Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher Emeritus
5/1/24 10:51 a.m.

Restoring a car seems like a pretty simple concept: You take everything apart, bag and tag all the parts, and begin the rather laborious process of repairing, repainting and reassembling. 

What if a step-by-step manual existed that told you exactly how it went back together?

After so many decades of figuring out restorations largely on my own–sometimes with help from …

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handyman85122 New Reader
5/1/24 1:51 p.m.

What's a TOME??

RadBarchetta New Reader
5/1/24 2:59 p.m.

In reply to handyman85122 :

It's a BOOK


stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
5/2/24 6:08 a.m.

First generation Mustang guys have approached the Corvette guys when it comes to restoration accuracy - one thing about Fords is they seemed to stamp a date code on just about every little component; I have a friend who's big into Mustangs and I've spent a lot of time at swap meets with him where he was looking for radiator caps or other minor parts that had the correct date code for his cars.  There are also certain GM cars (like late 60s GTOs, Chevelles, etc.) where the factory assembly manuals are available which helps a lot.

For most cars you have to rely on what others have figured out or from examining low mileage examples.  I have a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville; I also have a full set of shop manuals, a parts catalog, dealer update newsletters, etc. which helped but you can't tell exact paint colors or finishes from small black and white photos in a 60 year old book.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/2/24 10:06 a.m.
RadBarchetta said:

In reply to handyman85122 :

It's a BOOK


Sorry, couldn't resist. Okay, enough with the veiled Twilight Zone references. Continue on. laugh

wspohn UltraDork
5/2/24 12:49 p.m.

Many/most cars came from the manufacturer as only partially developed vehicles and all the shortcomings were detected and in most cases solved without factory assistance.  Books on how the cars were assembled can be useful, but they usually leave out all the problem solving done after they left the factory, by the owners.

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