Building the Car of Your Dreams

April 10, 2014

Factory Original Classic Car Restoration

When it comes to classic car restoration, factory original means just that. The vehicle remains exactly as it was when it first rolled off the assembly line. Unfortunately, factory original only exists at the end of the assembly line.

In fact, factory original is, literally, no restoration at all. From a totally purist point of view, ANY changes to ANY PART of your classic car reclassifies it from original to restored. This means that the car must remain completely original no matter what the current condition or functionality may be. The drawbacks with this line of thought are many. How much deterioration is too much? Does period specific interior repair or body work change a designation of factory original? Is the car safe to drive? If not, can the frame be repaired and still be considered original? What if you rebuild engine parts internally using factory original components but leave the external appearance unchanged? If you can live with the vehicle as is and don’t necessarily want to be able to drive it, then a true factory original is the way to go. 

Restomod Classic Car Restoration

If you want to be able to show off your classic car or use her as a daily driver, then restomod may be a good choice for you. With this method of classic car restoration, the original appearance is retained, but functionality is improved. Any parts of the vehicle that are in relatively good shape can be cleaned but are otherwise left intact. Mechanical parts that have failed are rebuilt using new or aftermarket original components. Whenever possible, the interior is restored. If it is too badly deteriorated, it is replaced using original style upholstery material. Badly rusted body panels will also be replaced with new panels, and the whole car will be re-painted in an original color. In the end, restomod gives you a classic car that has the look of a factory original with the added benefits of modern technology…the spirit of the past in a street worthy beauty. 

Custom Classic Car Restoration

For classic cars owners that want something unique, custom restoration is the answer. Going custom opens up whole new avenues of creativity.  

On one side of custom restoration is the tear it down, clean it up, re-build it school of thought. This is truly total restoration. The classic car is completely dismantled and every part is either restored or replaced with new-old-stock parts. What separates this type of restoration from factory original is the use of parts original to the car model, but not original to the car itself. A classic car that has been restored from the ground up can be a real work of art, but often the investment in sweat equity and financial treasure results in a case of “over restoration” and the finished beauty spends her life in a private collection, never to be driven.  

At the other end of the custom restoration spectrum is the radical re-do. Age may make these cars classics, but they are anything but original. From the T-Buckets and Model A street rods of the early 1920’s and ‘30’s to the muscle cars of the 1960’s and ‘70’s, huge engines, custom wheels, flashy interiors and unorthodox detailing and paint colors make these bad boys the rock stars of the classic car world.  Is this kind of extensive re-design really restoration? Maybe not, but it sure makes for driving excitement.

When you decide the time is right to bring new life to your special oldie, the place to call is Tx Classic Cars. We have been re-building and restoring classic cars since 1987. For us, classic car restoration is not just a job, it’s a passion. We want to help you build the car of your dreams. Contact us today to find out how to make your classic car dream come true.

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