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    Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    I've always wanted to restore an old car, work on it on the weekends and such. I wish I had the money to buy an old junker and put some time into it. Have any of you restored a car in the past? How much effort did you put into it? Do you have any pictures of the process? I'd love to do this.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    I always thought something like that would be cool too, but I don't have the space, money or knowledge to do it, which kind of put a damper on that dream.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    I always had plans to do it in high school... but you have to have money and skills. I didn't have much of either. My friend had more of both and worked on restoring a 1970 Chevelle. He's been working on it for probably 8 or 9 years now. It's pretty nice now, but still has a ways to go before being "complete."

    It takes a LOT of time and skill or a LOT of money to be done right.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    The cool thing though, is that you could drop some money on an old car/truck and end up with a nicer car (and one that will hold value and be more fun) than a new one for as much or less money.

    It's just not easy.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Working on an old motorcycle now. Lot easier that a car. I have my great grandfathers 1954 Dodge pick up that I want to do someday. But I will have someone do that for me.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Quote Originally Posted by redrocker View Post
    Working on an old motorcycle now. Lot easier that a car. I have my great grandfathers 1954 Dodge pick up that I want to do someday. But I will have someone do that for me.
    A word to the wise about buying parts: I have heard rumblings about inflation due to labor issues and political instability in Equitorial New Guinea, you may want to stock up on parts while you still can!


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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    A word to the wise about buying parts: I have heard rumblings about inflation due to labor issues and political instability in Equitorial New Guinea, you may want to stock up on parts while you still can!
    WTF, thread derailment much?



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Edit: Apparently the sarcasm quota was met in my earlier thread. Carry on.


    Last edited by mike4cy; 04-09-2012 at 02:24 PM.
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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike4cy View Post
    Edit: Apparently the sarcasm quota was met in my earlier thread. Carry on.
    Valid point about the socio-economic and geopolitical fallout of the crisis in Equatorial Guinea. We should all rush out and buy car parts prior to the coming storm's arrival.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    I have done a handful over the years. A few basic rules of thumb for restoring any old car. Always, always, always buy the best, most rust-free body you can get. The extra expense up front will far outweigh the extra money you would spend in trying to fix a rusty hunk of junk, and very few people can do quality body work themselves. Never restore a car nobody else wants (like a 4-door), unless you plan to keep it yourself forever (and even if you think it's forever now, either you or your wife will change your mind later). It will take 5x as long and 3x the money you ever imagined or budgeted, and that is if you do it yourself. If you end up farming some out because you can't, won't, lose interest, etc.... it may go faster, but will cost 10x whatever you imagined. In the end, you will have a car that is likely worth less than you have in it (not including your labor) and the more you personalize it, the less it is worth to the next guy. The closer it is to bone stock original, the more it will be worth to the next guy. If you do it, plan to do it for the experience, the love of the machine and plan to keep it forever or lose a lot of money to send it down the road to the next owner. Not trying to turn you off to the idea, but your need to have a realistic picture going in.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPlainsDrifter View Post
    I have done a handful over the years. A few basic rules of thumb for restoring any old car. Always, always, always buy the best, most rust-free body you can get. The extra expense up front will far outweigh the extra money you would spend in trying to fix a rusty hunk of junk, and very few people can do quality body work themselves. Never restore a car nobody else wants (like a 4-door), unless you plan to keep it yourself forever (and even if you think it's forever now, either you or your wife will change your mind later). It will take 5x as long and 3x the money you ever imagined or budgeted, and that is if you do it yourself. If you end up farming some out because you can't, won't, lose interest, etc.... it may go faster, but will cost 10x whatever you imagined. In the end, you will have a car that is likely worth less than you have in it (not including your labor) and the more you personalize it, the less it is worth to the next guy. The closer it is to bone stock original, the more it will be worth to the next guy. If you do it, plan to do it for the experience, the love of the machine and plan to keep it forever or lose a lot of money to send it down the road to the next owner. Not trying to turn you off to the idea, but your need to have a realistic picture going in.

    This guy knows what he's talking about.

    don't buy just any junker, make sure it's a car you love and always wanted, or you'll waste a lot of money to have an unfinished pile of junk.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    I figure if Tim Taylor can do it after all the mishaps he has on his show then I should be able to figure it out.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    I guess I'm just looking for a hobby, I really like old cars.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Buddy of mine recently bought a 66 Mustang. And has dropped about 3,000 into it. Not terrible.. eventually he'll repaint it and everything. But it runs (for sitting 15 years started right up) and everything is perfect in it. He's having a blast just fixing it up.



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    Re: Anyone doing a car restoration/done one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    I figure if Tim Taylor can do it after all the mishaps he has on his show then I should be able to figure it out.
    yes but will you have two assitants that will help you? One that has a beard and wears flannel all the time. Also this assistant needs to know how to actually fix you screw ups. The other one will need to be attractive and able to move objects for you when needed.

    Also you need to have a great grunt. Don't underestimate the power of Tim the Toolman's grunt.



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