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Car tips & advice | 11.04.2014 - 19:25

Tips for Restoring Your Classic Camaro

Read on to learn the best ways to get your classic Camaro looking beautiful.

The best way to get a hold of a classic car is to buy one and restore it. Depending on your experience with vehicle restoration, restoration may not require the assistance of a professional. Here are some simple tips that will help you restore your classic Camaro.


Restoring the Bodywork


This includes getting rid of dents and scratches as well as treating areas of corrosion. If you plan on using acidic rust treatment, please note that you need to remove the larger areas that have been heavily damaged before welding in the new metal plates. Corrosion is most commonly found around the wheel arches and sill panels of the car, so be sure to check there, too. Finally, check the condition of the glass and see if you need to purchase a new windshield (usually around $150).


Painting Your Camaro


Painting is, arguably, the only part of the restoration process that may require a professional. This is because there is too much room for error (such as with uneven areas, or failing to find the exact original color). In addition, be sure to check for rust bubbles underneath the paint of the car.


Finding the original color is crucial for attaining that level of authenticity. This holds especially true if you plan on selling your vehicle in the future.


Finding the Original Engine Parts


This is the heart and soul of your vehicle. Unfortunately, it is unlikely for the engine of your newly acquired Camaro to be in great conditions. Luckily, there are many parts dealers that offer the original parts you need, and using a used auto parts search makes shopping easy. You can also purchase engine parts that have been branded to look like the original if you’re not too bothered with your vehicle losing some authenticity.


The Interior


Restoring the interior of your vehicle will typically cost you around $1000-1500. Areas to check include the underside of the carpet (check for rust), the gauges, headliner and dashboard (check for cracks). Taking care of these areas yourself will potentially lower the cost of the restoration service. For more information, be sure to check out the information on Nastyz28.com.


Some other areas of interest include the wipers, lights, air conditioning and power windows. Essentially, you want to ensure that every feature the vehicle has to offer is functional.


Check for problems with the wiring (for instance, a wire that has been restored before but on which the tape is coming apart). Check for issues with the wheels by turning them left and right and observing how tight the handling feels. And lastly, check if the tires are bald. Doing these restoration techniques yourself will save you money, but be sure to seek assistance if some tasks become overwhelming.

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