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Restoration Basics

The most important aspects of a show-winning restoration are the quality of the interior, chrome work and exterior body work and paint. These are the details that everyone will see and what judges are most critical about. As with any project, it’s best to get helpful tips from those of us who have been there, done that and made the mistakes.

Classic Car Brakes and Master Cylinders
Discover how to diagnose classic car brakes and master cylinder problems. Learn about rebuilding kits and going from single to dual reservoir systems.

Installing Trim and Hardware to Interior Doors
As with most classic car restoration projects, putting restored or new parts back on the car is always harder than taking them off, and interior door trim and hardware is no exception. If you get it right the first time, you are less likely to do damage in the process.

How to Replace Your Classic Car's Door Panel
Thanks to the availability of car kits to restore your classic's interior, replacing a ratty door panel is something that you can do yourself and save some serious cash.

Temperature and Noise Control for Your Classic
Want to make your classic car as quiet and comfortable as your modern ride? Pull up the carpets and put these products under them to increase interior durability and decrease outside noise and weather.

Why Do Car Restorations Take So Long?
Ever time we've restored an older or classic car, new lessons are learned as each project will have its own challenges. How do you plan your project so you can finish it within your lifetime? Here's some tips that might help.

Got Rust?
The standard approach to rust removal has been to sand blast or scrape down to bare metal, prime with a rust-inhibiting primer and then paint. When we come across rust on our cars or restoration project, we found using rust converters in the form of brush-on liquids to be an attractive alternative.

Alway Expect the Unexpected When Restoring a Car
When purchasing an older car with every intention to restore it back to its glory, make sure that you add an extra 10% to the budget to cover unexpected problems that need fixing. If your lucky, maybe some of the repairs you figure need to be done aren't as bad as you thought. In any case, just plan on being surprised.

About.com Classic Car Readers Restoration Surprises
About.com Classic Car readers speak out about positive and negative surprises while restoring a classic car.

How To Decide Which Car You Should Restore
Choosing an old car to restore takes a lot time and research. You should never buy it sight unseen and the term "let the buyer beware" should ring loudly in your head. In this article we have six questions you need to ask yourself before you take the title on any restoration project.

How to Remove Veneer From Your Car's Wood Trim
The beauty of leather seats and burled wood accents in a classic car is timeless. That is if the wood hasn't dried out and has started to flake away. Replacing the wood veneer in your classic car isn't as hard as one might think. First you have to remove it, and we can show you how.

Restoring Your Classic's Chrome Parts
There are two things that most people notice when they check out your ride - its paint and chrome. And if you are showing your car, these two factors alone can make the difference between a first place trophy and no trophy at all. Repainting a car is a job the home restorer can tackle, but replating needs a specialist. Here are some things we do to insure the job gets done right.

Restoring Worn Leather Car Interior
Many older vintage and classic cars have leather seats or trim that will age and need to be freshened or restored. We dont think that you should shy away from this task on your classic or from purchasing a great car because of old leather.

Document Your Restoration with Photos
One picture is worth a thousand words! That is especially true when it comes to restoring a classic car. Whether you use them to help you rebuild the car, display them as a photo gallery at car shows or for bragging rights around your friends, pictures are a crucial part of any restoration process.

How to Create a Great Restoration Photo Album
A photo album of your classic car’s restoration process is the best way to remember how it came apart and consequently how to put it back together. Most importantly, it can provide factual information as proof it was a "nut and bolt" restoration when you sell the car.

How to Replace a Stripped Wheel Stud
Sometimes in a restoration, it becomes necessary to replace a wheel stud. Usually, this is because a stud has become stripped or worn. You might even want to replace all five studs on each wheel depending on how long the car has been sitting idle.

Disassemble Your Classic
The first part of the disassembly process is to understand that this will be a slow and deliberate process. Don’t get any bright ideas on a Sunday afternoon after a few beers that you and a couple of buddies should get started on your restoration project.

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