Restoration: where to begin

Any questions or suggestions regarding restorations
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Restoration: where to begin

Post by carelo.koekemoer » Thu 04 Jan 2018, 21:28

When the task seems soooo big (including all the items on your wishlist too )

Where do you start? What are some of the tips you can share for someone starting a new project....


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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by Johann66 » Fri 05 Jan 2018, 11:46

Take a look at the Chev Malibu that I did! All Under Restoration! Lot of other projects! :D Just know it takes Years to restore!! 8O

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by IndianaJones » Fri 05 Jan 2018, 12:59

I think step 1 would be: Research
research, research, research

Not only to restore it back to the original specification the car was, but also on how to perform the various jobs/projects.
Decide on whether it would be a rolling restoration, or a full frame-off, bare metal restoration.

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by bmwmaniac » Fri 05 Jan 2018, 18:44

i still think the best way to get started, is simply just to start.
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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by carelo.koekemoer » Fri 05 Jan 2018, 21:52

bmwmaniac wrote:i still think the best way to get started, is simply just to start.
Just take the first bit of, clean it, fix it, spray / paint refurbish it and put it back?

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by Johann66 » Sat 06 Jan 2018, 12:27

Take a look at the Chev Malibu that I did! All Under Restoration! Lot of other projects! :D Just know it takes Years to restore!! 8O

Do your homework first! Much Cheaper!!

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by Scorpionman » Sat 06 Jan 2018, 16:34

I would say there is basicly 2 different ways of restoring cars. At the moment I am following both ways on the 2 project cars I have.

I am restoring the Fiat 124 that is in driving condition (most of the time) and doing a rolling restoration. Do a part at a time.

The Alfa Sprint was totally dissembled and in boxes when I got it. This car I am going for a total strip to bare metal and restore.

A side note. If you go the total strip route document everything with notes and photo’s. Stripping stuff is easy. Putting it back together in 2-3 years time you will not remember every detail. Notes and photos will help.
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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by ZA Perana » Sat 06 Jan 2018, 18:36

Scorpionman wrote:
Sat 06 Jan 2018, 16:34
I would say there is basicly 2 different ways of restoring cars. At the moment I am following both ways on the 2 project cars I have.

I am restoring the Fiat 124 that is in driving condition (most of the time) and doing a rolling restoration. Do a part at a time.

The Alfa Sprint was totally dissembled and in boxes when I got it. This car I am going for a total strip to bare metal and restore.

A side note. If you go the total strip route document everything with notes and photo’s. Stripping stuff is easy. Putting it back together in 2-3 years time you will not remember every detail. Notes and photos will help.
Its a lack of the bold which leads to numerous Gumtree adverts "stripped and lost interest in the project".
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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by johan wepener » Sun 07 Jan 2018, 12:51

carelo.koekemoer wrote:
Thu 04 Jan 2018, 21:28
When the task seems soooo big (including all the items on your wishlist too )

Where do you start? What are some of the tips you can share for someone starting a new project....
Should you not be able to do the restoration work by yourself, and should you not have

a very big banking balance, the best tip is to not start a restoration project at all. The aforsaid

advice is founded on proof as experienced by myself.

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Re: Restoration: where to begin

Post by RASSIE » Tue 09 Jan 2018, 08:49

Make plenty space for the parts and shelves before you strip. Also put tags on if you are not sure about the part names. Pictures also help.
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