When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, new isn’t always the answer for one reason or another. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a classic model for a few years now and are looking for a project, or maybe you’re in need of a different daily driver but prefer to buy used. Contrary to what some people might say, purchasing a used vehicle doesn’t always mean trouble awaits; but it might mean that repairs are necessary. If you’re mechanically talented or are interested in learning, this could be a great project for you to take on yourself. Here are two tips to help your work go smoothly and get you on the road as soon as possible.
1.) Get to Know Your Vehicle
Learning about your vehicle should be your starting point and getting right in there to take it apart will do the job. This way you’ll get a good look at all of its pieces and parts so you can determine what’s salvageable, what needs replacing and what’s missing. As part of this exercise, you’ll want to research vendors to make sure you’re able to get the parts you’ll need for the restoration; such as an Airdog fuel hose. Most importantly, make sure you’ve got a solid system in place to keep everything organized and safe after disassembly. Take pictures along the way so you’ve got something to use as a point of reference. You’ll be glad you did, especially when the time comes to put everything back together.
2.) Set Yourself Up for Success
A restoration or repair project is a big deal. Both require a lot of time, focus and patience. This is the perfect opportunity to work on your time management skills and outline what lies ahead for the project (to the best of your knowledge). Allow room for flexibility and remember to always expect the unexpected. This is also a good time to be honest with yourself, acknowledging where your abilities begin and end. If you run into trouble or have doubts, give a trusted mechanic or like-minded friend a call to cover your bases. Set aside ample time for research and make organization a priority to help you avoid common restoration setbacks.
If you’ve been considering vehicle restoration or repair, there’s no better time than the present. What are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves and dive right in. Enjoy the ride.