Muscle Car Restoration process

Muscle cars are a popular choice for restoration projects because they are recognizable, classic vehicles that still have the ability to turn heads. The restoration process is not as difficult as it may seem and there are many resources available online and at car shows to help get started. Some important steps during the restoration process include: 

  1. Identify the Correct Parts
  2. Disassemble the vehicle and remove all parts
  3. Rebuild the frame, using the original dimensions and specifications
  4. Install all new parts, including suspension components and braces
  5. Paintwork
  6. Reassemble the vehicle, making sure it is ready to be driven again

Step 1: Identify the Correct Parts

The first thing you’ll need to do is identify the correct parts for your car. If you don’t know what year your vehicle was made, look at the VIN number on the engine block or front firewall. This number can also indicate whether it was a Ford or Chevy model.

Step 2: Disassemble the vehicle and remove all parts

The first step of the Muscle Car Restoration process is to scrap the vehicle and remove all parts. This will help to make sure you are left with only what you need for restoration, which makes it easier for you to get started on your project.

  1. To remove all parts, use a combination of a floor jack and jack stands to lift the vehicle up.
  2. Be sure to support the vehicle using jack stands at all four corners of the car.
  3. Lifting the Vehicle up with a Floor Jack and Jack Stands.
  4. Remove the engine and transmission from the vehicle
  5. Remove the front suspension and steering components from the vehicle
  6. Remove the rear suspension and steering components from the vehicle
  7. Disconnect all electrical connections to the engine and other engine components
  8. Remove all hardware from the vehicle

Once all of these components are out of the vehicle, you’ll need to clean them off before putting them back together again.

Next, you’ll need to take pictures of every single piece so that you know where everything goes when it’s put back together again. This will help ensure that everything goes back together correctly and without any problems.

Step 3: Rebuild the frame, using the original dimensions and specifications

The process of rebuilding a muscle car involves using the original dimensions and specifications.

Before start rebuilding your old car, you’ll need to determine what parts are original and what parts need to be replaced. you’ll also want to make sure that the frame is still in good condition and that it’s ready for another life.

you’ll then use your expertise in building new frames for classic cars to rebuild. you’ll use all of your original dimensions and specifications, so you can be confident that when you’re done, you’ll have a rebuilt car just like the one you owned before!

After removing the old body, we will begin by rebuilding the frame, using the original dimensions and specifications.

Step 4: Install all new parts

Install all new parts, including suspension components, braces and other accessories.

Clean and paint your car’s body panels if necessary (this can be done before installing any new parts).

Determine if the vehicle has a manual transmission or an automatic transmission.

Install the new parts in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Inspect all of your car’s body panels to ensure they are in good condition.

Replace any damaged or rusty metal parts on your car.

All the original parts of a vehicle are replaced with brand new ones. This includes the

  • frame,
  • engine,
  • transmission,
  • and many other parts.

Different people have different preferences when it comes to how they want their car restored. Some like their cars as original as possible while others prefer an upgraded look with more chrome or a custom paint job. Whatever your preference maybe, we can help you find what you want on our website.

Clean up the engine bay

After installing all new parts in your vehicle, it is important to clean up the engine bay so that it looks nice and clean. You need to wash it thoroughly and make sure that all dust and dirt has been removed from inside it. Also remove any grease or oil stains on the inside of your car if they appear during this process. After cleaning up the engine bay, you can move on to painting it which is another important step in restoring your car’s appearance.

Step 5: Reassemble the vehicle

The Next step in restoring a muscle car is to get it ready to be reassembled. This includes removing damaged parts, cleaning, and checking out the electrical system.

Once the vehicle is ready to be put back together, it’s time to start putting it back together. There are several steps involved in this process:

Removing damaged parts:

All of the body panels and the interior will need to be removed from the vehicle. This is usually done with a hoist so that you can access all areas of the car without having to climb into it.


The interior of your muscle car will probably be filthy from being used for years and years. You’ll want to clean it thoroughly before reassembling it so that you don’t have problems later on. You can use a variety of methods for this step, including steam cleaning and pressure washers, or even hand washing if necessary!

Checking out electrical system:

Make sure all of your wiring components are intact and working properly before trying to put everything back together again. If something doesn’t seem right, take note so that you can address those issues later on when they arise during assembly.

Step 6: paintwork

Once all of the parts are placed in their proper locations, start by making sure that everything works correctly. If there is anything that does not work correctly, take it out and try again until it does.

Once everything works correctly, then you can begin priming the paintwork and applying a base coat of paint over the entire vehicle. Start with one color at a time so that you can watch how each color flows together as you work on each section of your car.

Once you have completed priming all of your paintwork, then apply the second color over all of your painted areas on your vehicle’s body. Keep in mind that this process will take some time as well as patience while working with such delicate materials like paint.

Once this second color has been applied, then move onto adding additional layers to give depth and dimension to your finished product before moving onto adding decals or numbers for decoration purposes.

7. Final check

The final check should be performed by a professional mechanic. The process of muscle car restoration is a long and laborious one, and it is important that you do not skip any steps.

When you are finished with all the steps and your car is ready for the road, take it for a test drive to make sure everything works properly.

Dave Smith of Fort Wayne Tree Pros recently had a nice example of a Charger restored for his collection.  It was painted in the same colors as the logo for his small business and will be used for promotion and advertising at times for his company.