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In the UK, Classic cars are becoming increasingly expensive, largely thanks to their rarity. For many, a classic car makes a fantastic investment as an appreciating asset. To make things more attractive, classic cars also tend to be fun both to drive and to restore. Once they are restored to their old glory, you also need to protect your vehicle (use a car cover even in the garage) so all the hard work with the restoration will last as long as possible.
But how do you get the best from your classic car restoration? Let’s take a look at some key things to consider.
Having the right tools and workspace
If you’re going to be working on handcrafted, antique machinery, then you’ll want access to the best tools available. You’ll also need the right workshop space. The place in which you work shouldn’t just be spacious and well-equipped; it should also provide you with the mental space you need to concentrate on the job in front of you. After all, part of the fun of restoring a classic car is being able to retreat from the pressures of day-to-day life.
Among the more desirable items are an engine crane and an engine stand – without them, you’ll be unable to remove the heaviest components from your car and work on them separately. You should also consider more functional items, like lighting, storage, and access to fire extinguishers and first aid kits. You’ll want to be able to avoid accidents and react swiftly when they do occur.
Body and Paintwork
A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference to the look of your car. But before you apply the paint, you’ll need to make sure that the panel is in immaculate condition. This means hammering out any dents, sanding, cleaning and priming. All of these are skills that can be refined over time – just put in the hours, and you’ll see results in your restoration.
If the battery in your classic car should die, then you’ll be unable to start it. This is a major concern, since classic cars, and classic car batteries, tend to spend a lot of time sitting in storage, rather than being taken out onto the road. Winter, with its sudden and extreme changes in temperature and moisture, can accelerate the degradation. It isn’t just the battery, either – the wiring, too, can degrade.
If the moving parts of your classic car should begin to rust, then they’ll have difficulty moving against one another. This can lead to serious problems. Rechecking components and fluid levels can help to prevent further degradation, and ultimately keep the car on the road for longer.
Since the UK has a pretty damp climate, you’ll want to ensure that all of the seals on the doors and windows are intact. Water ingress during heavy showers can be disastrous, especially if you’ve spent time and energy restoring the interior.