The 1960′s and early 1970′s produced some very impressive muscle cars. Even though the era is long gone, it can live on through muscle car restoration. It can be daunting to do all of the work yourself, but if you follow the resources of those that know, you can fix up your car with confidence. Having access to the proper resources is important when going about muscle car restoration. There are plenty of sites online that offer a wide variety of parts for the most popular muscle cars. Assuming that your car was inexpensively acquired, it may look like a junker, but hope is not lost. The paint, suspension, engine, interior, and tires can all be repaired. The first place to start would be with the suspension, wheels, and tires.
The wheel bearing should be working alright, as long as it has had a lube job in the last three years or so. You can get it rolling just fine on those bearings. The tires will be the biggest concern, so make sure that you invest in the best tires you can. A popular style for tires is white-walls. These have a good nostalgia look to them and they are still built with today’s technology of quality and safety. The wheels or the hubcaps will probably look very rusted in your cheap junker, so those should definitely be replaced. The only enemy you have in muscle car restoration is rust. Technically, it is repairable but it will be very expensive. When muscle car enthusiasts sell their vehicles, they are aware that other enthusiasts are looking for a rust free example. This will be motivation enough to maintain it properly so that they can sell it successfully.
In the car’s suspension, there will most likely be leaf springs on both axles. This type of suspension does an adequate job of lasting for many years, but one possible problem lies in the bolts. Since the springs are always held in tension by the bolts, that metal can get fatigued and it may crack under pressure one day. So, this will be a great area to look in the suspension when you think about buying parts. The sheet-metal of the body will need to be thoroughly inspected for rust. A common place for rust to form is on the underside of the door panels. There may be some cracks in the doors which moisture will have gotten in to. Where there is moisture, you have to assume that rust will be there as well.
This will be a good guideline as you keep the car in good shape. To get the body all done, you will need a full set of sand paper, primer, spray paint, wax, and plenty of newspaper. The newspaper is for lining the ground. On any older vehicle that has been sitting outside for a long time will have corrosion on the sheet metal. Keep this in mind while you are sanding the body down, so that you don’t aggravate some sores in the body work. The painting may take the longest process of all because it is safest to take every possible precaution.
You will not regret being extra safe when it comes to the painting step in muscle car restoration. The engine may be the most enjoyable part of the restoration because you get to call all of the work your own. For some models, you can find all of the engine parts online along with a few after-market options. Some like to replace the cast iron block with an aluminum block in order to keep the weight down. When choosing other engine parts, you can explore all the different options possible.