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Restoration Projects

In this section we will be applying the processes and guidance that were documented in the Restoration section. The goal of this is to not only prove out the highlighted process but also to show how it's applied to various different cars. The reality of car restoration is that every project is different. You can restore multiple of the same make model and year, but because the coniditon you recieve them in is different, each car will present it's own distinct set of challenges.

Now, what I've really laid forth here is a pair of auto restoration philosophies. Take it or leave it ast it may, the only true difference between the two methodologies is the manner in which the auto restoration process follows. What you'll find in many cases, is that you may start with one, and then transfer over to the other or vice versa.

I cite two examples. I know a fellow who was all about the concept of the frame off restoration process. But, that being said, his number one goal was to be able to drive the car, pretty or not. He followed my frame off process, but skipped the bits that weren't directly relational to driveability. He now has a driveable car, and is using more the in-situ path to finish his vehicle.

Finally, should you choose to restore a car that matches one of the restorations here you will have a good step by step guide on how to do it!

In-Situ Restorations Frame-Off Restorations
1953 Studebaker Champion Sedan
This old Studebaker, or Annabelle as she's affectionately named was my daily driver for a number of years. After she got a little too tired we put her into storage for a while to take a nap. Now she's back out and we're going through her bit by bit to get her back on the road.
1974 Jensen Healey MKII
This particular car is an unintended project. I bought a hardtop for my other Jensen Healey. Little did I know it would come with a complete chassis. The body had already much of the work done so I found a donor rust bucket with an engine and transmission. This is a good example of what can happen when you inherit someone else's project.
1978 Triumph Spitfire
I got the car bug from both of my parents. My mum got tired of looking at my collection and decided she wanted something of her own. This 1978 Triumph Spitfire was acquired as a driver and I update or repair it when necessary.
1960 Austin Healey 3000 BT7
I got into a conversation about British cars with one of my work peers one day. A few months later and I wound up with this 1960 Austin Healey 3000 that he'd had sitting in storage for years!
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Sometimes I get seriously dragged in to friend's restoration projects. This 1969 Mustang Mach 1 is owned by my friend Jared. He's doing a primarily cosmetic restoration and techno-geek restomod.
1981 Triumph TR8
I somehow convinced myself that I could buy a "new" old British car to be a daily driver until my other projects were done. Well, so far it's been more repairing and less driving. But, we'll get it freshened up, repaired and back on the road!

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