Building A Classic Hot Rod
As the weather finally begins to cooperate with all those summer projects you’ve been meaning to get started on, doesn’t it sound great to spend the day transforming your classic car into what you’ve always dreamed it could be? Navigating the world of creating a great hot rod can be confusing, so we’ve put together some tips to make your summer project run smoothly. Good luck with your car’s transformation, and don’t forget to enjoy the process. After all, this is your “baby,” right?
1) There are plenty of resources available to help find the right parts for your hot rod. Magazines, catalogs, and thousands of car restorers just like you are out there. Take your time deciding which parts are most important to you-is it an engine? Cosmetic additions? Determine which items you simply must have and which you would be willing to forgo if finances make a complete restoration a little out of reach.
2) Make a budget for your project. Restoring a classic car is an investment, and more often than not, unexpected part replacements or repairs will creep up. Make sure that your budget includes the cost of parts you want to add, and a miscellaneous category for unexpected costs. Especially for first-timers, it may be a good idea to factor in professional help. Your budget will largely depend on the condition of the car, the availability (or rarity!) of parts for the model, and the area in which you live because of various mechanic rates.
3) If you choose to make the car low-riding, make sure you remember that speed bumps, the curb at the end of the driveway, and unexpected road bumps may present a problem. Nothing is worse than realizing you can’t get the car to the mechanic without causing some serious damage.
4) Make sure the car is how you want it. No matter what others think about your paint color, you’re the one who has to live with it, right? Stay true to your own preferences and you will inevitably enjoy your hot rod much more.