Taking on a the restoration of a Chevelle project car is a labor of love for many car enthusiasts. One of the reasons Chevelles make such great project cars is that they are both stylish and challenging to work on, which is what makes them attractive to collectors. To complete your project successfully, you will need to have basic car repair knowledge as well as the fundamentals of restoration. Before purchasing a Chevelle to restore, take the time to determine its current condition to make sure it's worth the asking price and that you're capable of taking on the necessary work.
Step 1: Prepare the Project
You have so many options as to how to restore your Chevelle. The key here is to decide the limits of the project. Read car magazines for ideas and then make a list of the parts you want to replace on the car. Are you focusing on internal mechanics, exterior cosmetics or both? Set a firm cap on what you want to spend and then .Research the parts and estimate the cost of the project in terms of your budget. Buy them locally if you can find them, otherwise order them online for delivery.
You will need to prepare the work area as well. Assemble the necessary tools and remove anything that can create an obstruction while you are working. Place a plastic tarp on the floor to protect it from oil, grease and dirt.
Step 2: Remove Parts of the Car
Use your tools to remove the parts of your car. Start first with the smaller parts, like the wheels and the lights. Then work your way to the bigger and more important parts such as the engine, radiator and axle. You will need a hoist to elevate a car to get to the hard-to-reach parts. You will need to use your tools when removing some of the parts. Separate the parts you need to keep from those you will be discarding. After you are done with the exteriors, work your way into the interiors of your Chevelle.
Step 3: Install the Replacement Parts
Once you are done disassembling the car, you will start installing the replacement parts. Work by area and then work your way through the other parts of the car. Start first with the engine, check for damages and replace what needs to be replaced.
Step 4: Know Your Limitations
As you progress with your restoration, keep track of the money you are spending. Focus first on the engine and the other mechanical parts of the vehicle; then you can turn your attention to appearances. By setting a realistic budget and working from the inside out you will have a restored Chevelle that you are proud of.