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Strip Tease Published: 26th Apr 2019 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Strip Tease
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Before you fast reduce that project into a pile of cardboard boxes, take your time – a bit of thought now will save you time, money and hassle later!

In short, as tempting as it seems to get cracking don’t rush into things… The best policy is not to carry out a complete slow strip show but, set aside a particular area and tackle it thoroughly and carefully to avoid further damaging components which may well be difficult or impossible to replace later on, let alone their cost.

Also, don’t dismantle something simply for the sake of it as certain assemblies are best kept safely together until you are ready to restore them.

Decide what part of your car are you going to tackle first and then form a plan of action. Logically, it should start with the bodyshell because the project is dead and buried if you discover this is impossible to repair and penny to a pound, it’s here the bulk of the budget is going to be gobbled up.

Most experts advise starting from one end of the body and methodically working your way through the car as doing bits here and there simply wastes time and effort, and more to the point, much of your good work may be ruined if it has to be disturbed at a later date.

Some folks will now set a timetable although use it only to get you suitably enthusiastically galvanised into action rather than become a race against the clock; this will possibly compromised the project as a result. It’s a hobby not hard labour remember!

What a godsend digital cameras and smart phones are because they are wonderful devices, as reference points allowing you to take unlimited photos of your vehicle before, during and after the strip down. Be sure to file them away safely for the future and whatever you do don’t ever delete them once the project is completed as record will prove invaluable if you go to sell the vehicle – or you want us to feature it in the mag!

Make a log of your exploits as you go along; what’s been removed, what needs doing, and so on. Running a diary of your exploits is not only good fun but it also acts as a reminder of something you may miss later – after all, a project can take years to complete. It’s here when you may want to take stock of the situation as the majority of projects are far worse once you start delving into the dirt – do you still want to go on? It’s best to decide now otherwise you’ll be wasting your time, effort and money.

As each item is renovated or replaced, duly note this on the list along with the level of overhaul it is going to require and cost incurred so you can balance the budget – or more likely justify busting it…

Once parts are refurbished, painted or just cleaned up, treat them as if they were brand new and store them carefully – not chucking them back in those dirty old cardboard boxes! Instead, label and safely store them as poor storage over the winter months could damage them and may put you back to square one.

Finally, never discard anything until you’re absolutely certain it is safe to do so, not until you have sourced correct replacements for example. And even then, consider keeping any replaced components as useful spares because however worn or broken they are, original parts can sometimes be reconditioned, or at the very least used as patterns to make good replacements. Plus anything is saleable on eBay or an owners’ forum as one person’s junk is another’s treasure…

Best mods to make

Where do you want to sit?

Many classics, even British ones, and especially sports cars are LHD and can be cheaper to buy. Now’s the best time to decide if you want to swap over to a UK spec; get parts quotes first as they can mount up to do it properly

Auto to manual convert

If you want three pedal motoring there’s no better time to swap over than now although the parts required (and their cost) can be more than you’ve bargained for plus, on some classics, the rear axle ratio is recommended to also change

Take five for an easy life

Conversion kits are available for a good many classics and in the main is a good modification. However some cars require major butchering of the chassis to adapt meaning the swap can’t be reversed and so many affect the car’s future values

Five top tips

Don’t waste time

There’s no better time to repair or renew everything to your satisfaction than right here, right now. So refrain from a cheap quick fix that you solemnly promise to get done properly later on – take it from us, you rarely will…

Workshop wise

Before you even lay a spanner (or more likely hammer) on the project, get your garage sorted out first so you can save and store all items safely. Parts like trim, are best kept in the house where it’s warmer and safer

Take a breather

If a particular area is stalling because of lack of parts, knowledge or enthusiasm don’t procrastinate – move on instead to something else on the vehicle while you save up, gen up or rethink your strategy

Be pragmatic

You’re not first and won’t be the last to be sucked in too deep restoring a classic. If you find that the project is in a worse state than you first thought – and many are – decide whether or not to proceed further! It’s not being defeatist, simply showing pragmatism and you’ll be doing yourself no favours expending time, effort and money on a lost cause. But many still do…

Having fun?

Sounds daft but it isn’t. Dismantling is a long hard, dirty and sometimes thankless slog where a single rusty nut may take a day to remove. And if it’s all becoming a millstone, have a break or rethink the project through. This last point cannot be over emphasised. Having a ‘holiday’ can be vital to reinvigorate your enthusiasm for seeing it through

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