Have you ever seen a pristine classic automobile cruising down the road? It is definitely a sight to behold. Then if you look at the driver you can see the pride beaming on their face. Many people probably don’t realize the time, effort and money that is put into restoring a classic. There are many different parts and processes to consider when you take the task on of a classic restoration. Whether or not you already own one, a great classic to choose for a restoration project are Chevrolet Trucks.
Reasons to Pick a Chevrolet Truck
According to The Antique Automobile Club of America, a classic automobile is defined as a vehicle that is between 25 to 50 years old. Anything over 50 years old is called an “antique”. As time goes on, certain classic cars become harder and harder to come by. A great reason to pick a Chevy Truck is because they are easier to find. Chevy Trucks were high in production and their production years lasted longer than others. Because of the higher availability they are more affordable to purchase and also cheaper to work on. Another great perk from being common is the wealth of knowledge that is easily available. There are many websites, forums and groups, and manuals full of information on Chevy Trucks and how to properly restore them.
Trucks have been known to hold their value much longer than other cars. This is due to being durable, useful, power machines. Most Chevrolet Trucks came equipped with a hefty V8 engine. Now, most people probably wouldn’t choose to put their classic to work, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an option. Trucks are great for hauling and towing, no matter the year. Combine the held value of a truck along with the fact it’s a classic, you’re looking at a high-valued, long-lasting classic truck. Not to mention the myriad of options you can pick from when restoring a Chevy Truck. Many Chevrolet parts, especially the engine, are easily interchangeable with other vehicles. If you can’t find the specific Chevy part you need, you can reference and interchangeable guide to see what other vehicles have a part that would suit your needs. This allows you to make your truck even more customized to your liking.
Things to Consider During a Restoration
If you’re going to take the time to restore a classic, you may as well do it properly and completely. Depending on the current condition of your truck determines exactly what is needed to bring your truck back to its full glory. Many classics tend to sit for years collecting dust and the dreaded rust. If you’re lucky you could find a truck that doesn’t have much (if any) body rust. Another major part of a restoration is the interior. Your truck could lie anywhere on the spectrum of conditions. Are the seats still intact? What about the dash, is it sun damaged? Are the electronics still present and working? These are all things you need to take into consideration when planning your restoration. Other parts that many may not think of but could be necessary to complete your restoration are:
- Hood Hinges
- Windshield Wipers
- Body Hardware
- Interior Lights
- Seat Belts
- Steering Column
- Weatherstrip Rubber
- And Much More!
These tiny things may not be on the forefront of your plans but they are important things to remember. Without checking if these items need replaced you could end up with a partially restored truck with minor, but important pieces missing or broken. Something as simple as the hood hinges become a big deal when your hood won’t open, and heaven forbid your hood should fall off! Yes, completely restoring a classic automobile can seem a bit daunting. However, it’s a very rewarding and worthwhile process. Watching your classic come back to life before your eyes because of the hard work you put forth is oh so satisfying. Not to mention being able to drive it around and show it off. No matter the stage of restoration you’re in, professional help could come in handy. Whether to discuss parts or processes Tuckers Classic Auto Parts can help you on your restoration journey. Contact us here to get started.