Restoration: where to begin

Any questions or suggestions regarding restorations
carelo.koekemoer
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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by carelo.koekemoer » Thu 11 Jan 2018, 21:45




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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by PRO AUTO RUBBER KZN » Thu 25 Jan 2018, 12:29

We could possibly assist with rubber if it requires replacing ;)
Let me know where you are based
Enjoy!

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by jmvv » Mon 29 Jan 2018, 17:12

DO NOT TOUCH THE CAR.

GET THE CAR IN YOUR NAME.
This can be done without roadworthy.
Sort out all outstanding fees and fines on the car.
If the above does not pan out, walk away from the project, as it will end up burning you in the long run.

While busy with the above, define your vision for the project.
Determine what you want to achieve. Concours, Stock, rod, mod whatever.

Make a list of what is needed to achieve your objective. - bodywork, colour, engine, drive train, suspension, wheels interior.
(Look at it from your wife's point of view and what needs to be done to change her mind)

Get quotes for everything, so you know what you are in for.
Once you have the prices, muliply your budget by a factor of 2.5 - this will ensure that you do not run out of funds.

If you have to farm work out. Get references from as many previous customers of your contractor as possible. BE VERY WARY - there are a lot of sheisters out there.
Set firm time lines for contractors and take your car away, if they do not perform.

Keep every invoice (but never look at them or let your wife see them)

I have found from experience that a realistic time line for a complete restoration / rebuild is 18 months.

Mostly, have fun.
Yes, it is a daunting task, but there are very few things as satisfying as that first startup when everything is done.
Good luck.

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by IndianaJones » Tue 30 Jan 2018, 20:59

Very good summary jmvv, thanks for posting. Need a "like" button here.

carelo.koekemoer
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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by carelo.koekemoer » Thu 01 Feb 2018, 00:43

jmvv wrote:DO NOT TOUCH THE CAR.

GET THE CAR IN YOUR NAME.
This can be done without roadworthy.
Sort out all outstanding fees and fines on the car.
If the above does not pan out, walk away from the project, as it will end up burning you in the long run.

While busy with the above, define your vision for the project.
Determine what you want to achieve. Concours, Stock, rod, mod whatever.

Make a list of what is needed to achieve your objective. - bodywork, colour, engine, drive train, suspension, wheels interior.
(Look at it from your wife's point of view and what needs to be done to change her mind)

Get quotes for everything, so you know what you are in for.
Once you have the prices, muliply your budget by a factor of 2.5 - this will ensure that you do not run out of funds.

If you have to farm work out. Get references from as many previous customers of your contractor as possible. BE VERY WARY - there are a lot of sheisters out there.
Set firm time lines for contractors and take your car away, if they do not perform.

Keep every invoice (but never look at them or let your wife see them)

I have found from experience that a realistic time line for a complete restoration / rebuild is 18 months.

Mostly, have fun.
Yes, it is a daunting task, but there are very few things as satisfying as that first startup when everything is done.
Good luck.
Thanks @jmvv

Appreciate the steer / tips. Exactly the sort of stuff I need to hear... Biggest problem here is probably:

“Look at it from your wife's point of view and what needs to be done to change her mind”




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