Did you drive a ‘65 Galaxie years ago or maybe a ’68 Ford pickup? If you choose to restore one of the relics from the past, it can be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life. Yet, there is a lot to understand about locating vintage Ford parts and restoring your vehicle. Here are four good things to know before you get started.
Make Sure Parts are Available
It does little good to get a good deal on a
classic Galaxie or LTD if you cannot get the vintage
Ford parts you need. Before buying a
project car, look for trusted and dependable sources like Concours
Parts & Accessories. They offer a wide range of parts and things
for your classic Ford.
Determine Your Restoration Needs
What kind of restoration project are you thinking about? Here are
Personal use – you plan to drive the car and use it basically for
Street show – repair most cosmetic issues
Show car – for showing not driving
Concourse – make it look like new (for private collectors)
It is a good idea to change from a single to dual master cylinder
brake system and consider seatbelts for safety reasons. 6-volt cars
can be changed to 12-volt to make restoration easier. You can change
the radio to a retro looking AM/FM unit when you go to the right
vintage Ford parts supplier.
Learn More about the Restoration Process
Do you know someone with restoration experience? This is a good
person to talk to or consult with. Check out the latest publications
and websites on classic car restoration. You can get a lot of useful
information from online discussion groups and meet people with
similar interests. Many classic car enthusiasts are anxious to share
information and experiences.