You won,t be able to get to this point of satisfaction without some basic know-how. If you haven,t ever worked on an old classic before, you,ll be able to get from your starting point to the finished product much more quickly with some background information before you get started. At this point you need to take a moment to decide why you are taking on this project. Some people simply have an old Chevy and have a high degree of affection for their truck. If you fall into this category, you should know that it may take a substantial financial investment to get the source of your affection up and running again. Once you do, though, you'll probably be feeling pretty great.
The other category of people includes those who love to restore old automobiles, but hope to keep their project on the easy and affordable side. If this describes you, then you may also want to consider choosing a truck which you'll be able to sell once you've finished the restoration. With the money you make, you'll be able to finance another project. Some trucks will be less expensive than others to repair and some of your classic Chevy truck parts will be easier to come by than others. You'll want to keep this in mind when you first set out to find a truck to work on.
As you consider the truck options available, you'll want to consider the price you pay to get the truck, the availability of classic Chevy truck parts for that truck, how much the truck might net you once it has been restored, and how well the restored truck will entice a buyer. After all, even if you get great deals on everything, if you can't sell the truck in the end, then you might not have enough cash to start a new project.
How to Find Classic Chevy Truck Parts
Once you have that old truck ready to rebuild, it will be time to gather the parts you need for the restoration. You have a couple choices when it comes to finding the right classic Chevy truck parts. Keep in mind that just because you think a part should fit, doesn't mean that it actually will. Once you've found a reliable source of parts, keep that phone number, address, or website handy.
Salvage Yards: These are often a really great place to find parts. If you know what you're doing and you have the ability to swap parts from one make and model of truck for another, then the salvage yard could be your go-to source of parts. If you have chosen your restoration Chevy truck specifically because of the easy availability of parts, then the salvage yard will look even better.
Websites: There are some websites with great selections of classic Chevy truck parts, as well as other brands. These sites can save you from a lot of running around and may be a great source of information as well. Here are some good examples of sites with the antique or classic Chevy parts you may be looking for: ClassicMuscle.com and customclassictrucks.com. A search for classic Chevy parts may also be enough to link you up with the parts you are looking for.
Friends: Once you've been involved with classic truck restoration for a while, you're sure to have made some friends with similar interests. (Maybe you've hooked up with some through the Internet, so you'll have access to parts across the country.) You may be able to get tips or contact information about where to find the specific parts that you are looking for.
Tips for Getting Good Deals on Parts
1. Take your time when searching the Internet for parts. Don't just order parts from the first website you come across. Not only can you find your parts for a lower price by searching around, but you'll also begin to get a feel for which Internet sites are reliable and will provide you with quality parts and information.
2. Get to know all of your local salvage yards. Once again it will help if you can really take your time becoming familiar with the yards in your area. You want to know the salvage yards well enough to know which ones will stock the different types of parts. If you can build a relationship with the employees of the salvage yards, maybe you can get a heads up when the parts that you are looking for come in.
3. Know when you have to use original parts or new parts and when you can take advantage of used or aftermarket parts. You really don't want to spend all of your budget on brand-new parts, but you also want to be sure that the truck will run well after you've finished. Finally, here is a little (video) taste of a classic Chevy truck restoration.