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Nearly seven years ago, I made one of the most extravagant purchases of my life. After a couple of years of saving money, I bought a shiny new silver sedan. This beautiful car was fitted with a luxurious custom grill. For the first several months, I constantly looked at my stunning new car through the windows of my back door. My acquisition was definitely worth the wait. I’m glad I waited to save the money needed to make a cash purchase. Now, I can enjoy my car without having to worry about monthly payments. On this blog, you will learn how to shop for the best car for your budget. Enjoy the ride!

Worth the Wait

3 Levels Of Auto Body Restoration To Choose Exactly How Much Work You Put In

by Constance Bryant

If you are restoring a classic car, there are many things that need to be done. You have a choice of getting your car ready to just drive, drive and show, or get it in show quality with no flaws. If you want to have a car that is just a daily driver, then repairs will be simple, but if you want more, there is going to be a lot more work and effort to put into it. Here are the different levels of restoration to consider for your project:

1. The Simple Repairs to Start Driving Your Classic Again

If you just want to get your custom car back on the road, you will want to start with the basic repairs. Start with the frame and body and make a list of repairs that need to be done and parts that need to be replaced. If there is rust in the floor pans or problems with the body due to small accidents, an auto body repair service can help with replacing these parts. Have the repair shop only do the work that is necessary, such as replacing rusted floor pans or welding seams in parts.

2. Getting A Car Ready for Show, But Still Street-Ready

If you want to get your car ready for driving to car shows, you want to do more extensive repairs. Start with the frame and body, and then, make a list of all the repairs that need to be done. Completely remove the drive train and take the car to an auto body service to help with repairs and painting the entire chassis. Do any minor repairs that are needed for the drive train and clean it up before dropping it back in the car.

3. Investing Time and Effort for A Complete Showroom Quality Restoration

If you want to restore a car back to showroom quality, you will want to start with a car that is solid. Completely disassemble the car to the frame and make sure that there is no rust. To get the body right, take it to a repair shop and have it stripped to the bare metal, so it can be primed and repainted with original factory specs.  

Different levels of restoration give you options for deciding how much time and money you want to invest in car projects. Even if you start with a daily driver, there may be a time when you want to put more effort into the restoration. Contact a Ford dealer like Saginaw Valley Ford Lincoln to find a solid car to start with for your custom project.