Wheels page reader Mark Shattuck wrote recently that with his youngest child graduating from college next year, he is looking forward to restoring his 1969 Camaro. He wanted some feedback on how people go about planning such a project.
"Basically, how do people decide what to do to a car? I know that much depends upon their own mechanical abilities or area of expertise, and each person has their own financial situation," he wrote.
He said he is considering everything from a simple freshening up of the paint and engine to a frame off or even "Concours de Elegance" restoration.
He wonders if he should approach the project with the aim of getting out of it what he invests in it. What are some of the pitfalls he should look out for?
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There are probably as many answers as there are collector cars out there. But how about it, fellow readers? Many of you have been down this road and have information you could share.
How about dropping us a few lines about your experiences planning, financing and rebuilding a favorite car? Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if we get enough material, we'll do a follow-up column with some of the best bits of advice.
It's not too early to start listing your car shows and other automotive-related events on the Wheels page. In fact, it's exactly the right time to do so — the sooner we get them, the sooner we can put them on our calendar.
Here's what we need: The dates, the number and official name of the show (14th annual Big Old Car Show), the times (when registration opens, when awards are presented), the location (specific street address or name of park, building, etc., please), the name and a good working phone number of your main contact person. If you have a website with detailed online info about your show, include that and we will try to list it, too, space permitting.
E-mail your info to: email@example.com, and have a great 2012 car show season.