This mini resto was a surprise birthday gift for my father's 60th.
I expected this first attempt at an automotive restoration to exhaust my skill set and help develop more.
Looking back I definitely bit off more than I could chew, especially with a 6 month timeline and f/t job.
I scoured the interwebs for the right car, and ended up deciding on the Healey.
The car was chosen on the following criteria:
Affordable: It's not the car that breaks you most of the time, it's everything that comes afterwards:
Restoration costs, insurance, parts, maintenance, etc... so research research research before you click buy.
Size & Space: Whatever car you're restoring, pretend you're buying 2. That's the amount of space you'll need
The small townhouse I was living in only had 1 garage... it was a struggle just storing parts let alone working.
Timeline: If you're living with room mates or a significant other... budget your time accordingly.
Inspect and assess: Shop around for the same car, so when you find the one, you'll know exactly what areas to look for.
Cult following: Every classic car has a following of some sort, tap into these outlets. (ie: forums, communities, etc)
The interweb: From procuring vintage parts to figuring out how carburation works... www. is your friend.
At the end of the day, be realistic.
If I missed anything, you'll find it along the read, it's full of epic failures, struggles, & success.
All which are an integral part of learning.
I hope you enjoy this "ible" as much as I did the resto.
Step 1: Make Space
Not too much explanation here.
All I can say is there's no such thing as too much space.
Storage will be important. Save used boxes, bags, sandwich bags, etc.
Since I did not have much space, I mapped everything out with a floorplan before hand.
I ended up going with Option "B" as there was more space to work in the front end of the car.
The positioning of the stainless table was nice as the work surface can be accessed from 3 sides.
It became a convenient laundry station.
Reorganize everything. Knowing where everything is important.
Space reorganized, Wall & Table storage revamped and fully loaded.