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Car tips & advice | 14.02.2014 - 22:31

Car Restoration Checklist: Prepare for the Big Project

If you're thinking of taking the plunge, and rebuilding your dream car, here are a few things to consider.
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You searched and searched and finally found the car of your dreams. The only problem is that the car needs a major restoration. If you do a little planning before you start, your whole restoration project will go much smoother.


Planning your Project
The first thing you should do is check over the entire car and make a list of everything that needs to be done. Then plan out the order in which you will do all the projects. You don’t want to paint the car and then scratch your new paint job while trying to reinstall the engine.

Get Your Space Ready
Decide where you will do your car restoration. Do you have enough room in your garage at home or will you need to rent a garage elsewhere? Don’t forget to allow space to store spare parts and tools. Have plenty of bins or containers available to put all the nuts and bolts and small parts in. Keep a roll of masking tape or some labels in the garage so you can label parts as you take them off.

Have the Right Tools
The right tools are essential to doing a great restoration. You’ll want an auto body kit that includes a rubber mallet and several different pullers. If you need to remove the engine from your car you will need an engine hoist. You will need a floor jack and a couple of sets of jack stands. You will need a good assortment of wrenches, vice grips, sockets, screwdrivers, ratchets and ratchet extension

You’ll also want a good assortment of power tools available. A drill driver and an impact wrench will help loosen any rusty nuts and bolts. A Dewalt grinder and Dewalt grinder parts and accessories can really helpful with many mechanical and bodywork tasks. If you need parts and accessories during your project, check out http://www.mmtoolparts.com/store/tool-parts/makita-parts/makita-grinder-parts.

Get the right Help
Unless you’re a master mechanic and an experienced body man, you probably will need help with some parts of the restoration. If there is a local car club, you should consider joining it. Club members may have parts to sell or trade and may be willing to offer tips or help you locate the help you need for your restoration. If you do decide to hire a professional for interior, engine or any other work, be sure to ask for references and ask to see pictures of projects that they have worked on.

Be prepared and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you follow these tips your restoration should go smoothly.

Marlena was assisted in writing this article by Mallory Kramer: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MalloryKramer/posts

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