What Does It Mean To Restore A Car?

You’ve heard people say their dream is to restore a classic car, but classics are classic for a reason—they don’t make these types of cars anymore. Restoring a classic car can be a fun project if you know where to start.

Stay tuned to learn more about the process.

Different Car Restorations

There are several conditions in which to restore a classic car. Some owners want it in driving conditions for joy rides, while others may want to restore it for car shows. The condition of a classic car is judged on a 100-point system, with 100 being in mint condition with 20 or below as un-restorable.

Restored to Driving Condition

To restore a classic car to driving condition, it might require some cosmetic tweaks and replacement parts, but if it’s just for you, then you can decide what types of changes you can afford or feel like restoring. Obviously, if the car isn’t in driving condition, you will need to do what’s necessary to restore it so that you can drive. 

Street Show Condition

To restore your classic car to this condition, it needs to look good and run well and impress a professional. It’s important to have high-quality parts, professional repairs, and attention to details. Regarding the 100-point system, at this level, it should fall between 80-89.

Show Car Condition

This level involves not just impressing a professional–beyond just looks and performance– but needs to have professional work and attention to detail with every aspect of the car. A show car condition should be between the 90-95 point system.

Concours Condition

This is the highest level of restoration for a classic car. Concours condition is usually reserved for auto shows, private collectors, or cars never driven. For this level, you will need a professional with professional tools. The rating on the point system would be over 95.

Tips to Restoring a Car

The first tip to restoring a car, beyond finding the right car, is finding the right parts. What kind of parts do you need, and more importantly, can you find these parts? Decide whether you can work with original parts whenever possible or if you’re OK with using replacement parts. Getting authentic parts may be challenging to get for your make and model. If you’re restoring the car just for you, then you should be fine with replacement parts.

Now, what type of restoration are you going to do? Remember, every level requires more work than the last. Also, think about safety concerns. Old cars usually aren’t up to code with airbags or even seatbelts, so you will need to at least add seatbelts. You can probably upgrade the radio, electronics, and air conditioning if you’re using the classic car just for your pleasure.

Pick up a restoration manual for your classic car project. The book can walk you through everything you need, from rebuilding an engine to tackling the most common body restoration issues. YouTube tutorials are great resources, as well.

Prepare for the unexpected, and don’t be surprised when you experience setbacks. Step back and figure out a new plan of attack, but don’t quit! You may have to step away for a bit to figure things out, but come back and finish.

Need Help? Contact Schneider Auto Body

We would love to help you with your classic car project, so contact us today, and we’ll do our best to answer any questions.