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When deciding you would like to customize your vehicle, there are many steps necessary to complete the project. Customization may include the body, interior or a paint job. You can decide how you want your classic car to look and drive. Before you get started with customizing and restoring your vehicle, here are some important questions to consider.

  • What parts do I need?
    Before you get started on your customization and restoration project, you need to determine any repairs that are required. If your car or truck is an antique, you may have a difficult time finding the right accessories. The repair of your classic automobile and finding parts that are hard to come by are the first steps to the restoration process.

  • What style do I want?
    You may have an image in your head of how you would like your vehicle to look. Everything from the paint job to the frame and interior are all things to consider. Look for examples of restored automobiles to spark some ideas. If you have an image in your head, you want to make sure the accessories exist for what you need to purchase.

  • What budget do I have?
    There is an endless amount of supplies and gear you can purchase to restore your classic vehicle. Before you start purchasing items, determine how much money you have to spend. This will help you to prioritize the work you want to do to your vehicle. The customization and restoration process may take several years before you have the vehicle just the way you want.
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    We are a proud association helping with restoration and customization. We respect customers and the employees with in the automobile industry, and advocate for the fair treatment of both.
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    Working in the automobile customization and restoration business can be both profitable and enjoyable, especially for men and women who appreciate vintage trucks, antique cars, and classic vehicles. Mechanics in this line of work commonly restore and repair old vehicles by giving them custom paint jobs, adding original body decals, and replacing damaged windows or accessories. You can expect to work with all kinds of vintage automobiles ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s in this line of work. There may even be newer or older cars and trucks that require special attention and repairs to the frame, interior, or engine.

    Most professionals who get involved with automotive work and vehicle restoration take auto repair classes beforehand. It is also common for individuals working in this field to get a great deal of on-the-job training and experience from working with experienced vehicle restoration professionals. This allows you to learn a lot about classic interior seat covers for sports cars, vintage muscle car decals, unique custom paint colors, and antique cars from the 1950s and earlier. In the right location, there is a lot of business for professionals in the automobile restoration and customization field. In fact, if you are employed with a reputable vehicle restoration shop, things can get very busy, which makes this industry quite profitable.

    Any time you work with classic car restoration and antique truck repair, you are likely to work with other specialists in this line of work. You will also deal with a variety of classic automobile owners all the time.



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