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Vintage Cars: How to Update and Restore Them to Their Former Glory

Driving a vintage car is a great way to get people to look at your ride while you are driving down the street. It is also great fun to participate in car shows and other vintage car events. Here are some ways that you can update and restore a vintage car.


Find Your Vintage Car

The first step is to find the car that you want to restore. Before laying out hard-earned cash, make sure that you can find the parts such as auto glass that you need to restore it. Knowing the approximate costs and availability of supplies beforehand will allow you to set realistic goals for your project.


Decide on the Type of Restoration

Generally, vintage car restoration falls into four broad categories. You can choose to restore the car so that it is drivable, but not do any major restoration work. You may also want to consider street show car restoration meaning you do more major and minor aesthetic work. The third level is show car restoration where you try to restore the car close to its original condition. Finally, you may want to restore the car to its vintage condition being sure that there are no scratches or any parts that are not original.


Add Features

While Jay Leno is well known for his car collection, he even adds seat belts to most of his cars if they did not come with any. If you are restoring a vintage car for yourself, then you might want to consider installing air conditioning along with other safety features like shatterproof glass.


Know Your Budgetary Limits

It is easy to get carried away when restoring a vintage car. Therefore, it is important to set realistic goals before you start the project. Know what you are willing to spend so that you do not go over the limit in the heat of the moment.


Understand the End Purpose

An important consideration is what you intend to do with the car once you have completely upgraded and restored it. You may want to keep the car to drive for yourself, exhibit it at car shows or participate in classic cruise events. Alternatively, you may want to sell the car and start on another one. Deciding what you will do with the project once you are done may help set your budget.


Upgrading and restoring a vintage car is a lot of fun. Use this list and your own ingenuity to find the right project for you in order to participate in this exciting hobby. You will have hours of enjoyment restoring and upgrading a classic car.

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