by John Twist, University Motors

Ask a dozen classic car owners how each of them stored his special car last year and you will receive a dozen different answers. Methods range from abandoning the vehicle under a tree in the front yard, to complex routines involving raising the classic off the ground and removing the seats. There is not a "proper" method as each owner has slightly different considerations and requirements yet there are basic rules to follow in any storage procedure that will reduce the probability of damage during storage.

The final finish on your classic or special interest automobile can be considered the crowning jewel of the restoration process. It is the single most visible aspect of the finished project and it affects the potential value of the car. Furthermore, it is a direct reflection of the care and pride invested by both owner and craftsman alike. In order to help familiarize you with the art of custom/restoration refinishing we have compiled the following information.

Customers ask us about restorations all the time, usually in the form of "how much will it cost to restore my car?" Before we can answer that question we need to agree on a definition of the word "restoration" as it applies to cars in general, then as it applies to the car in question.

When an enthusiast approaches us about restoring his or her favorite classis automobile we want to understand exactly what the final objective is for them and for their car. At the start of the job we enter into considerable discussions, which continue until the car is completed and then we maintain contact as they enjoy their 'new' automobile.