Just what is it about a beautiful, shiny, classic car that gets our motors running? Is it the feeling of driving around in something that invokes the nostalgia and mystique of eras gone by? Is it the impressed stares you get from bystanders as you cruise by in your classic Mustang, Tourer or Torino? Is it the knowledge that you’re one of the few people in the world to own such a classic, rare car?
For some people, it’s all of these things and more, and there’s no doubt that vintage car restoration is a hobby which has remained hugely popular amongst car enthusiasts over the years. But if you’ve just acquired a vintage car with the aim of restoring it, and don’t quite know how to go about it, here are some initial things to think about before diving into the bonnet head first.
Spread the project out
A great way to go about working on your vintage restoration is to make it your weekend hobby. This also helps you get into a routine, so you’re more likely to stick to your project and feel the satisfaction when you finally complete it. Plus, nothing beats waking up on a crisp, sunny Sunday morning, heading to the garage, leaving the door open, putting some music on, and getting to work on your pride and joy.
Work on it with a friend who knows about cars
If you’re not the kind of person who gets rather protective and precious over your own personal projects, you can enlist the help of a car-savvy friend – you can discuss crucial matters such as the engine and colour, and catch up over a beer at the same time. It’s also a great way to bond with a family member.
Get some help from the pros
There are many professional restoration organisations around Australia that specialise in vintage classics. Some specialise in a specific marque, while others are experts all round, so search around online for the perfect place to take your car. A few car dealers also offer specialist restoration services, and they really understand vintage cars, so your baby will be in good hands. John Hughes for example, offers our Supatrim service for upholstery restoration, enhancement and repair.
Hobby turned career
Some people have chosen to share their joy and passion for old cars with others by making restoring and selling into a career. If you find you’ve developed a bit of a knack for seeking out cars that need a little TLC, fixing them up then re selling them, it might be a sign that you could turn your casual hobby into a rather lucrative career!
Check out our previous blog post about why vintage cars are vogue.
How do you like to work on your vintage classic? On your own, with a friend, or with a beer in hand?