Some “must-dos” when restoring a classic car


Some “must-dos” when restoring a classic car 

Restoring a classic car can be a fantastic way to bring a piece of automotive history back to life, especially if you’ve found a rare model that needs a bit of extra TLC. If you are looking for a professional facility where you can take that old beat-up classic in your garage to have it restored, then our Pfaff Tuning facility can be a great start. At Pfaff Tuning, we have the state-of-the-art equipment and machinery combined with the expert technicians that can assist you with restoring that old classic car. At the very least, our Pfaff Tuning facility can provide you with the parts and expert knowledge that you need to restore the vehicle. In this blog, we share some information about some of the “must-dos” when restoring a classic car. 

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Finding the car and the parts for that car 

This is when you should decide whether you’re going to be okay with replacement parts or if you’re going to stick to original parts wherever possible. Original parts are a great way to make your restored car as authentic as possible, but they may be difficult to obtain depending on the make and model of your classic car. If you’re planning on aiming for one of the higher levels of car restoration, you should consider seeking out original parts whenever possible. If you need to be pointed in the right direction of where to find certain parts, then contact the pros at Pfaff Tuning.

Decide which type of restoration you want to do

There are four different levels of classic car restoration, and each one requires more work than the last. Driver restoration is the basic level, you get the car back on the road and operational and fix some minor cosmetic problems. If you’re just restoring this car for your personal use, this is probably all you need to do unless there is some significant body damage. Street show restoration is a step above driver restoration, you’re restoring the car and repairing all major and minor aesthetic issues. Show car restoration will probably require some professional work. This is a car that you probably won’t be driving much once you restore it. Concourse is the highest level, you should only aim for that if you’re planning on putting your car in a private collection. Cars restored to concourse level aren’t designed to be driven and are usually only completed by professionals.

Update the safety equipment 

One of the most prominent problems with old cars is that their safety equipment isn’t always up to snuff, they don’t have airbags and could probably stand to have their seatbelts replaced to ensure that you and your passengers are safe in the event of a car accident. You can also upgrade the electronics, the radio, and even the air conditioning without the change being too noticeable. Of course, you don’t have to worry about alterations being too obvious if you’re just restoring the car for yourself, go crazy and bring your classic car into the 21st century with things like heads-up displays, Bluetooth enabled entertainment or other safety features like rearview cameras and parking sensors.

Be prepared for setbacks 

Don’t stress if something doesn’t fit or you break something. Car restoration projects inevitably come with setbacks. Don’t let them stress you out, just be prepared for them. Take a step back, figure out a new plan of attack, and get back to the project.  Don’t feel bad if you have to take a break. Sometimes coming back to it with a clear head is the best way to move the project ahead. Additionally, if you are ordering parts for your restoration project, there could be delays in shipments or parts that could be on backorder. Patience is key!

These are just a few of the “must-dos,” or things to expect when restoring a classic car. For more information about restoration services at Pfaff Tuning, we encourage you to get in touch with our representatives. Click here to find our contact information, schedule an appointment, or to speak with a representative.