This process, which only really works on flat surfaces, is similar to silk-screening, though silk-screening requires multiple steps for multiple colors, while the factory printing process applies multiple colors all in the same step. Precision Restorations is an auto restoration shop that is truly passionate about each and every classic car, antique car, custom hot rod and we perform. It is similar to the process the factories used to apply the vinyl skin to the dashboard. Start the restoration process, if possible follow a 2 step procedure part replacement and chassis adjustments. You need to inspect the mechanics, electrical system and hydraulics to see what needs replacing, what needs maintenance and what is fine. From start to finish, the entire job takes about 4 to 6 weeks unless the face requires rechroming, in which case, the job extends to 10 to 12 weeks. You'll want to keep all brake items in a container for rebuilding.
Disassembly Your classic now moves to the disassembly bay, this is one of the most important processes especially for the men who are re-assembling the car. Keep your interior restoration as simple and authentic as possible. Better yet, use these ideas to create your own visual statement. Get the Manuals You Need Car restoration guides make the perfect gift for auto enthusiasts of all kinds. You have been dreaming of this car, probably for a good amount of time. Step-6: Glove Box Restoration Brush the adhesive on thickly, but evenly. Vinyl, as we all know, has a tendency to become brittle and less pliable with age and exposure to ultraviolet rays.
First, they emphasize keeping the dashboard clean, and in most cases, warm soapy water will do the job; ammonia or even hydrogen peroxide diluted with water will take care of mildew or tougher stains. You should now decide which components you'll take inside your house to your workshop and which will stay in the garage, which will be done in good weather and which over the winter, etc. The hardest part of door trim panel removal is figuring out how to remove the window cranks and door lock handle. Take a photo or two and don't forget clipboard notes. Several companies sell quartz movement conversions, which offer greater reliability over the stock mechanical movement.
Assess the Body It all starts with some planning. The market for classic cars offers a number of alternatives for this and there are a large number of parts dealers that specialize in providing original parts for this type of vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, it is also important to decide whether you have a 'solid' car which can be restored without replacing the entire frame, floor, axles, etc. The factory printing process actually allows for all sorts of customizing of the dials, using practically any color or font face imaginable. The plastic lens in front of the gauges is sanded. Angelo says he notices that stuff right away.
Although you may have to learn a lot about the entire process as you go, you can look for free online tutorials and do-it-yourself techniques to help you out. Be sure to allow several days and be sure to use proper equipment so that you don't strain muscles. It comes in far more colors, and at far cheaper prices compared to leather. You'll probably replace the hardware anyway. However, the cracked vinyl and worn-out original fabric look like garbage and need to be replaced.
Your newly restored classic will turn heads and stop traffic. All the glass has been removed. If you want to do a quick refresh, you might only need to pull the engine and interior, then slap on a bit of bondo and paint. It's probably showing lots of flaws and rust, and you might be wondering how you'll ever get it back together. Below are some tips to help you strengthen the frame of your muscle car so it runs the best it can. Headers replace the stock exhaust manifold and increase power by scavenging the exhaust gases more efficiently than a stock manifold will. Seat tracks are mounted with bolts at one or both ends.
This fitting allows us to adapt the 516-inch hard line which is -5 to the -6 female hose end. Edelbrock is a front runner in the manufacturing of intake manifolds. Also note the use of a 18-inch pipe to -4 male hose end for the overflow pipe for the radiator. These bolts may be accessible from the inside of the car or from underneath, depending upon manufacturer. All your tools are handy, there's lots of lighting and your camera and clipboard are within reach.
Our facility consists of separate buildings for each stage of restoration unlike many others. You can choose a higher displacement motor, build it with performance parts, add a supercharger or turbo, swap from standard to auto tranny — the options are seemingly endless. These will be placed with the front brake assemblies. We specialize in classic car restoration only. Continue hammering and the screw should start turning. .
While Just Dashes does sell a product called Vinyl Life Preserver meant to extend the life of a dash, Tessler said he also recommends using the household cleaner Pledge for its anti-static properties. And once the automotive restoration process gets underway, we continually check for quality assurance from start to finish by making sure all checks and balances are in place. Start with 3 or 2 and work your way down to 1. We have been part of some pretty emotional deliveries here including everything up to tears of joy from grown men. Finding or building a driveshaft, the rear diff and axle, and the exhaust is so much easier when the body is off. All questions are answered efficiently…and all potential problems are solved effectively. Flocking will add a layer of soft protection for the registration papers and assorted fuses we keep in the glove box.