How to Find and Restore Dodge Project Cars

January 27, 2012

Dodge project cars are popular amongst project car enthusiasts. There are many different avenues you can explore to find Dodge project cars for sale. Project cars can be bought through a variety of different avenues before being restored to as new a condition as possible. Purchasing a project car cheaply will allow you to extend the rest of your budget to buying additional replacement parts for a perfect finished vehicle.

Where to Find Dodge Project Cars

  • Used car dealerships. The best place to find old Dodge project cars for sale will be at used car dealerships. Dealerships are professional businesses and will often have a variety of old and worn down cars for you to buy at cheap prices. Dealers will also be willing to let go of older models of cars. When you are buying a project car, you need to remember what's wrong with it. You will turn over the most profit if you get an old car with few things wrong with it, which you can rebuild, restore and sell on. Auto Mall is a good example of a used car dealership
  • Auctions. Another route you could explore is the auction route. Project car auctions work in the same way as any other car auction and you can often snap up a bargain car. The only problem of car auctions though is that you face direct competition and quite often you will not be able to get into the car or experience it. An auction is a superb way to come across old models of classic cars at cheap prices. A Dodge Viper project car could be snapped up for cheap and be made into a virtually brand new vehicle. Auction Direct has both online and physical auctions
  • Private parties. Private parties will be the most common resource for Dodge project cars. This means hours of searching through car magazines and papers. You can often spot good listings for cheap Dodge cars this way. You may even be able to buy a part restored car such as a Durango project car. The car would not have been passed onto a third party such as a dealer who may be less willing to talk about the car's problems

These are just a few suggestions of where you can find Dodge project cars for sale, the list goes on and on and you may find your perfect project car in a place you haven't thought of yet. Start by using the methods, which are most convenient for you. Once you have an idea in mind of the best route to go down, find your car and do whatever it takes to make sure it's yours before turning it into something special.

How to Restore a Dodge Project Car

If you are interested in restoring a Dodge project car, one of the first things that you'll need to do is to learn about the interior workings of that car. Before you can begin restoring a Dodge Charger project car or some other type of vehicle, however, you'll need to figure out which type of vehicle you want to work with and purchase the car that you can begin to rebuild. After that point, you'll be able to continue your rebuilding process only as you're able to purchase parts and upgrades for the vehicle. Read on for a step by step guide to making your decision, purchasing a vehicle and restoring the car.

Research Vehicles and Markets
Before you can rebuild a car you'll have to purchase the car itself. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with different Dodge vehicles and model years to get a sense for the vehicle that you want. When you've decided, look in the local classified advertisements in your newspaper for the vehicle you've decided on. If you are interested in a Caliber project car, for example, pay careful attention for those particular vehicles. Look also online on sites like Craigslist and eBay. You may also wish to search through salvage yards as well, as these lots oftentimes have good project cars for you to purchase at a low price.

Determine What Needs a Rebuilding
The car that you've purchased may still have some well-functioning parts. If this is the case, you'll have slightly less rebuilding to do on your project car. Assess which parts are present and working properly by using a vehicle part checklist, available online.

Purchase New Parts as Needed
You'll now need to keep an eye out for the vehicle parts that are not currently in the car that you've purchased. These can be found online or through a variety of other sources as well. As you purchase the parts of your car, install them as appropriate. Keep in mind that you'll have to wait for certain parts of the car to be installed before you can add others to the frame.

If you have any trouble installing these parts, or if you're unsure of which part to choose, contact a mechanic or a Dodge specialist in your area. These people are your best source of information. You can also look online for Dodge project car guidelines. Consult with a Dodge dealer for additional assistance as well.

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