How To Put Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again

by Quinn Harris

You've just bought an old car with the romantic notion of rebuilding it. But now that you're trying to find parts for your dream car that you wonder if it isn't going to be more of a nightmare. No matter if you are doing it to make a profit or if it is a labor of love, your will only be as good as the parts you put into it. So before you start there are some tips that you should keep in mind.

Cars can't be that convoluted to understand properly can they? There is a big difference between being able to replace the odd part as and when you need to and rebuilding your car from the inside out. The best way to start your project is to clearly and honestly outline your skills and decide how much time and energy you can put into the project. Depending on your level of skill depends on what you can do, a new paint jobs and changing out some basic engine parts can be as fun as a complete overhaul. Always think about what you want to put in before you start pulling things out.

It is very tempting to grab the first old banger that you see as soon as you know what type of project you want to do, but it is often better to wait so that you don't take on something you can't handle. It is a bad idea to invest in a car that doesn't have the parts if you have no intention of finding the parts it needs and fitting them. Without the right parts even a beloved car will become a burden sitting on your front yard. A friend who knows a lot about how to fix up old cars will be a great asset when you are viewing potential cars for your project. What may look right to you may be wrong for your car and could cost you a lot of time, effort and money to try and replace. One thing to consider when figuring out how much more you are willing to pay for car parts it what you are going to do with the car when you are finished. If you are just going to use your car for show then an older, slightly worn part will do instead of a brand new part, where as you will need parts of a decent standard if you want to drive the car on a permanent basis.

Caution is essential when it comes to buying parts for you car. If you're not sure don't spend the money, it is better for you to comeback knowing exactly what you want rather than going off half-cocked and buying the wrong parts and spending time and energy trying to find the right parts.

Remember, no matter what reasons you have for restoring your car do the best you can by waiting for the best quality parts.

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