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How to know when a classic car is restorable.

This article is a good primer for you if restoring a classic car or muscle car is on your mind but you are having a tough time evaluating the condition of a classic car and whether or not it is restorable.

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There are still plenty of restorable cars available depending on the make/model of car you intend to restore. You want to buy the right one. Deciding on which classic car to buy can be a difficult task. You need to take stock of your abilities before making your purchase. If you don't have a clear understanding of the relationship between the car's condition and your level of expertise concerning restoration, you may be left with a feeling of regret once you've purchased the car and begun restoration. For this reason there are plenty of half finished project cars sitting in garages. Most of these owners end up selling the project at near giveaway prices and a serious financial loss. You don't want to be in that position.

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Classic car restoration fears to lay to rest

What makes the old car restoration process a scary one is the unknown. Anyone short on experience has this instant feeling of angst when they go to look at an old classic car that someone is selling and find rust in places they never imagined, or discovering the car is missing some hard to find parts. Since they don't know how to fix these kinds of things, they instantly have visions of dollar signs flying out the window and begin imagining the contentious comments from their wife about that "hunk of junk" in the garage. Justifying the money to restore this old car will be very difficult if it is feared they will spend the available money their wives thought would be for the new dining room furniture.

I think I just blew away a few would be old car restorers with that last bit. If your wife is not on board with the project, dealing with that one can be worse than paying for excessive rust repairs.

OK. OK. So what's the game plan?

In this article we are going to break down the old car restoration project into requirement levels of skill, tools and resources, availability of parts, and costs. In each case you will see how there are some trade offs to help you understand how you fit into the project. In doing this, we'll evaluate my own 64 Impala project with several pictures of body, interior, drivetrain and trim parts as I explain how this car was a good fit for me. The 64 Impala that I have is unrestored and still in one piece (for the most part) with the exception of the drive train, so it is a good snapshot of what it looked like when I bought it.

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