Where to Find a Chevy Project Car for Sale

February 17, 2012

Chevy project cars can be pieces of junk needing restoration, or showcase cars you can eat off of. Find out how to buy and manage a Chevy project car.

Chevy Project Car

There are basically two sorts of Chevy project car available. There is the car which is showing potential. To an untrained eye it might resemble a rusty old hunk of junk with a clunker of an old engine, but to a project car devotee it is a masterpiece waiting to be unveiled. There is also a finished project car. Someone may have spent many hours of their time and copious amounts of money restoring the beautiful machine to better than factory settings. These projects can be extremely costly and expensive. You won't just be paying for the affectionate restoration of a vintage classic car, but possibly a museum piece. To find the project car you're looking for, there are several places to check.

Local Newspapers or Motoring Magazines
Local newspapers have classified ads that can help you find a project car in your area. You must be diligent, as such cars will not appear in every addition. Local auctions held by the police departments or government government agencies are good sources of used cars and will be advertised in the paper.

National or regional auto magazines offer a good selection. These ads are specialized, so there will always be plenty of cars, but they may be very far away from you. If you do not currently belong to a car club or Chevy club, find one local to you and find out if any of their members have a project car or engine for sale.

Salvage Yards
One of the best sources for project cars of all types is the salvage yard. In many cases, these cars have been so severely damaged that they are not operable and require major reconstructive work. While this may deter the general buyer, it is often what a do-it-yourself rebuilder is looking for. Salvage yards exist in every major urban area and have some of the best prices available on both project cars and project car parts.

Online Sales
There are also a large number of different websites that either list cars for sale or sell project cars directly. Check on eBay and other private auction sites for more information. You can also look to Craigslist and other online classified advertisements sites. Finally, look to retail sites that specialize in Chevrolet frames, parts and other accessories. These can prove to be some of the best sources for individual components of the car that you're working on rebuilding, although they will be the most expensive.

How to Restore a Chevrolet Project Car

There are many factors to take into account before you choose a project car you can restore. Some factors include rust, the overall vehicle condition and price. You should not only choose a car that has the potential to be restored, but one that can be restored at a low cost. Finding such a vehicle requires a fine eye for detail. Take the advice and assistance of professional restorers, although you can do the restoration yourself.

Assessment
Did you buy an old bucket of rust or an accident damaged vehicle? Maybe your project car is a good runner but the body work is untidy. Maybe you purchased a car that has been unused for a long period of time and requires little restoration. Each project will have its own set of rules in terms of money and time.

Inventory and Budget
After deciding to restore your old Chevy, take an inventory of all the parts and components you need for it. What spare part replacements do you need? What accessories, tires, paints, panels and doors, wheels, etc? After you have finished assessing the project, you reach a rough budget figure. Take that amount and add on 30 percent. Most budgets will overrun, but if factor that in you will have no nasty surprises.

Sourcing and Cost
When you have the list of the parts and components required for your Chevy restoration project, source the best prices for the replacement parts. Some components can be recycled, so keep that in mind too. How much money you spend will depend on whether insist on only original parts or brand names or if you feel you can compromise on certain areas of the project. Decide what parts must be "brand name," what must be original and what parts you might get at a discount price. Look for a good repair kit, which might have some suitable parts and replacements that work out to be cheaper.

Doing It Yourself
Do-it-yourself projects are often seriously underestimated. People buy what they think will be a weekend project that will take a month or two during the summer. This rarely ends up being the case and projects get left as a second or third priority behind other matters. This could result in the project actually ending up in worse condition and costing more money. Be sure you can undertake a DIY project of such magnitude before you begin.

Planning
You should have a good idea of what you need, where to get it from and how to do it. You then need to figure out a plan of action for the work. Does the car have to be totally taken apart? If so, work from the bottom upward. Remove the parts that need replacing and restoring.

Strip the car down to the bare bolts and chassis then build it back up into a dream machine, part by part. Don't rush jobs that need serious consideration. Take your time and make sure you do it right.

Help from Professionals or Friends
Don't be afraid to ask for help. This help could take the form of a bunch of your buddies coming over on Sundays or paying a mechanic to fix the parts that you are not sure about. Asking for help doesn't make it any less your own project.

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