Should I Restore A Classic Muscle Car
From time to time I get asked should I restore a muscle car. That is a question that I truly cannot answer for you. Although I may be able to help you make the decision to do it or not. It really in the end boils down to how much you love the muscle car that you want to restore.
First of all you need to take some time to mull it over, you might want to tell the family that you want to restore a classic muscle car. It will take a lot of time and money to restore the car. You can’t do the job with a basic set of tools either, you must have the tools to complete the job.
Below I will give a you a numbered list of the things that you need most to get the job done right.
What I Need To Restore A Muscle Car
1. Money: you should plan on spending at least $10,000 to buy the car, for this price you should be able to start with a car that is in fairly good condition if you know what to look for. Remember this is not the 1980′s any more $2,500 will only buy garbage unless you get very lucky. You should also have $30-$40,000 on hand to buy your parts and supplies to restore the car.
2. Have a plan: Every aspect of the restoration needs to be planed down to the last nut and bolt on the car, this is the most important part next to the money to do the work. A plan means that you know what you want when the car is done. Is the car intended to be a daily driver, or are you looking for a show car restoration, or a custom hot rod.
3. Have a garage: you will need a place where you can do the work and keep the car and yourself out of the weather. This is vital to making a good outcome for your project.
4. Tools: you will need the tools to do the work, don’t get me wrong here a lot of the work can be done with a basic set of tools but there are some tools that you will need other then just screw drivers, wrenches, and hammers.
The list above should get you going. Obviously there are some other things that you will need to produce a great looking restoration that you and you family can have fun with for years to come. It’s no big secret that like everything else a restoration project take a lot of time and money.
The key thing here is that you love the car that you want to restore. You do not want to build a car with the intention of selling it for a profit, the truth of the matter is that almost never happens so you need to make sure that you don’t build your car with that in your mind.