November 19, 2013
Restomod - The Classic Car
You are the proud owner of a Classic car. Your Classic Car is special to you and you love her just as she is … BUT… she could use a little help. Before you decide on what to do, you should ask yourself the following questions. Is your car classified simply as old, or is it truly classic, antique, or vintage? Do you want to use it or show it? Finally, do you have the budget to complete the project you are about to begin? The answers to these questions are important when determining how much time, effort, and money you are willing to invest to give your old car a new lease on life.
Restomod vs Restoration
Once you’ve decided to give your old girl a make-over, you have several options to choose from.
Restoration is the process of repairing the degraded aspects of an old car for the purpose of returning it to its authentic, original condition. In restoration, all (or most) of the parts used are original factory parts, no updates or upgrades are added. The result is a perfectly preserved car that is just as it was when it was built decades ago.
Restomod is a combination of restoration and renovation. A restomod car retains the timeless beauty of the original with all the modern advancements in automotive technology added to enhance performance, comfort, and safety. The engine, suspension, brakes, tires and electronics are all upgraded to provide a better ride for the owner. Best of all, a properly resto-mod car can be returned to its original specs if you change your mind.
Which option is better for you will depend upon your budget and how you plan to use the car. A fully restored classic car will be worth more financially, but the cost in time and money will also be significantly higher. If you have an unlimited budget and want an original, collectible show car, then restoration is definitely the way to go.
The upgrades made to the restomod car will have the same beautiful appearance of the restored version. In addition, the restomod car will have the advantage of a more enjoyable driving experience resulting from the addition of all the modern enhancements.
Restomod - You’ve Decided What – Now Decide Where
Whichever option you choose, be very careful when selecting a shop to do the work. This is where a little research can really pay off. Be wary of a shop that gives you a fixed estimate to do the job. The many variables involved in classic car restoration make it impossible to give a definite quote. The current owner is usually not the original owner. This leaves many unanswered questions about the history of the car, including repairs, previous restorations, body work, and the quality of any of the work that may have been done. For this reason, reputable shops normally bill hourly for the work that they do or they will offer an estimated range with the understanding that the final cost could quite likely be more. Check the experience and reputation of the shop. Be sure that the shop you choose specializes in classic car restoration.
Since 1987, Tx Classic Cars has been restoring classic cars to their former beauty. Let us put our knowledge and technical expertise to work for you. Contact us today to discuss the pros and cons of a restomod transformation for your classic car.
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