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How to Restore Old Cars


Old cars have an endearing charm that is hard to describe. These unique beauties are definitely the owners’ pride and the neighbor’s envy. If you own an old car that you want to dispose of or are someone who wants to purchase an old car, a certain amount of restoration maybe required to ascertain that the car is in good working condition.

What are the key features that determine a car needs restoration?

Irrespective of the reason for restoring an old car, you must find answers to the following questions before you start the restoration process.

  • What is the condition of the engine?
  • Are all parts in good working condition?
  • Do any parts show signs of rusting?
  • How is the exterior of the car?
  • Will the car upholstery pass muster?

Once you find answers to these questions, the rest is easy.

How to restore the car?


Start by inspecting the external condition of the car. Look out for dents and worn out paint.The absence of any prominent scratches on the body is a sign that the car has never been involved in any major accidents hence there will be no major damage to the vehicle. Small scratches can be sanded down and repainted, as seen in this video:

Normally over time metal parts rust and if not addressed can harm the overall body of the car.Painting is not the immediate solution; the rust has to be completely removed. After this you should apply a primer followed by the actual paint of your choice.


Shiny chrome bumpers and mirrors enhance the appeal of an old car no doubt but their maintenance is not easy.Seriously damaged pieces should be removed and rechromed.

Interiors of the car

Invariably the condition of the car floor can be masked by using floor mats. But sometimes if there is a hole in the floor then a patch has to be welded and then painted. This laborious process and takes a good deal of time.


It is easy to remove car seats in old cars by just unscrewing some bolts. For a thorough checkup remove the seats and inspect them for any damage before cleaning the interiors. Check the upholstery too for nicks and cuts; repair insignificant ones but major issues like stains can’t be repaired and the seats need to be upholstered again.


The engine is the heart of the car that is why making sure that it is in solid condition is important. You should begin with changing the oil. If the engine is not good, then it needs to be repaired which is slow and time consuming process.

Drive belts, spark plug wires and radiator hoses are engine accessories which age and wear out. They need to be replaced to ensure the efficacy of the engine is not reduced.

A solid drivetrain must complement a powerful engine; therefore check thetransmission fluid status and add if needed. Another issue with old cars is that they have a manual shift which makes it crucial to check the condition of the clutch.


Do not ignore the condition of the tires. Patch leaky tires; fill air in flat tires and ascertain that the tread is 2/32” deep at least while 4/32” is ideal.

Be environmentally conscious and reduce harmful emissions which are often a problem in old cards by updating your exhaust system.

To sum it up, restoring an old car is not an easy job and it requires time,money and patience. But when done properly, driving an old car is like entering another realm of reality and much worth all the effort.