The first step in car restoration is to make a list of what needs to be done and to plan out the project. You don't want to miss something essential and risk damaging a new paint job, or find out that your car looks beautiful but won't run. Go around the entire car and make notes as to the repairs and other restoration processes.
Here are some things to include on your list:
This is only a partial list. As you look at your car, write down anything you want to change and everything that needs to be repaired or freshened up. After you create the list, call local speed shops and auto parts stores to price out the items you need. Make three columns. Call at least three places for each part needed; this helps you find the best deal on parts. You can also check for speed shops online. Sometimes, even with shipping costs, the part is less expensive to order than to buy locally.
Planning the Project
With your list of repairs in hand, you're ready to tackle the restoration. It's best to proceed in the following order:
Use these tips to help you plan for your first auto restoration project and keep your budget under control.
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