• Restoring your car – what equipment is needed?

    Posted on September 8th, 2014 Roger No comments

    Restoring a classic car is a challenging but very satisfying hobby. One of the first things to consider is space: you will need a garage or other undercover area for the project. If you do not have space at home, you might think about renting a workshop, as trying to work in cramped conditions has been the cause of many restorations being abandoned, unfinished. Restoring your dream car to its original condition is a long-term project, and you should plan the project carefully to avoid frustration and disappointment.

    You may already have a good selection of tools, but make a checklist and see what else you need to get. To save your budget, ask around your family and friends for items that you might be able to borrow. Some tips for the basics include:

    Wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers

    A great selection of wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers is a basic requirement for your project. If your classic car is a European model, you will need metric tools. Save space and keep your tools organised and easy to find in a Tool Chest.

    Compressor

    Some air tools will make life easier for you, and to power them you will need a compressor. Buy a mid-price range one if your budget permits, as you will be able to run many tools from it and also use it for spraying.

    Air tools – saw, drill and wrenches

    Air tools will speed up many tasks and save you a great deal of time and effort. A sand blaster will make light work of removing rust.

    Car Mover

    A car mover is an excellent idea if you are working on your restoration project in a confined space. They enable one person to move a vehicle efficiently and without risk of injury.

    Trolley Jack

    Get a 2 tonne trolley or floor jack that is capable of raising your car at least 33mm. Once your car is lifted, use a pair of axle stands to support it. A drive-on ramp is a good idea if you are planning to spend much time working underneath your car.