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.

Paint tips and tricks from a pro

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.

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 to learn from this master of his craft, so let’s dig in. More »

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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 … More »

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Restoration Series: Finishing floors

The weld is ground down with a grinder.

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, but nearly every vehicle with a steel floor. More »

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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 together easily, and builders should expect the unexpected. More »

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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 a once sullen uni-body into a masculine, big-boned Mopar Whip. More »

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Restoration Series: Armed with proper paint gun

Paint is probably the first feature people immediately notice on a vintage vehicle. In order to get the best paint results, it is necessary to have the right tools for the job. There are a number of paint spray gun types on the market and in this article we’ll describe the styles and their uses to the hobbyist. More »

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Restoration Series: Vroom with a view

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Two-cylinder tear-down

Part 2 of 10-part 2011 Old Cars Weekly Restoration Series
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True grit: Sanding to perfect paint

Part 1 of 10-part 2011 Old Cars Weekly Restoration Series
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Do-it-yourself restoration: Reproducing parts

Part 10 of the 10-part 2010 Old Cars Weekly Restoration Series  More »

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