Classic Car Project
So you’re looking for a classic car project, here are a few things to look for in a classic car project to make the work more smooth and enjoyable.
Start the search by doing a mental search of the things that you are good at doing as far as body and mechanical repair.
I will list a few below.
- Engine diagnosis & repair.
- Brake systems.
- Transmission and drive train.
- Electrical diagnosis & repair.
- Suspension systems.
Body Repair & Paint
- Light body repair, dents, and creases.
- Rust repair.
- Paint repair & painting.
- Body panel replacement.
- Setting the panel gaps.
- Seats, door panels and dash
- Carpet & headliner.
- Interior chrome and moldings.
The list above are the things that you should evaluate your expertise with. You don’t want to buy a car that is way outside of your knowledge.
Of course, you may have friends that are will help you that may expand your knowledge gap and help you get more of the things that you don’t know done.
The idea of the classic car project is to have fun and to buy a car that is not way outside of your comfort level.
Because it will cause unneeded frustration and this doesn’t make for a fun project.
The other things you need to consider is the price.
How much do you have to spend because that will directly affect the condition of the car that you buy?
Keep in mind that this is not the 1980’s anymore and $2,500 dollar cars are almost non-existent.
They can be found but it is very rare and they are usually in very bad condition.
Once again your comfort level with the process will affect the condition of the car you buy.
I would start with a budget of no less the $10,000 to buy your project car.
Because you can usually buy a car that is in pretty good condition for that amount.
You can buy them for less, but that is only to be done if you are very confident in the build process.
Because you know how to do most of the work.
A good piece of advice is to make sure that you can trust the person that you are buying the project from.
If you don’t know them, ask for references.
Most classic car dealerships don’t sell project cars because they can’t back them up and that is not good for them.
You will most likely be buying from an individual on an as-is basis.
Take the car to a shop or to somebody you know that is in the classic car business for an inspection.
There are things that they can help you with that may give you the upper hand.
Because whee you negotiate with the seller of the car.
The seller will think that the car is worth a certain amount and things you find wrong may change that thinking.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you get the best deal on your classic car project.
There is no science to it it is all about what you know about the car.
Use your brain and if the seller doesn’t want to let you inspect that car move on to the next option.
Between you and the seller, you will need to work out who will pay for the towing bill to and from the shop.
The fairway is for each party to pay for one direction of the tow.
Also, you will need to work out who pays the cost of the inspection process, that should be split evenly also.
If the seller really wants to see that car they won’t whine about splitting the costs on these things.