Classic car restoration can be a fun and fulfilling hobby. But Gene Bernshtam notes that it can be a risky and costly endeavor, especially for those who do not have enough experience yet. To limit possible slipups, it is best to learn from other peoples’ mistakes, which are discussed below.
- <b>Beginning without a plan</b>: Many restoration projects go off the rails when no plan is written out. It does not matter if the project is small or large. A plan that includes a schedule of activities and expected expenses at the minimum should be developed first.
- <b>Not choosing the right restoration type</b>: There are different levels of car restoration projects: driving condition, street show, show car, and concourse. Before deciding on anything else on the project, Gene Bernshtam advises selecting what restoration type to pursue. This will determine how long the project will take, the parts needed, and the overall cost of the work.
- <b>Rebuilding the engine too early</b>: There have been many instances where engines had been built early in the process, only for them to deteriorate in one corner. Additionally, engine rebuild can be costly, which can affect the portions of the budget needed for other tasks, like bodywork.
- <b>Being frugal with metalwork and paint</b>: Some restorers try to save up on finances by cutting corners when it comes to bodywork. However, this is considered a false economy. While other mechanical works can be redone little by little, the same cannot be said about metalwork and paint jobs. Addressing any substandard bodywork will require starting over. The only way to save on bodywork is to do things right the first time.
<i><a href=”https://www.behance.net/genebernshb900″>Gene Bernshtam</a> is real estate and development professional who has participated and won many awards in judged classic automotive concourses across the country. Read more about him <a href=”https://www.crunchbase.com/person/gene-bernshtam”>here</a>.</i>