4: Class of cars that can be restored

Various  classic cars have their peculiar values. To fix an obsolete  car such as Model T, it might likely require a lot of effort than to fix the 1978 Gremlin that has been in the garage for some time. Ideally, the Model T would cost a lot more. A number of he popular cars restored these days are from he 1950s and 1960s. These cars are strong and are well known among archivists. Others are considered “aged” cars. Any old car can be restored, but not too many people are willing to invest in the process. The well cast ht are being renovated by private enterprises these days include the following:

Classic Cars 

A number of rejuvenated cars caress our visual senses at auto outdoor summer shows. A lot of folks are willing to display their renovated classic cars for the world to see. Those who embark on classic car restoration are members of the Classic Car Club of America. One of the Initial rules of the club was that the car had to be made between 1925 and 1948. Not all the rules were followed to the latter. 

Classic cars  are generally cars that are over 25 years. The group you join depend on what you will be able to show case. for instance you may not be able to show off your 1970s muscle car. A number of the classic car clubs show off only cars made between 1950 and 1960. These cars are often called Yank Tanks” and they are about the size of a small boat. They are very well known amidst archivists and if properly fixed, can be driven 

With reference to experienced Classic Car collectors, a classic car must have some qualities to be called a true classic: 

  • It had to be built within the relevant time frame period 
  • It had to be well priced 
  • It had to be a comfort automobile at the time it was built 

Those who know a lot about classic cars will support the notion that around 1948, classic cars had ceased to exist. Around this time cars were produced enmasse and were affordable by all and sundry. However, the era of classic cars ended before the 1950s 

Muscle Cars 

Muscle cars are efficient high performance cars equipped with a V8 engine that were turned out in the United States of America between 1964 and 1975. Then, they were never referred to “muscle cars”, instead, they were labeled “cars” or “super cars.” These cars were very fast and were often used for illegal racing on the street. Majority  of those who owned  muscle cars were youths. 

Over 75 t types of Muscle Cars  were turned out in the United States during this period. It was as if every car manufacturer produced a muscle car. They came in mid sized, thick appearance and what was referred to as  “pony car” versions. 

Some of the most popular Muscle Cars that are coveted today include 

Mercury Cyclone 

Chevy Nova 

Pontiac GTO 

Ford Mustang 

Dodge Dart 

Mercury Cyclone 

Ford Fairlane 

Ford Torino 

Plymouth Duster 

AMC Hornet 

Dodge Charger 

These are just some of them. Muscle cars are treasured by archivists and are often displayed in car shows all around the country. 

Antique Cars 

Antiques are often put in the category of items over 100 years old. A lot of folks will let you know  that antiques can be as little as 50 years old. The definition is  very subjective, it varies depending on the angle at which the seller is seeing things. Antique cars are different from  classic cars or vintage cars. Antique cars most times refer cars turned out post WWII. The Ford Model T is a typical example of an Antique car. 

Very few folks attempt  to renovate an antique car in their own domain. They are collected by people who generally have the wherewithal in terms of money  and space to keep them. They are status symbol cars and are highly coveted by wealthy people. Antique cars are made to display during special shows. They are not made to run fast on  roads and require a special “antiques” permit to be allowed on the road. They are most times put on display, not employed for practical purposes. What it means is that, you cannot take the old Model T down to the store to purchase groceries 

Cars that were turned out before the  WWI era often made use of hand cranks to get them to start. These have now been replaced with modern transmissions and engines. There are not too many true antique cars around these days and the few  that remain are extremely prized. If fate smiles at you and you are lucky to lay your hands on a pre WWII car, don t make it your first “do it yourself” car restoration project.  If done properly, an antique car can be sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars to an archivist 

Vintage Cars 

Going by the Classic Car Club of America, Vintage Cars are cars  that were manufactured before 1930 and after World War I. Cars built before WWI commenced are termed “Veteran Cars.” 

Majority now refer to “vintage cars” old cars. Cars made in the 1950s, 1960s and even the 1970s are more often than not called” Vintage cars.” These cars are very  popular with folks who seek to restore cars on their accord. They are particularly popular with archivists and renovation experts and are displayed  in various car shows across the country. It does not matter the kind of car you want to restore , you must consider the following tips to avoid problems:

  1. Ensure that you do not pay more than$500 for the car. For your first project you would not want to invest a lot of money into it. 
  2. Make sure that you inspect the  car very well  before you pay anything
  3. Once the car has been fixed, register it with the Antique Car Association for a special permit if it was made before 1948. 
  4. Make sure that you have a convenient place to keep the vehicle when you are not working on it. Ensure  that the area where you will store the car during winter is a temperature controlled place. This ensures its mechanical safety.

To reinstate any car, whether classic, vintage, antique, veteran,  muscle car or the old Pontiac station wagon behind your yard, takes  the same kind of knowledge. As car parts become more difficult and expensive to procure for the old cars, for instance a 1925 Ford, it makes complete sense for the beginner of vintage car renovations  to work on cars  that are not expensive to buy and repair.