Restoring any type of car can take many months, if not years. It all depends on what state the car is in when you first buy it (or rescue it, as some would say). You also have to find the relevant parts and fix each part in turn so you can be sure to get it back into full working order. This may be more difficult in some cases than others. If you have always set your heart on having a particularly rare car from the Fifties, you will probably find the parts are harder to get than if you chose a more popular model from the Seventies. So it is usually worth doing a spot of research to see how practical a particular car restoration job will be before you buy the car itself. Also checking out if when restored you can purchase a car warranty and checking what could void the warranty.
Another point to consider is how skilled you are at working on cars. Many people are capable of doing a simple oil change and performing many other regular tasks. But these tasks are generally performed on a modern car – and they’re nothing like the tasks you would be doing if you were restoring an old or vintage
vehicle of some kind. So it makes sense to ensure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you get started.
You should also be aware that car restoration can be anything from an involved job to a ‘starting from scratch’ kind of job. It’s one thing to find a car from two or three decades ago that needs a fair bit of work doing to it. It’s quite another to find an old rusting wreck with no wheels in the middle of a field that could hark back half a century or so. How far would you go to get the car of your dreams and would you be capable of restoring it to the degree you want?
The good news is that there are services out there that can help with various car restoration jobs as well. This means that if you feel able to tackle some jobs but not others, there is help at hand to see you through to the finished car.
It’s realistic to allow plenty of time to work on a car restoration job. Many people focus on it as a hobby, so they are able to enjoy it in their spare time and watch as the car gradually starts to edge closer to what it would originally have looked like. And who knows, this could soon be your hobby too. I would purchase a car warranty when my car is finished that way i can protect my new/old car.