A Beginner's Guide To Classic Car Restoration - VOL 2

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					OK boys and girls; are you ready for the second article on a beginners
guide to classic car restoration? It's ready for you so let's get going
on it. We finished up the last installment with bringing the car home;
the most important part of the process for the last installment is that
you have a garage to do the work in.

This article will begin with a pre-restoration inspection of the car.
Let's get going on it.

Pre-restoration Inspection:

This is the part where you will generate your initial parts list, so you
need to take your time and do it right. This can make or break your
restoration project.

Engine Compartment:

Pre-restoration inspection on the engine compartment; here we're going to
take a look at the visible issues in your engine compartment. We will
start at the top and work our way down through the most important visible

Wiring look for burned, cracked, or Jerry rigged wiring in your engine
wiring harness; be sure to take a lot of pictures because they will help
you when it comes time to re-assemble your car.
Next move to the top of the engine and look for leaks in the valve
covers, intake manifold, and water pump areas. If you plan to rebuild the
engine you can skip this part.
Moving on down look at the brake lines inspect them for leaks, kinks and
cracks. The brake lines should always be replaced during a restoration
project just to be safe.
Now get your jack and lift the front of the car and remove both wheels
from the car. This is where you will check the ball joints, and the
steering components on the car, be very through here this is an area
where you can save some money if you do it right.
Check the radiator at the bottom for leaks and replace it if you need to,
you should always at least have it rodded and cleaned.
Take a look at the brakes themselves inspect them for leaks, and general
wear on them, you should always replace your brakes during a restoration.
That covers the front of the car, now we will move to the front body
panels of the car.

You need to take your time here and pay close attention to what you're
doing, there is no room to get in a hurry here.

Front Body Panels:

First you will let the car down off of the jack stands, and put it back
on the floor of the garage.

Make sure after you put the car back on the floor that you close the hood
of the car. This is where the body panel inspection will begin. The gaps
between the hood, fenders, header, and cowl vent should look uniform, and
have about 1/16" to 1/8 " gaps.
Now take a look at the bumper of the car, make sure that it looks
straight and is not pushed in or bent anywhere, this indicates that the
car has been wrecked.
Now take a look at the fender to door gaps, they to should be uniform and
be 1/16" to 1/8" wide. If they are not the car has been wrecked and the
panels have been pushed in, or pulled out.
Now take a look at the door gaps if they are off this could indicate a
couple of different things. First of all it would indicate that the car
has been wrecked and repaired, or it could indicate that the door hinges
need to be replaced, if the door has dropped in the rear it usually means
bad hinges. Also the door caps should be uniform and have 1/16" to 1/8"
That's about it for issue number 2, stay tuned for the next issue.

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