Any Austin Healey restoration project is a major undertaking. It could be a labor of love or it could be an extremely profitable hobby. There are quite a few things to take into consideration before this undertaking can take place.
Do you have the time? It’s going to take a lot of it? Do you have the money? I would hope so because this wont be cheap.
Do you have the skills? This is not a side job that teenagers take because they’re bored. The total restoration of a classic car such as this takes skill, dedication and, most important, money.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be very fun and very rewarding when standing next to the finished product. Among other things, you’re going to need to pay attention to detail when involved in an Aston Healey restoration project.
The collectors who buy and sell these classics for themselves and at auctions know what they’re looking for, so you better be complete with what you give them. Everything from the color of the car to how fast the turn signal blinks will be critiqued. But the very first thing you’re going to have to do is figure out your budget for this project.
Again, the devil is in the details here so you want to go over the entire project with a fine tooth comb. Will anyone else be added on to help with any phase of this project? Is there a part or material that may look fine now but may not after you change everything around it?
Make an initial list of expenditures for your Austin Healey restoration project for the things you know will need to be taken care of. This will typically involve taking note of the basics. Then take a little break from it and let your mind rest.
The next phase will require a bit more thought and attention to detail for it will require seeing things that may not be there initially. Things that have a history of popping up unexpectedly during restoration projects of this kind.
It will take a fresh mind and a fresh set of eyes to see these details, and that wont happen if you go into it immediately after making a list of the basics. Once you have your to do list complete then the financial aspect needs to be addressed.
The order in which you completed your first list should be the same order in which you compile how much of a financial obligation it will take to complete your Austin Healey restoration project. Get the basics out of the way first, take a break away from it, then focus on the details.
Just as part of those details will include things that might not need to be done, your financial’s need to go one step further also. Take the dollar amount that those details will require, divide it by 2, then add that total to the initial total. As far as the funds on hand to complete this project are concerned, it’s better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them.