Category Archives: Restoration

Collector Car Sales & Brokerage Services

Are you looking to buy or sell your vehicle?

If so, you do not have to look any further.  Many of our customers love collectible cars, but do not like the hassles of buying and selling them.  Our trained staff is here to assist you in both purhcasing and selling your vehicles.

1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car

1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car

Buying a Collectible Car

When it comes to purchasing a collector car or truck, you need to take many aspects into consideration while making the determination as to what you are looking for and how you will be using it.  Contact us and we can help you make the right decison as to what vehicle fits your needs and budget along with helping you learn how to enjoy your newly acquired vehicle.

Inspection, Repairs & Restoration

Our company will make sure that you get the highest quality vehicle for the best price.  Along with this service, we will be able to repair or restore anything that may not be needed so that you will be able to enjoy your car and have the assurance of our tem standing behind you for any upgrades or maintenance necessary.

Buying and restoring ‘Projects’

Many of our customers will decide to purchase vehicles in need of restoration, or project type vehicles as we can usually purchase these for much less than current value knowing that they are in need of repairs.  Stop in and see some of the recent cars that have been acquired for our customers and how we are restoring and even customizing them to suit each particular clients wants and needs.

Restoring Cars 101

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Marquis Auto Restorations

1.) Choose a Make and Model
Chances are, there is a particular model or era of car that you’re most passionate about. Perhaps you’ve always been big Mustang fan or you’ve dreamed of owning a Porsche 911 since you were a little kid. Alternately, maybe you’re just really into 1960s and ’70s American muscle cars or you’re obsessed with 1980s JDM imports.

The model of car you choose to restore is primarily a personal, emotional decision. There are a few practical points to keep in mind, though:

  • Don’t select a car that is too rare or too expensive. Since this is your first restoration, you’re going to slip up and make mistakes.
  • Do choose a type of car that has readily available replacement parts and a robust hobbyist community that you can turn to for support.

2.) Be Realistic About Money
Classic cars are famous for burning through money. Even under the best of circumstances, this isn’t a cheap hobby. The initial cash you use to purchase your car is just the first step. In many instances, car restorers end up more than doubling what they spent on the car before the project is complete. Parts, labor, and countless unexpected expenses quickly add up.

Before you get started, sketch out a rough budget for the entire project. While it will surely change as the restoration progresses, you’ll have a general feel for what you’re getting yourself into.

3.) Find YOUR car
Condition is everything when it comes to older vehicles. Try to find the best-preserved model you possibly can. It will pay off in spades as the project gets underway. Here are a few things to look for when checking out potential project cars:

  • Does the car still run on its own?
  • What is the rust situation?
  • What parts and features no longer work?
  • Are the window seals intact?
  • How long has the current owner had the car?
  • How much is known about the car’s history?

4.) The Right Tools for the Job
First, you need a garage or other similar space for working on the vehicle. Second, you need a decent selection of tools to get started with. The following are definite essentials:

  • Torque Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  •  Hammers
  • Clamps
  • Buffer/Sander
  • Engine hoist
  • Electrical tester (multimeter)

5.) Knowledge is Power
While you don’t need to be a master mechanic to begin restoring a car, you do need to be ready and willing to learn. The following resources provide a wealth of relevant info:

  • Haynes shop manuals
  • YouTube video tutorials
  • Online enthusiast forums. Just search for “your car + forum” on Google.

6.) Where to Start?
So, you’ve got your car, cleaned out a space in the garage, and have a decent complement of new tools. What’s next? While there’s no single answer to this question, here are a few common first steps:

  • Get the car to start reliably
  • Replace the brakes
  • Strip and prime the body
  • Repair rips and tears in the upholstery
  • Replace cracked or broken windows

7.) Getting Help
Rarely is a full restoration done by just one person. If you don’t already have some gearhead buddies, consider joining a local car club. This can be a great way to get tips and share experiences. Also, paying a reputable shop to do some of the work is often a smart idea. After all, even most skilled mechanics aren’t experts in every aspect of auto repair and restoration. One of the best restorers in the industry is Mar Car Czar owner of Marquis Auto Restorations.

Complete 10 Steps Of Auto Restoration

1931 Pierce Arrow SedanAuto restoration is an amazingly popular and can become a passion for those with plenty of time, heaps of determination and of course, the money to rejuvenate an old vehicle back to its youthful vitality and splendor. Properly restored vehicles are extremely prized collectibles with valuable price tags attached.

If you are ready to give it a go and have an old jalopy in the yard waiting for that touch of magic, then these are the basic steps you will need to work through:

1. The Right Vehicle

You may already have a vehicle to work on, but if buying one particularly for restoration keep in mind that sourcing parts for the rare makes will be more difficult and more expensive. Classic cars of the 50’s and 60’s are popular models for restorers, but any model can be re-built with time and patience.

2. Tools

As restoration involves much more than making the exterior look good, you will need all the right tools from the wide range of them; including torque wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers as well as those for the specialist jobs of welding, polishing and painting. Almost every part will need replacing to produce a traditionally accurate and fully operating vehicle.

3. Interior Cleaning

The amount of work needed will depend on the condition of the vehicle. Clearly you may find in a junkyard will naturally need lots more muscle than one that has been garaged by a dedicated owner. The car may need entirely re-upholstering, perhaps new seats are needed or the dashboard gauges will need replacing and an original radio to be located.

4. Out with the Vacuum

A total vacuum of the interior after taking out the inside door panels and floor panels. Remove the seats and use a solvent or cleaning fluid to meticulously clean the inside. Then move on to the smaller sections like the sun visors and glove compartments. Allow time for drying thoroughly before replacing with new parts, or used ones sourced from scrap yards or online outlets.

5. Out with Old

The exterior may need stripping right down to get rid of every speck of paint usually by sandblasting or chemical applications.

All rust needs to be totally eliminated and is present in almost all restoration jobs. Sometimes it is more economical to buy new exterior parts than try to remove the rust. In some cases a piece may need to be cut out to remove the rust and a new section welded in. All the body panels will need removing to do the job properly.

6. In with the New

After removing the paint, the panels need a coating of an epoxy primer before the final painting. Finally each piece can be replaced in the car.

7. All Those Extras

Other exterior parts need close inspection to decide if they need either replacing or repairing. Look at the windshield, head and tail lights, mirrors, door handles and hood latches and all other small fittings.

8. Most Important

Of course, looking great is not enough. The all important engine needs careful attention and is really one of the most important jobs in restoration. Firstly, the engine needs to be dismantled; it all has to go, part by part. The carburetor, compressor, cylinder heads and fuel pump need to be checked and allocated to the replacing or repairing category.

9. Decisions

Depending on your needs, the engine can be rebuilt with original parts to build a valuable authentic vehicle, but there’s also the option of installing a completely new and modern engine if the car is more your personal assignment.

10. Finally

Congratulate yourself on completing your project. Restoration is not an easy task and the difficulty of completing an entire assignment is not to be underestimated – it is truly a work of dedication.

For a full restoration consultation contact Marquis Auto Restorations 866-663-2770 the leader in auto restoration.

Prepare your car for winter – Sale!

Our staff is so busy polishing, waxing, cleaning and touching up client’s vehicles for the winter season ahead.  It is time to stop in and get your car cleaned & waxed so that the winter will not hurt your investment.

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Getting ready for winter is an important part of maintaining your car for years of enjoyment. Invest a little and save allot later. Our detailers are here to prepare your car before you shop it south!
Call and set up an appointment to have your car professionally detailed inside and out so it not only looks great, but will look great all winter long.

Special pre-season detail sale!
Call today for more information

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5 Quick Steps to Restore My Car

1954 Olds Phila Auto Show2Always dreamed of getting your car completely restored and never thought it was possible? It is not as hard as you may think in order for you to get your car restored to have it looking its best for years to come.

1. The first step that you need to do is to fix any dents, dings, and/or rust stains on the body of your car. If the dents, dings, and/or rust stains cannot be removed, you may have to completely replace parts of the body. Most rust stains can be removed by finely sanding them down. You must do this before you paint your car.

2. After you have fixed all issues with repairing the body of your car, you can have your car painted. You may be able to get just a paint touch-up. It is usually better to get a complete paint refinish. We have painting booths ready and waiting for your next painting project.

3. Under the hood of your car is also important. If the engine is not running its best, you may just want to get a new engine for your car. If you look under your hood and it does not look new, we can fix it to help it look it’s sparkling best.

4. Restoring the interior of your car is also very important (such as the seats, dash, steering wheel, and other interior parts). We can reupholster any part of your car that you want. Redoing the interior of your car is going to really make it look its best. There are so many different kinds of extra accessories you can add to your car to make it look its best.

5. The final step that you can do to restore your car is to get new carpet in your car. You can add a carpet that matches the existing interior of your car or can go with something completely different. If you do not want to completely replace the carpet, you can just have the carpet professionally cleaned to help it look its best.

As you can see, it is not as hard as you may think in order for you to restore your car. We are rated the best of the U.S.A with classic and collectible auto restoration. We can work on custom and hot rods, as well as collision repairs for the everyday cars you drive. Besides working on the exterior of your car, we also specialize in the interior parts of your car (including the upholstery). Call, email, or contact us through our website to get a free estimate from Marquis Auto Restorations today and let us help you with your dreams.