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How do you go about rescuing classic cars that are rotting in junkyards?

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Steps involved in restoring a classic vehicle involve purchasing the car from the junkyard, making needed repairs to the frame and body, sourcing original equipment and replacement parts, and detailing the vehicle to restore its original appearance. Invest in professional grade parts and a good replacement engine, and avoid vehicles that suffer from excessive rust and corrosion that may not be salvageable.

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Select a workspace that provides adequate room before disassembling the vehicle. Remove the trim, glass, exterior body parts and interior components. Remove the engine, transmission, suspension and other major mechanical components that may have suffered damage due to wear or old age. Once the vehicle has been completely disassembled, begin inspecting, rebuilding or replacing every major component.

After repairing and preparing the frame, the process of reassembly may begin. Using original equipment to replace missing, damaged or worn components enhances the value of a classic car but may not always be possible. Salvaged parts, aftermarket equipment and non-standard components may be required in order to replace mechanical components that are difficult to source. After reassembling the vehicle, steam clean the engine compartment, and paint the vehicle's exterior. Additional detailing, cleaning and polishing can restore older vehicles to mint or near-mint conditions.

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