Five Tips to Help You Get Started With Classic Car Restoration

Posted by Steve White on Jul 24, 2014

Perhaps while you’re out cruising one Sunday afternoon you come across a classic car for sale. You can tell it needs some work, but you can see that this car is a true diamond in the rough. On a whim, you make the purchase, and you bring the car home.

How should you get started on restoring this classic car to its former beauty?

Here are a few tips that will help you begin.

Tip #1: Do a thorough inspection – Inspect every nook and cranny of the car. It’s helpful if you can put it on a car lift so you can inspect the underside as well. Once you’ve done your inspection, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s needed.

Tip #2: Should you do it yourself or work with a pro? – This is a very important decision for you because it will determine what your budget will be for the repairs, and how much of your own labor you’re going to put into the car.

Tip #3: Decide what level of restoration you’re going for – What is your goal? Do you want to restore your classic car to Concours level (which is the highest level), or do you want to make the car safe for the road?

Do you need more car restoration tips? Check back right here at www.oldcarsonline.com for everything you’ll need to know.

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Show Off at Upcoming Car Shows – Then and Now

Posted by Steve White on Jul 17, 2014

One of the best parts of participating in car shows is being able to showcase your classic car as it is now compared to how it was when you purchased it. If you have spent a great deal of time restoring your car, it’s important to bring along photographs that demonstrate the progress your car has made, and there are several reasons for this.

First of all, a photo album gives people the chance to see all of the hard work you put into your car; especially if you took the time to restore it yourself.

Secondly, your pictures should include plenty of details. Details really do tell the story of your car. If a judge is looking at a specific part of your car that was once quite damaged, it makes your car look even better when they can see what you started out with.

Finally, it’s interesting to compare car stories with some of the other classic car owners you’ll meet at car shows. You can pick up valuable tips from others, and you can assist them with the best ways to improve upon their own classic cars.

With the arrival of summer, you’re probably going to be cruising to plenty of great car shows in the coming months. Be sure to check back right here at www.oldcaronline.com for the best in car show tips.

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3 Tips to Ready Your Car for the Judges at a Car Show

Posted by Steve White on Jul 10, 2014

Perhaps you’ve been enjoying a larger convention or other event with folks in your car club. You’ve been driving around town all week long enjoying the sights as well as the company of your club mates, and now it’s time to present your car to the judges.

No need to panic because your car has seen its fair share of some dusty roads. Follow these quick tips and your car will be ready to show in no time at all.

Conditioning

Save some time for a quick conditioning of the interior of your car. The right conditioner can really make your seats and dashboard look great, even after you’ve been riding around in your car for days.

Touch it up

A good touch up spray and a microfiber towel are vital when you’re getting ready to show your car. You may even need to bring them back out during the show, but these two items can help you bring out the details of your classic car that you want the judges to notice.

Tell Your Story

One of the best things about cars shows is that you usually have the chance to tell your car’s story. If you have a photo album that illustrates the time you spent getting your car ready, that’s even better.

For more tips about your classic cars, be sure to visit www.oldcaronline.com.

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Enjoy All of the Upcoming Car Shows this Summer

Posted by Steve White on Jul 03, 2014

For classic car owners, summertime usually means plenty of opportunities to enjoy classic car shows. We’ve put together a list of some of the ones that are happening all around the country this summer.

• Richfield, MN: 2014 14th Annual Car Show, July 3rd, from 10am – 6pm.

• Des Moines, IA: Goodguys 23rd Heartland Nationals, July 4th – 6th.

• Lowell, IN: 2014 Cedarlake Summerfest Car Show, July 6th, from 8am to 3pm.

• Ashland, WI: Bay Area Car Club’s 36th Annual Car Show, July 5th, from 9am to 2pm.

• Byron, GA: Summer Showdown, July 5th – 6th.

Attending a car show is a lot of fun, and it’s a great opportunity for you to meet others who share your love of classic cars.

If you’re not sure if there are any upcoming classic car shows near you, don’t be afraid to hit the road and travel a bit to enjoy the experience. Not only will you be in for a fantastic road trip in your prized car, but you’ll have some awesome adventures during your journey too. After all, the car show experience is one of the best things about being a classic car owner, right?

Do you know of an upcoming car show in your area that you want us to talk about on our blog? Let us know, and be sure to check back right here at www.oldcaronline.com. 

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3 Collector Cars You’ll Love Adding to Your Collection

Posted by Steve White on Jun 26, 2014

If you’re an avid car collector, you probably love researching new hottest cars to add to your collection. We’ve come up with a list of three cars that every classic car lover dreams about having in their garage.

1961 Jaguar E-Type

This car has been called “the most beautiful car ever made,” and it’s clear to see that it’s true. This car is a powerhouse that’s as eye-catching as it is comfortable. It’s stylish lines and unique design is enough to make any car collector eager to add it to their collection.

1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

This Mercedes is one car that was obviously way ahead of its time. It features vertical-opening doors that have resulted in it being referred to as one of the coolest cars ever designed. At the time of its release, the Gullwing was one of the fastest production cars out there.

1963 Corvette Sting Ray

While the previous Corvettes were incredible, when the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray came out, everything changed. This car had a unique, modern look, and it was lighter too. When you drive one of these, you can’t help but be impressed by the way it handles curves.

If you liked this list, there’s more where that came from! For more information on all kinds of collector cars, be sure to check back right here at www.oldcaronline.com.

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