Restoring classic cars, such as a Monte Carlo SS, may be a very hard tasks. While it may be safer to hire a mechanic to do all the restoration for you, it will be great if you also learn to do the restoration yourself. Aside from saving money paid for a mechanic , you get to have a stronger attachment to your car since you will be the one who will put in all the hard work. Here is what you have to do in order to “pimp” your car.
Make sure you are very knowledgeable about your car. With the power of the Internet, you can easily research on which parts and options your classic car has. You can also search on different blogs, where you can read about other people’s tunning experiences. Specific restoration acts are indispensable, so take the time to learn from these stories first.
Inspect your car thoroughly. The rusty parts need to be replaced, as well as the worn down furniture. Make sure you check every inch of the car for any suspicious connections. You can make a list of what needs to be repaired, replaced, or simply cleaned. Doing so, you will have no trouble in finding what you are looking for at the auto store.
Things such as rear-view mirrors or seats can be found at junkshops or online car auctions. For all the other parts, such as the engine, brakes, carburetor, piston or the A/C system. Online car parts shops offer a wide variety, and would probably have what you are looking for.
4. Paint by Numbers
Create a color scheme for your car. If you want to make your car really stand out, you simply need to find the original colors of the paint, not the brand of the paint itself. Find a shop that offers a variety of colors for your car.
5. Work Under (the) Cover
Take care of the engine first. If you are not going to replace it, you still need to take it out in order to clean and perform maintenance work. If the seats need repair, take them out. The car should be very light, since the seats and the engine would be taken out. Detach the tires too, and you will get a car as light as air. This way, you can start working on everything that is under the hood without worrying too much about accidents.
6. Test Drive
Put back together everything that you detached. Take the car for a test drive. Do this while the paint is still fresh. This way, you can still take out the engine if it needs repairs. This will save you precious time in after-repairs and maintenance.
7. Paint by Numbers, Take 2
After you have selected the colours, get ready for the paintjob. Use old newspaper and cover everything that you don’t want to have pain on the glass, mirrors, tires and the chrome parts. Prepare the base coat and spray the paint after.
Now, you have a fully restored car! In case you feel you missed a few spots, have a mechanic take a look at your car.