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What is Automobile Restoration?

Automobile restoration can be considered as a hobby by most standards. Of course, there are those that  do automobile restoration as a business.

There are different types and stages of automobile restoration jobs.

To restore an automobile requires many different complex job skills. Automobile restoration is simply bringing a car or truck back to a like new condition.

That like new condition can be in factory specification condition or a modified condition.

Nut & Bolt Restoration

The most extreme form of automobile restoration is a nut & bolt restoration. You can also call this a Ground up restoration. Or some may call it a rotisserie restoration.

Basically, what this is, the complete car will be taken apart, dismantled in order to transform the car to what it looked like when it rolled off the assembly line.

Every nut and every bolt. Every part and piece of that car, inside and out will be loosened and taken apart and checked to see if it's salvageable. For example, if the trunk pans are so rusted  that it would be unsafe to keep on the car, then it would be cut out and replaced with new metal.

A nut & bolt resto job can become very expensive, very fast. Depending on many factors, of course. Rarity and condition of the car play a huge role when restoring a car.For example, NOS (New old stock) parts and body panels will cost you an arm and leg, compared to aftermarket pieces.

Take the 1968 Dodge Charger. A quarter panel that is purchased from year one may cost a couple of hundred dollars a piece. Quarter panels that are NOS can cost $1,600 and more a piece, depending on where you purchase them from.

In a nut and bolt restoration job. Everything, car body will be inspected inside and out. 

The cars interior, rug, door panels, the dash, everything will be checked for damage and if at all possible, restore it back to factory specifications.

Sometimes a nut and bolt automobile restoration job takes years before the car is completed. One car, a 1965 Buick Riviera at a car show I attended took the man 10 years to complete.

Trunk pan is absolutely not salvageable. This will have to be replaced with new metal.

One final word on a nut & bolt restoration job. Some people may restore that car to factory specifications. And will preserve the car as much as possible to keep the car as it would be when it rolled off the assembly line.

Some may do a nut & bolt resto job and may modify the car. Drum brakes to disc brakes. Add power steering. Maybe install an Air Conditioner to one that did not come with one from the factory.

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The many types of Automobile Restoration procedures 

There are many auto restoration jobs that are not as extreme as a nut and bolt restoration job is. It all will depend on the condition of the car.

How much time and money you are willing to invest in the project.

Maybe the car needs new seat covers but that's all, to get it to a like new condition.

Maybe the car is all original but you decide to replace the drum brakes with a disc brake system.

The most sought out cars or trucks are those that are all original. All original sheet metal. Original paint, seats, carpet, low mileage. Cars or trucks that have never had any body work or have not been modified in any way, shape, or form. 

That is the most sought after vehicles. That being said, those cars and trucks are rare. Most of these types of vehicles are what you see at Barrett-Jackson auto auctions bringing huge prices. 

One drawback about Barrett-Jackson shows is the people who know nothing about collector cars and trucks. People who haven't a clue about what they see bringing those megabucks at the auction, think for some reason, the car that's been wasting away in their back yard can get the same amount of money. 

Just because you have an "Old Car" does not mean you have a car that's worth a lot of money. If I can get one point across to you in this article it would be this. 

Cars, trucks, Coins, Paper money, Furniture. Just because something is "old" does not mean anything to educated buyers of antiques or collector cars.

What will determine the value of something is Rarity & Condition. How rare is the product? And what condition is that product in?

There are other things that come into play as well, like finding the right market to sell that product in. And how determined a buyer is.

But, above all, rarity and condition is everything.