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(Checklist) 5 Tips for a Classic Porsche Restoration

Owning a classic car is a childhood dream for many people. Nevertheless, a high repair effort discourages many from buying a classic car, while others see it as a reason to pursue their passion for repairing. The focus is on both the continued use of the vehicles and on increasing their value for a sale. In the example of Porsche Classic spare parts, there are many original parts, but they are often more expensive than reproductions.

It is important to mention that there is no blueprint for restoration. However, even small tricks often help to make the restoration more pleasant, to eliminate disturbing factors during the restoration and to completely surrender to one’s passion for restoration.

Find the right spare parts

Just a few clicks are enough to order spare parts online. A few days later you receive your package and realize that the wrong spare part does not fit your model. Without a return and a new order, the restoration process may have to be interrupted. Especially then every day you wait for the new package feels like an eternity. If you have additionally rented a workshop for the restoration, the damage is also of a financial nature.

To avoid this, you should compare possible OEM numbers of the vehicle with the spare parts and if in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the dealer. They are usually very familiarized with the spare parts and are happy to help. The quality of the spare parts also plays a major role. Therefore, pay special attention to customer opinions about the company as well as specific products. Do you want to have your car restored or do it yourself?

First you should ask yourself whether you have the necessary craftsmanship, time and tools. If you lack the time, tools or skill, you can also have your classic car restored by a specialist. However, the financial effort should not be underestimated at this point. If you restore your classic car yourself, this will fill you with pride and strengthen the bond to your vehicle. In case of uncertainties during the restoration, you should nevertheless consult an expert in order not to endanger the driving safety.

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The costs

Before you restore your classic car, you should make a rough plan of the costs and find out the prices of the necessary spare parts. Nothing is more annoying than finding out during the restoration that the restoration has to be postponed to the next month due to financial reasons. In addition, one should ideally plan a small buffer to be able to buy unexpectedly needed spare parts without any problems. Especially if you have your classic car restored by a specialist, it is worth comparing different specialists. Here too, it is worthwhile to get customer opinions, because quality should be in the foreground of the restoration.

Full restoration or partial restoration?

A vehicle that is basically roadworthy usually only needs a partial restoration, in which the paint is improved and the interior covers are renewed. Wearing parts in the engine and transmission are also usually renewed. If the vehicle is not roadworthy, a full restoration is recommended. This is very expensive in comparison, but the result is a car as good as new.

The workshop

A restoration without the necessary tools can be very nerve-racking and also much more time consuming. Therefore, make sure in advance that you have enough time and a suitable place for the restoration. If you have a basement with enough space and tools, this can be sufficient. However, if you are missing the necessary tools, it may make sense to rent a workshop for a few days. Please feel free to ask in your personal environment or at the workshop of your choice for a suitable place to do the restoration. This will save you high rental costs. Conclusion Some planning before the restoration saves a lot of time, money and unexpected surprises during the restoration.

Here’s a small checklist with tips and hints to make the restoration as pleasant as possible:

  • When buying spare parts, make sure that they are of high quality and that they fit your classic car.
  • Do you think you can do the restoration yourself or would you like to have it done by a professional?
  • Consider whether a partial restoration is sufficient or a full restoration is necessary.
  • Estimate the costs for the restoration and plan a small buffer.
  • Make sure that you have a sufficiently large workshop with the necessary tools and sufficient time.
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