3 Tips Before Taking on a Project Car

For a lot of car enthusiasts, working on a car can be just as fun as driving it. However, when your daily driver is running without any problems (what a bummer, right?), and you don’t want to worry about voiding your warranty with expensive customizations, you’ve got to find something to do to fill this void. This is why people turn to project cars. These cars can range from total beaters that you can find at the local junkyard to well-functioning cars that you just want to make your own. But, before you go looking for your perfect project car, there are few things to keep in mind.

  1. What Kind of Car Do You Want?

Are you going to build a car from scratch, starting with little more than the chassis, or do you want something that just needs a little fixing up and custom touches? What’s the endgame for your project car? Will it supplement your main car or take its place? Will you sell it afterwards? These are all questions to consider before starting out. If you’re unsure about where to start or what to do after you finish the car, you can always ask fellow car enthusiasts for tips. While you may be doing it yourself, you don’t have to go it alone.

  1. Know What You’re Getting Into

What’s the plan for you project car? Some projects involve a full overhaul: new engine, new wheels, new interior, new everything. While it can be really satisfying to build a car from the ground up, it can also cost you. Maybe you just want to make some modifications to an already solid car, tweaking things here and there to make it uniquely yours.

Whatever route you take, do your research! Blindly starting a project car could lead to some major headaches down the road (no pun intended). Not only could you wind up wasting time and money, but you may find the project too much to handle or impossible to finish. Then you might end up as one of “those people” with your unfinished project car up on cinderblocks in your front lawn. It’s a slippery slope, but being prepared and informed from the beginning can be a huge asset.

  1. Expect the Unexpected

You now have a vision for what you want your end car to look and perform like. You’ve asked around. You’ve done your research. You’ve even purchased to perfect car to start with. Things are going like clockwork. However, don’t get too comfortable with this feeling. Encountering issues while working on a project car is almost a rite of passage. What will you do when you find some unexpected rust or realize it needs a brand new exhaust? While issues like these shouldn’t dissuade you from working on a project car, they’re important to keep in mind. Allocating some extra funds in your budget as well as loosening your timeline are both good ways to anticipate all the left turns your project can take.


While some of us know every inch of a car inside and out, others are just getting started. A project car can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the inner and outer workings of your automobile. Not only will your automotive knowledge increase, but you’ll also gain the satisfaction of doing it yourself and have a vehicle that’s uniquely yours. Once your car’s up and running, make sure to invest in the full Additech treatment to keep your car’s engine running smoother and longer!

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