Classic Car Restoration advice & guidance

So you want to Restore a Classic Car?

Classic cars are an item of great beauty that is so underrated nowadays.  However there are always some enthusiasts, who are considering to commence a Classic Car Restoration Project.   When restoration is completed correctly, normally there is profit to be made from a Classic Car Restoration in Liverpool.

Classic American Cadillac Before Restoration

Classic American Cadillac before restoration

American Plymouth Classic Car after restoration

American Plymouth Classic Car after restoration

When thinking about purchasing an old rusty Classic Car for Restoration it is advisable to follow these tips:

Classic Car Bodywork 

This normally the worst part of the project because of the unseen problems that emerge after you have dismantled a few parts of it and see what horrors may be  hidden beneath.

Classic Car Clubs

You can chat with your local Classic Car Club and see if a member has had a  similar Classic Car and the experience in this Classic Car Restoration or you can go to your local Classic Car Restoration Body shop in Liverpool.   Questions you can ask are what tools and approximate working area would you need for your Project?  .  

Area to work in

Classic Car Restoration can be completed in a normal size garage but it may delay the project and can be very uncomfortable while doing your Restoration Project.

If you have stripped the various parts off the car then you will work on each one individually (while the car is in the normal size garage) and you will need for this work to have space to dry separately from each other. You may also be clambering over lots of other stuff in the garage to do the work you want to do to you car. Keeping the area organised and tidy is a must for you to be able to work on your project


You will need spanners, pliers, hammers and screw drivers – these will allow help you to take apart the parts that you need to get the exact finish that you need.  A telescopic magnet will be useful for when you  drop a nut or bolt right into the engine area.

Heavy tools and technical machines may be essential at times during your project but they can be expensive so you may need the assistance of a Classic Car Restoration Specialist in Liverpool or whatever area you at some point during your Classic Car Restoration.

How to know what to look for what needs Restoring?

Have a look on You tube for ‘How to Restore your classic car’  maybe put your cars make in the search box too.  This will bring up lots of videos by Classic car enthusiasts that may show you how to fix that problem that you can’t get your head around.  Have a look at the internet for forums and car club sites that can advise on Vintage Car Restoration.  All the information you need is available on the Internet.

When to ask for advice or help?

When you get in touch with somebody who can help, you can ask them the car’s weak areas and other areas to check.  It would be a good idea to ask a Classic Car Restoration Specialist advice to ensure that you are going along the right track.  This advice will help you to plan what needs to be done in what sequence and also help you to get a budget together which is important.  You can’t restore a Classic Car without knowing how much it will cost you because one day you can hit a wall with finances and can’t go any further so your project flounders then can eventually stop.  If you take a project on like this, get all of the facts together before commencing.

Classic American Army Vehicle Restoration Liverpoolation

Classic American Army Vehicle Restoration Liverpool

Classic American Army Vehicle Restoration in Liverpool

Completed Classic American Army Vehicle Restoration in Liverpool

Looking for a Classic Car Restoration Specialist?

You need to find the right help.  Look at the Body Shop website & Google and Social Media for Reviews.  You are most welcome to look at our website for more information https://www.scuffsnscratches.co.uk/classic-car-restorations/

Restoring the Engine

When stripping the parts of an engine, its important to take the parts and have them chemically cleaned.

Replacement Panels

Some types of Classic Cars will have the panels or parts easily available but some will be very hard to find.  Rot can be a problem for Vintage Classic Cars because this will cause the panels need replacing instead of repairing.

Fitting panels can be very troublesome, if the panels are screwed on this will be easy to do but some Classic Cars have different body work and the panels need to be welded on so its best advice to leave this to the experts unless you have welding experience.

Restoring the Paintwork

Its very important to do the paintwork last because if you need to drill holes you don’t want to be drilling through a freshly painted panel.  Some people are excited to see the finished car looking amazing that they rush the job and don’t think it through properly.  Its more important for the car to be running and working than the paint work to be finished.

Make sure that parts are put back together

A professional Classic Car Restoration Specialist will make sure that all wiring runs freely before putting the parts back together.  Its important to have the mechanical parts in working order before the bodywork is put back together.  

Restoring or Replacing Upholstery

Restoring or replacing upholstery is quite tricky and a novice should not to attempt this.  The structure of each seat will be complicated, so be careful doing this.  Sometimes your Classic Car Restoration Specialist in Liverpool can help with this.

Restore or Replace Interiors

You can tidy up interior with a clean, wax and polish.  If you decide to replace the interior yourself  you will need specialist tools and get advice from the various other places that I have mentioned already.

Classic Car Restoration Insurance

There is  Classic Car Restoration Insurance  in case you run into difficulties, the information on this can be found on the internet. If you struggle, we can help.

Here at CPR Car Body Repairs , we look at Classic Cars as Projects as a wonderful challenge. We can do whatever your project requires and we go a step further always assisting  the customer to gain the vision that he had always dreamt of. 

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You can pop into our Body Shop for advice and hints/tips, our address is:

CPR Car Body Repairs 

60-61 Love Lane


L3 7DD

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Good luck with Restoring your Classic Beauty!  Remain patient, there will be some bumps along the way but it be so worthwhile in the end.

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Liverpool Classic Car Restoration Projects

If you’re a fan of classic cars, there’s no doubt that you’ll love exploring the world of restoration projects. Liverpool is home to some amazing classic cars, and there are plenty of great restoration projects going on in the area. Liverpool Classic Car Restoration Projects that we have completed are very interesting and have their own story to tell. Whether you’re interested in taking on a project yourself or just want to admire all the hard work that goes into restoring these beautiful machines, you’re sure to have a great time checking out all the amazing classic car restoration projects in Liverpool. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring today!

Liverpool Classic Car Restoration

Vintage cars are often more difficult to restore than new ones, because they’re old and may have been kept in sub-optimal storage conditions for years. Some vintage vehicle bodywork will need extensive work before painting whereas other parts can be left alone if you don’t want any unsightly rust stains on your beautiful paint job! But no matter what kind of damage there is, we’ve got the skill necessary experience, skills and equipment not only fix but also bring back these classic machines into showroom condition so anyone who sees them instantly recognizes their worth behind whatever color matched best with its heritage.

Here’s how we do it:

  1. The first step in any restoration project is preparation. We grind or buff away years of neglect with fine-grit sanding
  2. For holes and serious damage, we will weld in another peice of metal then we apply filler and sand it down
  3. We then apply the primer coat and let it dry
  4. And we spray paint the whole car in the clients choice of colour

There is a lot more to restoring a vintage vehicle than meets the eye. As well as respraying it in a colour that is sympathetic with its vintage and the original manufacturer’s specifications, older vehicles tend to suffer different types of damage to new ones. A lot of old cars have been kept for years in sub-optimal storage conditions such as garages or barns, so there is often a huge amount of work to do on the bodywork before we even think about applying the paint!

Classic Car Restoration by CPR Liverpool

Here at CPR Liverpool Classic Car Restoration, we are a family-owned and operated business that has been restoring classic cars for over 25 years.

  • We take pride in our work and only use the highest quality parts and materials to ensure your car is restored to its original classic condition.
  • Our team of experts will work with you to design a restoration project that meets your needs and budget.

We offer a wide range of services, from minor repairs to full restorations, so no matter what your needs are we can help.

CPR Liverpool car body repair centre has restored lots of classic cars over the years. We have a whole host of services ranging from repairing minor damage, through complete resprays up to total rebuilds. For example, take a look at this car: It started off dull and lifeless and covered in dents and rust. We carefully stripped away the old paintwork, repaired the damaged areas and then professionally resprayed it in period colours. It looks amazing, and it has taken on a new lease of life. Its owner is made up with what looks like a brand-new vehicle!

CPR Liverpool Bodywork Repairs

Even if you have a newer car than the one in the photos, CPR Liverpool can help you. Call us today or pop into our Liverpool car body repairs centre and Liverpool alloy wheel repairs centre in Liverpool for a friendly quote for the work that you need. For Liverpool classic car restoration projects call us today on 0151 909 3450.

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