There is a lot to think about when it comes to a classic muscle car restoration. Probably the biggest thing that you will think of is the budget. Restoring the interior of your classic muscle car is just as important as restoring the exterior. It requires time, patience, and of course a good workshop or garage. For a classic muscle car lover, bringing the interior back to life is a rewarding experience and one that could make you earn a profit when you sell the car later on. The following are professional tips to help guide you on restoring the interior of your classic muscle car.
It is a general rule before starting any restoration process inspect the car thoroughly to help you identify any possible red flags. It can be rust on the dashboard, broken knobs, stains, rips, scratches or worn out cover seats. When you are inspecting the interior, write them down. This will help you keep track of the repairs and also avoid you from missing out on any flaws.
After assessing and inspecting the interior, it’s time to break it down. Grab your tools and start removing any items that need reconditioning. Always ensure that you do not recondition any item that is still in the car as you may damage other parts. While disassembling the damaged parts, be careful and watch out for hidden screws holding some of the items. These can be seats. Take your time as the last thing you want to do is damage the seats while removing them.
Get to work
Get to work is generally not a step; however, it involves several processes in it. They include cleaning, reconditioning, painting, and sewing. For you to understand this, we’ll break down each process.
At this step, clean the seats, sand off any rust on the metal seat frames, door panels, and the metal boards under the carpet. When cleaning the dashboard, ensure not to use soap and water, instead, use an actual cleaning solution.
The step will be important when you have any broken item. For instance, if you removed the headliner, proceed by applying adhesive and installing a new one.
Any good paint will probably give any item a new look. After cleaning the plastic pieces, and applying the vinyl interior dye, spray on a coat of paint. After applying the first layer, let it dry and repeat. This helps in achieving the look you want.
Look for an industrial sewing machine to help you complete this task. The machine will help you stitch and sew any tears or rips in the upholstery.
If you haven’t ordered any new fabrics or parts, proceed to the reassembling process in reverse order. One crucial thing to remember is to let everything dry before reassembling.
Restoring a classic muscle car is the ultimate labor of love that requires time, patience, the right tools and the workspace or garage to make the magic happen. However, if you have a full plate and don’t have the time to restore the car yourself then just contact us at Resurrection Muscle Cars for a consultation and quote at (561) 729-0911