully 2013 is an awesome year for my readers, and hopefully you get your cars built.