gettingstarted

Relative to the million new cars produced during the golden decades of the Fifties and Sixties, very few survived. After around a decade of being pushed to their limits under the testing UK and European winters, most of these cars were taken out of circulation.

Most were hauled off to the breakers yard with just a relative handful remaining stored in abandoned lock ups or under tarpaulins at the back of a field.  An absolute handful were  kept in a driveable condition- lovingly cared for by and gradually restored by devoted enthousiasts.

In the last twenty years or even mre, an incredible surge in interest has grown up around classic cars and their restoration. While vehicles produced during the twentieth century have been improved dramtically, both in terms of appearance and technical capabilities, to many they lack the character of these vehicles, some of them produced more htna Seventy years ago.

To drive one of these cars means standing out from the crowd, through owning a vehicle that is truly unique, with the owner's personality stamped all over it

The goal of My Classic Cars Blog is to provide those new to classic car restoration with an informative guide to help them plan their project, understand the stages involved, realise their limitations so they can avoid any pitfalls along the way.

Pitfalls that, if not handled properly and quickly, could cause the restoration project to be held up, not stay within budget, and even end in disaster.

Restorers should look upon My Classic Car Blog as a kind of roadmap which, if  the advice given is followed closely, will lead the restorer to successfully complete their restoration project.

The major restoration procedures that need to be followed for UK and European Classic Car owners, but not necessarily in the order given are as follows:

*Getting Started: including choosing the ideal classic car, establishing a workshop,  getting to know the vehicle, workshop health and safety, choosing tools and equipment,
*Restoring Mechanical Systems:  including the engine, gearbox, clutch, camshaft, carburettor, cooling system, cylinder head, driveshaft and exhaust system)
*Restoring the Vehicle Underbody: including the axles, brakes, suspension, steering,
*Restoring Auto Electrics: including the alternator, battery, ignition coil, lighting, wiring, fuses, solenoids, starters, distributors and spark plugs.
*Restoring the Bodywork: including treating rust, fabricating metal, panel beating, welding body metal,       
*Restoring the Paintwork: including filling, masking, spraying paint,
*Restoring the Interior Trim: including wood trim, instrument panel, interior lights , steering wheel, dashboard ,
*Restoring the Exterior Trim: including chrome trim, wood trim, mouldings, convertible tops, nameplates, number plates, emblems, windows, wire wheels,
*Restoring Carpets: including repalcing carpets, carpet cleaning,
*Restoring Upholstery: including re-upholstery, fabric upholstery, vinyl upholstery, leather upholstery, armrests, door panels, headliners,

For the countless thousands that have completed a classic car restoration, for the many more that are currently working on one and especially for those considering restoring a classic in the future, My Classic Car Info will continue to provide history, tips, tricks, terminology and news on all aspects of the wonderful world of classic cars.

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A guide to acquiring, restoring and maintaining UK or European Classic Cars of the Fifties and Sixties- as well as a recollection of the iconic cars of the era and the visionaries that produced them.