Classic Car Restoration - The Dos & Dont's (2)
Classic car restoration projects are very time consuming, require a great deal of patience and can also be very expensive, so it is important to consider a few of the very basic dos and don'ts before embarking on a major project.
Firstly, we will look at what you need to do before setting off on your project of restoring your classic.
To begin with, you need to decide which type of restoration you are aiming for. Are you looking at a basic driver restoration, whereby the vehicle is made operational again for personal use and just minor damage is repaired or is it more for a street show restoration, where minor and major work to appearance will be essential?
You might be aiming for more of a show car restoration, which will almost certainly need the help of professionals. Major work and improvements will make the finished vehicle worthy of display at shows and exhibitions. However, to maintain the perfect value and condition of your newly restored vehicle, it should only really be taken out for short drives and cleaned after each journey.
Concours restoration is the ultimate level, is very expensive, and is only for vehicles that are going to be placed in exclusive private collections and exclusive classic shows. As above, driving this kind of vehicle should be kept to a minimum and ultimate care and attention should be given to the aspects of cleaning and maintenance after any such excursion.
Reading the owner's manual is an essential part of any restoration project, if you don't have one then you must certainly try to acquire one.
Where possible, always try to salvage and use existing parts rather than spending money on authentic reproduction parts. However, bear in mind that certain parts do need to be replaced and upgraded – safety equipment, electronics, radio, air-conditioning – these are all areas that should be updated where possible.
If you are looking for any specific parts then head over to the Services section of our website. Here you will find a selection of available resources listed under categories such as Parts & Tools, Tyres & Wheels, and Car Care.
So those are the essential dos, what about the don'ts?
The mock-up stage of any restoration is time-consuming but essential, so this is an area that you should never overlook. To ensure that everything is going to fit together nicely, the mock-up must be not be ignored.
Whilst not making drastic changes to the engine, it is essential that you don't stick with the entire classic technology. To ensure the restored vehicle is safer and more reliable, it is advisable to update certain engine parts such as air filters, spark plug connections, and hoses and brake lines.
Don't overlook the smaller details such as buttons, caps and the actual regular cleaning of the vehicle, all of which will enhance the finished project.
Finally, don't set a low and unrealistic budget for restoration projects. Try to get quotes for your project before getting started and always make allowances for unexpected costs that will invariably crop up further down the road of your classic restoration.
If you are embarking on the project yourself (rather than handing it over to a professional) then it might be a good idea to join a club for your particular car and also be prepared to learn new skills along the way. Make sure you have good quality tools, take photographs, label things and store parts correctly.
If you are looking for a particular service then again we suggest you take a look at the Services section on our website. We have a number of companies offering professional services in areas such as Restoration, Servicing, Car Care, and also Insurance.
So there you have it, the essentials to consider before undertaking a personal or professional restoration project. Be aware of these fundamentals, know your limits, and allow plenty of time, then you will achieve your goal of restoring that treasured classic.
If you happen to be a parts or restoration company looking to advertise your services with us then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Top Supercars of 2020
The supercar, by definition, is defined as a street-legal high-performance sports car, which quite often serves as the flagship model within the range of a vehicle manufacturer's sports car line-up.
Since the mid to late 60s in both Europe and the United States, the supercar has grown in popularity. The Lamborghini Miura was considered by many to be the first real supercar in Europe, and in the 50 years since then, many models have been produced by the major manufacturers.
The term "hypercar" has also been used in more recent years to describe the highest performing supercars, many of which have now shifted to electrification and a hybrid drivetrain, with a select few now also going totally electric.
Today, we will look at a few of the top supercars of 2020, starting with the Pininfarina Battista. Just 150 units of this vehicle are to be produced, with the name a tribute to the company's founder Battista Farina. This electric supercar has four individual motors placed at each wheel and a fully charged battery pack allows the car to travel 450 km. With a top speed of 350 km/h and capable of going from 0-100 km/h in under 2 seconds, this hand-built supercar is already in high demand.
The McLaren 765LT is a much lighter vehicle than its predecessor the 720S and with more downforce, this 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 exudes power and performance. From 0-100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, it can also reach 200 km/h in 7 seconds, making it the most powerful LT ever made.
The Koenigsegg Gemera is known as the "Tiny Friendly Giant" because of its small engine – but it is certainly not lacking in power. With its 2.0 litre 3 cylinder engine, the TFG has reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and can run on CO2 neutral renewable fuels. This supercar is also a 4-seater, meaning the driving experience can be shared by more people than the usual 2-seater performance vehicles on offer.
The Ford GT also features on our list for 2020, its aerodynamic teardrop shape, carbon-fibre body, and its 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine are the ultimate expressions of innovation.
No list of supercars would be complete without a Ferrari of some kind, so the Ferrari F8 Tributo makes the list. Having a 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this vehicle is the most powerful conventional V8 produced by Ferrari to date. 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 340 km/h, the Tributo is designed around the S-Duct front, making it very aerodynamic and visually stunning.
The Lamborghini Huracan EVO is designed based on the hexagonal form of the carbon atom and its full-LED lighting system give this supercar a very distinctive look. Various forms of the Huracan have been around since 2014, making this supercar a popular and high-performance vehicle. A 2021 version is already planned, so progression continues for the Huracan.
To complete our personal list of top supercars of 2020 we must mention the Rimac C Two, which is an all-electric sports car from the Croatian manufacturer Rimac Automobili. It is only the second car they have produced and only 150 units are planned, with production of one a week taking place at the same factory as the Pininfarina Battista. When fully charged, this supercar is capable of covering a distance of 650 km and can go from 0-97 km/h in just 1.85 seconds, making it potentially one of the fastest accelerating cars ever made!
So, on that speedy note, we will conclude our short review of some of the top 2020 supercars. 2021 could well see many new models coming on to the market, so stay in touch for all of the latest news.
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[i] According to Money Saving Expert, 2020.