Have you been searching new car inventory and just not finding that something special? If you want something truly unique and one-of-a-kind, it may be time to go vintage. Plenty of drivers choose to do classic Toyota car restorations to get that one-of-a-kind ride, and if you’re thinking about tackling this project, Toyota of N Charlotte has a quick beginner’s guide with 4 top tips.
Toyota of N Charlotte’s top tips for restoring a classic car
Tip #1: Know where to find the car you want
Do you know where to start the search when looking for a classic Toyota car? As extensive as our inventory is at Toyota of N Charlotte, it usually doesn’t include true vintage cars. You’ll need to head to the classifieds both online and in the newspaper, and you may also want to look for specialty websites online where you can view classic Toyota cars for sale.
Tip #2: Decide how you’re going to do it.
Are you going to do the work yourself when it comes to part installation, or will you hire an expert to tackle the job? Toyota of N Charlotte can help you decide if you’re up for such a work-intensive project (and if you decide to run things yourself, we can help you find the right parts).
Tip #3: Make sure you have the right tools and workspace
If it’s going to be a DIY project, then you’ll want to line up the right workspace and tools for your classic Toyota car restoration. You’ll need the basics when it comes to tools, including wrenches and sockets, a drill with various bits, screwdrivers, a car jack stand, pliers, and an air hose. If you really want to dig into it, it might be worth buying tools like a welder, a blow torch, and an engine crane and stand to lift the engine out of the car. However, you should learn how to safely use all of these tools before you attempt your classic Toyota car restoration.
As far as a workspace goes, our N Charlotte Toyota service techs recommend that you look for something spacious, well-lit, and with access to electricity and if possible, running water.
Restoring a classic Toyota car is an investment
Tip #4: Be ready to spend time and money
Restoring a classic Toyota car requires time and money - and plenty of both. As far as time goes, you can expect your restoration to take a while. Some classic car jobs can take upwards of a year, especially if you’re using original Toyota parts. It can take a while to track them down and get them installed. And even if you’re using modern parts, you have to find the right ones that are compatible with your classic car.
Expenses can add up, too. You’ll have to pay for parts, obviously, and then you’ll also need to either pay for labor for someone to install them OR pay to rent a workspace and buy tools for the job. Be prepared!
Want more tips or need some help finding parts? Call Toyota of N Charlotte today at (704) 875-9199.