Restoring antique cars can be a great hobby. It can also become a lucrative business, if done right. It is important to understand the market, to get the most out of your restoration. Like any project, it is important to know how much time and money you are willing to spend on a restoration. Talk to auto-traders and car clubs, and if you are new to restoring, factor in a learning curve on both time and money.
It is important to know what is selling, and who is doing the buying. David Grainger,
one of North America’s top restorer, warns that most buyers are nostalgic for the cars of their youth. The current trend is toward 1960-1980 muscle cars. Thanks to the digital age, it is easier than ever to find a buyer for restored cars. Look for websites that specialize in models similar to yours. Consider joining an auto club, which can give you the inside track on upcoming shows and auctions. These are great places to meet buyers and show off your knowledge of your cars. Use classified ads, and compare models online to set a reasonable price for the buyer.
Restoring classic cars can seem expensive and time-consuming, but it can also be a lot of fun. Better, it can be a profitable business. Follow these guidelines, and both you and your buyer will be pleased with the result.
Nowadays, car restoration is more than just a spare time hobby. To the right person or company it can be big business. The downside of this is that older vehicles for restoration simply aren’t as plentiful as they once were. Twenty years ago a Ford Cortina from the 1970’s in good condition might have fetched £300. Now, they are branded as a “classic” meaning that even rusting jalopies are worth more than a £1000.
Now before you despair its not all bad news. The main question is, what sort of car are you after. Do you have a make and model in mind? If you do your halfway there. One of the most popular online sites for vehicles has to be http://www.ebay.co.uk
. Putting in the vehicle name or model will invariably yield results. Simply going onto ebay and typing “project” or “restoration” in the cars,motorcycles and vehicles section can provide hours of happy browsing. One word of warning though, many “restoration” projects may be for sale for dubious reasons, ie. unfixable, spares impossible to find or financially a money pit. Also viewing prior to buying is a must, sometimes the picture on the website bears no resemblance to the vehicle offered…
Another site worth a look is www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk. Though many of the cars are restored to some degree there are still bargains to be had. Unlike ebay where you have to pay the price agreed on, there is some room for tyre kicking once you go to look at your future pride and joy.
Half of the fun of buying cars online for restoration has to be the chance of something really special being available just when your looking. The downside is other people may be looking as well so if you see your dream car, don’t hesitate. Contact the buyer and arrange a viewing. Just remember keep your wits about you when you do…
Car restoration is a science, an art form and a rewarding hobby. If you are like many, you could be considering constructing a restoration studio within an existing garage. While this can be a rewarding prospect, there are still a few factors to keep in mind. Notwithstanding tools such as sockets, ratchets and clamps, what are a few other areas that will need to be addressed?
Moving the Vehicle Safely
Moving a vehicle from place to place will provide you with easy access to its undercarriage and other critical areas. Also, you need to be sure that the car is firmly in place to avoid serious injury or damage to the car.
Car restoration is an exacting field. Much of the work that will be undertaken is highly detailed and mistakes can prove to be quite costly. So, it makes sense that your garage should be equipped with only the most advanced lighting solutions. Overhead fixtures are a must but a few hanging lights are also great ideas to have close by. Although some will choose to use traditional incandescent bulbs, these can burn out quickly and the light that they display is frequently more yellow than white. So, a viable alternative is to use LED lighting
within the area. The bulbs last an extremely long time and little (if any) heat is produced. Finally, their crisp light is ideal for detailing and other types of repairs.
Dent Removal Kits and Windscreen Repairs
The chances are quite high that a considerable amount of body work will need to take place. So, a handy dent removal kit is often seen within restoration garages. These kits will vary in their size but most of them consist of a frame to be attached to the exterior and a mechanism that will straighten out a dent. As there are many on the market, it is a good idea to only select those which are produced by respected manufacturers. In the same respect, repairing a windscreen with a minor crack is made simple with the help of glass repair kits. These can be picked up at most automotive stores and this makes much more sense than replacing the entire windscreen.
Restoring a car is a great hobby but we should never forget that preparation is the ultimate key to your overall enjoyment.
The first Chevy was produced back in 1918 and has been a source of pride to millions of motorists ever since it rolled off the production line. A Chevy is a work of art and owners will want to make sure it always looks its best. Here are a few top tips to help you with restoring your old Chevy.
When you first take at look at your old Chevy, it may seem that there is so much to do that the task is overwhelming. The trick to getting started is to focus on one area of your vehicle that you know you can renovate quickly. The sense of achievement that you experience when you complete the first task will help give you the confidence to renovate the rest of your old Chevy.
Removing the Rust
Rust build up is one of the most common problems that Chevys and other older vehicles experience. Not only does rust look ugly, it can also eat away at the metal body of your vehicle and must be removed immediately. Make sure that you buy a professional rust remover solution to make tackling this tough task a breeze. Use a soft wire brush and sand paper to help remove rust quickly without damaging the Chevy. Remember that rust can be found on both the interior and exterior and it is essential to remove any rust that you find from the body as well as the bed and the engine.
Checking the Engine
The Engine is literally the heart of your Chevy, so it will need to be fully checked and cleaned before you are ready to show off your mean machine once more. Since you are doing a full renovation job, it is a good idea to consider replacing your old engine with a newer model. This will make your Chevy run much more quickly and efficiency to your old vehicle and help it perform better for many years. Other parts to clean and possibly replace include the battery, the fuel pump, the thermostat and the electrical systems.
Now your Chevy looks great on the outside, it is time to turn your attention to the interior. Replacing worn seatbelts and installing airbags is an important safety measure, while refurbishing the seats and carpets can really help your Chevy to shine.
Chevrolet was founded by Louis Chevrolet and Billy Durant in Detroit, Michigan in November 1911. Durant teamed up with several partners to create the new automobile brand and hired Chevrolet for several high-profile and promotional races. Durant believed that with Chevrolet’s reputation as a racer, he would help boost sales and brand recognition. Chevrolet eventually sold his share of the company to Durant in 1914 over differences in design ideas and in 1917, Durant became president of his former company, General Motors. Chevrolet was merged into the company as a separate division. The popularity of Chevrolet in the 1960s and 1970s saw the brand become one of America’s best-selling automobiles.
A well-known brand 100 years on
Since these early years, Chevrolet has created hundreds of cars and trucks and has come to be known as the ‘embodiment of American ingenuity’. Now one of the world’s largest automobile brands, Chevrolet is celebrating over 100 years of worldwide success. In 2010, Chevrolet began work on the electric Chevrolet Volt which, according to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet, was announced as the 2012 North American Car of the Year, the European Car of the Year and the World Green Car of the Year.
According to chevrolet.co.uk, Chevrolet are currently ‘in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation’ of the brand’s 100-year history. With the Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500 winning the prestigious 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year award respectively, it is clear to see that Chevrolet still remains on top in the world of automobiles.
Some models produced by Chevrolet are truly iconic, for example, the 1913 ‘Royal Mail’ Roadster, which was one of the first models bearing the Chevrolet bowtie badge. Others include the 1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster, the 1936 Chevrolet Suburban and the 1948 Chevrolet Pickup, which is well-known for being both versatile and reliable and is still popular today. Many more iconic models are detailed on media.gm.com, which refers to Chevrolet as one of the best-known automotive brands not only in America, but globally.
The Chevrolet bowtie badge
The Chevrolet bowtie badge was first introduced by Durant in 1913. According to an article published on www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/bowtie-history.html, there are many theories as to where the idea for this badge originated. Durant himself claimed that he took the idea from a design on the wallpaper adorning the walls of a Parisian hotel he once stayed in. His daughter claimed that he sketched the logo on a dinner napkin and in an interview with his widow, it was suggested that the emblem was actually inspired by a newspaper ad first released in 1912. Other theorists suggest that it is a stylised version of the Swiss flag. Regardless of its origins, there is no doubt that it is now one of the most recognised logos in the world.