SecondChanceGarage lists some basic guidelines on tackling a car restoration project. As the article points out, many would-be restorers underestimate the amount of time, space required, and costs (both financially and to one's sanity), that restoring a vehicle can take.
The steps include:
- Selecting what car you want to restore. Make sure it has some personal fascination. Car restoration is hardly a 'Get Rich Quick' scheme.
- How to find the car. This includes contacting auto clubs.
- How much space you'll need. It'll take a lot more than your two-car garage.
- Required tools. Consider renting many of them, especially if you're a novice.
- Estimating how long a project will take. Just like remodeling a house, it'll always take longer than expected.
- Costs. There's a big difference in the finances required to restore a car just to drivability or for the show circuit.
- Have your family's commitment in the project.
- How close to the "original" model do you want to restore too.
A full discussion on each step can be found at the link. What advice would you offer would-be restorers?
[Source: SecondChanceGarage.com via Business Week]