Restoration Tips

Is your car squeaking at every stop sign? Could your paint use some touching up? Old Cars Weekly presents tips and techniques for restoring classic cars and parts. Browse our collection of articles from restoring brakes to preparing your car for auto shows. We are your comprehensive resource for antique auto restoration.


Accent your old car with pinstripes

You can accent your favorite vintage car with new pinstripes, and all it takes is a little preparation, some research, a few tools, some special tape and time. All pinstripes were put on the featured vintage luxury car in less than eight hours! It may take even less time if you are striping a...

Spring Guide to Auto Restoration now online!

From big projects that will make your spring go by fast to little projects to fill free weekend moments, we have a little bit of everytihng to move your restoration along in this issue of Old Cars Guide to Auto Restoration. In particular, this issue focuses on body work. Click on image below or...

...I cut each bag in half, and now have 12 filters for my shop vac for two bits.

Tech Tips: Tricks for do-it-yourselfers

We’ve received many excellent “Tech Tips” through the years, from many different readers. In this issue, we’re running several different “Tech Tips,” all generated from one reader: O.C. Kocher of Saint Cloud, Wis. Mr. Kocher submitted the “Tech Tips” listed here in one batch, so we’ll present some of them in that same fashion...

Bob Schirmer applies some black finishing paint to a radiator at Glen-ray Radiators in Wausau, Wis. The family- run business began in 1964, and in recent years has been specializing in repairing and reproducing radiators for big-block Chrysler Corp. muscle cars.

Cool radiators for hot cars!

Glen-ray Radiators is armed with two attractive options when a MoPar owner needs a radiator. They can put their years of experience and perfectionist personality to work to fix a customer’s existing radiator, or they can make them up an identical replica using all the correct factory stampings.

1108-01 Blasting (07)

Resto series: Camaro blast off

Restorers want to save as much of the factory original sheet metal as possible. This means cleaning off all of the rust and corrosion. However, if the oxidation has reached a certain point, the metal will be rusted through and can’t be saved. Let's follow a first-time restorer through the sand-blasting process.

The proper painting equipment should include a full suit and respirator and gloves. Also notice the floor has been wet down to keep dust from floating in the booth during the paint process.

Paint tips and tricks from a pro

We followed a Mustang fastback to Townsend Auto Body in Waupaca, Wis., where it was sprayed a metallic maroon base coat/clear coat, and we picked up some paint tips and tricks from pro Mark Townsend. Even if you don’t have all the professional equipment of a full-time body shop, there are plenty of things...

Chrysler Museum to host ‘Vintage Master Tech Files’

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich., is digging deep into the archives to host From Chrysler’s Vintage Master Tech Files on Oct. 26 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Registration is $13 in advance and $15 at the door with reduced admission of $11 and $13, respectively, for Museummembers. Presented by Steve...

The weld is ground down with a grinder.

Restoration Series: Finishing floors

Everyone dreams of dragging a long-stored, one-owner car out of a barn, especially if the car is an early fastback Mustang. Regardless of the make of barn find, nearly all of them have one thing in common: they need floor pans. The floor pan replacement finishing method that follows is not just for Mustangs,...

Restoration Series: Troubleshooting a kit car body

When Bob and Richard Rieck took on a customer’s 1934 Ford fiberglass kit car project, they knew what they were getting into. Sort of. The twins from Grafton, Wis., have tackled fiberglass reproduction projects before. But even for experienced professionals, kit cars can be a big bag of headaches. Rarely do such projects go...

Restoration Series: The whiter side

Well, I’m getting pretty far along on the hard, dusty trail of a full-blown restoration on my little ‘A’ Body Barracuda. There’s no turning back now, as I’ve stuffed all of my malnourished bank account into the body parts of my little fish car, turning once beaten panels into straightened steel, and beefing up...