Sometimes the smartest car guys in the world are the ones who simply write a check and buy a classic vehicle.
There are many good reasons to follow their lead in a classic “monkey-see-monkey-do” kind of way.
MyStarCollectorCar will provide five good reasons why car guys (or potential car guys) should buy a vintage car or truck instead of building one.
The first and most compelling reason is no talent. Most experienced car guys look at a potential project and know the process is way out of their league because they do not have the skill set needed to resurrect the dead.
Inexperienced car guys will look at the old car or truck and foolishly believe they can easily breathe life back into the rusty metal corpse because rookie car guys are incredibly brash and naïve. These misguided souls actually think they have the right skills to complete the project.
These exercises in lunacy begin with a complete dismantlement of the old vehicle-with no inclination to document the process and bag/label the parts. The net result is a huge mess that typically gets scattered to the winds and completely derails their incredibly unrealistic game plan.
The whole process optimistically becomes a steep learning curve for these clowns and puts them on the sidelines for a long time. That sad reality is the typical end game for car guys who are in way over their heads on a project.
The second reason is money. Most projects are not good investments for the owner because they will not have a handle on the final bill for a project. Many reputable body guys will not give an estimate on a restoration project because they have no idea what kind of evil lurks under the paint until they open up the vehicle.
They will uncover a history of abuse and rust that may require all of their skill set to restore the old vehicle, so they are very reluctant to make promises they cannot keep with customers. An old car or truck is a minefield for owners so reputable body shops will not do a bondo fix- or weld metal panels over rusty panels to keep within lowball estimates and buy a job.
The third reason to buy a vintage ride is the vehicle is typically ready for the road if somebody else has paid the right price for its restoration and can properly document the process. The owner who buys the vehicle from the former owner will not have to pay for the parts and labor required to restore the vehicle to better-than- factory condition.
The new owner will be able to get into the vintage vehicle, literally turn the key, and drive off to a world of enjoyment-typically at a fraction of the restoration costs incurred by the former owner.
The fourth reason to buy (instead of build a vintage ride) is a time issue. Most car guys have waited a long time to complete a project simply because good work takes plenty of time. You cannot rush the process if you want a good job and most car guys know an excellent restoration will take a ton of time.
On the other hand, a guy who buys a restored vehicle will only need as much time as it takes to find the right vehicle and purchase the old car or truck of their dreams. The purchase process may only take a matter of months while the restoration process make take years, depending upon the condition of the vehicle and quality of work.
The fifth, final, and best reason to purchase a completed vintage vehicle a good night’s sleep and a great marriage. MyStarCollectorCar has already mentioned the cost and time required to do a good restoration job on a vintage car or truck.
The cost of a good restoration will be a solid cause of insomnia, and few brides fall in love with a dismantled hulk during the process. Most car guys will have a better marriage and good sleep habits if they purchase the finished vehicle from the previous owner.
Just look for the newly divorced car guy with bags under his eyes.
BY: Jim Sutherland
Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section.