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A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Military Vehicle Restoration


When you’ve been looking around for a while, it can be pure joy to find the perfect classic military vehicle to restore. Now that you have it, though, what are the next steps? There’s a lot of work that goes into restoring a vintage military vehicle, so we’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to vintage military vehicle restoration to get you started. Keep reading to find out just what you should do to get that car back to its former glory.

Determine Restoration Level

It is important to start by considering the extent to which restoration is required and what skills and resources you’ll need to complete the project. Is the restoration job you’re looking for modest, or would you like one that is going to be more of an investment? The type of vehicle, its age, and its condition will determine how much it will cost. Is this something you intend to do yourself, or do you intend to pay someone else to do it? It is very likely that your project will be a mixture of the two, but it is also important to keep these things in mind when you buy the car that you plan to restore.

Trade Services

In the past, bartering has been seen as a valuable way to access a wide range of commodities and services. A variety of classified advertisements and internet forums exist where individuals offer their services in exchange for assistance with a restoration. If you have something you’re particularly good at, offer to perform services on another’s vehicle in exchange for work on your own. This is one of the best ways you can save money during your vintage military vehicle restoration.

Get Your Vehicle Inspected

An in-depth examination of the vehicle you’re restoring can ensure you stay within your budget. Check the vehicle’s condition by hiring a reputable mechanic or auto repair shop to take a look. An inspection may cost a little bit of money, but knowing in advance about difficulties the car has, what maintenance or refurbishment it needs, and whether the car will need any more costly work before the completion of the project is critical. Most mechanics perform a preventative maintenance check for under $100, so it’s worthwhile to invest money on something that could help you save thousands down the road.

Once you’ve done all of that, you’re ready to get into the real work. Reach out to us at Army Jeep Parts if you need any Willys Jeep restoration parts or have any questions about army Jeep restoration!