Attempting to Restore Your Car By Yourself? Reasons Why You Should Not!

Trust us, we understand that you want the feeling of completing your car restoration by yourself.  We also understand that not every person who wants to complete the restoration doesn't realize what a big task it is complete a restoration in the proper way.  The trusted professionals at Farm Boy Garage have the knowledge and the equipment to complete the restoration to your satisfaction.  In this week's, we will give you 5 reasons you might not want to try vehicle restoration at home. 

1. Your Planned Budget May Go Out the Door
Before you decide to move forward with a restoration project, the first thing you should do is plan out a budget. Car restoration isn't cheap, so having a budget in mind is important. The problem with attempting a restoration project on your own can throw a HUGE and expensive kink in your budget, especially if you're not seasoned in all that is involved. Plus, you may end up paying a lot more for parts on your own when a professional restoration shop can get them at a much cheaper cost. The big plus of working with Farm Boy Garage for your restoration needs is that we can provide you with an estimate before we even begin the work, so you know what to expect from the get-go.

2. Disorganization Can Wreak Havoc on Your Timeline
Keeping an organized environment when restoring a car is key to staying on track with your timeline. Clutter makes it very difficult to find anything when you need it. When parts are just thrown on the shelf in piles, you’re in trouble from the get-go. Unless you're super OCD about keeping your shop organized, it can become a daunting task to try to keep track of parts and tools you'll need throughout the restoration process. We do this as our everyday profession and have mastered our organization techniques to ensure timelines are being met and parts aren't being lost when Farm Boy Garage handles your restoration project.

3. Lacking Proper Safety Equipment Could be Disastrous
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a fully equipped garage or shop to work out of. It's pretty uncommon that the average Joe has a rotisserie available for their use. While it may seem like a good idea at a moment's thought to use old milk crates, blocks, or even your standard jack stand to lift your muscle car so you can work on it, that's extremely dangerous. No vehicle restoration project is worth an avoidable injury or worse. At Farm Boy Garage, our garage is equipped with all the necessary equipment to allow us to safely and efficiently work on your vehicle.

4. Upholstery Isn't Easy to Repair/Replace
Sure, you could order a 'ready to install' molded carpet or upholstery kit. The problem with that though, is that these replacements always require trimming and fitting, and rarely do they just fit into floor pan pockets or on seats straight from the box. Trying to trim carpet or upholstery on your own without the proper knowledge and experience could become very costly if you trim too much and have to start all over.

5. Replacing Sheet Metal and Handling Rust Spots Can be a Nightmare
Not many people know how to properly handle sheet metal replacement. Quarter-panel replacement mandates extraordinary attention to detail and doing the job with doors and deck-lid installed. You need those points of reference to get quarter-panel fitment spot on. As far as addressing rust issues, depending on how much there is to fix, this could be an easy fix or it could be a pretty extensive task. And no rust repair job is a one-and-done solution. From paint removal to prepping to priming and painting, there's a method and order to rust removal and repair that takes time and experience. At Farm Boy Garage we handle both sheet metal replacement and rust repair, so you don't have to!

When it comes to restoring your pride and joy, don't just settle for a 'good enough' DIY job. Trust the experts at Farm Boy Garage to fully restore your gorgeous muscle car back to its original/super modified glory. We run a one-stop-shop here at Farm Boy Garage, and all restoration services are done on site, meaning your car doesn't leave our garage until it's completed to your satisfaction! So, what are you waiting for? Let's get your muscle car in pristine condition!

Muscle Car & Classic Truck Restoration

Farm Boy Garage
10660 E. County Line Rd.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
Phone: 515-528-8904
Cell: 515-333-1238

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