Restoring an Antique Truck
Many people buy an old beat up antique truck to restore back to the original shape and color. These people love to do the work as it is almost like raising a child. To see the outcome not to mention the cost it is all worth the time and energy. People that restore antique trucks are in a league all their own.
There are certain antique trucks people want, such as Chevy’s, Ford’s and even GMC’s. Some are already restored; some are not and will take a lot of work. If buying one that is already restored, be sure to check that all of the original parts are there. You want an original, not a mock-up. Make sure it runs, take it out for a test drive, if the owner does not want to do that, then it is best to move on to another truck. Usually, there is something wrong with the engine, then again, some will buy it ‘as is’ and go on and work on it.
There are many different places one can find old trucks; try the local antique truck show; although many are just for show, you might find some that are for sale. Check your newspaper in the classified section; sometimes someone will put their truck in there to sell it. Or even go to an auction although rare you might find an antique truck there.
If you have never restored an antique truck do not be shocked at how much it will cost you. Not to mention the purchase of the truck itself, it will be expensive to find the original parts. Sometimes it will take months to find them and then you pay an arm and a leg for them. But many will buy one item at a time and then another when budget allows. This is why it might take years to restore your truck.
When you finally find the antique truck you want, try and see if there is an original title, some do not have them anymore because of how old they are, but some still do. Check around to see how hard it might be to find the original parts, some just cannot be found anymore. The older the truck the harder it will be to find parts. Most of them are out there, it just might take awhile to find them. One must really have the love and patience to restore an antique truck, as it is a ‘labor of love.’