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Question DetailsAsked on 4/6/2012

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What's a "mortal sin" when restoring a classic or vintage car?

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The major sin is to choose a car you don't love and want to live with for a long time.

A "mortal sin" in restoring a classic or vintage car is to to expect to get the car done in the time you estimate, for the price you expect to pay and as easily as it seems to do the job and with the tools you already own. You need to decide if you are intending to put the car up for judging in shows or just trying to get it to look and run well for driving around. This will impact your decisions whether to try to restore old parts versus getting modern equivalents or finding somebody who makes them exactly like the originals.

You should always try to obtain original parts. There are companies which specialize in this. For example, Coker Tire carries tires made on vintage molds. However, you consider safety and comfort if you will be driving the car a lot. Some people add air conditioning to a car that couldn't have had it. This will count against you if you put it up for judging.

You make the task easier by gathering information online and by contacting car clubs to avoid making the same mistake somebody in a club has already made or to find sources for parts/paints, etc. You call companies from which you want to buy a part and discuss any options or consequences to replacement or repair. There are technicians at these companies who will be glad to talk to you and will take follow up calls. Join your local car club.

Answered 7 years ago by keikosmom




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