4 things to consider when restoring a classic car


December 23, 2019 By Mike
Last updated on December 23, 2019

Have you found a beautiful classic car that you want to restore to its former glory? Restoration is a great way to bring an old car back to life, but there are certain things you must consider before investing in that set of wheels.

  1. Get the right tools for the job

Taking on most of the work yourself? Then you’ll need to invest in a variety of good quality tools, equipment and materials for your restoration job. Firstly, you’ll need to get a variety of essential hand tools including spanners, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, sockets and wrenches. Once you’ve stocked up your toolbox with these, you’ll need to buy some strong, durable power tools. Companies like SGS Engineering stock a wide range, including shot blasters that are great for removing corrosion on gear boxes and starter motors. If you’re new to restoration, it’s worth heading to your local garage who can help with this type of work.

  • Calculate the costs before you buy

The idea of investing in a classic car can be exciting, but don’t jump into it without doing your sums. While the initial cost will be the price tag of the vehicle, there’s also loads of other costs that you should consider. You’ll need to fork out for materials, tools, parts and more so it’s important to make sure you can afford it before you purchase. Take some time to sit down with a calculator and work out the realistic cost of each essential element of the restoration, then set yourself a budget before shopping around. This will make sure you aren’t investing in a car that’s going to put you in the red.

  • Establish if you have the skills you need

Restoring a car is no easy feat. There’s a lot of different elements that need considering, from the external bodywork to the electrics and the engine. If you’re a complete beginner, it may be worth going on a training course such as welding or metalwork to get the skills you need. After all, you’ll want to finish the job to a high standard, especially if you’re spending a lot of money on it. If attending training is not a viable option, you could outsource tricky parts of the job to a professional instead.

  • Install adequate safety features

Depending on the age, make and model of the car, it may not have safety features in line with current standards. If you’ll be driving the car after the restoration work, it’s essential to make sure adequate safety features are in place so that you and your passengers are safe. At a minimum, install seatbelts that sit over the lap and shoulder. While some classic car enthusiasts may object to replacing original belts, they are a feature that could save lives. It is also important to check that the brakes, tires and steering are up to scratch.

Restoring a classic car is a hugely satisfying and rewarding experience. By considering these four things before you start your project, you’re in the best place to guarantee it’s successful.